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Courses for education and social work professionals
View our wide range of short courses, workshops and conferences, which are delivered online, at your school or workplace, or on campus at the University of Sydney.

Our commitment to the education and social work communities is to continue to provide quality professional learning opportunities. In order to maintain the safest environment in which to do this whilst Covid-19 remains widespread, many of our programs will be available for participation by Zoom-only. Additional events and updates will be published below as, and when, they are known. Other webpages addressin greater detail the University’s advice regarding COVID-19.

 


Assessment Literacy for Teachers: modules 1–6

Mode of delivery: self-paced online Professional Learning
Further details: webpage
Course enquiries: nina.goodwin@sydney.edu.au
Cost: $330 per module

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Description: The Centre for Educational Measurement and Assessment, in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, has developed a suite of fully online PL modules focusing on Assessment Literacy for Teachers. Any number of modules may be studied, in any order. Each module can be completed in 4–6 hours and provides Teacher Professional Development, addressing Proficient Teacher Standard Descriptors from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The modules have been designed for primary and secondary teachers and will soon be complemented by a suite of modules on Data Literacy, which are currently being designed by the Centre Director, Professor Jim Tognolini. As well, the centre is planning to develop modules for teachers in middle and senior leadership roles. The Assessment Literacy modules support teachers’ engagement with, and understanding of, assessment and the use of data to inform teaching and learning. After successfully completing all six modules, teachers will be eligible to undertake an extension assessment module for an additional fee. Successful completion of the complete program is equivalent to the University of Sydney postgraduate unit of study Assessment Literacy for School Teachers (EDPZ6011); your statement of completion may be used to apply for credit toward a Master of Education program.

The modules in this series are not individual higher-education awards and not qualifications recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.
 


Action Research: modules 1 & 2

Dates: Modules will be offered and delivered on demand upon enquiry.
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Deb Talbot
Further details: Download flyer (pdf, 265KB) | webpage
Course enquiries: nina.goodwin@sydney.edu.au
Cost: $770 per module

Description: The Action Research modules have been designed to meet the needs of teachers seeking to learn about and conduct their own action research project in their local context. They are professional learning for teachers seeking to maintain the level of Proficient Teacher as described in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, as well as for teachers who wish to build an evidence base before applying for to be recognised at the Highly Accomplished level. The Highly Accomplished Teacher level requires that teachers assemble evidence that they can support and assist less experienced colleagues with all aspects of professional knowledge, practice and professional engagement. Compiling evidence of these skills is a component of this course. Each module will provide 20 hours of professional development at the Highly Accomplished Teacher level, comprising 5 x two-hour workshops plus 10 hours of project time developing a portfolio and conducting a professional learning project. The module requires that participants must attend all online synchronous sessions and successfully complete all assigned task. Completion of Action Research Module 1 is a prerequisite for enrolment in Action Research Module 2.
 


Conversations About Texts: Module 1 – Literary Texts

Dates: Modules will be offered and delivered on demand upon enquiry.
Venue: Online by Zoom or in school
Presenters: Kathy Rushton
Further details: Download flyer (pdf, 450kB) | webpage
Course enquiries: nina.goodwin@sydney.edu.au
Cost: $660 (reduced rate available for group bookings of 10 or more)

Description: Develop the skills to teach grammar in a way that allows your students to gain an understanding of the basics and learn practical ways to implement their knowledge. The focus of Conversations About Texts is on teaching grammar in the context of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts in primary school and the middle years. Over six evening workshops you will explore the teaching of texts as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning. Knowledge about grammar is only useful if students use it to read and write, and recognise how authors, including themselves, can use language to make meaning. Presenter Kathy Rushton has worked as a TESOL teacher and consultant in classrooms and recognises a growing need in the teaching of grammar to support implementation. At the same time, the course presents participants with the opportunity to review their own grammatical knowledge or address grammar for the first time.

 Session outlines:

  1. Talking and listening – What's the difference? (Grammatical intricacy and lexical density)
  2. Reading – What's going on? (The verbal group)
  3. Reading – Who and what? (The noun group)
  4. Writing – Where? When? How? (Adverbials and Theme)
  5. Writing – Creating joint and independent texts (Sentence structure)
  6. The third voice in your classroom – Using quality literature (Nominalisation and Theme).
     

Aboriginal Education Matters: An Introductory Workshop

Date: Friday, 24 March 2023
Time: 9am–3pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Cathie Burgess and Aboriginal Studies Association Executive
Further details: Download flyer (pdf, 567kB)
Cost: $297

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Description: Aboriginal education is often considered to be a challenge for schools because teachers typically have little educational or personal experience in Aboriginal settings. Despite commitment to Aboriginal education, teachers worry about getting it wrong and offending Aboriginal people. Many struggle with the fact that they are not an ‘expert’ in this area. This course will help allay those fears by covering key basics including:

  • community consultation and engagement
  • understanding and teaching Aboriginal students
  • appropriate resourcing
  • introducing Aboriginal perspectives into various subject areas.

A key determinate in success with Aboriginal students is teacher knowledge and understanding of the local Aboriginal community and ability to work with this community. By working with the community, teachers are able to deliver a more relevant, authentic and engaging curriculum.

This course will present opportunities to discuss Aboriginal education issues across school contexts with sessions delivered by experienced teachers, community members and academics who have extensive experience in a variety of settings.
 


Mentoring: one-day online workshop

Date: Tuesday, 4 April 2023
Time: 9am–4pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Deb Talbot
Further details: Flyer TBA
Cost: $297

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Description: TBA
 


Trauma Informed Classrooms

Date: Friday, 19 May 2023
Time: 9am–3pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenters: Mary Jo McVeigh
Further details: Flyer TBA
Cost: $297

Register: TBA

Description: TBA


Aboriginal Education Masterclass: Part 1

Date: Friday, 26 May 2023
Time: 9am–3pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Cathie Burgess
Further details: Flyer TBA
Cost:
$297

Register: TBA

Description: TBA
 


Successful Learning Conference

Date: Monday, 26 June 2023
Time: 9am–4pm
Venue: Choose from in-person at The University of Sydney or online by Zoom
Academic convenor: David Evans, Professor of Special Education, The University of Sydney
Additional presenters: TBA
Further details: Flyer TBA | webpage

Registration costs from $297: See registration table on Conference webpage for all options.

Description: This annual conference focuses on issues and developments in the provision of quality education for students K–12, in particular, for students whom teachers are providing adjustments. In 2022, we will be focusing on implementation of educational practices that are inclusive of students with a range of educational, social and emotional needs. The conference will engage with research outcomes that examine and demonstrate education practices that can be used with fidelity, and professional wisdom, across differing curriculum areas, and year levels. Specific focus will be given to literacy and numeracy, communication and social competence, Aboriginal and Indigenous education, assessment and decision-making, behaviour and social skills, technology, students’ mental health and trauma informed practice. Presentations and workshops will be given by teachers, consultants, community-based personnel and academics, from metropolitan and rural locations in NSW, interstate and overseas.

Participants may attend the conference as a stand-alone event or as part of the Educational Studies (Learning Support) Program, which comprises attendance at the conference, as well as the SLC Masterclass on Tuesday, June 27, and five additional workshops held on Thursday evenings (4.30–7.30pm) in  July, August and September 2023.
 


Successful Learning Conference Day 2 Masterclass

Date: Tuesday, 27 June 2023
Time: 9am–3pm
Venue: Choose from in-person at The University of Sydney or online by Zoom
Presenter: TBA
Further details: Flyer TBA | webpage

Registration costs from $297: See registration table on Conference webpage for all options.

Description: TBA
 


Educational Studies (Learning Support) Program

Dates and Times: June 26 & 27 (Successful Learning Conference & Masterclass days) + 5 evening workshops 4.30–7.30pm on July 27, August 10 & 24, and September 7 & 21
Venue: Choose from in-person at The University of Sydney or online by Zoom
Presenter: Professor David Evans
Further details: Download flyer (pdf, 434kB) | webpage
Cost: $1500

Register: see registration table on Conference webpage for all options.

Description: These workshops will examine in detail the theories, policies and practices that promote quality literacy and numeracy learning outcomes for students identified as experiencing difficulties learning in a mainstream classroom environment, across a range of Key Learning Areas.

Specific focus will be placed on teachers working as part of teams to promote individualised programs and processes that assist students with additional learning needs to achieve collaboratively established learning outcomes. Workshop activities and individual learning tasks will promote the integration of theory and practice across a range of settings including early childhood, primary and secondary.
 


Aboriginal Education Masterclass: Part 2

Date: Friday, 18 August 2023
Time: 9am–3pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Cathie Burgess
Further details: Flyer TBA
Cost:
$297

Register: TBA

Description: TBA
 


Leadership in Aboriginal Education Conference

Date: Friday, 15 September 2023
Time: 9am–4pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenters: Cathie Burgess and Kylie Captain, Dream Big Education Wellbeing & Consulting
Additional speakers: TBA
Further details: Flyer TBA
Cost: $297

Register: TBA

Description: The Leadership in Aboriginal Education Conference will enable aspiring leaders to develop deeper understanding and practical strategies to effectively lead Aboriginal Education in their specific school community.

With the support of leading experts, participants will critically examine contexts which shape Aboriginal Education and explicitly make connections between broader issues and the daily experience of teaching.

Detailed discussion will focus on how to facilitate and lead change through forward planning, problem solving and strategic relationship building. Participating in ‘communities of practice’ will provide opportunities to discuss your current context as well as generate new ideas to implement Aboriginal Education in your school. Attendees will finish the day with increased confidence and knowledge of current research and successful practices for navigating the next steps in Aboriginal Education in their workplace.


Gender and Sexuality Diversity at School Conference

Building inclusion and wellbeing

Date: Friday, 20 October 2023
Times: 9am–4pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Academic convenors: Victoria Rawlings and Kellie Burns
Additional speakers: TBA
Further details: Flyer TBA | webpage

Cost: $297

Register: TBA

Description: Develop your knowledge and understanding about gender and sexuality diversity at school, including in the lives of students, teachers and parents. Explore ways that you and your school can actively build inclusion and wellbeing.

Schools are dynamic, complex environments, where all sorts of identities and ideas come together. In this conference, we focus on how gender and sexuality diversity are important to acknowledge and cater for in school and other educational spaces. Engaging with research from medicine and educational studies, participants will build knowledge about what these terms mean, explore the ways that schools can intentionally or unintentionally marginalise diversity, and consider strategies for enhancing their school cultures to be inclusive of all students.

Professional practice supervision for practitioners in human, health, community and social services

Dates: Thursdays, March 16, 23 & 30 (course delivery over 3 sessions)
Time: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Mary Jo McVeigh
Further details: Download flyer (PDF, 393kB)
Cost: $445
 

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Description: This nine-hour program (delivered over three half-day workshops) is directly relevant to all human service workers aiming to develop their skills in the provision of supervision that promotes ongoing development of professional skills and knowledge.

The online workshops present a model of critically reflective professional practice supervision. It invites participants to consider supervision processes, strategies and skills that are critical to effective professional practice and growth in a range of practice settings.

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • understand basic theory of professional practice supervision
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the key elements of supervision
  • develop an understanding of supervision processes that are critical to the enhancement of professional practice and the appropriate strategies and skills to implement them
  • understand the critical factors in building a positive supervisory relationship including the role of critique and structuring safety
  • understand the importance of organisational culture in fostering good supervisory practice
  • reflect on the role of supervision in building and maintaining ethical practice
  • critically reflect on their own supervisory experience and develop goals for future practice.

 


Professional practice supervision for practitioners in human, health, community and social services

Dates: Fridays, November 3, 10 & 17 (course delivery over 3 sessions)
Time: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Mary Jo McVeigh
Further details: Download flyer (PDF, 392kB)
Cost: $445
 

Register

Description: This nine-hour program (delivered over three half-day workshops) is directly relevant to all human service workers aiming to develop their skills in the provision of supervision that promotes ongoing development of professional skills and knowledge.

The online workshops present a model of critically reflective professional practice supervision. It invites participants to consider supervision processes, strategies and skills that are critical to effective professional practice and growth in a range of practice settings.

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • understand basic theory of professional practice supervision
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the key elements of supervision
  • develop an understanding of supervision processes that are critical to the enhancement of professional practice and the appropriate strategies and skills to implement them
  • understand the critical factors in building a positive supervisory relationship including the role of critique and structuring safety
  • understand the importance of organisational culture in fostering good supervisory practice
  • reflect on the role of supervision in building and maintaining ethical practice
  • critically reflect on their own supervisory experience and develop goals for future practice.

Contacts


Nina Goodwin

Project coordinator
Address
  • Professional Learning Sydney School of Education and Social Work Education Building A35 The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Rachel Payne

Project coordinator
Address
  • Professional Learning Sydney School of Education and Social Work Education Building A35 The University of Sydney NSW 2006
 
 
 

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