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.
For teachers outside the wider Sydney metropolitan region, attendance at the workshops is available via the cloud-based videoconferencing platform Zoom.
This program is not a higher-education award and not a qualification recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. Its purpose is to provide specialist training to accredited classroom teachers in NSW.
Workshop 1 – 23 July
Introduction - Learning Support: the context, the student, and the ‘Alterables’.
Workshop 2 – 6 August
Literacy and Numeracy Support: Three Tier Model
Workshop 3 – 20 August
Learning Support Across the Middle Years
Workshop 4 – 3 September
Learning Support Across the Middle Years: The Role of Collaborations
Workshop 5 – 17 September
Supporting Student Behaviour with Learning Support
Workshops are held in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, the University of Sydney.
To successfully complete the Educational Studies (Learning Support) Program, teachers must attend and actively participate in all sessions, comprising the (Successful Learning Conference 2020 and five workshops). Successful participants have the option of having this program accredited as one unit of study towards the school's Master of Education (MEd) program, or the shorter Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies levels. This involves submitting an assessment task and an additional fee applies. If interested, please discuss this option further with the academic coordinator. Optional assessment and postgraduate accreditation fee ($2000).
Completing the Educational Studies (Learning Support) Program will contribute 26 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) registered PD from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.