Our professional learning program offers courses for all educators, school leaders and principals. The courses are aligned to Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and registered with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), which accredits teachers in New South Wales suitable for maintenance of teacher registration in other Australian states and territories.

Taught by active researchers and experienced practitioners, our programs will deepen your professional knowledge and understanding in both a reflective and practical way. All our courses are designed to meet the contemporary needs of professionals in Australia and overseas.

Professional learning for educational leaders and educators

Regardless of what stage you’re at in your learning journey, our professional learning programs equip you to maximise your impact as an educator. Whether you’re at the beginning of your journey, or sharing your wealth of experience, we’re building relationships to ensure the next generation of teachers have the benefit of accumulated knowledge.

Update your skills with microcredentials

We offer microcredentials as an affordable way to update your skills in targeted areas. These short courses offer educators and school leaders an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in a wide range of education disciplines.

Participants may register for multiple modules, or only one. Some of the modules may also earn full credit towards our Master of Education and Master of Educational Leadership degrees.

Short courses available in 2020

Registrations will open in 2020. Please check closer to the date.

 

Presenter name

Dr Joanna Winchester and Dr Therese Barrington

Title of Workshop

The craft of writing

Description of Workshop

This course is designed for teachers to gain confidence in their own writing ability and in planning cohesive, well-sequenced programs and lessons which integrate writing into the curriculum and progressively develop the writing skills of their students. Teachers will also develop their ability to evaluate their students’ writing and provide feedback which will help their students set goals to become better writers.

The course takes two days and during that time teachers will develop their own confidence in writing. They will explore how the best writing often emerges from personal experience, which can be linked into any key learning area.

NESA Accreditation (Proficient, Highly Accomplished, Lead)

Proficient Teacher

Date

Term 3, Week 8 and 9 of the school term

Two day sessions from 9.30am - 3.30pm 

Target audience

Stage 2 and Stage 3 teachers

 

Presenter name

Dr Joanna Winchester in partnership with Playback Theatre Sydney

Title of Workshop

Improvisation with Playback Theatre

Description of Workshop

This workshop offers an innovative approach to using improvisation at the core of successful ensemble work. Playback Theatre practice develops specific abilities that can create ensemble work in any KLA.

It creates an ensemble of learners who can creatively connect to stories. Participants do this by using the mandatory drama skills needed for success in group devised work: being present, accepting and building upon ideas, working with the full range of emotions, connecting actors and listening to the essence of a story. This approach to improvisation leads to meaningful, responsive group devised work.

This experiential workshop is for teachers comfortable with basic improvisation skills. You will be actively involved in creating an ensemble response to themes emerging from the group, which can be adapted as the basis of a Stage 5 or 6 unit on group devised work.

NESA Accreditation (Proficient, Highly Accomplished, Lead)

Proficient

Date

Term 4

One day session 9.30am - 3.30pm

Target audience

Stage 5 and Stage 6 drama teachers

 

Presenter name

Dr Joanna Winchester with Sport for Jove Theatre Company

Title of Workshop

Shakespeare on stage: Performance skills for the classroom and the carnival

Description of Workshop

This workshop will engage primary and high school teachers with strategies for teaching and assessing Shakespeare, drawing on outcomes in both the English and the drama syllabus. By building confidence and skill in Shakespearean language, this professional development experience will allow teachers to develop engaging teaching programs in the language and performance of Shakespeare. The teaching strategies offered will help teachers’ programs in the classroom, and also to develop a quality Shakespeare carnival as an extracurricular activity.

NESA Accreditation (Proficient, Highly Accomplished, Lead)

Proficient

Date

Term 1

One day session 9.30am - 3.30pm

Target audience

Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5 teachers interested in student performance of Shakespeare

 

Presenter name

Chrissy Monteleone

Title of Workshop

Leading mathematics learning

Description of Workshop

This workshop is designed to support leaders of mathematics in primary schools to action items that are listed as school priorities in alignment with the school’s strategic directions or annual plan.

We will support leaders to develop practices for in-school mentoring of early career teachers, developing school mathematics plans and creating materials for use in staff meetings, staff development days and other professional learning opportunities with staff and families.

NESA Accreditation (Proficient, Highly Accomplished, Lead)

Highly Accomplished

Duration of course

Four two-hour sessions per term

Date

Term 1: Thursday 13 February, 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Term 2: Thursday 14 May, 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Term 3: Thursday 6 August, 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Term 4: Thursday 29 October, 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Target audience

Mathematics specialists, coordinators or leaders in primary schools

 

Presenter name

Stephan du Toit

Title of Workshop

Applying George Polya’s problem solving model in exploring authentic mathematics problems for Years 8 – 12.

Description of Workshop

This workshop provides mathematics teachers with an opportunity to explore George Polya’s problem solving model and its implications for the facilitation of a whole class problem solving session based on a real-life problem.

NESA Accreditation (Proficient, Highly Accomplished, Lead)

Proficient

Date

Friday 17 April, 9am – 3.30pm

Target audience

Secondary mathematics teachers, Years 8 – 12

 

Presenter name

Miriam Tanti

Title of Workshop

Inquiry-based learning

Description of Workshop

The inquiry-based learning workshop will provide participants with a range of inquiry-based, contemporary pedagogies, for example, problem and project-based Learning (PBL). The effective design of PBL programs requires an understanding of curriculum content, assessment design and learning theories to ensure the logical and well-structured scaffolding of a variety of learning and teaching activities to encourage students to self-facilitate their own learning.

Participants will also explore the meaningful integration of digital technologies into the teaching and learning activities. 

This will be a hands-on workshop and participants will have time to modify and/or commence work on new programs during the workshop.

NESA Accreditation (Proficient, Highly Accomplished, Lead)

Proficient

Date

Tuesday 28 April, 9am – 3.30pm

Target audience

Educators interested in creating project-based learning opportunities for their students. All ages/stages.

Whole school program of learning

Our team of academics can work with your school, or a cluster of schools, to develop and/or deliver customised professional learning courses that meet the needs of your school and educators and aspiring leaders.

Contact us

For general or course enquiries or if you’d like to discuss developing a professional learning course for your school or organisation, please email the Professional Learning Coordinators:

Primary
Ms Chrissy Monteleone
Chrissy.monteleone@acu.edu.au
(02) 97014203

Secondary
Dr Therese Barrington
Therese.barrington@acu.edu.au
(02) 97014305

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