Courses, workshops and conferences

The School of Education runs professional learning courses, workshops, and conferences for practising teachers led by experts in an array of fields. See below for information about our upcoming and past events. All our professional learning courses are accredited by NESA (formerly BOSTES QTC) - see each course for specific levels and standards that apply. We are an accredited NESA provider at Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead levels.

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2019 Professional Learning events and general workshops

To see a list of all our courses for 2019, click here. (PDF) [764 Kb]

* Please note: the School of Education provides accredited professional learning programs and consultancies to education departments around Australia, and to state, Catholic, and independent schools. All our presenters have many years of experience and expertise. We can offer in-service professional learning at your school at a time that suits you and your staff. Contact us on 9385 1972 to discuss or email us on

**Please note that attendance at all hours of our courses is mandatory in order to receive accreditation. No partial attendance will be able to receive accreditation, so please plan your travel and commitments accordingly.

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2018 Professional Learning Events

Courses in 2018

Date Course Discipline NESA Standard


10 & 11 January Mini-COGE GERRIC Proficient


14 Feb & 7 March Mini-COGE GERRIC Proficient
21 February Professional Learning - Creating supportive learning environments through low and high-tech evidence-based positive behaviour support practices
with Associate Professor Terry Cumming, UNSW
Classroom Management Highly Accomplished
21 & 22 March Mini-COGE GERRIC Proficient


7 May & 20 June Mini-COGE GERRIC Proficient
12 May, 28 July & 1 September

Mentoring and Coaching Workshops
with Dr Neville Ellis, Jorga Marrum, Dr Tony Loughland

Educational Leadership

Highly Accomplished
24 May Professional Learning - Teaching oral communication
with Dr Sue Ollerhead, UNSW
EAL Proficient
6 June

Professional Learning - Creating supportive learning environments through low and high-tech evidence-based positive behaviour support practices
with A/Prof Terry Cumming

Educational Leadership Highly Accomplished
14 June Professional Learning - Learning, motivation and engagement
with Scientia Professor Andrew Martin and Dr Paul Evans, UNSW
Educational Psychology Highly Accomplished


25 & 26 July Mini COGE GERRIC Proficient
22 August & 5 September Mini COGE GERRIC Proficient
23 August Professional Learning - Enhancing teacher assessment literacy to improve student literacy
with Professor Chris Davison
Language and Literacy Education Highly Accomplished
19 September Professional Learning - How to create effective individual education plans for students with a disability
with Dr Sue O'Neil
Teacher Professional Learning Highly Accomplished
10 October Professional Learning - Teaching students with autism spectrum disorder in high schools
with Associate Professor Iva Strnadova
Special Education Proficient
24 & 25 October Mini COGE GERRIC Proficient
30 October Eddie Woo: GERRIC Masterclass for Secondary Teachers GERRIC Proficient


18 October

Professional Learning: Promoting effective learning of subject content among EAL students
with Dr Andy Gao

Language and Literacy Education Proficient

21 November

Mini-COGE Course 2018 - 21 & 22 November 2018
with Dr Ruth Philips

GERRIC Proficient

28 November

The NSW IER Harold Wyndham Lecture - Education with a Heart
with Professor Carmel Cefai

Educational Psychology Proficient

8 December

Professional Learning - Identification of gifted students
with Dr Jae Jung
Gifted Education Proficient

2017 Professional Learning Events

Courses in 2017

Date Course Discipline


18 & 19 January




8 February & 15 March Mini-COGE GERRIC
10 February ATESOL: Teach Meet
@ Beverly Hills Girls High Intensive English Centre - Free event
16 February ATESOL: Teach Meet
@Chatswood Intensive English Centre - Free event
17 & 18 February Ignite the Spark: Fuel the Fire Conference Gifted Education
24 February ATESOL: Teach Meet
@Auburn North Public School - Free event
18 March ATESOL: EAL/D Symposium - Who are your EAL/D Learners ATESOL
18 March Verbatim Theatre: PD workshop for NSW Drama Teachers
School of Arts and Media
25 March Contemporary Australian Theatre Practice: PD Workshop for NSW Drama Teachers School of Arts and Media
11 & 12 April Parent course - 2 Day Beginners
Gifted Education


6 May ATESOL: EAL/D Symposium Day 2 - Planning for teaching EAL/D learners ATESOL
10 May & 21 June Mini-COGE GERRIC
20 May ATESOL: Pronunciation workshop
27 May / 26 August / 18 November Mentoring & Coaching workshop - module 1, 2, 3
27 May, 26 August, 18 November
25 May

ATESOL: Supporting Students from Refugee Backgrounds K-12

1 & 2 June Mini-COGE Gifted Education
3 June ATESOL: Pronunciation Workshop
16 June ATESOL: Leadership and EAL/D workshop ATESOL


19 July Professor Karen Rogers - Bringing up your gifted child Gifted Education
20-23 July World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Conference and Pre-conference sessions
Gifted Education
27 July ATESOL: Writing Stages 1-4 - Confirming Identity: Supporting students to tell and write their own stories
@ Cabramatta Public School
8 & 9 August Mini-COGE GERRIC
10 August ATESOL: Macro Skills Development
@ Mascot Public School
17 August & 7 September Mini-COGE GERRIC
25 August Inquiry-based learning in mixed ability classrooms
Robyn Lonergan
30 August Enhancing assessment literacy to improve student learning
Professor Chris Davison and Jaime Rodriguez
Assessment and Evaluation
7 September ATESOL: Macro Skills Development
@ Mascot Public School

Term break

25 September

HSC English (ESL) - Revision Day ATESOL

27 & 28 September

Parent course - 2 Day Beginners Gifted Education


11 & 12 October Mini-COGE GERRIC
14 October ATESOL: EAL/D Grammar Workshop K-12 ATESOL
25 October & 8 November Mini-COGE GERRIC
16 November Parent course - 1 Day Advanced course Gifted Education
26 October ATESOL: Macro Skills Development
@ Mascot Public School

2016 Professional Learning Events

Courses in 2016

Date Course Discipline
11 February & 17 March Mini-Certificate of Gifted Education GERRIC
19 & 20 February Ignite the Spark, Fuel the Fire: Leading Differentiation  DoE & School of Education Partnership 
23 February Master Class: Kettler and Stambaugh on Differentiation for Gifted Learners GERRIC
2 April Mentoring Module One Teacher Professional Learning
12 May ATESOL: Successful Team Teaching ATESOL
7 & 21 May ATESOL: Pronunciation Skills Workshop ATESOL
9 May & 14 June Mini- Certificate of Gifted Education GERRIC
27 May Leading teaching and learning through Quality Teaching Rounds OEL
25 June Mentoring Module Two - fully booked Teacher Professional Learning
25 July OEL: Leading teaching and Learning OEL
30 July The Discovery ESL Workbook HSC 2014 - 2018 ATESOL
4 & 29 August Mini Certificate of Gifted Education GERRIC
5 August OEL: Leading the management of the School OEL
26 August Transition planning for students with disabilities Special Education
27 August ATESOL Grammar Workshop ATESOL
1 & 2 September Mini Certificate of Gifted Education - fully booked GERRIC
7& 8 September Mini Certificate of Gifted Education - fully booked GERRIC
14 September Inquiry-based learning in mixed ability classrooms Professional Learning
28 October

Leading the development of an effective whole-school EAL program

2 & 25 November

Mini-Certificate of Gifted Education - fully booked


2015 Professional Learning Events

Courses in 2015

Communication Science: Improving literacy and learning outcomes | 21 August 2015

The challenge, as we examine the literacy demands faced by students in the middle years of schooling, is that we encounter the increasing differentiation of the curriculum. Effectively, we encounter different, more specialised ways of using text literacy and increasingly specialised ways of combining textual and visual aspects of literacy and this is simply because we encounter knowledge in these curriculum and discipline areas.

This workshop, a joint event between UNSW and STANSW, aims to build capacity within teachers to guide, advise and lead others, and to work with colleagues to plan evaluate and modify programs to improve student learning through development of their literacy skills.

Artworld Alliances 3: Navigating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewpoints and voices in Visual Arts Education | 6 August 2015

Visual Arts teachers are responding to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and the needs for all students to develop knowledge and understanding of the place of Indigenous art and culture. With this focus comes pedagogical opportunities that are part of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practices and diverse student populations. Teaching and learning in this context involves negotiating difficult issues, histories and racialised discourses, a challenge that is made exciting and accessible by the very nature of the frameworks and rich language of the Visual Arts curriculum.

This day provides opportunities to learn how as art educators, we have opportunities to promote affirmative action and inclusive practices in our classrooms. We will learn about:

• current issues, tensions and opportunities in implementing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in education

• community/school partnership initiatives that engage students in making artworks that transgress racial boundaries and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and heritage

• the practice of an Aboriginal artist, Danie Mellor, and ways we can develop Visual Arts programs using the Frames and Conceptual framework to support students’ learning and understanding of contemporary issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and cultures

Joining us at this event are special international guests from Illinois State University. Dr Judith Briggs and a group of pre-service art teachers who are in Australia to investigate how art teachers in New South Wales implement the Visual Arts Curriculum years 7-12. We welcome their involvement on the day and hope that they may join us in building understanding of Indigenous art practice..

UNSW School of Education also warmly welcomes the support of Department of Education and the Visual Arts & Design Educators Association NSW (VADEA)in this professional learning initiative.

ATESOL: Strategies for Working with Gifted English Language Learners and Other Diverse Populations | 7 July 2015

How can we conceptualize and foster high-level academic abilities among the linguistically and culturally diverse student populations in today’s schools? Join Dr. Michael Matthews of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in this workshop, where we will discuss and explore the theoretical, philosophical, and practical understandings that inform this important question. Topics will include second language acquisition, cultural differences, and how these may influence assessment outcomes and student motivation; the Advanced Academics model of gifted education; how social context influences the education of transnational students; and a variety of approaches that can be implemented within current educational systems to address student needs in these areas. Dr. Matthews is the author or editor of five books and over 30 articles in gifted education; co-editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics; chair-elect of the SIG-Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent of the American Educational Research Association; and a board member of the U.S. National Association for Gifted Children.

De-mystifying Accreditation for New Graduates | 9 May 2015

Are you mystified by the NSW BOSTES accreditation at Proficient process? Do you need a hand understanding the requirements? In this course we'll take a look at the requirements for accreditation at Proficient. We'll start with exploring the purpose and role of BOSTES. The session will explore the Australian Standards at Proficient and then move onto your role in gaining accreditation. Examples of appropriate evidence and annotations will be used, and participants are encouraged to bring their own evidence to workshop on the day. The course will be extremely practical, focussed on your situation and needs.

Identifying and responding to the educational needs of young gifted children | 15 May 2015

Young intellectually gifted children (early Stage 1 and Stage 1) differ from their age peers in terms of their cognitive and socio-affective development. Identifying gifted children as they enter school can be difficult and responding to their educational needs in a mixed ability classroom is often challenging. Finding a balance between the socio-affective needs of young children and their need for intellectual stimulation requires careful planning by teachers.

ATESOL: What makes it EAL/D? Scaffolding language and learning across the curriculum | 5 June 2015

The morning session, led by Associate Professor Pauline Gibbons, aims to further develop experienced teachers’ understandings and practices in working with EAL/D students. It will draw on current research and practice in EAL/D pedagogy, including the underpinning knowledge that is essential for teachers who are developing EAL/D programs, or who may be taking leadership roles in EAL/D teaching and learning.

Empowering Teachers with iPad Basics for 1-1 Classrooms | 12 June 2015

If you are a good teacher feeling a bit apprehensive about the introduction of iPads into your classroom then this is the professional learning session for you. This session will focus on the features of the technology to help you deepening the learning of your students. The features of the technology will be explored to support you to get your students to create, think and collaborate. Presenter: Sandy Phillips was a classroom teacher the day the internet arrived. She has worked in the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Victoria in digital learning and innovation delivering professional learning and support to schools.

EDST5452: Contemporary Issues in Language Education

This course will introduce students to contemporary debates in foreign and second language education both in Australia and internationally, and examine these from a range of perspectives. Students will learn about key pedagogical issues by drawing on the latest research findings. Particular attention will be given to learner contributions to language learning, including the examination of critical aspects of individual learner differences from a sociocultural and psychological perspective. Other areas include identity of the language teacher in native and non-native language settings; a critical analysis of various language teaching methodologies in changing local and global contexts; and the politics and pedagogical implications of English as a lingua franca.

EDST 5808 - Key Concepts and Issues in Gifted Education

An introduction to the key concepts and issues surrounding the field of gifted education both in Australia and globally. The strategies of identification of giftedness and possible responses to this identification will also be introduced. This is one of the COGE and Masters level course offerings available to be taken without assessment as professional learning.

EDST5101: Interventionist, Experimental Research Design and Analysis

This course covers research design and data analytical strategies used in small scale experimental to large scale interventionist studies in educational settings. The focus of this course is to understand and apply experimental research designs and interpret statistical data. The course covers a number of basic descriptive statistical procedures including frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and regression, and inferential procedures including t-tests, ANOVA, chi-square and other non-parametric tests.

EDST5128: Communication Disorders and Assistive Technology

The course provides an overview of communication disorders, and augmentative and alternative (AAC) communication approaches for individuals with severe communication impairments. Emphasis is on developmental considerations, ecological needs, educational considerations, clinical assessments, selection and implementation of augmentative systems, and research-based practices. This course is part of the UNSW/DET Retraining Program, and will be one of two online offerings.

Mini-COGE (Mini Certificate of Gifted Education) | 16-17 March 2015

The GERRIC Mini-COGE offers teachers a strong foundation for catering for gifted learners in their classrooms. This two-day course runs several times a year on campus or schools may book it to run as an in-service.

EDST5438: Leadership Theory, Research and Practice | 14-15 March, 2-3 May 2015

Develops students' understanding of leadership theories, current research and practice. Considers the major approaches to leadership such as trait, behaviour, contingency and transformational leadership theory. Also considers current research and practice in the context of education.

EDST5142: Leading Educational Change | 7-8 March, 26 April, 30 May 2015

This course is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of leadership and educational change and to provide them with the theoretical and conceptual tools necessary to analyse, evaluate, problematize and reconstruct current leadership and educational change practices.

EDST5127: Coaching and Mentoring in Educational Leadership | 7-8 March 2015, 30 May 2015

Reseach strongly indicates the importance of quality teachers in improving student outcomes.There is a recogntion that many models of performance management of staff are outdated and ineffective. In order to enhance the performance of teachers, leaders need to understand the importance of motivation, relationships and learning conversations.

The focus of this course is on the role that mentoring and coaching can play in the development of the leader and the teacher. Models and perspectives on coaching and mentoring will be developed as well as the development of listening and reflection skills. Action research by the students will provide feedback on the various models of mentoring and coaching.

A Step-by-Step Guide for Supervising Teachers who Support Teachers in Achieving and Maintaining their Proficient Teacher Accreditation | 27 February 2015

UNSW School of Education collaborates with BOSTES to present a workshop for Head Teachers, Supervisors, Principals and Executive who support teachers who are working towards Proficient Teacher accreditation. The workshop will cover the requirements to attain and maintain Proficient level accreditation while focusing on the role of experienced educators in establishing the professional learning conditions that best support their staff. There will be an emphasis on practical strategies and tools that will build capacity and enhance the role of teacher leaders, mentors and supervisors.

Presented by- Michele Laing (M. Sp.Sc; B.Ed.) Senior Policy Officer, Teaching Standards, BOSTES, Georgina Doukas (BA Dip Teach) Senior Policy Officer, Professional Learning, BOSTES, Tracey Cunningham (B.Ed) Senior Policy Officer, Professional Learning, BOSTES

Change Agents? Critical Practice and Discourses in Visual Arts Curriculum | 20 February 2015


This one-day conference for secondary visual arts teachers in the NSW Department of Education and Communities is a joint initiative of UNSW School of Education and the NSW Department of Education and Communities. It will examine suggested amendments for the Visual Arts Stage 6 syllabus and offer opportunities to reflect on changes in the artworld since the syllabus was first published in 1999.

KEY PRESENTERS: Dr Kerry Thomas, Associate Professor, School of Education, UNSWDr Karen Maras, Senior Lecturer and Program Convenor, School of Education, UNSW; Rach Kirsten, Creative Arts Advisor Years 7–12, NSW Department of Education and Communities and  Chris Bates, Artist and former Head Teacher Creative Arts Hornsby Girls High School and former Supervisor of Marking HSC Visual Arts.

Ignite the Spark, Fuel the Fire: Differentiation for Diversity | 13 & 14 February 2015

Ignite the Spark, Fuel the Fire: Differentiation for Diversity is an exciting partnership between the University of New South Wales and the NSW Department of Education and Communities, building on The Western Sydney Gifted and Talented conference in February 2013, which was a celebration of teachers igniting the spark in students. This 2 day conference will continue to showcase innovative, quality differentiated teaching which enables all students to reach their potential by catering for their diverse needs. Workshops and presentations will include sharing by experts and researchers, primary and secondary schools and NSW Department of Education and Communities Advisors, making this conference an essential, Institute-registered professional development experience on which to build classroom practice. This conference is a partnership between the DEC and UNSW School of Education.

Keynote Presenters: Professor C. June Maker, Dr Katherine Hoekman, and Dr Susen Smith

Art World Alliances: negotiating new options for framing Stage 6 Visual Arts
28 November 2015

Visual Arts teachers are witnessing significant shifts in how classroom practice is being reshaped by changing interests in the artworld and broader society. For instance, the impact of digital technologies, the re-interest in discipline and associated philosophical developments, including the relational, provide us new options for reframing learning and teaching in Visual Arts at the syllabus level.

This day provides the opportunity to explore how we could proceed in updating the Stage 6 Visual Arts syllabus taking these recent developments into account. We have some ideas about how we could proceed and have sought advice from BOSTES staff and discussed some options with the VADEA executive. Now we want to open up the discussions with Visual Arts teachers and seek your feedback. A brief proposal for amending the Stage 6 Visual Arts syllabus has been drafted. This will be our focus on the day.

Dr Kerry Thomas, Honorary Associate Professor, School of Education, UNSW, Visiting Fellow, COFA
Dr Karen Maras, Acting Head of Education, Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts Education, Australian Catholic University

Capitalising on Communication Opportunities: A Two-Way Street between Teachers and Parents

21 November 2014

A solid line of communication between home and school is vital to creating a partnership to support both the academic and affective growth of students. Engaging caregivers and parents requires being responsive and respectful in this shared responsibility. In order to cultivate this relationship, teachers must develop and extend their repertoire of communication skills.

In this course we will explore:

  • The use of technology
  • Obstacles to communication
  • Becoming proactive communicators
  • Additional strategies to engage parents

Dr Jennifer Jolly Senior Lecturer in Gifted Education, School of Education, UNSW

Digital Learning:Beyond Engagement
14 November 2014

We all know that many students enjoy using technology but is that enough? How does technology allows us and our students to do things differently, better, deeper? If you are a good teacher, know your curriculum and content but are exhausted by the continuous change presented by technology this session might give you a fresh look at where technology can make a difference. This is not a session about the latest gadgets. It is about using technology to teach and learn better.

Sandy Phillips is currently in the Digital Learning team - Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). Her role includes development and delivery of opportunities to deliver an online environment for teachers’ which supports them in the education of 21st Century Learners.

Identifying and Responding to the Needs of Gifted Young Children
31 October 2014

Young intellectually gifted children (early Stage 1 and Stage 1) differ from their age peers in terms of their cognitive and socio-affective development. Identifying gifted children as they enter school can be difficult and responding to their educational needs in a mixed ability classroom is often challenging. Finding a balance between the socio-affective needs of young children and their need for intellectual stimulation requires careful planning by teachers.

 Academic Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom
5 September 2014

This workshop will outline and demonstrate strategies, accommodations, adaptations, activities and low cost resources that will enhance the skills, knowledge and abilities of upper primary and secondary students in different subject areas, in inclusive classrooms, especially those students with special needs/diverse abilities. The workshop will also address the development of executive functioning skills in all students.

Presenter: Dr Angela Wilson

Social and Emotional Development of Intellectually Gifted Children

29-30 September and 2-3 October, 2014

This course focuses on the social, emotional, and moral development of children of high intellectual potential, examining current educational and psychological concerns regarding the incidence of underachievement, lack of motivation, depression and 'dropping out' among gifted children.

Identification of Gifted Students (Four Day Intensive/Online course)

Face to face: Mon 30th June - Thurs 3rd July, 2014

Online: Wed 6th August - Tue 9 Sept, 2014

Key issues in the identification of gifted and talented students will be examined with a focus on subjective and objective measures of identification, multiple criteria approaches and the domains of giftedness by which students can be identified and their abilities and achievements be accurately assessed.

Evidence Based Practice Behaviour Management
29 August 2014

Classroom management is one of three main teaching activities, yet it can present teachers with their greatest challenge. This workshop will focus on core classroom and behaviour management practices (strategies) that are evidence-based, to assist teachers in managing their classrooms effectively. The workshop will be highly interactive and provide time for experimentation and discussion regarding the practices/strategies imparted.

Presenter: Dr Sue O'Neill

Dr. Sue O'Neill is one of the few researchers in Australia who conducts research on evidence-based practices in classroom management, and is a national award winning lecturer in the field.

Supporting EAL/D learners: Integrating language with content learning across the curriculum
15 August 2014

We will draw on a functional approach to language, on social and collaborative views of learning and on current research in second language development (although a prior knowledge of these areas is not necessary for participants). The day will include opportunities for small group workshops, discussion and questions, and participants will be encouraged to share their own ideas with others.

Presenter: Associate Professor Pauline Gibbons

Digital Learning Infusion
8 August 2014

Do you feel a little flattened by the digital revolution? A bit anxious and know you need to take the plunge but not sure how? This is a day to energize you to look at simple technologies that can make a difference to your curriculum delivery and your students learning.

Presenter: Sandy Phillips

Sandy Phillips is currently in the Digital Learning team - Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). Her role includes development and delivery of opportunities to deliver an online environment for teachers’ which supports them in the education of 21st Century Learners.

Improving Student Learning Through Practical Feedback
25 July 2014

The feedback we give to our students is useless unless used by them to improve their learning. This workshop provides you an opportunity to ensure alignment of success criteria and performance standards to learning outcomes, which this process, apart from ensuring the coherence of learning and teaching activities, helps you identify what feedback to give to students.

Presenter: Dennis Alonzo

Curriculum Differentiation and Assessment in Gifted Education (Four Day Intensive course)
Mon-Tue 7th-8th July & Thurs-Fri 10-11 July, 2014 (10am – 5pm all days)

This course examines the key concepts and issues in curriculum development for gifted students and where this meets with global perspectives on curriculum differentiation. Varying models of curriculum evaluation based on longitudinal research methodologies will also be a focus.

GERRIC Master Class: Engaging Students in Real Problem Solving 
4 July 2014

For the past five years, Professor Maker and her colleagues have been developing and studying ways to teach science in an interdisciplinary way using a problem based learning model with children, youth, and teachers. The model is called Real Engagement in Active Problem Solving (REAPS), and they continue to conduct several studies of its effectiveness. In this hands-on workshop, Professor Maker will present the overall framework of her work, engage participants in experiences similar to the ones designed for students, and share many examples of the teaching/learning experiences she has tested and evaluated.

Presenter: Professor C. June Maker (University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA)

Art world alliances: negotiating relationships between the art classroom, art world and art teacher’s professional obligations
20 June 2014

This professional learning day provides the opportunity for highly accomplished Visual Arts teachers to address contemporary developments in art and education that affect teaching and learning in Visual Arts 7-12 in NSW schools.

All presenters are highly qualified and well known to Visual Arts teachers. They include:

Dr Kerry Thomas, Honorary Associate Professor, School of Education, UNSW, Visiting Fellow, COFA

Dr Karen Maras, Acting Head of Education, Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts Education, Australian Catholic University

Graeme Colman, Head Teacher Visual Arts and Design, St Vincents College

Luise Guest, Visual Arts Coordinator, Loreto Kirribilli

Karen King, Creative Arts Coordinator, Caroline Chisolm College

Karen Profilio, Head Teacher Creative Arts North Sydney Girls’ HS

This event is a collaboration between UNSW, COFA and VADEA.

Strategies for Supporting Safe, Responsible and Smart Digital Citizens
13 June 2014

Schools have an important role to educate children and young people to be safe, responsible and smart digital citizens. These contemporary skills are essential for every student’s wellbeing as well as providing them the opportunity to be active and informed citizens now and into the future.

Presenter: Sandy Phillips

Sandy Phillips is currently in the Digital Learning team - Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). Her role includes development and delivery of opportunities to deliver an online environment for teachers’ which supports them in the education of 21st Century Learners.

Positive Behaviour Learning
23 May 2014

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a systems approach that addresses the diverse academic and social needs of students in schools to support them in achieving the outcomes that enable them to be successful. This workshop is designed to develop an understanding of the PBL framework, the three-tiered continuum of behaviour and academic support and review the critical elements of PBL implementation.


Jill Schofield, Positive Behaviour for Learning Coordinator, Public Schools NSW
Ann Eckert, Positive Behaviour for Learning Officer, Public Schools NSW
Leanne Neville, Positive Behaviour for Learning Officer, Public Schools NSWDEC logo

This course was run in partnership with the DEC.

Master Class: Using game theory to understand ‘what works’ for student learning
7 March 2014

This session introduces key principles from game theory to better understand the idea of 'what works' in classroom teaching. The principles are based in research on how people become engaged and motivated in the activities they do. In a sense, they can function as archetypes or ‘deep structures’ to define how teachers set up activities to engage (or not engage) their students, and can thus help to support teachers in planning, implementing, and analyzing classroom activities. By using these principles to think with, we can begin to build a sort of ‘grammar’ of language teaching in the classroom activities we do. This workshop is meant for new and experienced teachers and for teacher trainers. Participants will briefly meet the principles and then will have opportunities to apply them to their particular settings.

Master Class: Practical curriculum design tools for teachers
21 February 2014

This session explores the processes of curriculum development and provides tools that teachers can use to develop and shape curriculum. Too often in education, curriculum is viewed as separate from instruction. Teachers are viewed as implementers of curriculum and responsible for its day-to-day implementation. As a result, most teachers are confident planning daily or weekly lessons but may find it challenging to ‘think curricularly’, that is, to understand how the parts fit together into the whole of the course or curriculum.

Are the Australian National Standards in Mathematics and English "Enough" for Bright Learners? Extending Standards Using Kaplan's 11 Strategies
Fri 17 Jan 2014

Professor Karen B. Rogers, Professor of Gifted Studies in the Special Education & Gifted Education Department in the College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesot

Academic Acceleration: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going?
Fri 10 Jan 2014

Professor Susan Assoulin, Director of the Belin-Blank Center, Professor of School Psychology, Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations at the University of Iowa

Differentiating the Curriculum for Diverse Learners Two Day courses

  • Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) - Fri 29 Nov and Mon 9 Dec 2013
  • Geography/Science - Mon 13 May and Wed 5 June 2013
  • Primary - Mon 5 Aug and Wed 28 Aug 2013
  • English/History/Languages - Mon 19 Aug and Wed 4 Sept 2013

Positive Behaviour Management
Fri 12 July 2013

Ian Luscombe, Principal of Westbank School in Westmead

Socio-Emotional Development of Intellectually Gifted Children
Thurs 4-Fri 5 July 2013

Susen Smith, Senior Lecturer in Gifted and Special Education at UNSW, GERRIC Senior Research Fellow