CPL program for semester 1

Apply online at www.cpl.asn.au/apply.

Content for courses

Teaching Reading and Writing for Years 3–6 using the NSW English K–6 Syllabus

This course is designed for teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the NSW English K–6 syllabus. The workshop will engage participants in an examination of syllabus outcomes for reading and viewing and writing and representing. There will also be an examination of text sets and the key processes of responding and composing with a focus on stage two and stage three.

Target participants: Teachers of students in years 3–6.

Teaching Reading and Writing Years K–2 using the NSW English K–6 Syllabus

This course is designed for teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the NSW English K–6 syllabus. This workshop will engage participants in an examination of syllabus outcomes for reading and viewing and writing and representing. There will also be an examination of text sets and the key processes of responding and composing with a focus on early stage one and stage one.

Target participants: Teachers K–2 who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the NSW English K–6 syllabus.

Teaching Students with Special Needs in Mainstream Classes

This course provides participants with a snapshot of the priority focus areas to be considered when addressing the needs of students with disabilities and special needs.

The course provides understanding and strategies to engage students through adjusted planning, teaching and behaviour support. The relevant Disability Standards are outlined to participants and ideas developed about how to adjust and accommodate teaching and learning programs, teaching strategies, behaviour management and assessment for diverse learners.

Target participants: Current or early career teachers with limited experience catering for students with disabilities or special needs in mainstream classes.

History 7–10 Supporting Teachers with the New NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

This course will provide teachers with an understanding of the new 7–10 History syllabus and discuss approaches to enhance the quality of history teaching. It will examine the features of the new syllabus and the flexibility it offers in programming and teaching. It will also examine the pedagogy underpinning the new syllabus, particularly the historical skills and concepts, and accessible resources.

There will be a focus on the use of sources and evidence in History 7–10. Participants will examine a range of sources, apply source analysis skills and examine how these important skills can develop students’ literacy and historical thinking. They will focus on assessment and the importance of integrating assessment into teaching and learning, including strategies for designing worthwhile tasks, minimising opportunities for plagiarism and providing students with effective feedback.

The course will be presented by Dr Jennifer Lawless, former history inspector for BOSTES, who is an expert in syllabus development and an experienced teacher and teacher educator, and Kate Cameron, former senior assessment officer for HSIE for BOSTES and an experienced teacher, head teacher and teacher educator. Dr Lawless and Ms Cameron have distinguished records in history publishing and providing professional support for teachers and both have received awards for their contributions to history education.

Target participants: Teachers of history 7–10 who wish to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the new syllabus.

Maths 7–10 Supporting Teachers with the New Syllabus

The Maths 7–10 course is a practical approach to exploring the new Board of Studies syllabus recently released as the NSW contribution to the Australian Curriculum. Participants will look closely at the new syllabus, discover what is “new” about it and examine its implications for teaching practice. There will be a particular emphasis on assessment for learning and on sharing useful ideas to support teachers in the classroom.

Time will also be devoted to working through straightforward and successful approaches to task design and backward mapping. While there will be a clear emphasis on what the latest research shows is the most effective teaching practice, the course, led by experienced classroom practitioners, will centre on providing teachers with practical ideas and practical support. As part of this goal all course participants will be requested to bring along their laptop and some simple, practical and successful ideas that they might share.

The course will blend presentations from skilled teachers with workshops and groups that will allow participants to share and explore Maths 7–10.

Target participants: Teachers of Maths 7–10 who wish to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the new syllabus.

Navigating the NSW Mathematics K–6 Syllabus

This course is designed for teachers who wish to investigate the components of the NSW mathematics syllabus. Participants will engage in a preliminary navigation of the syllabus and the implications for teaching. Teachers will delve into the outcomes and explore in a practical and interactive manner how to plan using the syllabus.

Target participants: Teachers K–6 who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the NSW K–6 mathematics syllabus.

Teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary for the NSW English K–6 Syllabus

This course is designed for teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the NSW English K–6 syllabus with a particular focus on teaching grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. It takes a hands-on approach to the age-old problem of teaching students to apply the conventions of accurate grammar in their writing.

Target participants: Teachers K–6 who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the NSW English K–6 syllabus outcomes for grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.

Improving your Pedagogy with Assessment in English K–6

This course will enable participants to explore assessment in the NSW English syllabus. Teachers will examine assessment for learning, assessment as learning and assessment of learning. Participants will explore how to practically implement aspects of assessment in their classrooms. They will look at the power of feedback, learning intentions, success criteria and learning goals to improve student learning as part of the teaching, learning and assessing cycle. Designing rich assessment tasks will be a focus.

Target participants: Teachers K–6 who wish to deepen their understanding of assessment and the NSW English syllabus for the Australian Curriculum.

Planning for Successful Learning using the NSW Mathematics K–6 Syllabus

This hands-on course is designed for teachers, in particular those in the earlier stages of their careers, who are exploring the NSW Mathematics K–6 syllabus. Participants will explore classroom set-up, student grouping, lesson planning and assessment to create a differentiated classroom where all students are actively engaged at their instructional level.

Target participants: All teachers K–6 in particular those in the earlier stages of their careers.

Lifting Achievement in Years 7–12

This course focuses on developing approaches to improve student performance in public high schools. Prof. Wayne Sawyer, who has conducted extensive research in this area, is joined by senior teachers to share proven successful strategies and ideas for lifting achievement levels. The course focuses on what individual teachers can do, what faculties can do and which whole-school approaches are most successful.

Target participants: Classroom teachers and teachers in promotions positions in secondary schools.

Secondary English Conference — English in Years 9–12 Teaching Shakespeare, Poetry and Drama

“Make it Real! Teaching Shakespeare, Poetry and Drama with Purpose and Passion” is a major conference for all involved in teaching English in Years 9–12.

There will be an exploration of the different ways to meet the challenges often associated with engaging our students with Shakespeare, poetry and drama. Plays and poetry provide some of the richest examples of English literature. The teaching of plays and poetry is enhanced when these texts are accessible and are relevant to students.

Our three highly experienced and passionate presenters, Dr Jackie Manuel, Deb McPherson and Jane Sherlock, will explore the drama, poetry and Shakespearean texts most likely to excite and enthuse students.

The presenters will explore the old, the bold and the new and discuss a list of stage-appropriate texts that work in the classroom. They will link these wonderful texts to appropriate syllabus outcomes and suggest a range of relevant teaching and learning strategies.

Target participants: All secondary English teachers and Head Teachers of English.

Early Career Teachers

This course will provide “new” teachers with an overview and orientation to the profession and to teaching. It will have a range of presenters who will consider questions around classroom management, the BOSTES and accreditation, planning and research, specific sector issues, mentoring, the importance of the big picture, programming, the stages of a career, and why everyone in public education is a leader.

Target participants: Teachers in the first two years of their teaching career.

Teaching Reading and Writing K–6 using the NSW English K–6 Syllabus

This course is designed for teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the NSW English K–6 syllabus. This workshop will engage participants in an examination of syllabus outcomes for reading and viewing and writing and representing. There will also be an examination of text sets and the key processes of responding and composing.

Target participants: Teachers K–6 who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the NSW English K–6 syllabus.

Leading Aboriginal Education in Your School — Relationships, Partnerships and Growth

This course is designed for principals and aspiring principals leading the implementation of Aboriginal education in school communities. Participants will reflect on the importance of explicit leadership to support the implementation of the existing Aboriginal Education Policy 2008 NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) in the context of various and relevant NSW and federal government policies.

There will be an exploration of the different ways to meet the challenges often associated with the implementation of whole school change with a focus on the importance of relationships and partnerships.

Our presenters, who are highly experienced in varied leadership roles in the DEC, will explore practical examples of ways to build cultural knowledge and understanding in schools and assist participants to develop an action plan within the six domains of the Aboriginal Education Policy 2008 DEC.

Target participants: Principals and aspiring principals leading the implementation of Aboriginal Education in school communities.

Classroom Management through Effective Teaching

This course focuses on the key concern of classroom management through the essential development and use of effective teaching strategies. Highly experienced teachers present the course in partnership with younger teachers who specialise in mentoring and teacher improvement.

The course provides participants with practical strategies and deeper understanding of the theory and practice of good management and good teaching. The course has whole-group discussions and also breaks up into specific primary and secondary workshops.

Target participants: Teachers in the earlier stages of their careers.

History K–6 Supporting Teachers with the New Syllabus

This course provides an overview of the new K–6 History syllabus and the exciting opportunities it offers to engage students in learning. This course aims to clarify what history is and how history “works”, at levels appropriate for K–6 learners.

With this as a foundation, course participants will engage in hands-on activities to analyse historical sources. Dr Jennifer Lawless will examine the use of a range of historical sources to support teaching and learning and analyse how historians use these sources and integrate them into historical writing and thinking.

Participants will be shown how to support students in the research process. Engaging in these activities will help build teacher confidence and will generate a multitude of ideas for the classroom.

Kate Cameron will discuss a range of teaching and learning activities that use artefacts, images or spoken or written texts to develop students’ skills in language, literacy and literature. Special attention will be paid to visual literacy.

The course will introduce readily available resources to support the K–6 History syllabus and will encourage participants to share resources they have found useful. There will also be an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns relating to the implementation of the K–6 History syllabus.

Target participants: Teachers K–6 who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the new syllabus.

Go to www.cpl.asn.au to register.