Professional Development

Webinar Series 2020



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ES Reclassification Webinars are booked through Member Access
(using your IEU Membership number as Username, and home postcode as Password).


Teacher Webinars

Wednesday 11 March                    5:00pm – 6:00pm

High Impact teaching Strategies - Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

with Abbey Boyer

This session focuses on instructional practices that reliably increase student learning. Using John Hattie’s research, the HITS encourage teachers to be explicit in their teaching to enable students to better understand the work they are doing. The session will consider the research around Success Criteria and Learning Intentions. It will investigate how to write Success Criteria that link to the Learning Intention and relate to each activity through the whole lesson.

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Wednesday 11 March                    6:30pm – 7:30pm

Time-Saving Strategies for Classroom Teachers to collect NCCD

with Jane Wenlock

With the instigation of NCCD as the model for disability, classroom teachers are needing to substantiate the adjustments being made within the classroom. As more and more administrative tasks are being asked of teachers, the need to find more efficient and manageable ways of providing the evidence required for NCCD becomes even more important. This session will look at specific ways teachers can potentially streamline and improve the management and recording of evidence required for NCCD.

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Wednesday 29 April                               5:00pm – 6:00pm

Understanding the Learning Needs of EAL Students

with Abigail Bose

Catering for students with differing needs is a challenge for every teacher. There are often additional and specific educational needs for Students with English as an Additional Language (EAL). Frequently this means that there is extra work that needs to be prepared or extra assistance that needs to be provided during class time. This session will explore how to incorporate the learning needs of EAL students into the mainstream planning process using practices that benefit all students. This will include understanding the prior-educational experiences of EAL students and will present practical ideas and evidence-based tools to help assist these students and include them in whole class activities.

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Wednesday 29 April                               6:30pm – 7:30pm

Using Data to Inform Learning - Analysing Data to Make Decisions About Teaching

with Selena Fisk

Data has value to teaching when it informs the teacher about what the students are learning and how to target lesson planning. Data has value for student learning when it helps students to understand the progress they have made and when it fits into a continuum of learning that encourages them to recognise and take ownership of their own progress. This session will explore how data can be used and collected in a continuous assessment process to inform teaching and to support students setting learning goals. The session will focus on practical examples of data analysis.

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Wednesday 29 April                               8:00pm – 9:00pm

Collecting and Recording NCCD Data in Secondary Schools

with Jane Wenlock

With the instigation of NCCD as the model for disability, classroom teachers are needing to substantiate the adjustments being made within the secondary classroom environment. As more and more administrative tasks are being asked of teachers, the need to find more efficient and manageable ways of providing the evidence required for NCCD becomes even more important. This session will look at specific ways secondary school teachers can potentially streamline and improve the management and recording of evidence required for NCCD.

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Wednesday 13 May                               7:00pm – 8:30pm

High Quality Teaching Techniques - Strategies to save time on assessment

Presenter to be advised

What if you could reduce the amount of time that you spend reviewing and correcting student work and still see better results in terms of student learning? In this session the presenter will share classroom-tested strategies that lessen teachers' workload while increasing class participation and learning outcomes. The strategies include questioning technique, formative assessment techniques, modifications to summative assessment tasks and involving the students in the correction process.

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 Early Career Teacher Webinars

Tuesday 3 March                             7:30pm – 8:30pm

Top 10 Moments in your First Year - What to Expect

with Belinda Webb

The teaching year can be like riding wild rapids. There are moments of calm and then a wild flurry of twists and turns. Along with the unexpected and the challenging, there are predictable events and peak moments. The better you understand the cycle of the teaching year, the more likely you are to avoid plunging over the waterfall. The presenter will outline 10 moments that impact on most teachers and suggest ways that you can successfully manage these moments.

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Wednesday 11 March                    8:00pm – 9:00pm

Thriving in Term 2 - Developing Your Work Plan and Preparing Your VIT Inquiry

with Abbey Boyer

There are a range of tasks beyond face to face teaching that are required of a classroom teacher. As a graduate, or early career teacher, it can be challenging to establish the priorities in each term, particularly when there are pressures such as report writing in term two. This session will explore the development of an effective work plan, that will still allow you the time to start planning for the completion of the VIT Inquiry (portfolio).

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Wednesday 17 March                    7:30pm – 8:30pm

Top 10 Tips for Minimising Off-Task Behaviour

with Josh Walker

This session will explore 10 strategies to manage students’ behaviour to encourage engagement, increase student productivity and develop a classroom environment that you and the students can enjoy. The focus will be on routines, respect and relationships.

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Tuesday 5 May                               7:30pm – 8:30pm

Top 10 Tips on Formative Assessment

with David Innes

Assessment is the process of gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence about student performance. Formative assessment supports teachers to make informed and consistent judgements to improve student learning. In this session the presenter will explore the top 10 techniques he uses and how you can translate these techniques to your own classroom.

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Tuesday 19 May                               7:30pm – 8:30pm

Top 10 Tips for Developing Students' Literacy Skills

with Tanya Whiteside

The best students write stories with depth and meaning. They listen with intent for different voices and shades of meaning in the written and spoken word. They understand questions and assessment tasks in every subject. Expert teachers understand techniques and have strategies and resources to bring these qualities out in their students and literacy outcomes improve as a result. In this session the presenter will share 10 tips for improving literacy skills in your classroom.

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Wednesday 27 May                               7:30pm – 8:30pm

Thriving in Term 3 - Developing Your Work Plan and Preparing Your VIT Inquiry

with Abbey Boyer

Having reached the halfway point of the year and successfully completing the mid year reporting cycle it is important to regroup and evaluate the priorities for the next term. As we move into term three there are a number of tasks to focus on  in the delivery of curriculum and the preparation of the VIT portfolio. This session will explore how to prioritise tasks that are coming in term three as well as look at efficient ways to start collating the materials needed for the VIT Inquiry (portfolio).

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Tuesday 2 June                               7:30pm – 8:30pm

Top 10 Tips to Cater for Different Ability Levels

with Louise Dillon

Teachers should be constantly engaged in adjusting their teaching to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences for all students. In this session the presenter will outline the top 10 techniques she uses to differentiate the learning program for her students; covering ideas for struggling students and highly capable students (and everywhere in-between).

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Tuesday 16 June                               7:30pm – 8:30pm

Top 10 Conversation Starters for Parent-Teacher Meetings

with Lara Schendzielorz

Your first parent-teacher interviews meetings can be challenging. You can frame the meeting as a conversation in which you discover more about the child and his/her family. You can use the opportunity to find out what works with the child and the parents’ aspirations for the child. This session will introduce 10 conversation starters for parent-teacher meetings, and how you might manage the responses. This is about a ‘conversation’ not an ‘interview’.

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Education Support Staff Webinars

Monday 30 March                           3:00pm – 4:00pm

ESS Webinar (Victoria Catholic):
Understanding ESS Classification and Re-Classification

This one-hour webinar will give members an understanding of the classification structure in relation to the various occupational groups of staff, the levels of classification and the main elements that determine an employee’s classification level. The session will also outline how members can identify whether they are incorrectly classified and how an application for re-classification is made.

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Monday 30 March                           5:00pm – 6:00pm

School Support Webinar (Tasmania Catholic):
Understanding School Support Classification and Re-Classification

This one-hour webinar will give members an understanding of the classification structure in relation to the various occupational groups of staff, the levels of classification and the main elements that determine an employee’s classification level. The session will also outline how members can identify whether they are incorrectly classified and how an application for re-classification is made.

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Tuesday 30 June                           10:00am – 11:00am

Working One-to-One with Students with ASD

with Gail Preston

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder may experience difficulty when planning, preparing for, getting started and completing work tasks. Poor executive function - the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully - is often a characteristic of ASD. Students with ASD can often feel overwhelmed or disconnected from classroom activities that sees other students thrive. This session will outline practical ideas and strategies for teaching task skills that will benefit all students whilst specifically catering to students with ASD.

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Tuesday 30 June                           11:30am – 12:30pm

Working One-to-One with Students with ADHD

with Gail Preston

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) makes it difficult for people to inhibit their responses in everything from movement to speech to attentiveness. There is a need to cater for this within lessons but doing so can involve considerably more planning and preparation time. This session will explore the condition and how it manifests in the classroom and will outline an instructional practice framework to meet the needs of students with ADHD which can be built into regular practice to benefit the learning needs of all students in the classroom.

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Tuesday 30 June                           1:00pm – 2:00pm

Working One-to-One with Students with Dyslexia

with Gail Preston

Engaging with the curriculum can be difficult for a student when they experience challenges with literacy skills. For students with dyslexia, adjustments need to be made as the problems won't simply go away with more practice. Teachers can create a learning environment and use instructional practices that address these issues and build the strategies into regular lesson planning. This will maximise the learning outcomes for all students.  This session will explore a range of strategies that can be used to create a positive learning environment for all learning needs, with a particular focus on supporting students with dyslexia.

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Leadership Webinars

Thursday 2 April                               10:00am – 11:30am

Leadership Skills - Courageous Conversations with Colleagues

with Katrina Bourke

In a formal leadership role, there is pressure to respond to and resolve conflict situations with colleagues. We often have a collegial relationship with those colleagues, as teachers in the same group or team. It is important for leaders to further develop the social and emotional competencies required to move between their teaching role and their leadership role. This session will support leaders in their approach to managing challenging conversations with colleagues and will focus on practical conflict resolution skills to manage these challenging conversations.

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Thursday 2 April                               12:00pm – 1:30pm

Leadership Skills - Courageous Conversations with Parents

with Katrina Bourke

As leaders in schools we are often called to respond to difficult and challenging situations with parents and members of the community. This session will outline the social and emotional competencies needed to manage difficult conversations with parents and will explore proactive strategies to create a positive climate for parents to engage with the school and staff. This session will support new leaders in their approach to working effectively with parents and will focus on practical skills to manage these difficult conversations.

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Thursday 2 April                               2:00pm – 3:30pm

Leadership Skills - Courageous Conversations with Kids

with Katrina Bourke

Leaders are faced with complex decision-making processes that have a significant impact on student’s lives; it is important that leaders have basic counselling and support skills and techniques to use when having difficult or challenging conversations with students. This session will support leaders in their approach to counselling students effectively, focussing on practical skills for leaders who are not trained counsellors, but need to have courageous conversations with students.

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Wednesday 13 May                               5:00pm – 6:30pm

Leadership Coaching - Building the Skills of your Team

Presenter to be advised

Leading a team of teachers should be a collegiate process but it raises challenges. Being led through a process of reflection and improvement by a peer can be confronting for some staff. In this session the presenter will outline key principles and skills for leaders who want to engage in coaching. The session will also explore some possible solutions for those challenging moments that occur when you are working as a coach with a colleague.

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Wednesday 27 May                               5:30pm – 7:00pm

Leading a Relationship-Centred School

with David Vinegrad

Schools are a hub for the community which bring together a range of people for the common purpose of ensuring a high quality education for all students. The effectiveness of a schools ability to focus on educational outcomes and sustain engagement with all members of the community depend on the communication decisions of the school. This session will look at fostering and encouraging relationships within the school to ensure that staff, students, parents and the wider education community are able to work together effectively and that everyone can contribute appropriately.

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