PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Thanks to the generous support of the NSW Department of Education's Community Language Schools Program (CLSP), we provide free training for community language school teachers. Scroll down to see what we, and other providers, have to offer.  Click here for all CLSP training, and here for information about Sydney University's short courses in community language teacher education and leadership. 

Planning for Teaching and Learning Workshop Series: What is a Teaching Program?

When: Monday 1 November @ 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: Online via Zoom

A teaching program is like your school’s road map outlining WHAT (themes, topics, and outcomes) and HOW (methods, strategies, activities, resources) you will teach your students over the course of a year for each stage/level. Having this road map allows you to sequence teaching and learning experiences that build on students’ skills and knowledge to ensure they progress in their learning within and across the school years. Teaching programs include a scope and sequence, units of work, lesson plans, resources, and assessing and reporting plans. In this workshop, we will focus on developing a Scope and Sequence for your class.

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Planning for Teaching and Learning Workshop Series: NESA K-10 Language Syllabus Familiarisation

When: Wednesday 3 November @ 5 pm to 6 pm

Where: Online via Zoom

The NESA K-10 Language Syllabuses are an invaluable go-to tool when planning for teaching and learning. This workshop will guide you through the NESA K-10 Language Syllabus Framework (on which all NESA Language Syllabuses are based) and explain how it relates to the Australian Curriculum, the key terminology used,  and how you can use the outcomes and content to differentiate learning opportunities for your students.

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Internation Conference on Community Heritage/Language Education

When: Thursday 11 November to
Saturday 13 November 2021

Where: Online 

Cost: $50.00

Organised by Sydney Institute of Community Languages Education, this 3-day conference featuring international guest speakers, renowned Australian researchers and experienced classroom practitioners will explore community/heritage language education and its key role in maintaining and developing intergenerational linguistic and cultural understandings. The conference will bring together researchers, school leaders, teachers, community members, parents and students.

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Planning for Teaching and Learning Workshop Series: Understanding Your
Students

When: Wednesday 27 October @ 5 pm to 6 pm

Where: Online via Zoom


Your students are unique individuals who bring their own interests, strengths, needs and experiences to the classroom. Understanding and appreciating the diversity of your students is important if you want to provide them with quality learning experiences and engage them in the learning process. In this workshop we will explore some strategies and tools to help you understand who your learners are, what makes them tick and how you can use this knowledge to create an engaged and inclusive classroom.

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Planning for Teaching and Learning Workshop Series: Assessing Student Learning and Giving Effective Feedback

 When: Monday 25 October @ 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: Online via Zoom


Assessment is an essential tool for teaching and learning as it enables teachers to make evidence-based judgements about student learning and achievement. In this workshop we will review different kinds of assessment: assessment for learning, assessment as learning and assessment of learning and explore why supporting assessment with providing effective feedback to students about their learning is fundamental to their success.


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Planning for Teaching and Learning Workshop Series: Using the Teaching and
Learning Cycle to Plan a Lesson

When: Wednesday  20 October @ 5 pm to 6 pm

Where: Online via Zoom

In this workshop, we will look at structuring your lessons using the
Teaching and Learning Cycle. We will also consider how you can make learning ‘visible’, the importance of establishing routines and providing opportunities for pair and group work, and how to formatively assess your students’ learning.

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Planning for Teaching and Learning Workshop Series: Elements of a Unit of Work

When: Monday 18 October @ 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: Online via Zoom


A unit of work is a plan of the intended teaching and learning for a particular class for a particular period of time, usually between 3-10 weeks. This workshop will unpack the elements of a unit of work and show you how to use the ‘backward mapping’ learning design process. We will start with what you want your students to be able to know, do and understand at the end of a unit of work (outcomes), and how students can demonstrate these (summative assessment task).  From there, we'll unpack the language demands of the assessment task and brainstorm different teaching strategies and learning activities to scaffold student learning.

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Planning for Teaching and Learning Workshop Series: What is a Teaching Program?

When: Wednesday 13 October @ 5 pm to 6 pm

Where: Online via Zoom

A teaching program is like your school’s road map outlining WHAT (themes, topics, and outcomes) and HOW (methods, strategies, activities, resources) you will teach your students over the course of a year for each stage/level. Having this road map allows you to sequence teaching and learning experiences that build on students’ skills and knowledge to ensure they progress in their learning within and across the school years. Teaching programs include a scope and sequence, units of work, lesson plans, resources, and assessing and reporting plans. In this workshop, we will focus on developing a Scope and Sequence for your class.

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Planning for Teaching and Learning Workshop Series: NESA K-10 Language Syllabus Familiarisation

When: Monday 11 October @ 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: Online via Zoom

The NESA K-10 Language Syllabuses are an invaluable go-to tool when planning for teaching and learning. This workshop will guide you through the NESA K-10 Language Syllabus Framework (on which all NESA Language Syllabuses are based) and explain how it relates to the Australian Curriculum, the key terminology used,  and how you can use the outcomes and content to differentiate learning opportunities for your students.

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Digital Storytelling with Adobe Spark

When: Tuesday 14 September 2021,  2 pm to 4 pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Digital storytelling is a fun, creative and versatile activity that enhances student engagement in language learning.

In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Adobe Spark Video to create a simple digital story. We'll also explore ways students can use digital storytelling to demonstrate their learning.

NB This workshop is interactive and there will be some hands-on activities. If you would like to participate, please create your free online Adobe Spark account (here) before the workshop.

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Story Weaver: Create a Free Digital Storybook in Your Language

When: Monday 6 September 2021, 5 pm to 6 pm

Where: Online


The power of using stories in the classroom is no secret. Stories often hold a strange and magical quality that can interest and engage learners in a way that few other materials and methods have. 

In this workshop we will introduce you to Story Weaver, an online repository of free storybooks that can be translated into (almost) any language. We will show you how you can create, adapt, and translate a digital storybook into your language to share with your class.

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Digital Storytelling with Adobe Spark

When: Tuesday 7 September 2021,  2 pm to 4 pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Digital storytelling is a fun, creative and versatile activity that can enhance student engagement. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Adobe Spark Video to create a simple digital story. We'll also explore ways students can use digital storytelling to demonstrate their learning. This workshop is interactive and hands-on. If you would like to participate in the activities, please create your free online Adobe Spark account before the workshop. Cut and paste the following URL to create your Adobe Spark account: https://spark.adobe.com/sp/

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 COVID-19 has impacted our children and young people's mental health - what can we do to help?

This is a free webinar presented as part of the National Child Protection Week 6-10 September 2021 

When: Friday 10 September 2021, 1 pm to 2.30 pm

Where: Online

COVID-19 has dominated not only the news headlines but it has fundamentally changed the way we all live. With the ever-changing restrictions, lockdowns and isolation from loved ones, it’s understandable that it’s been a confusing and challenging time, particularly for children and young people. Missing out on school, hanging out with their friends and cousins, cuddles from grandparents and the changing rules are taking a toll now and likely into the future. Although we occasionally hear about the toll the pandemic has taken on our mental health, unfortunately the reality for many children and young people is extremely challenging. We need to act. Now. Come along to hear from leading experts about the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of children and young people and the strategies we can use to support them as well as each other, at a time when many of us are already overwhelmed.

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Top 10 High Impact Teachng Strategies (HITS)

When: Wednesday 1 September 2021, 5 pm to 6,30 pm 

Where: Online via Zoom

High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) are evidence-based ways to teach that increase student learning.  Out of thousands of studies on what works in classrooms across Australia and the world, HITS are at the top of strategies that contribute to student learning. This workshop will introduce you to these 10 strategies so that you can add some or all of them to your teaching toolbox. 

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Digital Storytelling with Adobe Spark

When: Tuesday 24 August 2021 and Tuesday 31 August,  5pm to 7pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Digital storytelling is a fun, creative and versatile activity that can enhance student engagement.

In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Adobe Spark Video to create a simple digital story. We'll also explore ways students can use digital storytelling to demonstrate their learning.

NB This workshop is interactive and there will be some hands-on activities. If you would like to participate, please create your free online Adobe Spark account (here) before the workshop.

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Introduction to Seesaw for Student Centred Learning

When: Wednesday 25 August 2021 5 pm to 6 pm
Where: Online
Seesaw is an amazing, easy-to-use online platform. In this workshop, you will learn how you can use Seesaw to support and engage your students while learning from home and when we return to face-to-face lessons. Your students can use Seesaw to demonstrate their learning and get feedback from you (and their parents and peers). Students are empowered to create, reflect, share, and collaborate using fun tools such as photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. Seesaw is also a fantastic tool for students to create their own Digital Learning Portfolio that allows them to can see their progress and take ownership of their learning.

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Community Language Schools Program Induction Workshop

NB This is a 3-hour workshop delivered over 2 sessions

Session 1: Tuesday 17th August 3 pm to 4.30 pm

Session 2: Wednesday 18th August 3 pm to 4.30 pm

This induction workshop provides important information about how to administer and run your community language school in accordance with the Community Language Schools Program's guidelines and best practices.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

• Grants, funding applications, database

• The Minister's Awards for Excellence

• COVID 19 requirements

• Record-keeping and reporting requirements

• Program contacts and organisation

• Professional development and training

• Relationships with host schools and Community Use Agreements

• Programming for learning

• Incident reporting

• Working with Children Check and Annual Assurance

• Communication - protocols and practice

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Using Storybooks to Create Fun and Engaging Language Lessons

When: Tuesday 10 August 2021, 4 pm to 5.30 pm

Where: Online

The power of using stories in the classroom is no secret. Stories often hold a strange and magical quality that can interest and engage learners in a way that few other materials and methods have.

In this workshop we will explore the rich potential storybooks offer for language learning and how to choose a suitable storybook for your class. We will review some simple story telling techniques and some tried and tested pre, during and post reading activities that you can use to engage and teach your students in meaningful ways.

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Introduction to Seesaw for Student Centred Learning and Engagement

When: Wednesday 11 August 2021 12 pm to 1 pm
Where: Online
Seesaw is an amazing, easy to use online  platform for distance learning and student engagement. In this workshop you will learn how you can use Seesaw to support distance learning and face to face lessons. Your students can use Seesaw to demonstrate their learning and get feedback from you (and their parents and peers). Students are empowered to create, reflect, share, and collaborate using fun tools such as photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. Seesaw is also a fantastic tool for students to create their own Digital Learning Portfolio that allows them to can see their progress and take ownership of their learning.