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Issue 73, August 2017
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2017 TRB Annual Conference
The year’s conference has a combined focus on competent, professional teachers and children’s well-being. Our two keynote speakers have many years of experience working with and supporting children and young people.
Cathy Taylor, Chief Executive of the new Department for Child Protection has broad experience working with communities and young people in Queensland, and is now responsible for overseeing some of the recommendations made in the Nyland Royal Commission report. Appointed last September, Ms Taylor will provide insights into the department and on how we can ensure all children have access to safe, well supported learning environments.
Cathy Taylor
Helen Connolly was appointed as South Australia’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People in March 2017 and has pledged to raise children and young people’s issues higher on the public agenda to ensure they are valued members of our community. Formerly an Executive Director at Australian Red Cross, Ms Connolly holds degrees in Social Sciences and Economics and has been the Chairperson on the South Australian Council of Social Service since 2010.
Helen Connolly
Other speakers include Associate Professor Debra Panizzon who will be sharing information on her teacher induction and mentoring project as well as Dr Peter Lind and Mia Toscano from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion. Join us at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hindmarsh Square on Friday 8 September. Entry is free and there are opportunities available to fund TRT release for teachers. To find out more and to register click here.
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Professional learning opportunities
The 31st annual Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) Embracing Diversity is being held in Hobart between Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 October. For more information click here.
Special Education Planning is holding:
  • Legal Obligations when Teaching Children/ Student with Disabilities at Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre, 175 Bains Road, Morphett Vale, Thursday 24 August, 5:00-6:30pm, early $29, normal $39. Find out more here.
  • Legal Obligations when Teaching Children/ Students with Disabilities at Sophia Conference Centre, 225 Cross Road Cumberland Park, Monday 4 September, 5:00 – 6:30pm, early $29, normal $39. Find out more here.
  • Mindfulness for Children/Students with Diverse Needs on Thursday 28 September, 4:30pm-6:00pm at Thebarton Community Centre, Corner South Road & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville. Cost, early bird (by 28 Sept) $31.53, standard $42.03. For more information and to register click here.
The Australian Association of Special Education (AASE) is a national organisation that advocates for quality educational programs and services for students with disability and special education needs. The South Australian Chapter of AASE is offering:
Grants of up to $1,500 for innovative programs that enhance the instructional environment and practices that:
  • build staff capacity and link to sustainable programs;
  • enable inclusive participation within the learning context;
  • reflect the diversity of learners in curriculum design.
Successful applicants will also receive a school membership of AASE (SA) for one year
For more information contact Ingrid Alderton, DECD Special Education Resource Unit on 8235 2871 or Applications close Friday 18 August.
The International Boys’ Schools Coalition is holding a 2017 regional conference, Bucking the Trend - What Works for Boys. It is targeted at teachers and school leaders committed to learning more about the best practices for boys’ learning. Thursday 14 & Friday 15 September at Prince Alfred College. For more information and to register click here.
Learning 4 All is holding Making My Classroom Work for Me: Developing student organisation, self-management and behaviour to access learning effectively for special education and primary teachers. Monday 28 August at The Highway, 290 Anzac Highway, Plympton, 9:00am-3:30pm, $140. To find out more or register click here.
The Principals Australia Institute is holding:
  • Principal Wellbeing, a workshop on achieving a resilient mindset and developing problem-solving strategies, 8:30am – 4:00pm, Tuesday 15 August. More information here.
  • Teacher Wellbeing, a workshop designed to enable teachers and school staff members to build resilience in and out of the classroom, 9:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday 22 August. More information here.
The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation SA is holding a Movement and Learning: Improving Student Achievement seminar on Monday 28 August. More information here.
Autism SA workshops
  • Setting students on the Autism spectrum up for success in the primary setting, Wednesday 13 September, 9:30am – 4:00pm, $165 members, $175 non-members
  • Supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum in therapy session, Wednesday 30 August, 9:30am–4:00pm, $165 members, $175 non-members.
Both sessions are held at 262 Marion Road, Netley. Register at
The Association of School Business Administrators conference Charting the Course is being held in Sydney from Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 September. Click here for more information.
The South Australian Collaborative Childhood Project will host the Re-imagining Childhood Conference from Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 November at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Delegates will have the opportunity to engage with international and local leaders in early childhood researching the Reggio Emilia approach to inspire and inform early childhood policy and practices in their own context. International keynote speakers include Professor Carla Rinaldi, Professor Peter Moss & Professor Gunilla Dahlberg. Find out more here.
Little Lessons Australia presents Discover the Personality Chemistry in your Classroom with Kate Mason. Tuesday 12 September, 8:45am – 3:00pm. Belair Park Country Club, Upper Sturt Road, Belair, $135 + booking fee. For more information and to register click here. Bookings close 25 August.
An Effective Art Ideas and Techniques workshop for primary and lower secondary class teachers and art teachers is being held on Saturday 26 August. Holdfast Bay Community Centre, 51 King George Avenue, Hove, 9:00am-12noon, cost $60. Contact Debbie Cerone with your name and contact details. 
Drama SA is holding The Creative Classroom workshop for teachers from preschool to upper primary and featuring strategies and learning adaptable for secondary drama teacher. Thursday 31 August, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Pembroke Junior School, 11 Walsall Street, Kensington Park. Members $35, non-members $70. For more information and to book here.
The Hartley Institute is holding:
  • Keeping Pedagogical Documentation effective and efficient (Children aged 2 -5 years) workshop with Dr Jo Fahey. Saturday 12 August, 9:00am – 12:30pm, 54 Capper Street, Kent Town. Cost $99. Click here for more information.
  • Microsoft Excel Essentials for School Support Staff on Friday 11 August, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. $220pp with group discounts available.
The Australian Association of Special Education SA (AASE SA) invites nominations for the AASE SA Teacher Award 2017. If you would like to nominate someone or would like further information please contact Angela Centofanti at Catholic Education SA: Nominations close on Friday 1 September 2017.
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