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Issue 96, July 2018
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Fostering Our Next Generation of Teachers: Induction and Mentoring
Quality induction and mentoring plays a vital role for teachers in their first few years of teaching, as they build upon their knowledge and understanding of student learning while honing the skills necessary to become successful teachers.
Associate Professor Debra Panizzon spent the past 12 months researching what constitutes quality induction and mentoring in supporting teachers move from the Graduate to Proficient career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. As part of this research, she interviewed newly transitioned teachers and their mentors and evaluators together with with a number of principals. Findings highlight the components of quality induction and mentoring, which are articulated in seven case studies of teachers and schools. The report was launched on 29 June and is now available on our website here.
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Asian Physics Olympiad
The Asian Physics Olympiad is coming to Australia next year and your students could be part of the first-ever national team to compete on home turf! Take the first step by sitting the Australian Science Olympiads Exams in August. In celebration of Adelaide as the host city, South Australian schools will enjoy FREE registration* in any discipline: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science and Physics. Click here to find out more. Registrations close on Wednesday 18 July. *Terms and conditions apply.
Volunteer facilitators for One and All Sailing Ship
The One and All Sailing Ship, berthed at Port Adelaide, is actively seeking volunteer facilitators to assist in the school children’s education program and ship Open days. We are looking for active, confident facilitators who can present to small groups (8-10) of schoolchildren and/or adults as well as answering their questions relating to the activities, history, and information about the ship. The time commitment will be on a random basis either weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Check out our website and if you are interested we'd love to hear from you; email
Professional learning sponsorship opportunities
We currently have two sponsorship opportunities available for upcoming professional learning events. Expressions of Interest are invited from regional and country registered teachers who would like to attend:



Professional learning opportunities
The National Education Summit is being held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on Friday 31 August & Saturday 1 September. For all principals, school leaders, business managers and educators from K-12. Find out more here.
Sophic Skills
Engage with the Four Cs of 21st-century learning: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. We offer a range of programs focusing on developing these skills and dispositions through the General Capabilities. Come to one of our half day seminars or host a PD day in your school. Our educators are expert in the Philosophy in the Classroom pedagogies and have many years of experience in tertiary and secondary education.
  • Creating and Using Stimulus Material: What makes stimulus material engaging and effective? This workshop introduces ways to find effective materials to enrich your community of inquiry classroom. Saturday 28 July, 9:00am-1:00pm.
  • How to Teach Strong Argument Structure: So many students struggle to understand the anatomy of an argument. This workshop introduces argument structures and strategies for effective learning. Saturday 25 August, 9:00am-1:00pm.
  • How to Set Up and Run a Community of Inquiry: Bring creative, critical and collaborative thinking to your classroom. Saturday 29 September, 9:00am-1:00pm.
All workshops cost $150 pp and are being held at the Lakes Resort, West Lakes. To book click here or email
Companion Training for Seasons for Growth Children and Young People’s Program. Train to be a ‘Companion’ to facilitate the small group (4-7 participants) over 8 sessions with trainer Anne Phillips. There are four levels of the program to support children and young people 6-18 years who are experiencing grief due to change or loss experiences. Increase your specialist knowledge and develop your practice and at the same time support the needs and priorities of your school or organisation. Thursday 16 & Friday 17 August or Thursday 15 & Friday 16 November. At the Sisters of St Joseph, Reginal Administration Centre, 4 High Street, Kensington, 9:00am to 3:30pm. Cost $610 pp which includes Companion manual, journal, morning tea and lunch. For more information click here.
If your school or organisation is interested in staff training workshops or professional learning please contact Karen Muir on: 0428 620 264 or email:
Nature Play SA with the support of the Department for Education is holding a Nature for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Children Conference on Wednesday 8 August. Scotland’s Daniel and Terri Harrison from the Nature Nurture Project - an early intervention program for vulnerable and disadvantaged children will be joined by International Education Consultant Niki Buchan. The conference is targeted at educators and professionals who work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children from 3-12 years. At the Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace Adelaide. For more information and to book click here. Or email Maria Taylor to join the Nature Play SA mailing list.
The Department for Education is holding three regional Early Career Teachers – Being a Powerful Educator workshops. Designed for teachers who have attended Early Career Teachers - Setting up for Success or who are in their 2nd or 3rd year of teaching.
  • Chardonnay Lodge, Coonawarra, Thursday 30 & Friday 31 August
  • Central Oval Community Sporting Complex, Port Augusta, Monday 10 & Tuesday 11 September
  • Loxton Research Centre, Loxton, Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 September
For further information and to register log into Plink. You will need your Learn Link details. Search in the ‘catalogue’ for the Early Career Teacher Development program, scroll down to find the name of the workshop and open to register. Please call 8226 2569 if you have any questions.
The Migration Museum is holding school holiday professional learning HASS/Civics & Citizenship/History. On Monday 16 July 9:00am-3:30pm. Meet at the Migration Museum 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide. Free event but you must register here.
Autism SA
  • Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in High School, Wednesday 1 August, 9:30pm–4:00pm, members $175, non-members $185.
  • Supporting Primary School Students on the Autism Spectrum, Thursday 2 August, 9:30pm–4:00pm, members $175, non-members $185.
  • Understanding the Autism Spectrum, Monday 6 August, 9:00am-12:00pm, members $85, non-members $90.
  • Strategies to Support Individuals on the Spectrum, Monday 6 August, 12:30pm–3:30pm, members $85, non-members $90.
  • Using A & B Choices in the School Setting, Thursday 9 August, 9:30am-12:30pm, members $85, non-members $90.
All workshops are being held at Autism SA, Unit 1, 57 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth. Find out more information here.
Auspeld is holding a full day Creative literacy to support inclusion for those with dyslexia and other barriers to learning workshop with Carol Allen. With a focus on dyslexia, this workshop will explore key barriers to literacy and their implications for curriculum access. At the Adelaide Convention Centre, 8.30am-3:30pm, Saturday 18 August. Find out more here.
Drama SA is holding their State Conference Sifting Spaces on Saturday 11 August. Suitable for teachers from early childhood through to senior secondary, the day is an opportunity to inspire and be inspired by like-minded educators. Featuring sessions with renowned Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer and State Theatre Company Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, plus many more of South Australia’s experienced practitioners. At UniSA Magill Campus, 8:45am-4:30pm. To find out more and to book click here.
Learning 4 All presents Where’s the Sense in Learning Number Sense? Helping students who have difficulties learning everyday math and numeracy with Primary Mathematics Australia president Lisa-Jane O’Connor. On Monday 30 July 9:00am-3.30pm at The Highway, 290 Anzac Highway, Plympton, $145. For more information and to register click here
ACHPER is holding Game Sense #3 a one-day workshop focusing on thematic curriculum for Physical Education using the four-game categories. Friday 10 August, 8:45am-3:30pm at Mega Courts Indoor Sports, 10-18 Albert Street, Windsor Gardens. Members $180, non-members $320 (includes membership) – cost includes morning tea and lunch. For more information click here and to book click here.
Clinical Psychologist Kirrilie Smout is holding a Working with Children with Mental, Emotional and Behavioural Health Challenges in Primary School Settings seminar that will outline the most common emotional /behavioural/social/ mental health challenges for primary children in Australia, what these are, and the prevalence of these disorders in different age, gender and socio-economic groups. At the Resource Centre, Concordia College, St John’s Campus, 20 Highgate Street, Highgate, 3:30pm for a 4:00pm start – 6:15pm on Wednesday 8 August. Cost $45. Find out more here. Places are limited so please register by emailing:
SHINE SA is the Department for Education’s approved training provider for the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) professional learning. All Department for Education sites are required to provide the KS:CPC to all children and young people from Preschool to Year 12. Staff delivering the curriculum must complete a full day face-to-face training as outlined in the Department’s Policy. Wednesday 18 July or Tuesday 7 August 2018. At the EDC, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh. Cost $120. For more information click here.
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