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Issue 103, October 2018
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Online teacher support groups
Find and share information, resources and support with other educators online by joining one of the many teacher Facebook groups.
  • Teachers of Adelaide
    A place for South Australian teachers to network, share/ request resources & discuss all things teacher-y.
  • Teachers of SA
    Provides inspiration, resources and news to the South Australian education community. The page is maintained and moderated by Credit Union SA.
  • The Importance of Leadership
    This group is open to all educators with an interest in leadership, whether from the classroom, within a school or in a wider context.
  • Digital Technologies & Computational Thinking
    Wondering what computational thinking looks like in the classroom? This group is for educators and others who recognise that learning to code is only part of the process.
  • Relief Teaching Ideas Community
    A spin off of the Relief Teaching Ideas Facebook Page. This is for ALL teachers - casual, permanent, contract, part time, student teachers, specialists, tutors, teacher aides, home schoolers, and anyone else interested in education!
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Can:Do Classroom
Can:Do Classroom offers engaging and free curriculum linked resources that teach primary school children about social inclusion, noise induced hearing loss and Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Find out more here.



Professional learning opportunities
The Australian Science and Maths School is holding the following events:
  • Early Career Teachers in STEM, designed to complement induction programs in schools and DECD and aims to provide support for ECT in the early years with particular focus on STEM. Friday 23 November, 8:30am – 4:00pm.
  • ASMS Educator Open Days, the day will include class observations, school tour and questions with ASMS students, sessions with a focus on innovative approaches such as interdisciplinary learning and inquiry pedagogies. Thursday
    1 November, 8:30am – 4:00pm.
Both events are free for Department for Education staff and $100 per session for non-department staff. At ASMS, Flinders University, Bedford Park. Please contact Karla Pobke or go to the ASMS website for more professional learning STEM opportunities.
Cue Learning is holding the following sessions: 
  • Building Basic Number Skills Effectively, Years R-7 , with Adrian Dilger. Saturday
    3 November, 8.30am-12.30pm. Using games and activities in a structured sequence across your school as a highly engaging way to build basic number skills in Yrs R-8. Used in many SA schools, this innovative approach is separate from daily maths lessons and supports intervention work in your school. Cost: $95. Blair Athol North School. Find out more
    hereFor more information contact Phil Callen here or call 0400799255. Ask about or 20% discount for TRT teachers and 50% for preservice teachers.
  • Strategies for Developing Powerful Writers, Yrs 3-7 with Sharon Callen & Denis Alderman. Explore how to free every young writer's potential by linking literature mentor texts with quick writing routines. The session will include demonstrations, participant involvement and resources. On Saturday 17 November, 8:30am-12:00pm at St Catherine’s School Stirling. Cost: $95, 10% discount for TRTs and 50% discount for pre-service teachers. Contact Phil Callen for more information and TRT or pre-service promo codes on 0400 799 255 or email.
Visit our websites for professional development and teaching resources
The University of Sydney in partnership with UniSA, ALEA, EChO, Cue Learning and Lisa Burman Consulting is holding a symposium titled, ’The Role of Phonics in Learning to be Literate’ with Professor Pauline Harris, Professor Robyn Ewing and consultant David Hornsby on Saturday
24 November 9.30 to 1:00pm at St Peters Girls’ School, Stonyfell. Cost: $110.
The symposium will firstly highlight the way key national and state policy drivers relate to educational and social inclusion for all learners, and then explore why particular strategies e.g. ‘phonics instruction’ are so foregrounded by policy makers in the light of current research. The session will conclude with the expectations of the Australian Curriculum around meaning making in order to teach phonics explicitly and systematically. Implications for the classroom will be discussed.
Discounts apply for members of ALEA and EChO members: $44 individual or $55 institutional. Registration here or contact Phil Callen for more information here.
Autism SA is holding their 2019 Autism Conference Series Using the Social Thinking Methodology to Support Social Learning with Michelle Garcia, for anyone who supports a person on the Autism Spectrum. On Friday
15 February, 9:30am-4:00pm at the South Australian Jockey Club, 79 Morphett Road, Morphettville. Super early bird member rate $216+GST and non-member rate $240+GST end 30 October. Standard price $330+GST.
Ideal Learning is offering online learning through their Neuroeducation Series. Eight short courses totalling 20 hours of learning for $153+GST. If a school would like to pay for their teachers an invoice can be sent directly to the school. Find out more here.
Cutting Edge of Prevention and Wellbeing is an interactive session that gives participants a clear understanding of the 3 Golden Keys to school-based wellbeing and ideas for applying these in their own school context. For middle years and secondary educators. Presented by Dr Tom Nehmy, it is being held on Thursday
22 November, 9:00am–3:15pm, West Lakes Golf Club, 26 Lochside Drive, West Lakes.
Cost $185. Find out more here.
Sophic Skills is holding How to Assess Creative and Critical Thinking a workshop that explores in depth the ways that teachers can assess thinking in the Community of Inquiry model. Our educators are expert in the Philosophy in the Classroom pedagogies and have many years of experience in tertiary and secondary education. A half day workshop on Saturday 27 October at the Lakes Resort, West Lakes. Cost $150 pp. To book click here or email here.
The School Library Association of SA is holding Using the AITSL Standards for Teacher Librarians. This workshop will assist participants to use the Standards to write Annual Professional/Performance Development plans and purposefully use the Standards to evidence the impact of the teacher librarian on student learning and the professional development of colleagues. It will also introduce annotating evidence using the Standards. Wednesday 24 October, 6:00pm-8:00pm at the EDC, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh. Cost: members $40, non-members $50. To find out more and to book click here.
The Department for Education is holding an Early Years Teachers – Setting up for Success workshop that will provide essential information, guidance and strategies to support development as an effective teacher and build understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and transitioning from graduate to proficient teacher. At the Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 October. Find out more here.
SPELD SA is running two Dyscalculia workshops at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the 9 - 10 November 2018. Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm For more information and to register click here
Nature Play SA is holding Teaching in an Outdoor Learning Environment on Saturday 3 November 9.30am–2.30pm at the Wittunga Botanic Gardens.
Cost: $170 members plus GST, $177 non-members plus GST Lunch provided.
The session is aimed for primary educators and site leaders this workshop will explore how to set up for success in the outdoors and work with confidence in an outdoor learning environment. It offers participants the opportunity to explore the dynamic and sometimes challenging aspects of outdoor learning and nature play and will provide you with practical ‘next steps’ to ensure your site is ready to take learning outdoors.
Click here to book or go to the Nature Play SA website for more information
University English Centres Australia (UECA) and The University of Adelaide English Language Centre present Inspiring Engagement of Learners and Teachers to be held in Adelaide on 3 November 2018. Registrations are now open here.
The presentations are relevant to all teachers, not just those involved with ‘English as an Additional Language’ (EAL) students, The day will include a diverse range of sessions and presenters. Cost: $70 for the full day, which includes morning and afternoon tea, lunch and networking with drinks and nibbles after.
Gowrie SA is holding the following:
To find out more about these workshops or other courses at Gowrie SA click here.
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