Professional Learning Courses

These courses are each TQI approved in the ACT for 3 hours.

These courses also contribute 3 hours of NESA Registered Professional Development towards maintaining 

Proficient Teacher accreditation in NSW. 

These core courses are run across the school year at different times, check out current dates and sign up on the Register for PL page. If you'd prefer this PL happening in your school, drop us a line.

The Essential Elements of the Writer's Workshop

This workshop brings together the most important elements of the writer’s workshop style of pedagogy, allowing you to experience a lesson and get a sense of the community that builds within a workshop classroom.

The workshop will: ​

  • unpack how to write a bite-sized and specific lesson aim, based on the qualities of great writing

  • work through a mini-lesson, incorporating modeled, guided and independent practice

  • allow collaboration with a writing partner

  • use the language of the workshop to cultivate a sense of community

  • use mentor texts and writer’s notebooks, valuable teaching tools

  • illustrate how visual anchors can support students to work independently through the writing process 

  • combine conferencing and interim writing assessments to create a comprehensive assessment portfolio

  • provide opportunity to experience the power of sharing your writing with an audience

There will be time to reflect on our learning from the workshop, considering individual contexts and the needs of the students within them. With an implementation plan in hand, you will head back to school ready to create a new community of writers with your class.

Completing this course will contribute 3 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing standard descriptors 2.1.2, 3.3.2, 4.1.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 

The Qualities of Great Writing

How do great writers bring us into their stories, putting us right alongside their characters? What allows us to hear an author’s voice in their writing? What is it that authors do to show us their story setting so clearly? In this workshop, we will delve into the rich resource of mentor texts, identifying the qualities of great writing that appeal to us as readers, and translating these into strategies as writers.

Our imaginative writing continuum is central to this workshop. We will use it to:

  • identify the qualities of great writing, starting with ideas and content and filtering down to conventions

  • norm writing across classes/grades

  • identify lesson objectives for whole class teaching, and next steps for individual writers 

  • create visual anchors to support independent writing

  • create writing portfolios for your students

You will learn to read as a writer, and appreciate that writing is all about what we do with a topic rather than the topic itself. You will be armed with multiple ideas and strategies for teaching and assessing, all from within the continuum. You can throw out that red marking pen - you'll be ready to offer valuable feedback that your writers can use EVERY TIME they write.

Completing this course will contribute 3 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing standard descriptors 5.2.2, 5.3.2, 6.2.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Unpacking the Writing Process

Ask any writer and they will tell you, writing is a process! Even the youngest of writers can be taught a writing process that will shape and bend as they develop their writing identity and begin to understand and form their own process.

Within this workshop we will:

  • experience the process first hand, and write!

  • work through the writing process from THINKING all the way to PUBLISHING, utilising writer's notebooks and folders

  • unpack each of the stages, linking them to specific writing skills and strategies

  • differentiate the process from K-6

This authentic way of writing allows students to experience the real value in writing as a tool to make sense of the world, a way to explore topics and ideas of interest, and as time goes on, use writing as a tool to learn. After this workshop, you can consider yourself a writer, ready to get to the hard work of writing with your class. 

Completing this course will contribute 3 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing standard descriptors 2.5.2, 3.5.2, 6.2.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 

Writing Conferences: The Foundation of Assessment

Do you really know each of your students as writers? You can gain some insight from reading their writing, but to really get to know your writers you need to talk to them, one writer to another, while they are in the process of writing. This is conferencing.

In this workshop we will:

  • observe a conference, picking it down to its bare bones and then slowly rebuilding the predictable structure and routine through practice, piece by piece

  • use writing to identify compliments and teaching points

  • focus on the language of transferable skills

  • unpack the pre-requisite skills your writers will need to allow conferencing to occur (stamina and fluency)

  • create visual anchors to support independent writing 

  • use a simple and oh-so effective record keeping tool to collect assessment data and identify next steps

Once you get started in your own class, you will see how effective conferencing is as a tool to build relationships while allowing you to compile a writing history for each of your students. With a little practice, focused instruction and differentiated learning for every writer will become the norm in your writing classroom. 

Completing this course will contribute 3 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing standard descriptors 5.2.2, 6.2.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 

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