Teacher Professional Development

Our NESA-approved professional development courses are held for primary and secondary school teachers with the aim to help educators gain a deeper understanding in key curriculum/subject based areas and broader educational areas.

Applications are now open for professional development courses

See below for more information on individual courses including dates, time, location and cost.

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Professional development courses

Available professional development courses

Check back in August for new courses.

Date: To be arranged with school

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Within school

Cost: Negotiated with school depending on amount of participants

Detailed description: Over the course of three hours teachers will learn about a variety of career education topics be in order to support a whole school approach to Careers Education. The session will provide an understanding of different approaches to Careers Education and a look at the current World of Work. It will give guidance on how to approach careers conversations with students – what to say and what not to say as a classroom teacher, a form teacher, or just casually in the playground. 

Participants will then engage with other teachers in their KLA to consider how careers can fit into their teaching in this area, and finally what a whole school approach might look like in their school.

This session will be run by Gavin Greenfield.

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Date: Wednesday, 9 June, 2021.

Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Location: University of Wollongong (Wollongong Campus)

Cost: 

Applications close: Tuesday, 1 June, 2021.


Detailed description: Advanced chemical instrumentation and their respective data analysis techniques are included as core content for HSC Chemistry students within “Module 8 - Applying Chemical Ideas.”

This session is a unique opportunity for HSC Chemistry teachers to re-familiarize themselves with a range of instrumentation, including UV/Vis spectrophotometry, atomic absorption spectrophotometry, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry, proton & carbon NMR and infra-red spectroscopy. This hands-on training aims to enhance classroom outcomes and build knowledge around advance chemical instrumentation.

Participants will rotate through the entire suite of instrumentation, analysing real samples and interpreting data. They will also be able to take their data back to the classroom to share with their students.

These objectives align with NESA Standard two, descriptors 2.1.2, 2.2.2, Standard six, descriptors 6.2.2, 6.3.2 and Standard seven, descriptors 7.4.2.

This session will be run by Roza Dimeska.

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Date: Monday, 7 June, 2021 to Sunday, 4 July, 2021.

Duration:12 hours, self-paced. Over the 4-week period, participants will be able to complete the 12 hours worth of online content (readings, lectures and tasks) in their own time, at their own pace.

Location: Online

Cost:

Applications close: Monday, 31 May, 2021.

Detailed description: This course will critically examine the needs of a special population of students who are generally under-represented in programs for gifted and talented children.

Teachers will be prepared to meet the needs of this special group of students through analysing and evaluating alternative forms of assessment and developing appropriate strategies for curriculum design and delivery.

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Date: Wednesday, 28 July, 2021

Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Location: University of Wollongong - Batemans Bay campus

Cost:

Applications close: Wednesday, 21 July, 2021

Detailed description: This session will introduce teachers to the VEX VL programming Language utilizing virtual VEX IQ robots. The VEX VL program is an environment which can be used to teach the basics of coding and programming as well as reinforce basic concepts of physics, electronics and mathematics through programming. Robot Virtual Worlds is a high-end simulation environment that enables students, without robots, to learn programming.

In the session, teachers will complete a range of activities with the RVW to develop and apply their coding skills. The session will involve play with virtual robots to learn programming and coding, while completing predesigned curriculum activities that can be reproduced in the primary classroom.

Creativity and collaboration are part of coding with RVW and the software can be incorporated into the classroom as STEM+X activities. The session wraps up with a discussion of additional resources and how coding robotics fits into the NSW Curriculum.

These objectives align with NESA Standard two, descriptors 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 2.6.2 and Standard 3, descriptors 3.3.2 and 3.4.2.

This session will be run by Gerardo Montoya Gurrola.

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Unpacking the Stage 6 Syllabus: Quantum, Atomic and Nuclear Physics Concepts & Experiments in "The Nature of Light" and "From the Universe to the Atom"

Date: Tuesday, 8 June, 2021

Time: 9 am to 3 pm

Location: University of Wollongong (Wollongong Campus)

Cost:
In2Uni school teacher - $150
Non-In2Uni school teacher - $200

Applications close: Tuesday, 1 June, 2021

Detailed description: This session helps teachers gain deep understanding of Atomic and Nuclear Physics concepts which feature in Topic 7, The Nature of Light; and Topic 8, From the Universe to the Atom of the Stage 6 Curriculum.

Teachers will use specialist apparatus in our teaching laboratories to carry out key experiments underpinning Topics 7 and 8, including:

  • Properties of alpha, beta and gamma radiation;
  • Photoelectric effect and determining Planck's constant;
  • Spectroscopy using spectroscopes and fibre-optic spectrometers and determining the Rydberg constant;
  • Charge to mass ratio of the electron;
  • Electron diffraction

Teachers will then develop strategies in order to help students engage with and comprehend these often abstract topics. These will include designing teaching sequences that allow students to build on their conceptual knowledge, and getting the most of models and computer simulations.

These objectives align with NESA Standard two, descriptors 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 2.6.2 and Standard 3, descriptors 3.3.2 and 3.4.2.

This session will be run by Lorna Jarrett (PhD) and Dr Helen Georgiou.

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