Workshops

Workshop Session One 11.15am Thursday 16th August

Julius Caesar – The Influential Leader

Presenters: Ben Walden

Using power and influence effectively is a key attribute of the wise leader. Some people avoid politics on principle, others use it to further selfish ambition; the wise influencer learns how to balance politics with integrity to get things done.

We examine how to build and mobilise a successful coalition, how to identify the sources of power for us and against us and how to best influence others. Participants will deepen their understanding of the elements of influence and practice these skills in relevant exercises.

Drawing lessons from four diverse leaders in Shakespeare’s political masterpiece – Caesar, Brutus, Cassius and Mark Antony – we explore the nature of the politics that are a spoken or unspoken reality in all organisations, including schools. We then help participants to operate effectively within organisational power structures.

Participants will be introduced to the story and choose the leadership challenges they wish to explore.

Learner Voice – A Key Curriculum of the Future

Presenters: Jeremy LeCornu and 3-4 Learner Voice students

Site: Seaview High School

Format: Participate & Share

What impact does Learner Voice have on teaching and learning at your school?

Seaview High School is excited to share their Learner Voice Course, a SACE Stage 1 framework designed to ensure high quality teaching and learning across the school.

You will hear from students and their teacher (Jeremy LeCornu) about processes that provide authentic voice to all members of the school community and how to build collaborative, respectful relationships that facilitate genuine feedback about teaching and learning.

The team will share what they have learned about themselves as learners as well as the mutual value of student centred classrooms and active learning.

They will share a range of practical strategies; including co-designing curriculum, student learning observations, the learning folio, Socratic seminars as well as the influence they are having on whole school improvement.

Participants will receive resources designed to strengthen Learner Voice in their school including:

  • Learning and assessment plan
  • Learning activities
  • Assessment tasks.

Innovative Learning Design Utilising Innovative Learning Environments

Presenters: Jayne Heath & students of ASMS

Site: Australian Science & Mathematics School

Format: Participate & Share

Innovative Learning Environments are emerging across our schools but are they supported by innovative learning design?

This workshop will explore the relationship that needs to exist between innovative learning environments and learning design.  Without one the other has added challenges.

Participate and share your experiences, in conjunction with learning more about the experiences of the ASMS as they have developed their learning design to best utilise their learning environment.

Workshop Session Two 1.45pm Thursday 16th August

Julius Caesar – The Influential Leader

Presenters: Ben Walden – Contender Charlie

Using power and influence effectively is a key attribute of the wise leader. Some people avoid politics on principle, others use it to further selfish ambition; the wise influencer learns how to balance politics with integrity to get things done.

We examine how to build and mobilise a successful coalition, how to identify the sources of power for us and against us and how to best influence others. Participants will deepen their understanding of the elements of influence and practice these skills in relevant exercises.

Drawing lessons from four diverse leaders in Shakespeare’s political masterpiece – Caesar, Brutus, Cassius and Mark Antony – we explore the nature of the politics that are a spoken or unspoken reality in all organisations, including schools. We then help participants to operate effectively within organisational power structures.

Participants will be introduced to the story and choose the leadership challenges they wish to explore.

Explicit teaching of Critical & Creative Thinking

Presenters: Meredith Edwards, Luke Smith, Aija Mee, Brett Hains & Alice Forster

Site: Woodville High School

Format: Participate & Share

Tactical Teaching of Thinking training is a whole-school approach to improving thinking in the context of the Australian Curriculum capability of Critical and Creative Thinking.  It is easy to use, and teachers learn how to help students hone thinking skills while invigorating learning with student-focussed tasks.  The materials do not replace subject knowledge. They add value to student engagement in subject learning as well as giving transferable strategies needed in higher order thinking and collaboration.

School leaders at Woodville High School will give an overview of the reasons why they chose to use the Tactical Steps model of training teachers to facilitate the explicit teaching of the skills of Critical and Creative Thinking across the school. Trained teacher facilitators from English, Maths and Science will share some of the strategies with participants.  The three aspects of the professional development will be covered:

  • Why is It So? (Critical Thinking)
  • Looking Outside the Box (Creative Thinking) and
  • Mirror to the Mind (Metacognition).

Information about how to access the training and the resources will be available.

The Seaton Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Specialist Program

Presenters: Richard Abell & Tom Griffith

Site: Seaton High School

Format: Participate & Share

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft piloted by remote control or onboard computers, also known as a ‘drone’. The Seaton High School UAV Specialist program is a SACE package with industry qualifications for jobs of the future.  It is offered in collaboration with The University of Adelaide’s Centre of Applied Conservation Science and Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility. The course explores how UAV application across multiple SACE subjects can provide the framework for students to tackle real world problems with the use of emerging technologies in precision agriculture and the management of invasive plant and animal species.

The package is offered as a SACE Integrated Program, combining Stage 1 Geography (10 credits), Stage 1 Scientific Studies (10 credits) and Stage 2 Design and Technology: Systems and Control Products (20 credits).  Students also graduate with the CASA- approved industry qualifications: the Remote Pilots Licence (RePL) and Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC).

The specialist program empowers students with the vital skills and qualifications for a wide range of tertiary pathways for jobs of the future in areas such as Aerospace, Engineering, Conservation and Earth Sciences.

So, come along and hear about how your school can be involved.

Workshop Session Three 11.30am Friday 17th August

Moving Year 7 into Secondary – the story of Queensland’s “Flying Start” project

Presenters: Dion Coglan & Melissa Bennett

Site: Education Queensland

Format: Listen & Learn

In 2015, all Year 7 students in Queensland commenced their secondary education.  This transition of Year 7 in secondary followed a significant consultation period and a 12-month pilot program involving 20 schools.  The work undertaken in this major state-wide transformational change was badged as the “Flying Start Project”.

Two members of the Flying Start Project Team, Dion Coglan and Melissa Bennett, will share the wisdom of their experiences, and answer as many questions as possible from conference delegates.

It is hoped that the SA Department for Education project director for Year 7 into Secondary will be able to join in this conversation.

The Hub of Quality Education

Presenters: Fleur Roachock, Josh Praolini (Community Leader), Donna Wild (Community Leader), Caroline Davey (Community Leader)

Site: Grant High School

Format: Listen & Learn

Time is at the centre of teacher of preparation for quality teaching and learning and at Grant High School we have been exploring and implementing multiple ways of freeing up time to focus on our core business. This has included a review of all SSO positions to ensure administration is managed by administrators and teaching managed by teachers; revisiting how we manage reliefs and supervised study; improving communication about students with wellbeing and/or behaviour issues and an updating (ongoing) of our reporting system among other initiatives. A new timetable will be implemented in 2019 to further encourage a narrower and deeper focus on students’ learning while reducing interruptions to timetabled lessons.
Teachers are now demonstrably able to spend more quality time with students, as evidenced by a significant improvement in Year 12 results; an increase in extra-curricular activities being voluntarily offered and a strong volunteer commitment to our newly-developed Homework Club.
In this session, we will share the triggers, processes and outcomes of our focus on the time needed to provide a quality education and how we have been able to find more of it.

Growing Teacher Leaders

Presenters: Elizabeth Gary-Smith, Hazel Robertson, Leila Kasprzak & others to be confirmed.

Site: Kapunda High School

Format: Participate & Share

This interactive workshop will share stories of teacher leadership and how schools have used the certification process to challenge and reward exemplary teachers, inspire early career teachers and develop a culture of distributive leadership where all staff are active stakeholders in their and each others professional development. You will have the opportunity to hear the stories of Nationally Certified Teachers, Assessors of the certification process, a Principal and others in Executive Leadership teams who have supported the process. You will then have the opportunity to discuss the ideas presented in small groups.  This workshop will also include a Q&A panel.