webinars

The 2021 Courses

Here you will find course titles, descriptions, times, presenter, and length that each course will address. 

If looking for topics not covered here please browse through the 2020 and 2019 On demand courses for your professional development needs.

 
 
 
 

28th July

with Kathy Eyre

5:00 – 6:00pm

Theories about the importance of attachment in early childhood are long established, however practice with young children has not always reflected this.  Awareness of the impact of trauma on child development in infancy is growing, and new efforts are being made to pay attention to the mental health needs of young children. In this session the presenter will explore mental health issues for young children and the importance of teacher awareness.

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with Nichole Jenkins

6:30 – 7:30pm

Literacy and numeracy are important components of any high quality early childhood program. Sometimes, adding literacy elements to a program means changing an activity slightly or just being more explicit with the children and families about what’s happening in a part of the room. In this session the presenter will share ideas on how to include literacy and numeracy in your program through songs and stories.

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with Keith Heggart

8:00 – 9:00pm

The Victorian curriculum includes the General Capability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The general capabilities play a significant role in equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century. Capability encompasses knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions. In this session the focus is on the technologies that students are engaging with at school but also in their lives outside school. The session opens a discussion on how students learning is influenced by the technologies that they are interacting with.

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11th August

with Laura Zinghini

5:00 – 6:00pm

Supporting students in a secondary setting to develop their literacy skills is a critical part of teaching in every subject area in a secondary school, whether you are working as a CRT or in an ongoing or contract role. It is especially useful for CRTs to have a bank of ideas and resources to support students who are struggling with reading. In this session an experienced and innovative English teacher will outline some strategies, activities and resources that all teachers can use across all subject areas to enhance students’ reading capability. This will help you to expand your toolbox of literacy resources that you can use in any secondary classroom environment.

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with Jo Alford

6:30 – 7:30pm

Positive psychology, or its derivative, positive education, is growing in popularity and impact across the education community. This session is designed as an introduction for those teachers who have heard about, but not yet had the opportunity to engage with this approach. Think: mindfulness, gratitude, forgiveness, character strengths and ‘flourish and learn’. This session will support you to be more comfortable in a school with a positive education focus and to understand the language of positive education should you be applying for jobs in those schools.

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with David Vinegrad

8:00 – 9:00pm

In this session the presenter will explore techniques to manage a moment of challenging behaviour using calm and assertive dialogue rather than reactive and aggressive responses. It is important to understand the foundations of these techniques, so the presenter will also outline the principles behind developing classrooms built on healthy relationships that minimise challenging behaviours. 

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25th August

with David Innes

6:30 – 7:30pm

Numeracy is a core skill for all students. DET have reinforced this with both policy directives and the development of resources. Teachers of every subject in secondary schools have a responsibility to support the development of students’ numeracy skills. This can be a challenge for CRTs if you have no, or limited, training in numeracy development. In this session, the presenter, a Secondary Maths specialist will explore resources that can help you incorporate numeracy development into your teaching no matter your subject expertise.  You will explore a range of resources that you will be able to draw on when you are leading learning in a secondary classroom.  It is also a great opportunity for you to build your personal knowledge bank and enhance your understanding of Mathematics.

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with Bernadette Sheedy

8:00 – 9:00pm

This session explores student mental health with reference to the DET Mental Health Toolkit and the resources it provides for schools and teachers to promote mental health and build resilience. It also provides information about referral services for students. Many CRTs have had limited access to training in this area; this course is designed to provide an initial point of contact and information.

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31st August

with Safe Schools Victoria

5:00 – 6:00pm

Teachers play an important role in modelling the acceptance of the diversity of students in contemporary classrooms. This course is designed to support CRTs to expand their own knowledge about sexual and gender diversity. This will be a general information session that covers the language of sexual and gender diversity, including the LGBTQI acronym, as well as the experiences of LGBTQI students and how LGBTQI people are portrayed in the media. There will be a focus on what teachers can do to support LGBTQI students in schools and how teachers can promote a culture of acceptance.

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with the Victorian Institute of Teaching

6:30 – 7:30pm

The workshop will cover information on the requirements for gaining full registration for working in Victorian schools with an emphasis on support for CRTs who need to meet this requirement. The session will also cover the requirements for maintaining registration for those who are currently registered and/or for those who may be deemed to be non-practising. It will cover the requirements for those who are working in schools and in early childhood settings. This is an important session for graduate teachers and those returning to teaching after a break.

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20th September
School Holidays

with David Tyson

10:00 – 11:30am

Many CRTs are interested in pursuing ongoing work in the education community. This session is designed for those CRTs. A knowledgeable DET Principal will share his experiences in recruiting staff to ongoing and extended contract positions. In the session the presenter will discuss the influence of resumes, teaching experience, the interview process, selection criteria, presentation skills and values alignment on the decision making process in schools. The course will include opportunities for you to ask questions and will also highlight courses and resources that can support you in maximising your employability.

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with Brendan Tollit

10:30 – 12:00pm

It is true of many classrooms that boys disrupt the learning of other students through inappropriate behaviour. It is important for all students in the classroom that this behaviour is stopped and that the students involved learn how to express and act in a group learning environment. We cannot accept that this is just ‘boys being boys’. In this session a teacher with experience in a boys school will share his experience of what has worked well in stopping the disruptive behaviour and engaging boys in effective learning.

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with the Bank First Education Officer

12:00 – 1:30pm

Minimising the stress of life helps you to feel more confident and prepared for the day to day work of teaching. In this session we will focus on some principles that may lead you toward financial security, therefore minimising a major source of stress for many teachers. The session will be delivered by a person qualified to provide general financial advice.

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with Prue Pisani

12:30 – 2:00pm

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship. The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards. In this session an experienced teacher will share how they use the VCAA website and resources to help them determine their teaching program. An essential session for those new to teaching, returning to teaching after a break, or who are new to the Victorian school system.

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with Roland Lewis

2:00 – 3:00pm

This session seeks to expand the variety of tasks and activities you can use to support Literacy  development. The greater the depth of resources and strategies that you can draw on, the greater the likelihood that you will be able to support the literacy development of every student. In this session an experienced and innovative primary teacher will share their practice with you, exploring five successful literacy programs that they use in the classroom. Add these approaches to your daily teaching toolkit.

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with Emily Paterson

2:30 – 3:30pm

This session explores the techniques a teacher can use with their presence and voice to engage students in the learning process. It asks participants to examine their posture, demeanour and use of voice and how these could be adjusted for different circumstances to display more confidence. You will be able to use these ideas for your own teaching but also pass them on to students for the situations that they are experiencing e.g. class presentations, part time job interviews.

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20th October

with Al Fricker

6:30 – 7:30pm

In 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders gathered at Uluru on the lands of the Anangu people. Their deliberations led to the Uluru Statement from the Heart which called for a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Teachers across Australia can play an important role in leading students and children toward understanding the Uluru Statement. This session aims to increase your knowledge of the Statement and suggest ways that you can incorporate the ideas from the Statement into your teaching. The session will also provide an insight into the Imagination Declaration 2019 that was developed by the Youth Representative Council at the 2019 Garma Festival.

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with David Innes

8:00 – 9:00pm

Feedback is critical to the teaching and learning process. It is recognised in the DET High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS). There are two essential feedback channels, from teacher to student and from student to teacher. In this session both feedback channels will be considered but greater emphasis will be given to student to teacher feedback. This is a growing area for education research leading to change in teaching practice. When students give teachers feedback they are telling teachers how they are going in their learning, what progress they are making, and whether they know where to go next. A CRT who is able to read and respond to student feedback effectively will be a valuable contributor to student learning and will be valued by schools.

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ALL WEBINARS ARE RECORDED AND WILL BE STORED IN THE ON DEMAND CATALOGUE. THIS WILL APPEAR WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE DATE OF THE WEBINAR.