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.

 
 
 
 

17th March

With Ben Pisani

5:00  – 6:00pm

The Victorian Teaching and Learning Model is an all encompassing approach to education in Victorian schools. It covers the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO), the practice principles, the pedagogical model and the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS). This is essential knowledge for any CRT working in Victorian schools. While the model is a compulsory element of government schools, it also influences practice in non-government schools. This is an important session for you to include in your CRT professional development plan.

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with Sally Lentini

6:30 – 7:30pm

Bullying is an issue that many students face, and while it often occurs outside of the classroom, it frequently finds its way into our learning space which can affect the ways in which students interact in the learning environment. This session will explore different techniques to identify and deal with bullying in the learning space and strategies to prevent this behaviour from affecting student learning.

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with David Vinegrad

8:00 – 9:00pm

Every Victorian student has experienced a period of disruption in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. We should not assume that all students will simply settle back into classroom routines after spending up to 6 months learning remotely. Some students may have experienced the pandemic as a form of trauma, others may have increased anxiety, and some will have thrived in remote learning. This session will explore the difficulties that some students might experience in settling back into school routines, the typical strategies that teachers will use to create those routines and the unique role that CRTs will have in reinforcing routines when students are settling back into the school year.

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7th April
School Holidays

with Antoinette Masiero

10:00 – 11:30am

One to one and small group tutoring can support students who have learning difficulties and those who have, or are falling behind the expected achievement rates. The small group setting allows for more focused assessment of where the student is at, increased opportunities for teacher to student feedback and student to teacher feedback and sustained engagement in learning activities. One to one and small group tutoring requires a different skill set than whole class teaching. In this session, aimed at teachers working in primary settings, the presenter will share their experience of successful strategies working one to one and with small groups and then open a discussion for all participants to share their knowledge and the resources that they have used in one to one and small group environments.

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with Heidi Ratje

10:30 – 12:00pm

Victoria is first state or territory in Australia to introduce funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Research shows that quality play-based learning is a powerful way to support children’s learning and development. The benefits last into the school years and beyond. Programs for three year old children will be an increasing focus for thinking about pedagogy and practice in the early years. This session will explore how three year old provision might impact on programs and teaching practice and what has been learned form the pilot programs conducted in 2020 in regions of Victoria.

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with Amy Cotton

12:00 – 1:30pm

One to one and small group tutoring can support students who have learning difficulties and those who have, or are falling behind the expected achievement rates. The small group setting allows for more focused assessment of where the student is at, increased opportunities for teacher to student feedback and student to teacher feedback and sustained engagement in learning activities. One to one and small group tutoring requires a different skill set than whole class teaching. In this session, aimed at teachers working in secondary settings, the presenter will share their experience of successful strategies working one to one and with small groups and then open a discussion for all participants to share their knowledge and the resources that they have used in one to one and small group environments.

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with Shadia Hancock and Jane Hancock

12:30 – 2:00pm

This is a unique session on working with students with ASD. The session will be co-presented by a teacher who has worked with ASD students in the classroom while parenting her own daughter who has ASD. The presenter will be joined by her daughter who is now widely recognised for her work in sharing her experiences of being a student in a mainstream school when diagnosed with ASD. This is a session not to be missed by all those teachers who are keen to find new ways to support the learning of students with ASD.

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with Boney Nathan

2:00 – 3:00pm

Students with English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) may experience difficulties in their learning. Teachers who are equipped with resources and strategies to support EAL/D students can assist these students to overcome barriers to their learning. The evidence shows that teaching practices that support EAL/D students also enhance the learning of mainstream students. This session will explore successful teaching activities that have worked with students in the middle years (upper primary and lower secondary).

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with David Innes

2:30 – 3:30pm

It can be challenging for even the most experienced CRTs to work with a group of students if no lesson has been left. This course explores the elements of a well structured lesson. A thorough comprehension of sound lesson structure will help both experienced and new CRTs to maintain a professional approach even if there are gaps in knowledge about the content of the learning program. As well as presenting a selection of classic one-off lesson ideas, the presenter will create the opportunity for participants to share their ‘break glass in an emergency’ lessons.

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28th April

with Dianne O’Dwyer

5:00 – 6:00pm

In this session the presenter will explore the meaning of kindness and empathy. The session will then progress into considering the role of teachers in teaching kindness and empathy in early childhood settings and the importance of the partnership with families in developing these traits in children. Finally there will be some consideration of how the teacher expresses and models empathy and kindness in their work with children.

 

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with Coby Beatson

6:30 – 7:30pm

Goal setting and teacher clarity about those goals, are two significant influences on student achievement. This session will explore how CRTs can work with students to create tangible short term goals and success criteria with the work that has been left for the class. In addition, the session will explore the concept of goal setting in a broader sense and how goals can be used to create a rich and engaging learning environment for the students in the classes that you are teaching.

 

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with David Vinegrad

8:00 – 9:00pm

This course addresses the basics of behaviour management, examining the role that content, relationships and teaching and learning strategies play in creating a conducive, positive learning environment. This session is designed to support teachers in strengthening their approach to classroom management. The focus will be on what to think, say and do that address these behaviours firmly and fairly, so that relationships are maintained, and expectations reinforced.

 

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12th May

with Anson Li

5:00 – 6:00pm

Planning an exciting and stimulating program can sometimes lead to educators planning for activities rather than focusing on supporting and extending the children’s learning. This session will help you to identify how to intentionally plan for learning.

 

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with Jane Wenlock

6:30 – 7:30pm

Students and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are members of almost every class group in every school. As a teacher it is important to understand the characteristics of ADHD and how it manifests in the classroom or the group. While some time will be given to teaching strategies, the main focus of this session will be on understanding the condition of ADHD.

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with Lori Pereira

8:00 – 9:00pm

Collaborative Learning is one of the High Impact Teaching Strategies. Collaborative Learning occurs when students work as groups in different contexts and sizes. Studies have shown that there has been a measurable positive effect on student learning outcomes and interactions with one another, when they engage in well-designed group work. This course will explore ways in which you can engage students in effective collaborative learning activities that can be quickly and easily introduced when you are new to a class. These strategies will help to improve learning outcomes and increase student engagement.

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26th May

with the Victorian Institute of Teaching

5:00 – 6:00pm

This session explores The Victorian Teaching Profession Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics, and how they apply to CRTs. Themes explored will include professional conduct, personal conduct and professional competence.

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with Jane Wenlock

6:30 – 7:30pm

Dyslexia is among the most common learning disorders in school classrooms. It is important that all teachers understand identifying factors for dyslexia. It is equally important that every teacher has strategies that they can apply to support the learning of students with dyslexia.

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with Laura Zinghini

8:00 – 9:00pm

All students come out of the classroom with their own set of experiences, thoughts and opinions. When these perspectives are acknowledged, valued and integrated into the functioning of the classroom then there can be improvements in learning outcomes, student engagement and student wellbeing. This session will explore the concept of student voice and agency in the classroom, the DET resource Amplify and opportunities for CRTs to connect with and incorporate student voice and increase student agency.

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1st June

with Antoinette Masiero

5:00 – 6:00pm

This session will focus on strategies, techniques and resources that you can use in a classroom where there are students who have experienced trauma. The presenter has experience working with students who are described as newly arrived students and those who have been refugees. Other CRTPD sessions focus on supporting the literacy skills of these students, in this session the focus is on developing social and emotional skills that will support the students to build their communication skills, their cultural understanding and so build their confidence for daily interactions.

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with Louise Broadhurst

8:00 – 9:00pm

Teachers have a responsibility to support the development of students’ numeracy skills. This is reinforced by DET policy and supported with resources. It can be a challenge for CRTs with limited training in numeracy development to have enough knowledge of strategies, activities and resources to enhance the numeracy skills of all students. In this session an experienced and innovative primary teacher will work through ten numeracy ideas that they use in their classroom. Participants will walk away with 10 ideas for the primary classroom, an understanding of why they work and some appreciation of how the ideas can be adapted for different classroom environments.

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28th June
School Holidays

with Sally Lentini

10:00 – 11:30am

A quiet classroom is not always a classroom in which learning is optimal. Collaboration between students in the classroom has been demonstrated to improve learning outcomes. Collaboration requires activity and movement and will involve noise. In this session an experienced teacher will share five activities that occur in their classroom, in which students are actively collaborating (and maybe noisily) in a safe and controlled manner and learning is occurring.

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with Flur Marks

10:30 – 12:00pm

In this session you will be encouraged to:

1. Reflect on how you use your time and the opportunities you have to improve your own work

2. Look for opportunities to collaborate with colleagues to achieve more with less individual effort

3. Be active in managing workload expectations by working collectively will all teachers in your system.

These three approaches will help you to work smarter not harder.

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with Laura Greaves

12:00 – 1:30pm

As young people move from childhood to adulthood they experience significant change and complexity in their lives, which can be expressed in classroom behaviour. Teachers are tasked with discerning how to respond to this behaviour and keeping all students focused on learning. Some behaviour can be due to learning disorders, some behaviour can be linked to mental health issues or trauma and some behaviour is simply inappropriate. Skilled teachers understand the source of adolescent behaviour and can respond appropriately. This session will look to build your knowledge of adolescent behaviour to increase your skill in responding in the classroom.

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with Roland Lewis

12:30 – 2:00pm

Goal setting and teacher clarity about those goals, are two significant influences on student achievement. This session will explore how CRTs can work with students to create tangible short term goals and success criteria with the work that has been left for the class. In addition, the session will explore the concept of goal setting in a broader sense and how goals can be used to create a rich and engaging learning environment for the students in the classes that you are teaching. 

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with Al Fricker

2:00 – 3:00pm

The Victorian curriculum includes the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority. Teachers have a responsibility and the privilege of providing opportunities for all young people to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, knowledge, traditions and holistic world views. In this session, the presenter will explore the obvious opportunities to embed ATSI content into the classroom such as January 26th, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week. The session will also explore the wider opportunities that are not linked to days or special events but the lived experience of all students and the curriculum that is covered in schools.

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with Ben Pisani

2:30 – 3:30pm

This session will look at a number of commonly available and free Apps and IT applications for teachers to use with students. The presenter, an innovative secondary teacher, will share the top five apps that they use in the classroom. The presentation will include how the applications are used in the learning program, the variations that are possible and why the presenter uses that application (rather than a different application or a manual method). Participants will walk away with five possible applications that they can explore and, when ready, apply in the classroom settings in which they work. This session is designed for CRTs working in secondary settings.

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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 Louise Broadhurst

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.