Teacher Professional Development Opportunities and Resources

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Career Advisers Information Session 

Attend UniSA’s Career Adviser Information Session to find out about the latest UniSA initiatives and new program information. You will also get a chance to hear from key university staff, as well as collect copies of the latest discipline brochures. All high school career advisers will be sent an invitation to attend the event early in the year.

Training for PLP teachers 

UniSA’s 90-minute PLP training session will provide PLP staff with important information and tools to assist students considering a university pathway. Attendees will learn about the process of applying to university and factors to take into consideration when researching tertiary study and selecting subjects. For more information contact the UniSA Student Liaison Team on (08) 8302 7088 or email student.liaison@unisa.edu.au

UniSA Master of Education

If you are a professional educator wanting to expand your knowledge and progress into leadership roles, this 18-month program is designed for you. Further develop your capabilities in a range of areas including assessment and evaluation, educational leadership, inclusive education, digital technologies and literacy or numeracy education. This flexible program that can be studied fully online, however opportunities for other delivery formats can be discussed with cohorts of 10 or more students enrolling from a single, or consortium of schools and institutions. For more information please email: unisaschoolofeducation@unisa.edu.au

Education and Child Development Workshops

UniSA’s School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy offers a range of professional development workshops for teachers.

Sessions can be tailored to groups of 25 to 30, for a full day or half day and can be held at UniSA or at your school.

Costs: $2,500 for a full day or $1,500 for a half day

2018 Workshop Availability:

AUGUST – Monday 6 August, Wednesday 29 August

SEPTEMBER - Thursday 6 September

OCTOBER – Thursday 25 October

NOVEMBER - Wednesday 7 November, Thursday 29 November

DECEMBER – Monday 10 December, Wednesday 12 December, Thursday 13 December

Requirements for sessions held at your school:

  • access to internet
  • data projector
  • large enough room, whiteboard
  • butchers paper
  • whiteboard markers

Workshop Topics:

Dealing with crisis situations

  • Finding the right words
  • Developing the skills to deal with violent and aggressive behaviours
  • How to best respond in a crisis situation
  • Responding to the immediacy of the situation and the feelings and behaviours
  • Creating a safe environment and working towards pre crisis capabilities

Managing challenging behaviours

  •  Managing violent, abusive behaviours in the classroom or yard from students and or parents and caregivers
  • Identifying the triggers and responding appropriately
  • Acknowledging the anger and emotions and de-escalating the situation
  • Helping other students understand these challenging behaviours and supporting them 

Building resilience in children and adolescents

  • Identifying strengths 
  • Using empowerment strategies
  • Focusing on the positive skills and abilities
  • Understanding failures, fears, exclusion, performance anxiety, perfectionism, rejections
  • Building strong resilient supportive peer groups
  • Helping students develop appropriate social skills
  • Exploring how to manage these fears and challenges constructively

Basic counselling skills and active listening

  • How to conduct a basic interview
  • Using basic counselling skills
  • Focus on active listening, responding to feelings and the situation, summarising and evaluating the interview
  • Process and outcome focused
  • Getting a positive outcome

Children with special needs: supporting their siblings, family and children in the classroom

  • Identifying special learning needs
  • Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism
  • Focusing on social skills and behaviours
  • Finding interests and developing skills
  • Dealing with routines and structure
  • Helping families support the child with special needs and the siblings
  • Helping students to be more inclusive, understanding, accepting and supportive

Understanding the impact of Domestic Violence (DV) on children and the family

  • Helping students understand the Domestic Violence
  • Definitions
  • The impact of DV on Children and families
  • Understanding the cycle of violence
  • Exploring the gendered nature of violence
  • Exploring the fear and immobilisation
  • Developing safety plans

Working with refugees and migrants

  • Working across cultural diversity – building skills, knowledge and cultural awareness
  • Understanding cultural identity, values, traditions customs, religious based practices
  • Personal reflections - Exploring own culture and cultural identity and the impact on how we relate to others
  • Adapting to cultural diversity and differences
  • Exploring pedagogies - the impact on teaching and learning processes and assessment
  • Helping children and adolescents understand diversity in the classroom – including race, gender, age, ability, sexuality, religion, class, mental health and wellbeing special needs

Self-Care for teachers and building resilience

  • Understanding Stress, Compassion fatigue, Burnout
  • Vicarious traumatisation
  • Managing ourselves as professional teachers
  • Strategies for self-care
  • Who supports the teacher?
  • Using your network to develop strategies for influencing change and gaining ongoing support in the educational environment

Supporting students in grief and loss

  • Trauma reactions in young people
  • Addressing the trauma
  • Helping students build a support system

Responding to mental health and wellbeing issues

  • How mental health difficulties affect children and young people
  • Talking to young people about mental health
  • Aiding recovery

> Register for the Education and Child Development Workshops


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