Current Workshops and Courses

Mini Courses & Workshops

Introduction to Book Making with 3-8 Year Olds

Saturday 18 May | 9.30am – 3pm

This Mini Course has a specific focus on working with 3 – 8 year old writers in Kindergarten and Early Years of School.

Sorry!  Term 2 is completely booked out.  Term 3 dates: 24 August & 21 September.

SSOs Supporting Learning Workshop (Term 2)

Tuesday 28 May | 9am-12pm

Teachers and children rely on co-educators (ECWs, SSOs, PSWs, BSSOs) as they embrace the wonderful messiness that is learning. This is never more apparent than in Writing Workshop when ‘just right, just in time’ learning happens everyday!

We have developed our SSOs Supporting Learning Series with just this in mind – it has been created specifically for co-educators in Kindergartens & Primary settings.

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What’s the Nudge? With Matt Glover

Tuesday 11 June | 8.30am – 4pm (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 8 June | 8.30am – 4pm

Based on the wonderful experience last year, we just HAD to invite Matt back for a second encore!

We have asked Matt to help us delve into the power of 1:1 conferences in both reading and writing. These intimate learning and teaching opportunities have the potential to engage and empower emergent and early readers and writers. Matt will guide us to notice and name the learning strengths we observe and to determine the “nudge” for each young learner.

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SSOs Supporting Learning Workshop (Term 3)

Tuesday 28 May | 9am-12pm

Teachers and children rely on co-educators (ECWs, SSOs, PSWs, BSSOs) as they embrace the wonderful messiness that is learning. This is never more apparent than in Writing Workshop when ‘just right, just in time’ learning happens everyday!

We have developed our SSOs Supporting Learning Series with just this in mind – it has been created specifically for co-educators in Kindergartens & Primary settings.

Register Now!

SSOs Supporting Learning Workshop (Term 4)

Tuesday 28 May | 9am-12pm

Teachers and children rely on co-educators (ECWs, SSOs, PSWs, BSSOs) as they embrace the wonderful messiness that is learning. This is never more apparent than in Writing Workshop when ‘just right, just in time’ learning happens everyday!

We have developed our SSOs Supporting Learning Series with just this in mind – it has been created specifically for co-educators in Kindergartens & Primary settings.

Register Now!

Leading Learning Series

Leaders’ Breakfast. Reading: Making Sure Every Student Improves – with Diane Snowball
21 June 2019 | 7am
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Educator’s Workshop. Reading: Making Sure Every Student Improves – with Diane Snowball
22 June 2019 | 9am
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eCourses

Playful Literacy

Children enter the world of literacy through their play. They bring with them a wealth of literacy understandings and competencies as they enter educational settings. Taking a playful pedagogical stance to literacy values and honours children’s prior learning, their dispositions for learning and holds a positive, competent view of the child. It enables children to use their natural ways of learning – playing, moving, talking, listening. observing, reading social cues, imagining and creating.

This eCourse explores symbolic play, oral language and mark-making as the roots of print-based literacy. Reading and writing depend on the conceptual understandings, knowledge and dispositions that are developed as children play. You can participate on your own or with a small team of colleagues.

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Spelling Investigations

The Spelling Investigations eCourse is the culmination of many years of reading, thinking, talking, experimenting, tweaking and experimenting again. It’s not ‘everything about spelling’ and it’s not perfect. (BTW – Nothing is perfect – time we all accepted that!) The eCourse seeks to offer some clarity over all the competing messages about spelling and draws on the inspiring work of educators and researchers such as Misty Adoniou, Tessa Daffern, Diane Snowball and Faye Bolton.

Spelling Investigations will give you a path into exploring spelling in ways that respect the learning potential of every child to research, make connections, see patterns and construct theories. This needs to start before the first Spelling Investigation, of course, when you mindfully create a culture of curiosity with the young writers you work with.

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The Power of Our Words

This short eCourse explores how educator language plays a critical role in communicating the importance of learning dispositions such as purposefulness, perseverance and flexible thinking. It will support you to reflect on how the words you use can create the conditions for children to build an identity as a strong learner.

Whilst the eCourse includes examples from early childhood education, the importance of this topic is not limited to working with young children. No matter what age group you teach, The Power of our Words will provide you with food for thought about the words you use every day.

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Write to Teach Your Reader

This eCourse explores one of the purposes for writing: to teach your reader. Traditionally, we might have called these Information Reports. Too often this was presented in a way that limited how and what children wrote about. Their ideas needed to fit in the ‘recipe’ of a Report and often they were given the topic to write about.

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