Centre for Professional Learning Expansion in 2017

Kathy Deacon, Director & Carly Boreland Assistant Director

26 November, 2016

The 2016 school year saw the continued expansion of the Centre for Professional Learning (CPL). 101 events including 7 online modules, 2 conferences and 92 courses were offered. The range of courses also expanded in breadth. Courses were held in Surry Hills, in western Sydney in Blacktown and in the Hunter in Newcastle. Additionally, in an effort to continue to widen the professional learning opportunities of members in regional areas, the CPL also offered courses in the Central West of NSW in Parkes, Tamworth, Lismore, Queanbeyan, Wagga Wagga, the Central Coast and Albury. The CPL conducted the inaugural Environmental Education Conference K-12 in November which was highly evaluated by participants.

The Assistant Director of the CPL, Carly Boreland, commenced from the start of the 2016 school year. This position incorporated the role of Editor of the Journal of Professional Learning (JPL). Denis Fitzgerald continued in the role of Editor of the JPL throughout 2016 during this transition period. In 2016 the JPL published 16 articles and 1 video all delivered electronically to all members. JPL articles contribute to teacher identified professional learning hours for Maintenance of Accreditation and meeting professional learning goals under the Performance and Development Framework. Articles supported members to implement the new K-6 syllabuses in History, Science and Geography as well as Special Education and improving student writing in English 7-12 and Science 7-12. Significant contributors included academics from both the University of Sydney and Melbourne University. In 2017 the JPL will publish two editions: one in Term 1 and the second in Term 3.

The CPL continued to strengthen and expand partnerships with major NSW universities in 2016. The CPL also continued its successful partnership with the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums (ANSWRC) to provide high quality professional learning to support music education in primary schools. Presenters from the ANSWRC, with a wealth of music education expertise, delivered the courses in Surry Hills, Albury, Dubbo, Lismore and the Central Coast.

The scope of the 2017 courses will continue to concentrate on the continuing rollout of the new NSW syllabuses which are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and the new Stage 6 syllabuses in History, Science, English and Mathematics. Additionally, however, the CPL Program will contain course offerings which cover other parts of the curriculum and perspectives including the creative and performing arts, Aboriginal Education, educational leadership, mentoring, support for students with special needs and support for early career teachers. Many of the popular 2016 courses will be offered once again including the major English Stage 6 Conference and a Multicultural and Social Inclusion Conference which are both scheduled for Term 3 2016. The CPL will hold an inaugural conference for primary teachers focussing on the teaching students in Early Stage 1, especially kindergarten.

Federation Representatives and all schools will be receiving further detailed information about the 2017 courses and CPL events in the months to come. Members will be able to apply for courses and conferences and make any enquiries through the Centre’s website, www.cpl.asn.au. In 2017, the fee of $180 for 1 day courses and $200 for conferences and will apply except those courses dedicated to early career teachers which will continue to have the fee waived. In the usual fashion, schools are asked to meet the relief costs incurred by teachers attending their professional learning courses. All financial members of the NSW Teachers Federation are eligible to apply to attend CPL courses. Courses are registered and accredited by NESA formerly the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) and all time at courses counts fully for maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher.

The Teachers Federation and the professional development arm of the union, the CPL, are appreciative of the continued support of members. The CPL will continue to consolidate and expand professional support for teachers in 2017.