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Early Years

SUPPORTING LEARNING AND WELLBEING AMONGST STUDENTS FROM IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE BACKGROUNDS

ALL STAFF IN EARLY YEARS, PRIMARY, MIDDLE, AND SECONDARY SCHOOL INCLUDING LEADERSHIP, WELLBEING COORDINATORS, COUNSELLORS, CLASSROOM TEACHERS, AND SUPPORT STAFF

PRESENTED BY DR JULIE ROBINSON, ADJUNCT STAFF, COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, PSYCHOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK, FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

This workshop is intended for all school staff working with students or involved in planning, program or policy development for students from migrant or refugee backgrounds. It is ideal for a team to attend in order to promote site-wide strategies that support outcomes for students. The workshop will:

  • Provide an orientation to the changing landscape of refugee resettlement and voluntary immigration to Australia, common past experiences among students from these backgrounds, and the implications these have for students’ engagement, learning, wellbeing and behaviour at school
  • Engage participants in an experiential learning activity to promote understanding of “the refugee journey”
  • Introduce a tool that provides a framework for strategies to support engagement, learning and wellbeing among students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds
  • Guide school staff in using the tool to conduct an audit of the extent to which their school currently addresses each of the elements in this framework
  • Facilitate discussion about the other student groups that would benefit from policies and practices that addressed elements in the framework

Learning outcomes for this workshop include increased capacity to support participation by linguistically and culturally diverse students through:

  • An increased appreciation of the ways in which the past experiences of refugee and immigrant children and their families can affect their current school participation
  • A tool that facilitates reflection on the extent to which current school policies and practices are responsive to the strengths and needs of students from refugee and immigrant backgrounds
  • A self-assessment of each school‘s accomplishments and areas for possible improvement in recognising these strengths and meeting these needs

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Event Date 06/05/2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 06/05/2019 3:30 pm
Register by 01/05/2019 5:00 pm
Individual Price $150 GST INC
$150.00

BEING MINDFUL OF MINDFULNESS

EARLY YEARS, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STAFF - including classroom teachers, special education coordinators, counsellors, wellbeing coordinators and school leaders and assistants


PRESENTED BY DR LEIGH BURROWS, SENIOR LECTURER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK

This experiential workshop will provide information about holistic and inclusive approaches to mindfulness that will enable you to select developmentally appropriate relational activities for all your students including those with sensitivities and vulnerabilities such as those with a trauma, mental health or disability background. It will also include a focus on the benefits of teachers’ own practice of mindfulness and how this can indirectly assist our students.

Learning outcomes for this workshop include:

  • Awareness of the need to safeguard mindfulness for vulnerable students
  • Knowledge of a range of holistic and inclusive mindfulness activities
  • Greater understanding of how different mindfulness activities can affect different people
  • Information about how to know and what to do if mindfulness activities are too intense for some students
  • Information about how to differentiate mindfulness activities for different students
  • Experience of mindful storytelling
  • Personal experience of mindfulness activities
  • Increased awareness of how our own practice of mindfulness can indirectly assist our students
  • Links to practical and accessible mindfulness research

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Event Date 17/05/2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 17/05/2019 3:30 pm
Register by 13/05/2019 5:00 pm
Individual Price $150 GST INC
$150.00

RELATIONAL PRACTICES IN THE EARLY YEARS: ANCHORING FOR 'BEING WITH'

ALL STAFF IN EARLY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS INCLUDING CHILD CARE, EARLY LEARNING CENTRES, KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL

PRESENTED BY DR JESSIE JOVANOVIC, SENIOR LECTURER & PROGRAM COORDINATOR (EARLY CHILDHOOD) FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

How can we apply attachment theory and ‘secure base’ thinking to our relational practices with young children and families? Bringing our work back to ‘being with’ is difficult in busy early learning environments; our minds and bodies are always ruminating on the 'next thing’. But what if we were to rethink our roles as educators, to go beyond practices like primary-caregiving or ‘key educator’ approaches to engage in true relational practices?

Learning outcomes for this workshop include:

  • Developing a deeper understanding of the principles of attachment theory and ‘secure base’ behaviour
  • Identifying what relational practices are and how to recognise them in our educational practices
  • Critically analysing the outcomes and effects of primary-caregiving and key educator approaches
  • Finding ways to improve our ‘being with’ work with young children and families that reflect the realities of our early learning environments

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Event Date 14/06/2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 14/06/2019 3:30 pm
Register by 12/06/2019 5:00 pm
Individual Price $150 GST INC
$150.00

COMMUNICATION IN THE EARLY YEARS: SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND LITERACY WITH LITTLE ONES

ALL STAFF IN EARLY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS INCLUDING CHILD CARE, EARLY LEARNING CENTRES, KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL AND EARLY JUNIOR PRIMARY LEVELS

PRESENTED BY LIBERTY GATES, SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

This workshop is intended for all staff working with children up to 7 years of age. The workshop explores how to enrich learning experiences for all children including those who have a disability, developmental delay or those who are experiencing difficulties in learning.

Note: Please bring some popular resources from your centre to use as a basis for planning speech, language and literacy activities. Toys, games and books will be helpful.

Learning outcomes for this workshop include:

  • Is a child’s speech and language on track? Learn how speech and language normally develop.
  • Where do things go wrong? Learn about speech and language disorders, and what those ‘speech pathology phrases’ in reports actually mean.
  • Why is this child struggling to learn to read? Learn how speech and language disorders affect early literacy.
  • How do I know if a child is likely to have difficulties learning to read? Learn how to use two downloadable screening tests (phonological awareness and decoding).
  • How do I help kids with their speech, language and early literacy skills? Learn techniques to help kids develop in each of these areas. (Kids with difficulties, and also those with normal development.)
  • How to use your own resources from your centre to target speech, language or early literacy

 

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Event Date 05/08/2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 05/08/2019 3:30 pm
Register by 01/08/2019 5:00 pm
Individual Price $150 GST INC
$150.00

WHERE'S THE SENSE IN NUMBER SENSE? HELPING STUDENTS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY LEARNING EVERYDAY MATHEMATICS AND NUMERACY

ALL STAFF FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD THROUGH TO MIDDLE SCHOOL IN MAINSTREAM EDUCATION, AND ALL AGES SPECIAL EDUCATION INCLUDING CLASSROOM TEACHERS, SCHOOL ASSISTANTS, KINDERGARTEN AND EARLY CHILDHOOD STAFF

Back by popular demand! This workshop is a repeat of the 2018 session by the same name


PRESENTED BY LISA-JANE O'CONNOR, PRESIDENT OF THE PRIMARY MATHEMATICS ASSOCIATION

This workshop is intended for all staff working with children from 3 years of age up to middle school. The workshop explores ways to build number sense in a way that is meaningful for students in the current technological age, particularly for students who find mathematics challenging. This workshop will allow participants to explore, discuss and share ideas and strategies about the following key aspects:

  • What is Number Sense? Why does it matter to children’s learning and everyday lives?
  • Which aspects of Number Sense should be prioritised for students who are struggling?
  • What kinds of learning experiences will best support students with different needs to develop the kind of number sense they need to be successful in their worlds?
  • What resources are there to support you in your setting with Number Sense?
  • Assist you as an educator to identify your strengths in this aspect of teaching and learning, and make a plan for the future


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Event Date 09/08/2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 09/08/2019 3:30 pm
Register by 07/08/2019 5:00 pm
Individual Price $150 GST INC
$150.00


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