Workshops

Workshop Formats:

  • Learn & Contribute. (Short panel presentations followed by question & answer and audience engagement)
  • Participate & share. (Some interactive audience participation; i.e., interactive lecture, small group discussions or activities)
  • Explore and create. (Extensive interaction; i.e., hands on activity, BYOD.)

Workshop Session One 11:15am Thursday 15th August

Middle Schooling: People, Practices and Places

Presenter: Professor Donna Pendergast 

Organisation: Griffith University

Format: Participate & Share

This workshop is presented by Professor Donna Pendergast, one of the authors and editors of “Teaching Middle Years: Rethinking Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment” (Allen & Unwin, 2017).  Professor Pendergast was responsible for the co-design and co-facilitation of the professional development program that supported Queensland teachers transition of Year 7s into secondary and is currently working as a consultant supporting the Catholic Education Office (SA) as they navigate similar territory.

The workshop is designed to help SASPA’s leaders reflect on the importance of the inter-relationship between “people, practices and places” as we prepare our schools for 2022.

Paradigm Shift of pedagogy for Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

Presenters: Cindy Bunder, Olivia Giameos (Student) and David Jung (Student)

Site: Glenunga International High School

Format: Participate & Share

What is the learning intention?
Successfully building a whole school pedagogy requires ownership from staff and students
Purpose and objectives of session
Participants will go through an abridged version of the implementation of the Glenunga Pedagogical framework. They will learn the importance of the feedback from all stakeholders in the developmental and implementation processes and identify possible ways forward with this work at their site.

Opportunity for questions and answers using Slido

Paradox of the Principalship

Presenter: Dr Chris Dolan

Organisation: University of South Australia

Format: Participate & Share

This interactive workshop aims to reveal tension, ambiguity and conflict as centrally important to understanding the lives and work of school leaders. Using data and early findings from research being conducted by University of South Australia in partnership with SASPA and SAPPA it highlights a series of paradoxes that appear to underpin policy, identity and performative work. The interactive focus of the workshop is to capture the ideas, knowledge and reactions of participants to the notion that a paradoxical understanding can better reveal qualities such as complexity, risk and struggle than currently favoured models of school leadership. Group discussion and processing of ideas will work with paradoxes related to:
• the shaping work of policy on local leader identities and practices
• possibilities for leader agency and autonomy within current policy regimes
• the impact of testing and data comparisons on leaders
• the viability and desirability of contemporary models of school leadership
• the tension between systemic demands and local needs.

Mental Health Risk in Secondary Schools

Presenters: Be You Team

Organisation: Headspace

Format: Participate & Share

Why is mental health risk management important? How is it relevant to my role? What should I know? What resources can I use?
In this workshop you will…
• learn about mental health ‘risk’ and its impact on learning, development and wellbeing
• reflect on educators’ concerns about responding to increasing rates of anxiety and serious risk behaviours
• explore ways to notice risk behaviours, build supportive relationships and support students and families
• practice using the Notice, Inquire sensitively, Provide support process from Be You as a guide for observing and responding to mental health risk
• identify Be You resources that can guide school communities to provide early support for students experiencing mental health risk.
• consider ways to use Be You to promote staff wellbeing
Bring your own device and explore the Be You site and resources

Workshop Session Two 1:40pm Thursday 15th August

Middle Schooling: People , Practices and Places

Presenter: Professor Donna Pendergast 

Organisation: Griffith University

Format: Participate & Share

This workshop is presented by Professor Donna Pendergast, one of the authors and editors of “Teaching Middle Years: Rethinking Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment” (Allen & Unwin, 2017).  Professor Pendergast was responsible for the co-design and co-facilitation of the professional development program that supported Queensland teachers transition of Year 7s into secondary and is currently working as a consultant supporting the Catholic Education Office (SA) as they navigate similar territory.

The workshop is designed to help SASPA’s leaders reflect on the importance of the inter-relationship between “people, practices and places” as we prepare our schools for 2022.

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device or Bring Your Own Disaster?

Presenters: Dr Walter Barbieri

Site: University of Adelaide

Format: Learn and Contribute

The use of computing technologies among Australian schoolchildren is high by global standards (OECD 2015), and recent data indicates that around 80% of South Australian secondary schools mandate that their students use a personalised computing device. But how well are these devices being used for learning?

Research from large samples (McGuiggan & Wiley 2015) argues that the quality of the implementation model of 1:1 devices is the determining factor to the success of introducing personalised devices in an school.

This presentation will explore findings from a meta-analysis of BYOD case studies to highlight the characteristics of implementation that are likely to lead to degrees of success and failure, including whether single-platform or user-choice platform are more effective for learning.

Principal Autonomy - What is Your View?

Presenters: Andrew Pierpoint

Organisations: Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA)

Format: Learn & Contribute

Please Note: This workshop is for Leaders with Principal experience and is contributing to a national study.

This workshop is for current principals to contribute their thinking into national research being undertaken by the Australian Secondary Principals’ Association (ASPA) and its partner, Monash University.

Principal and school autonomy have become contested spaces.  ASPA is keen to surface the views of current principals about autonomy and a range of relational factors such as accountability, teacher quality, leadership development and strategic planning.

Using Practitioner Inquiry as a Driver for Change

Presenters: Caroline Green, Amanda O’Shea, Jayne Heath and Stella Vosniadou

Sites: Reynella East College, Victor Harbor High School, Australian Science and Mathematics School & Flinders University

Format: Learn & Contribute

During 2018, 3 schools (Reynella East College, Australian Science and Mathematics School and Victor Harbor High School) collaborated to undertake practitioner inquiry research. The purpose was to co-design teaching and learning to meet individual and collective student and teacher needs. The ongoing learning was shared between schools both online and at regular face to face meetings. With support from Flinders University academics, the inquiry approach had a collective focus on beliefs about learning.
Each school identified a focus area assisted by data analysis and worked through a practitioner inquiry process that enabled a deep dive into the practice of teaching and learning. During the process, different interventions were investigated that could lead to changes in student learning outcomes. This experience provided some powerful outcomes for teachers and leaders. This workshop will allow you to explore how practitioner inquiry can be used with teachers and leaders as a powerful driver of change.

7:30am Friday 16th August – Optional Breakfast Workshop

7:30am - Optional Breakfast Workshop: Beyond Certainty at Adelaide Botanic High School

Beyond Certainty at Adelaide Botanic High School

Friday 16 th August 7:30am – 8:30am
Breakfast refreshments provided – no extra cost to registration however limited numbers.

Traditional school structures restrict teachers’ capacity to collaboratively plan, implement and evaluate curriculum and assessment. At Adelaide Botanic High School, we have the unique opportunity to introduce approaches to school structures that complement the built environment.

By forming teaching teams and providing time for them to meet every day, task design and marking become collaborative ventures where teachers can support each other and more evenly distribute their workload. This way of working is quite different to a more traditional approach where teachers work in isolation and their practice is privatised with little flow of ideas.

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to join our leaders for a walk and talk along our Roadmap of the Student Experience through a range of learning spaces designed for collaborative learning, and while in these spaces, you will be able to consider how the school’s
organisational features support collaborative practice. You will be provided with time to reflect upon how these learning spaces create opportunity to do things differently, and how this could inspire possibilities at your own site to enrich your students’ learning experience.

Workshop Session Three 11:15am Friday 16th August

Entrepreneurial Education: Paradigm Shifters

Presenters: A panel consisting of leaders, teachers and students

Sites: Heathfield High School, Norwood-Morialta High School & Seaton High School

Format: Learn & Contribute

On Monday 29th July, SASPA and its partner, AISSA, ran a conference, “Paradigm Shifters”, to showcase the work of the 20 South Australian schools that have been working with Professor Yong Zhao on entrepreneurial approaches to education.

This workshop sees three of those schools reprise their panel presentation and engage in another moderated discussion: one which is designed to focus the conversation on Professor Yong Zhao’s three pillars – working as a global campus, having an entrepreneurial and/or intrapreneurial approach to learning, and creating the conditions for student autonomy and social action.

How you Assess Capabilities

Presenter: Glenys Thompson & Dr Matt Verdon

Organisation: Australian Science and Mathematics School

Format: Learn and Contribute

We’re hearing a lot about the curriculum for the future and the increasing importance of complex competencies in the learning programs as we move towards the OECD 2030 vision for education. But what does it mean for the design of learning? How can we ‘fail fast’ to work out what this might mean for our education programs and approaches? How do we find time in what seems to already be an overly full learning journey for our students? What constructs and barriers do we think need to change to achieve this radical rethink on education? And where do we start? Join us as we share our journey so far and some of our inklings for how we can see further in this exciting educational direction.

Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace – A Practical View

Presenter: Dr Jane Richards

Site/Organisation: Department for Education, People & Culture, Employee Psychology and Wellness

Format: Participate & Share

Keeping up to date with contemporary practices which contribute to the establishment of a mentally healthy workplace can be challenging. This workshop will provide an overview of the departmental funded programs that can help leaders to maintain their own mental health and help fulfil their legislative requirements to create a work environment that prevents psychological harm, reduces stigma of mental illness, increases mental health literacy, supports mental health and improves the management of mental illness. The workshop is aimed to increase knowledge about the type and range of supports available to leaders, teams and individuals within the SA Department for Education, to explore how the programs are being used at sites and to elicit opinion about their effectiveness.

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