Curriculum

These courses focus on building teachers’ skills and capacity to support teaching and learning at home with an emphasis on teaching and learning pedagogy. Most sessions take from 30 minutes to an hour to complete.


Literacy and numeracy

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

This session will explore challenging tasks and questioning and how they can be achieved in a remote learning context.

Challenging tasks and questioning – teaching strategies to support number sense on MyPL.

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

The session supports teachers in how they can assist parents to use the Helping your children at home with literacy and numeracy at home booklet.

How to support parents with their child’s literacy and numeracy learning on MyPL.

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

Target audience: Early stage 1 – Stage 1 teachers

This session will explore a resource that we have been developing as an example of a short sharp explicit phonics lesson. We will share tips for how this could be adapted/modified by teachers to prepare other lessons.

Incorporating explicit teaching strategies on MyPL.

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

Target audience: Stage 2 – Stage 3 teachers

This session will support teachers of years 3-6 to maintain a focus on students’ literacy and numeracy development in the delivery of curriculum in a variety of circumstances. It will provide learning about a process for teachers to:

  • determine students’ literacy and numeracy learning strengths and needs
  • identify the opportunities to meet these needs through the syllabus outcomes and content
  • select and implement targeted teaching strategies
  • monitor and provide feedback on student progress.

Maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy on MyPL.

Target audience: Stage 4 – Stage 5 teachers

These sessions will support Stage 4 – Stage 5 teachers to maintain a focus on students’ literacy and numeracy development in the delivery of curriculum in a variety of circumstances. It will provide learning about a process for teachers to:

  • determine students’ literacy and numeracy learning strengths and needs
  • identify the opportunities to meet these needs through the syllabus outcomes and content
  • select and implement targeted teaching strategies
  • monitor and provide feedback on student progress.

Maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy in secondary (Reading)

45 minutes (registered NESA hours)

Maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy in secondary: reading on MyPL.

Maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy in secondary (Writing)

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

Maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy in secondary: writing on MyPL

Maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy in secondary (Numeracy)

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

Maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy in secondary: numeracy on MyPL

Maintaining the focus on literacy and numeracy in secondary (Differentiation for English language learners)

1 hour (registered NESA hours)

Maintaining the focus on literacy and numeracy in secondary: Differentiation for English language learners on MyPL

45 minutes (registered NESA hours)

Target audience: Stage 6 teachers

This professional learning will provide teachers with an understanding of the HSC minimum standard and the resources available to schools to support their students to achieve the HSC minimum standard in both a remote and face-to-face setting. 

It will support teachers and leaders to: 

  • understand the importance of maintaining a focus on the HSC minimum standard while teaching and learning both remotely and in school 
  • analyse and use data to understand school priorities around the HSC minimum standard 
  • select and implement teaching strategies and activities to support students’ literacy and numeracy needs 
  • determine student readiness to attempt the tests 
  • access and use resources available to schools to support students to achieve the HSC minimum standard.

Maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy: The HSC minimum standard on MyPL.

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

This session will explore how to use deep knowledge of whole-school context to support teachers to flexibly deliver K-6 literacy and numeracy learning.

Planning for learning in a small school on MyPL.

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

Target audience: Early stage 1 - Stage 1 teachers

This session will explore the process of ‘draw, talk, share, write’ for the emergent writer and how this can be supported in learning from home.

Supporting the emergent writer through ‘draw, talk, share, write' on MyPL.

1 hour (registered NESA hours)

Target audience: Early stage 1 – Stage 1 teachers

These sessions will explore teaching strategies for developing big ideas for building number sense and structure.

Teaching Strategies - Building Number Sense on MyPL.


Learning across the curriculum (all stages)

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

This professional learning outlines the roles of the School Services Aboriginal Education Teams across NSW and the supports available to students, staff and school communities.

This session will provide teachers with information on:

  • National and state policies, reports and strategies that exist in relation to Aboriginal Education
  • Aboriginal student enrolment data and the School Services model of support
  • Aboriginal Education Teams roles and responsibilities
  • Available Quality Assured Aboriginal Education Professional Learning

School Services: Aboriginal Education on MyPL.

45 minutes (registered NESA hours)

This professional learning will support participants in exploring and considering the construction of learning environments to promote an integrated approach to teaching. It will cover active engagement and positive dispositions for learning across both face to face and learning from home settings.

An integrated approach to planning and learning on MyPL.

Duration: 8 minutes

Description: The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and Rural and Distance Education have created a resource that targets teachers new to online learning, assisting them to understand the principles of engagement and reminders of what TO DO and NOT TO DO when teaching in this environment. 

Access video on principles of online classroom engagement.  You will need to enter the password DET2020. 

Transcript of principles of online classroom engagement. (DOCX 72KB)

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

Review of NESA Principles and Protocols for the successful implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures content in all syllabuses.

Introduction to the self-paced online learning program; Deadly Dialects, designed to support the teaching and learning of Aboriginal students.

Strategies to support Aboriginal students on MyPL.

45 minutes (registered NESA hours)

A guide for classroom, subject and EAL/D specialist teachers to identify and meet the needs of all EAL/D students in a remote learning context.

Strategies to support EAL/D students on MyPL.

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

This professional learning will support educators working with children with disability in preschool, early intervention and the early years of school. It includes specific strategies and resources to ensure learning is tailored, relevant and inclusive of all children.

Supporting young students with disability on MyPL

Videos to enhance your confidence to deliver learning to students at home and at school simultaneously, using the same unit of work.

Simultaneous learning at home and school videos.

Duration: 13:46

This interview between English advisors and  'Film By...' discusses the limitless benefits of incorporating film into your English program.

Using film in English video


Early learning

1 hour (registered NESA hours)

This session will support early childhood educators to plan for and assess children’s learning remotely. We will consider how to manage the complexity of each child’s learning in the context of their family and community. Including how teachers can ensure that assessment of learning is rich and meaningful for themselves, children and families.

Planning and assessing learning remotely on MyPL.

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

This workshop will support teachers to understand how to use the Learn at home website to create resources and plans for learning aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework.

Using the Early childhood learn at home website to plan for learning on MyPL.

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

This professional learning will support educators to use family-centered and strengths-based practice to provide Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for young children with a disability and their families while working face to face and/or working remotely.

Learners will:

  • explore step by step processes for the development of individual education plans for young children with disability
  • apply this process to support ongoing learning for young children with a disability including when children are learning from home.

Individualised planning for young children with disability on MyPL.

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

This professional learning will assist learners to: 

  • unpack what cultural competence looks like in relation to Aboriginal families and children in an early childhood setting 
  • develop an understanding of the relationship between cultural competence and early years curriculum 
  • develop knowledge of practical strategies that can be implemented to support Aboriginal children and families in the early childhood setting.

Culturally responsive practice: supporting Aboriginal children and families  on My PL

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

This professional learning session is about the assessment phase of the planning cycle in early learning and explores various methods and strategies educators could use to gather evidence from multiple sources. Participants will hear examples from the field and reflect on ways to gather evidence that suits their individual context during the phased return to school period. 

An integrated approach to gathering evidence of children’s learning on My PL


Primary curriculum

1 hour (registered NESA hours)

This session has been designed in response to questions and comments from our colleagues in the field. The maths team will share strategies for retaining a focus on working mathematically and rich, engaging mathematics in this different, and changeable, context. We will also explore how teachers can support their communities in achieving the same aspirations.

Becoming, and remaining, mathematicians on MyPL.

30 minutes

Target audience: Stage 2 – Stage 3 teachers

Guidance for teachers in developing a sequence of learning to support Stage 2 - Stage 3 students.

Building English knowledge on MyPL

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

Target audience: Early stage 1 - Stage 1 teachers

Guidance for teachers in developing their own English sequence of learning to support Early stage 1 - Stage 1 students.

English essentials ES1-S1 on MyPL.

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

An overview of the Early stage 1 to Stage 3 learning from home resources and guidance on how to develop a learning sequence.

How to develop a learning sequence on MyPL.

20 minutes (registered NESA hours)

An overview of the Early stage 1 to Stage 3 teaching and learning resources on the Learning from home webpage and guidance on how to use them.

Resources walk through on MyPL.

30-40 minutes (registered NESA hours)

Policy requirements and advice with regards to assessment. A guide for Primary teachers about how to assess and provide feedback online to students. Providing advice to support parents and carers of primary students with assessment and feedback.

Strategies for assessment and feedback on MyPL.

2 hours (registered NESA hours)

Evidence tells us that young children learn best when they are actively engaged, interacting and co-constructing learning. Play provides an opportunity for children to explore ideas, concepts and develop relationships. This session will support teachers in knowing how to assess learning for young learners in everyday play situations, and ongoing planning and to identify the acquisition of skills and knowledge across the Early Stage 1 outcomes.

Supporting learning remotely for young students: age appropriate pedagogy on MyPL.


Secondary curriculum

Strategies and tools for effective assessment in PDHPE

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

 This professional learning session will guide teachers on strategies for online and offline assessment of PDHPE. We will look at what works well and what can be used to gather evidence of student learning. Where possible we have provided examples of assessment strategies which can be used for synchronous online teaching and learning, asynchronous online teaching and learning and offline teaching and learning.

Strategies and tools for effective assessment in PDHPE on MyPL.

Feedback and evidence: Quality assessment in PDHPE in the virtual world

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

This professional learning session will guide teachers on how to collect evidence of learning and provide feedback to students when assessing PDHPE in a virtual world.

Feedback and evidence: Quality assessment in PDHPE in the virtual world on MyPL.

Formative assessment opportunities in your existing teaching and learning sequences

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

This professional learning session uses a learning sequence to demonstrate how teachers can identify opportunities for formative assessment in their existing teaching and learning. It also models how evidence can be collected at various points to create a holistic picture of student achievement towards a syllabus outcome.

Formative assessment opportunities in your existing teaching and learning sequences on MyPL.

HSC Professional Learning Round 1 2020: A teaching quality initiative is a program created and delivered by a team of expert HSC teachers, specialist curriculum advisors and academics in the field of education. This NESA registered professional learning provides teachers with the opportunity to:

  • learn from watching exceptional HSC teachers explain and evaluate their own teaching practices
  • access comprehensive and newly developed resources authored by an expert team
  • understand and evaluate their own teaching strategies, tasks and activities
  • consider how they support their own students to achieve in the top bands of the HSC.

This self-paced program will support teachers delivering Biology, English Advanced, English Standard, PDHPE or Visual Arts Preliminary/HSC Syllabuses in 2020.

Start learning now

Select your subject below to register for Round 1 of the self-paced professional learning. You will gain immediate access to the course.

RG11153 - HSC Professional Learning Round 1 (Biology) 

RG11156 - HSC Professional Learning Round 1 (English Advanced and Standard)

RG11158 - HSC Professional Learning Round 1 (PDHPE

RG11160 - HSC Professional Learning Round 1 (Visual Arts)

Subsequent rounds of the Professional Learning will be available towards the end of each term of the school year.

Contact

If you have any questions about the professional learning please email Natasha Watt and Nancy Morvillo at HSCProfessionalLearning@det.nsw.edu.au.

​Teachers are invited to enrol in Round 2 of a ground breaking and innovative online PL, co-designed by a community of DoE teachers, to demonstrate proven methods for lifting HSC performance for public school students across NSW. ​

 ​The HSC PL offering is currently for teachers delivering Biology, English Advanced, English Standard, PDHPE or Visual Arts Preliminary/HSC Syllabuses in 2020. More subjects to become available in 2021.  ​

Register now to book your spot. Limited availability, registrations close soon.

​The HSC PL is an all-new year long program for teachers that has been developed by the Teaching Quality Unit. It offers 4 rounds of progressive professional learning, allowing participating teachers to deepen their practice for the subjects currently being offered. The program is backed with extensive research. The program of PL will consistently focus on improving student achievement, regardless of a student’s postcode or school's socio- economic status and to increase the number of students who achieve in top bands in the HSC.​

​What to expect​

  • A high quality course delivered in one day, online in real-time with hundreds of other teachers​.
  • An engaging and collaborative learning experience with a diverse group of teachers from within their own subject​.
  • Free professional development that goes towards 6 hours and 10 minutes of NESA registered PD .
  • Facilitated by subject expert teams of high performing educators.
  • It will focus on unpacking High Leverage Strategies and discriminating features of high achievement.

On completing the registration form, teachers will receive an email inviting them to join a carefully selected professional learning group, whose PL will run from 8:30am–3:15pm in Term 3 on 23, 28 and 29 July. 

​Completion of Round 1 BiologyEnglishPDHPE and Visual Arts is not a pre-requisite for participating in Round 2. ​

​Contact​

If you have any questions about the professional learning please email Natasha  and Nancy at HSCProfessionalLearning@det.nsw.edu.au.

Round 3 in Term 3​

Teachers who are focused on deepening their teaching practice and passionate about unpacking proven methods for lifting students’ HSC performance, are encouraged to register for Round 3 of HSC Professional Learning: A teaching quality initiative. ​

​Teachers can be new to the PL program or have participated in previous rounds. Every round of the HSC PL has completely new content and resources, so teachers will continue to deepen their practice by attending each round, each term.​

Where

Delivered online in real-time using Microsoft Teams.​

​When

8:15am to 3:30pm over a full school day in Term 3. Choose the day that best suits you when you fill out the registration form.​

  • Week 6 – Friday 28 August​
  • Week 7 – Monday 31 August​
  • Week 7 – Tuesday 1 September​
  • Week 8 – Monday 7 September​
  • Week 8 – Tuesday 8 September​
  • Week 8 – Wednesday 9 September​

The HSC PL experience like no other ​

  • Access all new content every term, co-designed by high performing educators, including high-quality resource packs and activities​
  • Meet previous participants (HSC teachers just like you!) now working with our team to share their practices and deliver this PL​
  • Collaborate directly with teachers delivering your subject online in real-time ​
  • Learn how your colleagues have implemented their learnings from previous rounds​
  • Unpack High Leverage Strategies and discriminating features of high achievement​
  • Strengthen and deepen your teaching practice ​
  • Earn NESA registered hours ​

​Contact​

Email Natasha or Nancy in the Teaching Quality Unit: HSCProfessionalLearning@det.nsw.edu.au.

Round 4 in Term 4

Are you a Stage 6 teacher delivering Biology, English Advanced, English Standard, PDHPE or Visual Arts in 2020 or 2021? Then join us for Round 4 of HSC PL in 2020 where collectively, we will explore and reconnect with proven methods for lifting your students' HSC outcomes. Register now!

You can be completely new to the PL program or have participated in previous rounds this year, all are welcome. Round 4 will have more resources and new PL activities. Attending teachers can continue to deepen their practice and make plans for teaching into 2021.

Where

Delivered online in real-time using Microsoft Teams.

When

8:15am to 3:30pm over a full school day in Term 4. Choose the day that best suits you when you fill out the registration form.

  • Week 6 – Thursday 19 November
  • Week 7 – Monday 23 November
  • Week 7 – Wednesday 25 November
  • Week 7 – Friday 27 November
  • Week 8 – Monday 30 November
  • Week 8 – Wednesday 2 December

An innovative and highly-regarded PL 

  • Access new, high-quality resources co-designed by outstanding teachers
  • Connect with HSC teachers from across the state who share their practices and lead this PL
  • Meet and collaborate with other teachers delivering your subject
  • Explore real student responses, their relationship with High Leverage Strategies and the discriminating features of high achievement in the HSC
  • NESA accredited

Contact

Natasha or Nancy in Quality Teaching Practice: HSCProfessionalLearning@det.nsw.edu.au.

30 minutes (registered NESA hours)

Using technology for improving student learning outcomes in VET.

  • Overview
  • What are the resources and where are they?
  • How do I use them?
  • Delivering flexibly in VET
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Q and A

Using technology for improving student learning outcomes in VET on MyPL.

Duration - 2 hours

The geography elective e-learning course can be found under the following code RG07994

This professional learning is an online interactive e-learning course designed to familiarise teachers with the revised Geography Elective Years 7-10 Syllabus.

This e-learning aims to build the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes of students by strengthening the capacity of teachers to deliver the updated geography elective syllabus.

Revised Geography Elective Years 7-10 Syllabus familiarisation​ link

Revised History Elective Years 7-10 Syllabus (2019) familiarisation​ e-learning 

Duration: 2 hours

The history elective e-learning course can be found under the following code RG12067. 

This professional learning is an online interactive e-learning course designed to familiarise teachers with the revised History Elective Years 7-10 Syllabus. 

This e-learning aims to build the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes of students by strengthening the capacity of teachers to deliver the updated history elective syllabus.

Revised History Elective Years 7-10 Syllabus (2019) familiarisation​ e-learning 

 

Duration - 2 hours

The commerce e-learning course can be found under the following code RG07819 ​​​

This professional learning is an online interactive e-learning experience that addresses key changes to the Commerce Years 7-10 Syllabus (2019).​​

This e-learning aims to build the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes of students by strengthening the capacity of teachers to deliver the updated commerce syllabus.

Revised Commerce Years 7-10 Syllabus (2019) familiarisation e-learning link

Writing Portfolios for Assessment in English – Stages 4 and 5

Duration: 2h 30m

This module will investigate the potential for writing portfolios to be effective assessment options, as well as a teaching and learning structure that enables and encourages deep thinking and reflection from your students. This module has a four-part structure. After each part there is a deliverable. This is a Microsoft form launched through MyPL.

Part 1 of the four-part structure explores how universities and educational research present writing portfolios as a potential means of enabling student agency and growth. Part 2 explore syllabus outcomes in order to help us connect the conception and design of the writing portfolio to the Stage outcomes. Part 3 and 4 explore case studies and sample tasks across the two stages. This will enable a deep exploration of the connection between this research and syllabus outcomes. This helps participants understand and reflect on the writing portfolio's potential to effectively assess the process and product of students' writing.

While this module can be completed in isolation it is highly recommended participants engage in discussion and reflection with their colleagues.

Writing Portfolios for Assessment in English - Stages 4 and 5

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