Download Anne Kennedy Award 2018 Nomination Form

Nominations Close Wednesday 31st October

Please send the nomination form with a supporting statement to:

Email sec.pals@gmail.com

or post to PALS PO Box 325 Concord  NSW 2137

In 2016 on the occasion of their 20thAnniversary The Professional Association for Learning Support Inc ( PALS) introduced an Award for Exemplary Practice to be known as  the Anne Kennedy award after their founding PresidentIn 2017 there was a very strong field of nominations revealing the complexities of the role in our schools. Teachers were nominated from all sectors and levels.  Some teachers worked as a part of a Learning Support team whilst others were the only teacher in their role at their school.

The winner last year Sharyn Davis, the  Learning and Support Teacher at Kirrawee High School.

Her Principal Mr Paul Owens commented on her ability to respond to levels of need within the school, using data as a starting point to design programs that meet specific needs. An example of this is a program Sharyn has introduced to meet the needs of those Year 9 students who at present will not meet the minimum standards for the HSC based on their NAPLAN results. Another aspect of the nomination was Sharyn’s ability to analyse processes and policies making reporting processes and practices relevant to the wide range of student abilities. The runners-up  were Jenny Edwin from Doonside Technology High School and Suzanne Deadman from Cherrybrook Technology High School.  In 2016 the Award was won by Sue Henderson from Bomaderry High School.

All nominations showed that the learning and support teacher has a diverse role not only teaching students with specific learning difficulties but  having a vital role in the professional development of their colleagues. Some of the nominees were in promotions positions leading a learning support faculty whilst others worked with a Learning Team or the Welfare Team. Principals demonstrated in their nominations that they not only knew that their Learning and Support teachers were a valuable member of their staff but that they  had a clear understanding of the complexities of the role and its demands. Nominators also emphasised that teachers not only had to work across curriculum areas but also with students, parents and other teachers on a daily basis.

The Anne Kennedy Award is one way we can acknowledge the work of exceptional teachers.

Learning and Support teachers have an integral role in maximising the opportunities for all students to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. In this day long course the focus will be on Numeracy. The course will look as strategies to enhance numeracy skills across the curriculum and in the Mathematics classroom.

The sessions will:

• look at effective strategies for the teaching of Numeracy

• the role of the LaST is the Mathematics classroom.

• literacy skills that enhance learning in the area of Numeracy particularly Effective Vocabulary Instruction

• give all participants a chance to share with their colleagues the strategies they have found to be effective

MAIN PRESENTER:

Dr. Samantha Hornery, Therapy & Education Manager, Learning Links.

COST:
PALS Members $150
Non-members $225 (includes PALS Individual membership)

VENUE:
PTC NSW Training Rooms,
Ground Floor,
Community First CU building 67–73 St Hilliers Rd,
Auburn (Corner of Hall & Percy Streets)

EVENT CONTACT:
02 9716 0378
pals.admin@ptc.nsw.edu.au
(PALS not registered for GST – ABN 38 725 305 505)

Workshop registration and payment CLICK HERE

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Friday 2 November 2018

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2E – Twice Exceptional Learners
Gifted students with learning and other difficulties
Term 4 Seminar
Presented by Dr Ruth Phillips Educational Consultant
Tuesday 30th October 2018

Learning Difficulties Coalition
For Parents, Teachers & Health Professionals
http://www.ldc.org.au

2E Learners are a unique group of learners who are often overlooked in the school system. This presentation will address the unique learning needs of these students and outline how schools and parents can support them, through current research findings and case studies. The seminar is appropriate for classroom and learning support teachers both primary and secondary, parents and professionals, and will address a range of interventions for 2E children with ADHD, ASD, Tourettes Syndrome, Dyslexia, processing issues and other difficulties. The seminar will provide opportunities to workshop and interact with others interested in this issue. Dr Ruth Phillips is a highly experienced consultant, trainer, educator and coach, with qualifications in psychology and over 20 years of teaching expertise. Her particular interest and expertise in meeting the needs of different learners has led to many national and international presentations.

VENUE: Castle Hill RSL, Phoenix Room, 77 Castle St, Castle Hill

TIME / DATE:

Registration 9.30am

Seminar with question time 10am to 12.00pm

Tuesday 30th October 2018

PARKING: Free parking at the Club

COST:

Seminar Payment Only:

Seminar – LDC Member $35

Seminar – Non LDC member $70

Seminar & NEW Membership Offer:

Seminar entry & NEW Individual membership (until 31 May 2019) $68

Seminar entry & NEW School membership (until 31 May 2019) $85

2 registrants @ member rates per Individual Membership (Member + guest)

6 staff @ member rates per School/Organisation Membership

Register online @ http://www.ldc.org.au OR send completed form with payment to the LDC.

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT must be received by Tuesday 23rd October 2018 (Please note: LMBR/ EdConnect payments accepted late)

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NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)

An overview of national and state-wide testing from early primary to school leavers.

Presented by Marina Laing Senior Project Officer, Special Education, NESA

This workshop will be presented by representatives from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) who will provide an overview of the role of NESA, particularly in relation to the delivery of national and state testing, including NAPLAN and the new online literacy and numeracy tests for the HSC Minimum Standards. Participants will gain an understanding of the purpose of these tests, how they are administered in NSW, and processes for determining reasonable adjustments for students with disability.

VENUE:

Castle Hill RSL, Phoenix Room, 77 Castle St, Castle Hill

TIME / DATE:

Registration 9.30am

Seminar with question time 10am to 12.00pm

Tuesday 28th August 2018

PARKING:

Free parking at the Club

COST:

Seminar Payment Only

$35 Seminar – LDC Member

$70 Seminar – Non LDC member

Seminar & NEW Membership Offer

$68 Seminar entry & NEW Individual membership (until 31 May 2019)

$85 Seminar entry & NEW School membership (until 31 May 2019)
2 registrants @ member rates per Individual Membership (Member + guest)

6 staff @ member rates per School/Organisation Membership

Register online @ www.ldc.org.au OR send completed form with payment to the LDC.

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT must be received by Tuesday 21st August 2018

(Please note: LMBR/ EdConnect payments accepted late)

LDC Term 3 Seminar – NESA

 

This day long course targeted at Middle School teachers, will examine Structures and Practices that are integral to being an effective LaST. Two of the sessions will concentrate on Literacy and Numeracy Instruction that will maximise the learning opportunities of students with learning difficulties. We will explore:

– Effective teaching of Literacy – classroom and small groups
– Effective Numeracy Instruction
– Putting theory in to practice
– Challenges, Change and Collaboration

DATE:
Monday 3rd September 2018

TIME:
8:30am Registration
9:00am Workshop commences
3:15pm Workshop concludes

VENUE:
Professional Teachers’ Council NSW
67-73 St Hilliers Road Auburn NSW 2144

PRESENTER:
Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy & Education Manager, Learning Links

COST:
Members / $150.00 per participant
Non-members / $225.00 per participant (this also includes a yearly PALS individual membership)

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE:
29th August 2018

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Professional Development in Term 3

Target Audience: Secondary LAST and Classroom Teachers.

ALL DAY WORKSHOP –
Friday August 24 2018
PRESENTER – MARINA LAING

Senior Project Officer, Special Education
Curriculum Standards Directorate
VENUE: PTC NSW Training Rooms, Ground Floor,

Community First CU building
67–73 St Hilliers Rd, Auburn (Entry in Hall St)
The afternoon session will be a collaborative session allowing
participants to work on practical scenarios and networking.

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