Professional Learning


School-based professional learning

Joanne offers a range of options to support the professional learning needs of schools, to develop students’ language and literacy across the curriculum in both primary and secondary schools. Options include:

  • workshops or presentations
  • series of workshops
  • small group planning sessions
  • planning followed by demonstration lessons and debrief sessions.

Duration and session lengths can be negotiated and include after school hours, staff development days and in school time. Detailed short and long terms plans can be designed with a combination of modes to support ongoing targeted plans across a year or several years.

Content can be negotiated and  created specifically, to address a schools’ particular needs and school plans. Please feel free to make contact to discuss possibilities and options.


Duration and session lengths can be negotiated and include after school hours, staff development days and in school time. Detailed short and long terms plans can be designed with a combination of modes to support ongoing targeted plans across a year or several years.

Content can be negotiated and  created specifically, to address a schools’ particular needs and school plans. Please feel free to make contact to discuss possibilities and options.

 

Make contact to discuss possibilities

Other professional learning

 

Language, Literature and Learning

When: Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm, 21 July, 28 July, 4 August, 11 August, 18 August 2022

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Interactive through Zoom

An introductory course suitable for educators and literacy support staff

This five session interactive Zoom course is presented by Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. It aims to develop understandings of some of the grammatical concepts important to learning about language, explore the grammatical features of some quality children’s literature and investigate some of the ways young students can be supported in learning about language.

 

Grammar and Teaching

When: Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00pm, 26 July, 2 August, 9 August, 16 August, 23 August, 30 August, 6 September, 13 September, 11 October, 18 October, 25 October, 1 November 2022

REGISTER HERE

Interactive through Zoom

This 12 week online/face to face course is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. Participants explore those features of grammar necessary for students to master by the end of the middle years of schooling; develop understandings of the grammatical concepts outlined in syllabus documents and in NAPLAN; define a pedagogy which includes the teaching of grammar in meaningful contexts relating to the subject matter of the curriculum.

 

Grammar and Teaching Encore

When: Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm 8 September, 15 September, 13 October, 20 October, 4:30-5:30 3 November, 2022

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Interactive through Zoom

This online course is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. It is aimed at teachers who have already completed the 12 week Grammar and Teaching course. Knowledge about selecting and using a range of texts to support understanding about literacy and literature will be developed by building on participants’ understanding of a functional model of language and how it is applied  in relevant curriculum and syllabus documents.

  

Conversations about Literary Texts

When: 2022 ENQUIRE HERE

This six module online course is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton and is run through The University of Sydney. The focus is on teaching grammar in the context of literary texts in the primary school and in the middle years. We will focus on the teaching of literary texts as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning. Knowledge about grammar is only useful if students use it to read and write, and recognize how authors, including themselves, can use language to make meaning.

 

Critical Literacy in English and History - Stages 3 and 4

When: 2022

This three day course, through the Centre for Professional Learning, is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. It aims to to develop understandings and strategies for participants who support EAL/D students in both small groups and mainstream classrooms.

 

Tell me your story: Supporting EAL/D students in the primary years

When: 2022 

This three day course, through the Centre for Professional Learning, is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. It aims to develop understandings and strategies for participants who support EAL/D students in both small groups and mainstream classrooms.

 

Extended Response Writing - Developing Dialogue about Texts in Secondary Schools

When: 2022

This three day course, through the Centre for Professional Learning, is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. It aims to support participants to identify the language demands of texts commonly read and written in the secondary school and recognise the features of students’ writing. Focus is on the teaching of writing and those grammatical features which best support teachers to make an impact on students who are writing extended responses.

  

Joint Construction: From model text to writing (imaginative texts) 

When: March 7 – April 4, 2022 (Online)

This online course, through the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA), is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of how and why we can support students in the joint construction of texts. Choice of modelled texts and how to focus on particular features will be considered by looking at examples from quality literature. This knowledge about texts will then be applied to jointly constructing texts.

https://www.petaa.edu.au/iCore/Events/Event_display.aspx?EventKey=JR070322&WebsiteKey=23011635-8260-4fec-aa27-927df5da6e68

 

Joint Construction: From model text to writing (informative texts) 

When: June 6 – July 4, 2022 (Online)

This online course, through the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA), is designed to develop knowledge and metalanguage to explore how to support students in the joint construction of informative texts. Choice of model texts will be considered by looking at examples from subject areas such as History, Science and Geography.

https://www.petaa.edu.au/iCore/Events/Event_display.aspx?EventKey=JR060622&WebsiteKey=23011635-8260-4fec-aa27-927df5da6e68

 

Joint Construction: From model text to writing (persuasive texts) 

When: April 18 – May 16, 2022 (Online)

This online course, through the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA), is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of how and why we can support students in the joint construction of persuasive texts. Discussion of text choices will focus particularly on audience consideration and the combining of ideas. Oral language strategies will be shared to show how to shift from oral to more written like language at the point of planning for joint construction. 

https://www.petaa.edu.au/iCore/Events/Event_display.aspx?EventKey=JR180422&WebsiteKey=23011635-8260-4fec-aa27-927df5da6e68