Workshop 1: Steps to accreditation at Professional Accomplishment/Leadership
David Roach (HAT) - Mudgee HS

Target Audience: All

This session will be a brief introduction addressing the required processes of applying for accreditation at the higher voluntary levels of Professional Accomplishment or Leadership with the NSW Institute of Teachers.
I have recently gained accreditation at the higher level of Professional Accomplishment with the NSWIT and will use my experiences as the basis for the session.
During this session participants will:
-become aware of the impact on current accreditation processes with the introduction of the National Teaching Standard led by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership).
- view a short familiarisation tour of NSWIT website including a look at the submission pages for the higher level of Professional Accomplishment.
-gain familiarisation with my processes: gathering and tracking documentary evidence, how to register and work with referees and the role of the external observer in the accreditation process.
-view several pieces of documentary evidence and the associated annotation required for submission, copies of referee’s annotations and mandatory documentation for the external observer.
-be given a brief summary of the submission process once the application is completed.

Workshop 2: Leadership Through Reflective Practice
Jocelyn Armstrong (HAT), Fiona Nixon (AP), Michelle Chiaramonte (AP) - Oberon PS
Target Audience: All

The workshop will focus primarily on the development of Middle Executive in developing consistent supervision practices within the school setting through coaching and mentoring. The presentation will take participants through our “beginning” journey of leading and supporting stage teams in the implementation of Professional Learning Plans, lesson enhancement and teacher reflection through timetabled classroom visits and lesson studies.
Opportunities will be provided in the workshop to view a lesson and reflection session as well as work in teams to evaluate, reflect and enhance a lesson sequence focusing on mentoring and coaching strategies.


Workshop 3: Developing new habits of practice to create new cultural norms
Doreen Conroy (rel Principal), Leigh Stapleton (HT) and Christine Francis (AP) - Portland CS
Target Audience: All

Over the past 18 months PCS has established a model of delivering professional learning to improve classroom learning of students. We have planned and delivered a range of TPL that embraces ‘a QT buddy’ system for TPL and action research to inform practice. This session will outline the journey of our school’s commitment to better learning for students. The session will allow staff to tell the story - while not 100% at our destination we are heading in the right direction!


Workshop 4: New Principal / Leadership in a small school
Carmel McMurray (Principal) - Eugowra PS
Target Audience: Small Schools

This presentation will highlight the “first days/weeks” of undertaking the new role of Principal – the highs, lows and the fast pace! Discussion on “what do I do first” and how to begin a journey for quality improvement in student learning. How to put into place strong foundations for a teaching and learning school transformation. It will also discuss the importance of developing good partnerships with the parent body and community. Also, working with other schools in the community and creating good relationships. It will show participants ways to focus on student learning and set targets to improve student outcomes.


Workshop 5: Circle Solutions SORRY THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL
Kathryn Bermingham (DP), Vicki Budden (HT Tas), Dianne Kelly, Melissa Olsen - Dubbo College
Target Audience: All
Maximum 30 Participants

Have You ever done Circle Work? Well, these are circles with a difference. This workshop will demonstrate a very practical and engaging way to differentiate curriculum, discuss topics, develop positive relationships, enhance communication, build staff and student self confidence and allow whole school improvement. Participants will be involved in practical activities that demonstrate engaging ways to deliver content, lead staff and create a dynamic working and learning environment. The workshop will require participants to take part in a variety of circle activities which foster a deeper understanding of the philosophy and pedagogy underpinning this teaching strategy.

Circle Solutions is a structured framework for group interaction based on the principles of: democracy, respect, inclusion, safety, positivity and self regulation.Circles may be used in many ways for all student groups, K-12.

Evidence indicates that the relationships between students, class ethos, behaviour, confidence, communication skills and teacher student relationships change in positive ways. (McCarthy, 2009)


Workshop 6: From Distributed to Teacher Leadership
Naomi Barton (CLC) Rebecca Carroll – (Relg HT) - Coonamble HS
Target Audience: All

Over the past decade, there has been an increasing shift from traditional leadership styles within schools to a more distributed approach (Youngs, 2007). With escalating workloads (caused by policy changes outside of the school setting), formal leaders are trying to prevent increased administrative tasks overtaking the core teaching and learning practice within a school (Cranston, Tromans, & Reugebrink, 2004). One way that Principal’s and Deputy’s are working towards decreasing their work load is by dividing the leadership roles and tasks amongst its members better (Gronn, 2002).

With specific tasks being led by others within a school setting, teachers as leaders, is becoming a greater expectation and can be seen as a deciding influence behind how these roles are distributed.

This workshop will discuss distributed leadership and teachers as leaders and how through a Stage 3 to Stage 4 transition initiative, teachers at Coonamble High School were empowered to lead and engage 2 Primary schools within the town to participate and collectively facilitate this program. Its aim is to investigate how teachers can become leaders. This workshop will also provide an opportunity to reflect on your own practice and reflect on what current occurs in your place of practice.


Workshop 7 Empowering Staff
Brad Lyne (Principal) Debbie Taylor (AP) - Burke Ward PS
Target Audience: Primary
Empowering your executive and staff through delegation and involvement in developing school priorities and targets. The development of school target teams has ensured all staff has a vested interest in achieving targets from our SMP making it a working document. Participation in the direct implementation of the SMP has for the first time, given staff at Burke Ward a sense of ownership and has allowed other programs/initiative to be implemented allowing a positive cultural change.