Workshop 15: Leading the Way – Your supervisory role with EARS/TARS Processes
Ross Gorrie (DP) Di Baker (HAT) - Dubbo College
Target Audience: All

This workshop will provide working documents that could be in your school to satisfy the Teacher Assessment Review process. The documents are formulated around the Professional Teaching Standards and are therefore, an effective mechanism to focus on the strengths and areas for development of staff.
Essential to any supervisory role is the need to conduct sometimes difficult conversations in the specific area of teacher performance. Workshop activities will include participation in scenarios that will develop your understanding of the techniques useful in providing effective feedback to your staff.
Electronic copies of these documents will be made available so that interested schools may adjust them according to their specific requirements.

Workshop 16: Practical Approach to Building Teacher Capacity
Jessica Neilsen (HAT) Michael Ostler (Principal) - Parkes East PS
Target Audience: Primary

This workshop will provide participants with a model to action change through Peer Coaching that has been embedded to increase teacher capacity in enhancing student outcomes. The Peer Coaching model presented demonstrates links for leadership development, NSW Institute of Teaching standards for Professional Accomplishment and Professional Leadership, quality context based professional learning and supervision and accountability.

Workshop 17: Leading the Orange High School staff towards an innovative and sustainable learning culture.
Mick Sloan (DP) Michelle Barrett Helene Hamilton (HT-Admin) - Orange HS
Target Audience: Secondary
This workshop will outline the Orange High School context and the planning processes of the Orange High School 3-4 year whole school teaching learning leadership plan with particular emphasis on
  • The executive buy-in process using futures focussed planning, critical reflection and scenario development, links to professional teaching standards and institute of teachers and TARS/EARS procedures
  • Use of localised data collection instruments including a student survey identifying best teaching and learning practices at Orange High School through the eyes of students and observations from feeder primary schools
  • A “reality check” - faculty analysis of NAPLAN and 10 year trend z score data, leading to a critical reflection, SWOT analysis and evaluation of current procedures and practices in terms of effective quality teaching and learning.

Workshop 18: From Application to Promotion
Richard Skinner (Principal) Debbie Head (DP) - Dubbo College
Target Audience: All
So you want to learn how to be the next, “Outstanding Candidate!!!!,” and win an executive position at a plum school. This workshop is directed towards all aspiring Head Teachers and Head Teacher who wish to improve their understanding of and success within the Merit Selection Process.
Applying for a promotional position is an end point which should have followed years of growth as an educational leader in your school. This workshop will identify the steps that need to be taken on this journey and will support your understanding of how to best prepare for Merit Selection, information offered by a Principal who has read CVs both good and not so good. He claims to be a guru and offers every player a prize!!
Participants will examine the General Criteria, analyse its multiple components and learn how to respond appropriately. Various styles will be discussed and participants will work on their own inadequate documents in an effort to reach perfection and that promotion they believe they deserve.
This workshop will also explain the process involved in facilitating referees preparing for the interview.

Workshop 19: pre2 –Creating Collaborative Learning Communities
Colleen Alchin - pre2 Coordinator
Target Audience: All
pre2 is a collaborative venture amongst nine public primary schools and aims at expanding the learning environments of the schools through video conferenced, linked lessons, innovative pedagogy, collaborative excursion offerings, and the sharing of the collective resources of all member schools.
This workshop will outline the journey to date including both the challenges and successes. Participants will look at how this model may be applied/adapted to their unique environments.

Workshop 20: Feedback – the breakfast of champions!!
Michelle Neaverson-Smith (PM) various Warrumbungle Leaders
Target Audience: All
This workshop will focus on the importance of instructional leaders providing quality feedback to teachers through focused observations of lessons. The use of the National Professional Standards for Teachers will be discussed as the basis for informing judgements.
The workshop will include discussions around:
- observing lessons and recording information;
- strategies to support all teachers to continuously improve;
- recognising good/outstanding lessons;
- analysing multiple sources of data to inform judgements about the quality of learning outcomes

Workshop 21: A Quality Approach to 8 Ways
Sandra Huntly-Nott (AP) - Goodooga CS
Target audience: All
“A need was identified to develop a process for using 8 Ways and Quality Teaching that was easily implemented and managed by staff and executive. The concept was to design a Toolkit that allowed effective, constructive and consistent approaches to teaching and learning in our school.” – Sandra Huntly-Nott (AP rel)
The workshop will guide participants through the process of identifying teaching and learning practices by utilising 8 Ways and Quality Teaching, localising the 8 Ways Aboriginal pedagogical approach, an outline of what executive and planning teams need to consider when designing tools (e.g. program proformas) to be used by teachers, including: Is the content easily understood and easy to implement? Is there adequate support available for the implementation of changes? Is there a method of evaluation available?
Practical workshop activities will provide participants with an opportunity to explore each part of the planning process in developing a Toolkit for a holistic approach to 8 Ways and Quality Teaching.