Reflections on my professional learning journey – Rosemary Taekel

During 2018 I was fortunate enough to attend both the ACHPER NSW Aspiring Leaders Workshop and the Curriculum Leadership in PDHPE Workshop, as the recipient of the 2017 recipient of the ACHPER NSW Professional Learning Scholarship. Throughout the two days, I was able to network with leaders in education, particularly from the CAFS KLA. Individuals that had been through the process of leadership recruitment, be that on the head teacher or welfare journey. They provided invaluable insights into how to project yourself into those roles, to take chances and risks in order to achieve your goals whatever they be in Leadership.

I was afraid that I wouldn’t be ready for a course like this, being so early in my career, but there was so much that could be taken away from this course no matter where you were on your leadership journey. The Curriculum Leadership in PDHPE was such a well-rounded course that had elements that teachers were able to apply to their KLA. It didn’t matter if you weren’t based in PDHPE, the application of assessments for learning and curriculum development were applicable to all teachers and were a real benefit to the students in your classroom.

I am so grateful to ACHPER NSW for the opportunities that they have provided to me this year as the recipient of the scholarship, as there have been so many chances for me to network and broadened my skills and knowledge. This has …. that in turn is projected into my classroom and demonstrate in the teaching and learning strategies that I am able to use to extend my students learning. If it wasn’t for this scholarship, this wouldn’t have been possible.

 

Staff meeting process for gathering feedback on the draft PDHPE syllabus

Last month saw the release of the draft K-10 PDHPE syllabus for consultation. The release provides an exciting opportunity for teachers to have input into the future directions of the PDHPE learning area.

ACHPER NSW and the PDHPE Teachers’ Association will be submitting formal feedback based on input from their members.

In order to support teachers to explore the draft K-10 PDHPE syllabus and provide us with your feedback on the draft syllabus, we have put together a step-by-step process with guided discussion questions. The process has been designed to be run in a staff meeting or faculty meeting and could be used on the upcoming staff development day.

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ACHPER NSW and the PDHPE TA are seeking your feedback on the draft PDHPE syllabus

Last month saw the release of the draft K-10 PDHPE syllabus for consultation. The release provides an exciting opportunity for teachers to have input into the future directions of the PDHPE learning area.

ACHPER NSW and the PDHPE Teachers’ Association will be submitting formal feedback based on input from their members. You can provide feedback to be included in the submissions through the following channels:

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ACHPER NSW is hiring!

Professional Learning Officer role (Part-time)

ACHPER NSW is looking for an energetic person, with excellent leadership, communication and professional learning skills to join a vibrant team culture.

The Professional Learning Officer will build the capacity of educators, schools and community agencies to support healthy and active living in NSW. Maintaining strong links between the needs of the practicing teacher and evidence-based best practice professional learning to support the delivery of high quality, relevant and accessible professional learning to encourage optimal teacher and student outcomes across PDHPE in NSW.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the delivery, development and recruitment of ACHPER consultancy services across the education, health and sport sectors. As well as supporting the design, development and implementation of ACHPER NSW Branch’s professional learning services and resources.

ACHPER NSW currently provides ongoing support and professional development activities for teachers, students and academics in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education throughout NSW. This includes currently offering close to 40 workshops, five K-6 Conferences, an Annual Stage 6 Conference, HSC Enrichment Days, webinars and resources to support subjects under the PDHPE KLA.

A full role description and position criteria can be viewed and downloaded below

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Our highlights from the ACHPER International Conference – Dan Jackson and Steven Thompson (SEDA, Redfern)

Our highlights from the 30th ACHPER International Conference 2017 held in Australia’s Capital from January 16-18 include presentations and workshops from: Phil Morgan, Kelly Bell and Hayley Dean, as well as Matthew Donaldson. There is nothing we like better than three days of professional development to kick start the year!

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BOSTES (now NESA) Update

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) on 1 January 2017.

NESA has an increased focus on:

  • developing evidence-based policy to improve student achievement and support teachers
  • risk-based monitoring of Teacher Accreditation Authorities and schools.

NESA will set and monitor quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards. This includes responsibility, across NSW public, Catholic and independent schools, for:

Read more about the NESA changes