The Bulletin 18 February 2016 Term 1 - Issue 4

Thursday, 18 February, 2016

The AISWA Bulletin is now available from the News and Publications section of the new AISWA website.

Featured AISWA Professional Learning

Workplace Gender Equality Agenda 

2016 WGEA Reporting Changes – Report due 31 May

Events and workshops | The Workplace Gender Equality Agency

For further assistance, please contact 02 9432 7000 and speak with a Senior Advisor or email

Opportunity to Support Cambodian Schools

Request from Drs Glenda and Bronte Parkin

If members of your school are planning travel to Cambodia, please consider the following request – ODA Cambodia Statement for AISWA


Online food and nutrition teaching resource

These resources provide K-10 teachers with online access to food and nutrition teaching and professional learning materials that align directly with Australian curriculum strands, sub-strands and content descriptions of relevant learning areas and year levels. Teachers and schools can access the Refresh.ED materials directly via the website at

Choir of Hard Knocks

10th Anniversary Hope & Inspiration

You can find out more about the choir at  (Link Expired)

Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings course

The Western Australian Police is currently offering a subsidy for Local Government and not-for-profit organisations to undergo the MPA Skills Graffiti Removal Course

To register your interest please email or contact MPA skills direct 9471 6600.


Honouring Australian Vietnam Veterans Competition

Entries close Friday, 8 April

This one-off competition is open to all Australian secondary school students who are in Years 10 and 11 in 2016. Schools can enter their best individual student entry, with a limit of one entry per school.

Competition details are available from DVA Website

Dyslexia – Defining Features and Effective Strategies

Tuesday 23rd February 9.00am to 3.00pm

Dyslexia (a Specific Learning Disability in Reading) is characterised by a significant difficulty with reading and spelling.  These difficulties are unexpected in relation to a child’s age, level of schooling and other abilities.  Individuals with Dyslexia also typically fail to respond adequately to structured intervention.  This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the defining features of reading disorders and will focus on the functional impact of Dyslexia, demonstrating effective strategies for use both in and out of the classroom.

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Working Memory Difficulties

Thursday 25th February 9.00am to 3.00pm

Students with poor working memory often struggle to achieve within the classroom. This workshop explains the characteristics of working memory weaknesses and the impact such difficulties have on academic performance.  Participants will be provided with an overview of the different types of memory and of the ways in which working memory, in particular, affects learning.  Effective strategies to reduce the learning difficulties associated with working memory problems will be discussed.

Expired Link

Understanding Learning Difficulties

Friday 26th February 9.00am to 3.00pm

In this practical full-day workshop the DSF Learning Difficulties Guide will be reviewed and effective ways to make use of it explored. Successful strategies for assisting students with developmental learning disorders, such as dyslexia, will be identified.

The Guide includes a wealth of valuable information and a comprehensive overview of evidence-based remediation and accommodation strategies. In addition it details: the visible signs of learning disorders; effective teaching and accommodation strategies; diagnostic criteria; and, issues such as self-esteem and dyslexia-friendly schools.

Expired Link

Identification and Response to SLDs: The RTI Model and DSM 5 - A workshop for Psychologists

Monday 29th February 9.00am to 3.00pm

The focus of this full-day workshop will be specific learning disorders; their incidence and associated impact on students in primary and secondary schools throughout Western Australia. School psychologists have an important role to play in contributing to the school’s response to all students struggling with the acquisition of academic skills, whatever the causative factors may be. For those students with an underlying neurodevelopmental disorder, such as a specific learning disorder with impairment in reading, writing or mathematics, they are often asked to contribute additional knowledge and skills. In order to do this well, school psychologists need to have a strong understanding of the RTI (Response to Intervention) model, the components of high quality instruction, and the strategies implicit in evidence-based intervention. They also need to understand the DSM 5 diagnostic criteria required to identify specific learning disorders.

Expired Link

Making Copyright Work for You

2016 National Seminar Series Perth 5-6 September

Seminars from Australian Copyright Council presented by experts in the field of copyright law who are up-to-date with the latest policies, laws and applications of copyright. 


For more information and registration download ACC's flyer. 

Don't Call me Einstein

This professional learning event is designed for primary and secondary classroom teachers and school leaders who are new to gifted education and are looking for a concise overview of the research, issues and effective strategies.
For more information visit the registration website.

Mind Matters

  • Learn valuable insights from guest speaker Dr Helen Street.
  • Gain an understanding of the MindMatters framework and how to implement it within your school.
  • Meet other staff and leaders from different schools to learn and share insights.
  • Network with industry colleagues.

For more information and registration please visit the Mind Matters website.

Australian Higher Education Summit

The conference aims to provide attendees with an unparalleled opportunity to examine the management structures, partnerships and value chains within the tertiary sector that are paramount for personal, commercial and operational success.

For more information and registration visit the Expired Link

AISWA Inclusive Leadership 2016 Series

Best Practice, driving the way forward for Inclusive Schools
What all School Leaders need to know

Registration Closes 12 Feb 2016

For more information please view our Professional Learning Calendar