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Previous newsletters can be viewed below:

AISWA Curriculum and Pedagogy Newsletter - June 2024

AISWA Curriculum and Pedagogy Newsletter - May 2024

AISWA Curriculum and Pedagogy Newsletter - April 2024

AISWA Curriculum and Pedagogy Newsletter - March 2024

AISWA Curriculum and Pedagogy Newsletter - February 2024

 

Early Childhood

 

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News

AISWA Early Childhood Adelaide Study Tour

Study Tour to South Australia – September 23rd-26th

There a small number of places available on Early Childhood Study tour to Adelaide. Participants are responsible for airfares and accommodation. Transport to schools and lunch will be provided. All subsidised places have been allocated. 

Across the three days the early learning campuses of 7 schools will be visited. Proposed schools to visit are Ngutu College, Bethany Christian School, Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Hills Christian Community and St Peter’s Girls. 

The tour will provide opportunities to explore observe learning spaces designed to ignite creativity, imagination, and agency. Schools have been chosen because of their reputation in approaches to early childhood education. There will also be ample networking opportunities with fellow participants.

Please contact Wendy Gorman wgorman@ais.wa.edu.au  if you are interested in participating. 

Preschool Outcomes Measure – Trials 2024

What is the Preschool Outcomes Measure?

The Preschool Outcomes Measure is designed to provide a free and nationally consistent measure of children’s progress in Kindergarten. It will support teachers and educators to document and enhance children's learning through evidence-based insights and resources.

The tool is not a test but an evolving system that aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework, and the National Quality Framework. It is not anticipated that this tool will become compulsory for kindergarten. 

Trial phases

The trial process for the Preschool Outcomes Measure consists of two phases: the small-scale trial and the national applied trial. AISWA Early Childhood is currently nominating schools to participate in the 2024 October trial.  The National applied trial will be open for schools to participate.

Hello Kindergarten Booklets

We have small supply of Hello Kindergarten booklets. These booklets have information for families about going to Kindergarten. Please email Janelle jdickinson@ais.wa.edu.au and let her know how many you require and we will post them out. We have a limited supply so first in first served.

Upcoming Early Childhood Events

I am a Writer! Introduction to the Bookmaking Approach with 3-8 year olds (with Lisa Burman) 26th July 8.30-3.30

AISWA Early Childhood is thrilled to offer this opportunity for WA educators to learn from esteemed South Australian consultant Lisa Burman, as we consider ways to support children to build strong identities and skills as writers and communicators.

The Bookmaking Approach values and honours children’s prior learning, their cultural competence, and their dispositions for learning, and uses these to drive learning deeper. The rich pedagogy of Bookmaking engages children in language and literacy, motivates them to become deeply involved in their learning, and also excites educators when they see children learning to their potential.

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Literacy Bites - Literacy Hub and Phonics 30th July 3.45-5.00

Literacy Bites - Viewing 27th August 3.45-5.00

Workshops will run across the year and are scheduled for after school. They will be either face-to-face or via webinar (dependent on presenters). Each workshop will be stand-alone, you can choose to register for one session or all six. The first session is now live, follow the link to register, and stay tuned for the release of sessions to come.

The Power to Transform - Using tools and Loose Parts Theory to develop independence and resilience by Educated by Nature and AISWA Early Childhood 16th August 8.30-3.30

We are excited to offer you an opportunity to work with Educated by Nature to develop your confidence in using tools and open-ended materials in everyday experiences with children. This workshop empowers teachers to confidently use hand tools and other technical equipment in structured and open-ended learning experiences to enhance student creativity and engagement. Participants will explore the history of Adventure Playgrounds and Loose Parts Theory, learning how to incorporate open-ended materials that stimulate imagination and problem-solving skills in everyday learning experiences. Practical skills are accompanied by the development of risk management techniques and safe practices.

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Early Years Learning Framework v2.0 21st August 8.30-4.00

Providing an update on the revised Framework through unpacking a number of the most pertinent updates and changes, this workshop will explore the overarching vision for children's learning and early childhood pedagogy, including the new planning cycle. Key elements of the EYLF v2.0 will be a focus, including partnerships, play-based learning and intentionality, sustainability, cultural responsiveness and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. Walk away with reflective practice activities and additional materials to further support your implementation of the EYLF v2.0.

Selecting Texts to Teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives 3rd September 9.00-3.30

Do you have trouble finding quality literature, films, documentaries, and stories to teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives? During this one-day workshop participants will explore texts that cover a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences in historical and contemporary settings.

  • Hear from an Aboriginal author (details to follow)

  • Discover relevant resources from Reading Australia and other sources

  • Explore criteria for evaluating literary resources for your school.

Participants will feel more confident in selecting texts to meet the requirements of the WA curriculum.

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Early Years Language Learning 11th September 8.30-3.00

This workshop will present the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the new WA Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines and offer ideas to integrate the framework's outcomes into a Pre-K to Year 2 languages classroom in practical and engaging ways. There will also be time to plan and prepare a unit of work using these principles. 


Previous Newsletters

Early Childhood April Newsletter

Early Childhood May Newsletter

Early Childhood June Newsletter

 

Languages

 

Social media Languages news updates

The AISWA Languages X feed provides constantly updated news for Languages teachers. It can be found here, along with Languages information links and a link to the AISWA Languages blog.

 

Other news

Over 40 language educators from all sectors gathered at AISWA in May to hear from seasoned Auslan educator Dr Karen Bontempo and Patti Levitzke-Gray presenting on principles of differentiation and inclusive education. Marisa Schiavi (CEWA) and Clare Slyth (AISWA) followed up with sessions on using AI to create IEPs and differentiated language resources. With experienced interpreters available the content was accessible to both hearing and deaf educators and it was a wonderful day of networking and shared learning.

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Leadership and Learning

 

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Term 2 Highlights

National Teacher Certification Ceremony

We recently held our National Teacher Certification ceremony at AISWA, to celebrate the achievements of our Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers (HALT). The certification process aligns with Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership (AITSL) standards and aims to keep expert teachers in the classroom so they can model and lead best practices within their school communities in order to continually improve student outcomes.

Congratulations to all involved and a special thank you to our special guests, Lynette Fahie from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School and Sally Kelly from AITSL, for joining us at this inaugural event. You can find out more about our 2024 HALT information sessions here.

Featured Professional Learning

Women in Educational Leadership

Our network fosters a supportive environment for women educators to exchange insights, cultivate leadership skills, and break barriers in the leadership landscape. Through collaborative efforts and shared experiences, we aim to inspire, amplify diverse voices, and advance gender equity.  Whether you’re a teacher, administrator or researcher, join us as we make meaningful connections and celebrate the achievements of women to pave the way for a brighter, more equitable future for all. Click here for more information and registration.

Media Training

Due to overwhelmingly positive feedback from past participants, AISWA and Tina Altieri have partnered again this year to deliver our exclusive media training program. More information can be found here.

Literacy

 

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Upcoming Literacy events offered by AISWA

The following Literacy events are planned. Details and registration are available on the AISWA website.

Literacy Bites - Story Books

Literacy Bites are a series of workshops focused on Literacy and hosted by experts in the field. Workshops are stand alone, you can attend all or one of the workshop series.

Literature ATAR and English ATAR Network Day

Network days provide opportunities for teachers to meet and engage in Professional Learning throughout the academic year.  The Network Days are designed to meet the specific needs of teachers engaged in the various English courses.  A range of presenters and activities are sourced for these events to address the demands of each of the courses.
The focus of this meeting will be the ATAR course, both Literature and English.

Numeracy

 

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Timeline of the Review of the Western Australian Curriculum: Mathematics  

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) is in the process of adopting and adapting the Australian Curriculum v9 within the P – 10 Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline (the Outline).  The Authority plans to have the revised Western Australian Mathematics curriculum for Pre-primary to Year 10 available for familiarisation in 2025, and implementation in 2026.

The Authority has published the following timeline:-

2024      Review and Consultation 
2025      Familiarisation and Professional Development 
2026      Implementation 

 

Upcoming Numeracy Professional Learning at AISWA

Combined Secondary AISWA/CEWA Maths Network Day (27 May)

An Agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Developing a Whole School Approach to Problem Solving in Mathematics - Year 2 to Year 8 (21 June)

This workshop uses Polya's four - step process as the foundation for adopting a whole school approach to problem solving in mathematics. A range of problem-solving tasks, with an emphasis for years 4 to 6, will be work-shopped, and these tasks will incorporate the fluency and reasoning proficiencies that will assist in developing the students' mathematical understandings. 

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Recent News and Upcoming Events

The 2024 AISWA VET Funding Applications are now open!

  • The application is based on what your school spends on its 2024 VET program. 
  • The grant AISWA distributes will only cover a portion of your VET student fees. 
  • The applications close at the end of term 2, so don’t miss out!
  • For more information, please contact Wade McLeod.


Term 2 VET Coordinators Network Meeting

  • The ‘VET Coordinators Network Meeting’ for term 2 will be held at Bendat Basketball Centre on June 14th.
  • This meeting also includes our annual ‘Training Providers Expo’ in the afternoon session.
  • Registrations are open now- register here.

AISWA provides ongoing support to VET Coordinators, Careers Educators & Workplace Learning Supervisors. Our consultant - Wade McLeod - is keen to get out to your school to meet any new staff that have commenced a new role in 2024, or anyone that needs further support and mentoring in this space. As well as ongoing support to your staff, AISWA continues to provide some funding grants for:

  • VET Student costs – applications open term 2, and
  • Year 9 Career Taster Program – Expressions of Interest welcome any time

Please contact Wade for more information on how to apply for funding, as well as to arrange a time for a school visit. 

AISWA holds VET & Careers Network meetings each term, where we invite presenters from Industry, Training Providers, SCSA, Department of Training and Workforce Development and many more. We aim to provide schools with as many industry and training links as possible, in order to provide your students with a multitude of pathways. 

Upcoming meeting dates for 2024

  • Term 2 – Friday June 14th
  • Term 3 – Friday September 13th
  • Term 4 - Friday November 29th