PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROVIDERS - PERTH W.A.
This is a list of some local professional development providers. This is not an endorsement, unless otherwise stated, (gold stars indicate a high endorsement from me personally!). I recommend that you thoroughly research the company and presenters before undertaking any professional development. Some providers are better than others. You must always make your own (informed) choice about which professional development is best for you as an individual and that which is best for your school and staff context.
As quoted on their Facebook page: "Shoebox Grammar. Ridiculously simple. Concrete. Constructivist. Taught with guided discovery. Cheap to set up in your class. Includes everything from basic word functions to writing fantastic stories. Grammar. Most people cringe or yawn, teachers AND students.
Shoebox Grammar, a revolutionary new method, makes it exciting, simple and relevant. If you are a primary or secondary teacher in an English-teaching classroom, check out Professional Development Days or pre-order the book"
I recommend you do the workshop before ordering the book. Greg Byrne is a highly motivated presenter, it's clear he loves what he does. There will be no 'death-by-powerpoint' in his presentations. If you have a school focus on Grammar or Writing, this would be the PD for you.
Download the Shoebox Grammar flyer here
This is a national Professional Development Service Provider. Description as quoted on their website
"TTA is an independently owned and operated Australian organisation established to provide high quality professional development courses for classroom teachers. Our presenters are either practising teachers or experts from industry.
All our courses and presenters are vetted by our team of curriculum experts to ensure the quality and relevance of the material presented.
Our Vision - To create incentive and give support to excellent and passionate teachers to create and share knowledge, skills and resources - without having to leave teaching. "
PETER NOWLANDS - MATHEMATICS
Peter Nowlands is a very knowledgeable practitioner when it comes to Mathematics. He has developed MTS Online, a Mathematics programming, planning and assessment resource (with worksheets and interactives for the IWB!) that can be accessed via an individual or whole school subscription. Regardless of this, his workshops about Numeracy development are outstanding! He even works in some handy tips for 'boys in Education'
Peter can be contacted via the phone number and email address below. Alternatively, you may want to check out his MTS Online program via the FREE two week trial.
Telephone: 0438 326 529
DRIVE LEARNING - ICT
If you are after some relevant and flexible training workshops surrounding ICT in Education, then this is should be your first stop! Paul Williams will work with you and your leadership team to develop and facilitate ICT training for you school and staff. As quoted on their website: "Our consultancy will work from the big picture eg Vision for Learning, through to the small eg Using the iPad to teach grammar, and everything in between. If we don't have the expertise, we'll source it, but the expertise will come with our mindset.
We work with Departments, Districts, companies, schools, teachers and parent groups.
We know that schools and classroom environments are under great pressure to re-orient their work towards future needs. We'll present, workshop, consult and work shoulder to shoulder with you to identify and develop the best environment, tools and processes to suit the sort of learning you want to promote.
We know this is your focus. Its our absolute focus."
Phone: 0412 978977
Description as quoted on their website
"The Gateways Education team conducts professional learning programs in a number of different areas relating to education in general, educational leadership, curriculum differentiation and gifted education. These professional learning opportunities are offered primarily through ‘hands-on’ face-to-face workshops for educators and administrators across educational settings.
Additionally, ongoing mentoring for educators in schools and early childhood settings who are seeking to embrace contemporary perspectives of teaching and learning is available from experienced leaders in the field."
Diana Rigg - literacy
I can't recommend Diana Rigg's workshops enough. A Teacher who later became a trained speech pathologist, Diana Rigg is able to establish a no nonsense whole school approach to teaching reading, spelling, phonics and all other things literacy!
Check out her very informative website here:
There are several agencies that provide professional development in this area. I would first contact your system authority (e.g. Education Department) to see what they can recommend. Alternatively, here are some providers you may want to look into....
ICT Provide 'Explicit Instruction' Seminars. I noticed on their list, Western Australia was not listed! They do provide PD in W.A. here is an old flyer. Talk to them via email to see what's on offer in your area.
In Perth, W.A. there are a set of schools that refer to themselves as the "Coalition of Schools". These schools fully implement the Explicit Instruction philosophy based heavily on the 'John Fleming' model. They run seminars and also run professional learning events, where by teachers can attend for a whole day and see this in action. For more information about this email Jane Schorer [ Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org ]. Here is an old flyer from one of their paste events.