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SASTA Professional Learning For Middle & Secondary Years

Download the 2024 Professional Learning Calendar (PDF) to see what's on offer for next year. Keep an eye on this page for event registrations when available.

Please note: If you require an invoice for school payment, please simply select Bank Transfer at the payment option during your booking. This will email you an invoice - please wait approximately 15 minutes for this to come through.

Cancellation policy: 

Notice of cancellation received more than 48 hours before the event will incur a standard $50 administration processing fee, any registration fees received in addition to this amount will be refunded. For cancellation notice received less than 48 hours before the event, registration fees unfortunately cannot be refunded. 

Should SASTA need to cancel or reschedule a professional learning event, then all registered delegates can opt either to receive a full refund or have their registration transferred to the rescheduled event.

2024 Psychology Summer Conference

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12 January 2024 | Westminster School

Conference Theme: ‘Starting strong is good…finishing strong is epic!’ ~ Robin Sharma

Convenors: Carolyn Pinchbeck & Nicole Marinos

Keynote Speaker:

Claire McKellar, Adolescent specialist Counsellor & Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer

Claire has been working in South Australian schools for over 25 years, both a classroom teacher and school counsellor. Her Graduate Diploma of Psychology, focused specifically on adolescent mental health and wellbeing.

Claire has a wealth of knowledge in the field of youth mental health and a strong desire to support students, in particular adolescents, with their wellbeing and managing ill mental health. Daily, Claire works with students who present in mental health crisis, she provides guidance and support to school leadership and staff to ensure a supportive and sensitive school culture is employed, she liaises with parents, specialists and the wider community to advocate for evidence based practices to support adolescents in crisis and as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, trains school staff and the wider community creating action plans to support teens in significant crisis such as suicide.

Keynote Address:

Adolescence is the peak age of onset for mental illness, with half of all people who will ever have a mental illness, experiencing their first episode prior to 18 years of age.
In recognising that Psychology teachers, due to their psychological knowledge and strong rapport with students, are naturally sought out by students who may be experiencing a range of mental health concerns; this keynote aims to provide current statistics around adolescent Mental Health and offer a variety of strategies teachers can practically implement, when responding to adolescents who disclose developing mental health concerns.

As Child Protective Practices are important when supporting students with mental ill health, Claire will identify the legal requirements staff need to meet and best practice ways to do so; and provide attendees with a clear, effective, and swift way to evaluate how significant students mental health concerns are and what steps should be followed, to protect both the students in your care – and yourself.

PSYCONF24 Keynote Speaker

 

8.45am Welcome
9.00am Keynote Address
10.00am

Concurrent Workshop Session 1

1.1  Keynote follow-up workshop
1.2 Senior School Support: Maximizing Learning with AI Prompts
1.3 Developing sequence and scope of learning in Psychology across yr 10,11 and 12

10.45am Morning Tea
11.00am SACE Examination & Moderation Review - Part 1
12.00pm

Concurrent Workshop Session 2

2.1 Developing sequence and scope of learning in Psychology across yr 10,11 and 12
2.2 Question Crafting 101: Unlocking the Blueprint to Exam-Standard Questions
2.3 Community Studies – the dreaded conversion

12.45pm

Lunch

1.30pm

SACE Examination & Moderation Review - Part 2

2.30pm

Concurrent Workshop Session 3

3.1 Senior School Support: Maximizing Learning with AI Prompts
3.2 Question Crafting 101: Unlocking the Blueprint to Exam-Standard Questions
3.3 Community Studies – the dreaded conversion

3.15pm Conference Plenary
3.30pm Happy Hour

Full session descriptions can be found by downloading the program or clicking on 'available sessions' below. 

Details

Date:

Time: 8:45am - 4:30pm

Venue: Westminster School

Bookings close: 10/01/2024

Event Pricing

Type Regular price
Personal Member (1 day) $145.00
Joint Member (1 day) $145.00
1st Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00
2nd Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00
Corporate Member - SA School (1 day) $185.00
Non-Member (1 day) $225.00
SASTA Student Member (1 day) $50.00
Retired Member (1 day) $145.00

Description

Download the full Program here.


Scroll down and click 'book now' to register!

12 January 2024 | Westminster School

Conference Theme: ‘Starting strong is good…finishing strong is epic!’ ~ Robin Sharma

Convenors: Carolyn Pinchbeck & Nicole Marinos

Keynote Speaker:

Claire McKellar, Adolescent specialist Counsellor & Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer

Claire has been working in South Australian schools for over 25 years, both a classroom teacher and school counsellor. Her Graduate Diploma of Psychology, focused specifically on adolescent mental health and wellbeing.

Claire has a wealth of knowledge in the field of youth mental health and a strong desire to support students, in particular adolescents, with their wellbeing and managing ill mental health. Daily, Claire works with students who present in mental health crisis, she provides guidance and support to school leadership and staff to ensure a supportive and sensitive school culture is employed, she liaises with parents, specialists and the wider community to advocate for evidence based practices to support adolescents in crisis and as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, trains school staff and the wider community creating action plans to support teens in significant crisis such as suicide.

Keynote Address:

Adolescence is the peak age of onset for mental illness, with half of all people who will ever have a mental illness, experiencing their first episode prior to 18 years of age.
In recognising that Psychology teachers, due to their psychological knowledge and strong rapport with students, are naturally sought out by students who may be experiencing a range of mental health concerns; this keynote aims to provide current statistics around adolescent Mental Health and offer a variety of strategies teachers can practically implement, when responding to adolescents who disclose developing mental health concerns.

As Child Protective Practices are important when supporting students with mental ill health, Claire will identify the legal requirements staff need to meet and best practice ways to do so; and provide attendees with a clear, effective, and swift way to evaluate how significant students mental health concerns are and what steps should be followed, to protect both the students in your care – and yourself.

PSYCONF24 Keynote Speaker

 

8.45am Welcome
9.00am Keynote Address
10.00am

Concurrent Workshop Session 1

1.1  Keynote follow-up workshop
1.2 Senior School Support: Maximizing Learning with AI Prompts
1.3 Developing sequence and scope of learning in Psychology across yr 10,11 and 12

10.45am Morning Tea
11.00am SACE Examination & Moderation Review - Part 1
12.00pm

Concurrent Workshop Session 2

2.1 Developing sequence and scope of learning in Psychology across yr 10,11 and 12
2.2 Question Crafting 101: Unlocking the Blueprint to Exam-Standard Questions
2.3 Community Studies – the dreaded conversion

12.45pm

Lunch

1.30pm

SACE Examination & Moderation Review - Part 2

2.30pm

Concurrent Workshop Session 3

3.1 Senior School Support: Maximizing Learning with AI Prompts
3.2 Question Crafting 101: Unlocking the Blueprint to Exam-Standard Questions
3.3 Community Studies – the dreaded conversion

3.15pm Conference Plenary
3.30pm Happy Hour

Full session descriptions can be found by downloading the program or clicking on 'available sessions' below. 

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2024 Teachers New to SACE Stage 2 Physics

Presenter: Michael Smith (Tatachilla Lutheran College)

Dr Michael Smith has taught Physics for over fifteen years; has delivered professional development since 2014; and authored and edited Physics textbooks.

Intended Audience: For teachers new to Stage 2 Physics and current teachers seeking guidance that have not taught the Physics course recently.

Details

Date:

Time: 9.00am - 3.00pm

Venue: Walkers Arms Hotel

Bookings close: 06/02/2024

Event Pricing

Type Regular price
Personal Member (1 day) $145.00
Joint Member (1 day) $145.00
Corporate Member - SA School (1 day) $185.00
Non-Member (1 day) $225.00
SASTA Student Member (1 day) $50.00
1st Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00
2nd Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00

Description

Presenter: Michael Smith (Tatachilla Lutheran College)

Dr Michael Smith has taught Physics for over fifteen years; has delivered professional development since 2014; and authored and edited Physics textbooks.

Intended Audience: For teachers new to Stage 2 Physics and current teachers seeking guidance that have not taught the Physics course recently.

Program Outline:

This professional development session will cover:

  • Course requirements and planning
  • SACE submission requirements
  • Using the performance standards appropriately
  • Advice and practice on writing quality assessments

In addition, participants are invited to collaborate, share resources, and develop networks that will assist in early-career teaching.

Key Topics: 

  1. Overview of the course
  • Using the subject outline in teaching
  1. Planning and assessment
  • Assessment types
  • Developing a LAP
  • Good investigations
  • Developing SATs
  • Formative / Demonstration activities
  • Other resources
  • Planning the year 
  1. Sample tasks and discussion
  • Have some prepared to discuss
  • Assessing and using the performance standards
  • Science Inquiry Skills / SHE assessments
  • Examination preparation
  1. Moderation
  • What is required
  • Planning and organisation

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2024 Teachers New to SACE Stage 2 Biology

Presenter: Andrew Sayers (Henley High School)

Intended Audience: For teachers new to Stage 2 Biology and current teachers seeking guidance for the new course.

Details

Date:

Time: 9.00am - 3.00pm

Venue: Walkers Arms Hotel

Bookings close: 06/02/2024

Event Pricing

Type Regular price
Personal Member (1 day) $145.00
Joint Member (1 day) $145.00
Corporate Membership - SA School (1 day) $185.00
Non-Member (1 day) $225.00
SASTA Student Member (1 day) $50.00
1st Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00
2nd Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00
Corporate Member - Business or Interstate school (1 day) $185.00

Description

Presenter: Andrew Sayers (Henley High School)

Intended Audience: For teachers new to Stage 2 Biology and current teachers seeking guidance for the new course.

Please see detailled program HERE.

 

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2024 Teachers New to Stage 1 and Stage 2 Nutrition

Presenter: Elizabeth Arthur (Nazareth College)

Intended Audience: Stage 1 and 2 teachers new to Nutrition

This session will provide an introduction to Stage 1 and Stage 2 Nutrition covering content, resources, assessment and SACE requirements. 

Details

Date:

Time: 9.00am - 3.00pm

Venue: Walkers Arms Hotel

Bookings close: 13/02/2024

Event Pricing

Type Regular price
Personal Member (1 day) $145.00
Joint Member (1 day) $145.00
1st Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00
2nd Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00
Corporate Member - SA School (1 day) $185.00
Non-Member (1 day) $225.00
SASTA Student Member (1 day) $50.00

Description

Presenter: Elizabeth Arthur (Nazareth College)

Intended Audience: Stage 1 and 2 teachers new to Nutrition

This session will provide an introduction to Stage 1 and Stage 2 Nutrition covering content, resources, assessment and SACE requirements. 

This workshop will give teachers new to teaching SACE Nutrition an opportunity to meet and network with fellow new teachers. The workshop will provide practical information for planning in Stage 1 and Stage 2 and an overview of the topics as well as examples and discussion around assessment tasks.

Program: 

SUBJECT OUTLINES

Stage 1 Subject Outline

  • Topics

(left hand column vs right hand column)

  • How do these topics link to Stage 2
  • Ideas for teaching

Stage 2 Subject Outline

  • Topics

ASSESSMENT

Assessment requirements Stage 1 vs Stage 2

  • Folio: prac and SHE
  • SATs: task or case study

Performance Standards

Assessment tasks Stage 1 vs Stage 2

Science Inquiry Skills

+ Practical ideas

+ errors discussion

+ moderation

SHE

+ exemplar

+ writing a SHE test question

Case Study

+ exemplar

+ what it might look like in the exam

Test

+ writing good test questions

Examination – what to expect

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2024 Teachers New to SACE Stage 2 Chemistry

Teachers new to SACE Stage 2 Chemistry provides an overview, and guidance offered for planning, assessment and task design. Participants will be given the opportunity to share and discuss ideas, tasks and other resources.

Intended Audience: For teachers new to Stage 2 Chemistry

Details

Date:

Time: 9.00am - 3.00pm

Venue: Walkers Arms Hotel

Bookings close: 13/02/2024

Event Pricing

Type Regular price
Personal Member (1 day) $145.00
Joint Member (1 day) $145.00
Corporate Membership - SA School (1 day) $185.00
Non-Member (1 day) $225.00
SASTA Student Member (1 day) $50.00
1st Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00
2nd Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00

Description

Teachers new to SACE Stage 2 Chemistry provides an overview, and guidance offered for planning, assessment and task design. Participants will be given the opportunity to share and discuss ideas, tasks and other resources.

Intended Audience: For teachers new to Stage 2 Chemistry

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2024 Teachers New to SACE Stage 1 & 2 Psychology

Presenter: Carolyn Pinchbeck & Ben Whyte

Carolyn has over 15 years of experience teaching SACE Stage 1&2 Psychology and has supervised both marking and moderation for a number of years and has also been involved in examination setting and curriculum writing for the SACE Board. She has supported many students in her classes to achieve A+ and Merit scores for Psychology over the years. Carolyn has convened the SASTA New Teachers conference and Psychology Summer Conference for many years and has a keen passion for promoting student and teacher excellence in the discipline of Psychology.

Intended Audience: For teachers new to Stage 1 & 2 Psychology

Details

Date:

Time: 9.00am - 3.00pm

Venue: Walkers Arms Hotel

Bookings close: 20/02/2024

Event Pricing

Type Regular price
Personal Member (1 day) $145.00
Joint Member (1 day) $145.00
Corporate Member - SA School (1 day) $185.00
Non-Member (1 day) $225.00
SASTA Student Member (1 day) $50.00
1st Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00
2nd Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00

Description

Presenter: Carolyn Pinchbeck & Ben Whyte

Carolyn has over 15 years of experience teaching SACE Stage 1&2 Psychology and has supervised both marking and moderation for a number of years and has also been involved in examination setting and curriculum writing for the SACE Board. She has supported many students in her classes to achieve A+ and Merit scores for Psychology over the years. Carolyn has convened the SASTA New Teachers conference and Psychology Summer Conference for many years and has a keen passion for promoting student and teacher excellence in the discipline of Psychology.

Intended Audience: For teachers new to Stage 1 & 2 Psychology

Program:

9:00 - Welcome and networking

9:30- The bio/psycho/social model

10:30 - Morning tea

11:00- Stage 1

Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio

  • Science as a Hunan Endeavour (planning, task sheets, rubrics, exemplars, marking & mock moderation)
  • Design & Deconstruct  (planning, task sheets, rubrics, exemplars, marking & mock moderation)

12:45- Lunch

1:30 - Stage 2: Research Programs & Investigation Reports

2:30- Stage 1 & 2

Assessment Type 2: Skills and Application Tasks

  • Tests
  • Assignments
  • Formative classroom activities

3:30 - Close

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2024 Teachers New to SACE Stage 2 Scientific Studies

Presenter: Helen Godfrey (Open Access College)

Intended audience: Teachers new to Scientific Studies

Teachers new to SACE Stage 2 Scientific Studies provides an overview, and guidance offered for planning, assessment and task design. Participants will be given the opportunity to share and discuss ideas, tasks and other resources.

Details

Date:

Time: 9.00am - 3.00pm

Venue: Walkers Arms Hotel

Bookings close: 20/02/2024

Event Pricing

Type Regular price
Personal Member (1 day) $145.00
Joint Member (1 day) $145.00
Corporate Membership - SA School (1 day) $185.00
Non-Member (1 day) $225.00
SASTA Student Member (1 day) $50.00
1st Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00
2nd Year of Teaching (1 day) $145.00

Description

Presenter: Helen Godfrey (Open Access College)

Intended audience: Teachers new to Scientific Studies

Teachers new to SACE Stage 2 Scientific Studies provides an overview, and guidance offered for planning, assessment and task design. Participants will be given the opportunity to share and discuss ideas, tasks and other resources.

Program:

  • Overview and structure of the subject
  • Design Proposals
  • Deconstruct and designing investigations
  • Science as a Human Endeavour
  • Collaborative Inquiry
  • External Assessment

Please bring your own WIFI enabled device (laptop, tablet etc.)

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