Professional Learning


School-based professional learning

Joanne offers a range of options to support professional learning needs to develop students’ language and literacy across the curriculum in both primary and secondary schools. Options include:

  • workshops or presentations
  • series of workshops
  • small group planning sessions
  • planning followed by demonstration lessons and debrief sessions.

 


Duration and session lengths can be negotiated and include after school hours, staff development days and in school time. Detailed short and long terms plans can be designed with a combination of modes to support ongoing targeted plans across a year or several years.

Content can be negotiated and  created specifically, to address a school’s particular needs and school plans. Please feel free to make contact to discuss possibilities and options.

 

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Other professional learning

 

Grammar, Language and Literacy

When: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm, 19, 26 March; 2 April; 7, 14 May 2024

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Interactive through Zoom

An introductory course suitable for educators and literacy support staff

This five session interactive Zoom course is presented by Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. It aims to develop understandings of some of the grammatical concepts important to learning about language, explore the grammatical features of some quality children’s literature and investigate some of the ways young students can be supported in learning about language.

 

Grammar and Teaching 

Option 1 (Interactive through Zoom)

When: Thursdays, 4:00-6:00pm, 14, 21, 28 March; 4, 11 April; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May; 6, 13 June 2024

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This 12 course is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton online through Zoom. Participants explore those features of grammar necessary for students to master by the end of the middle years of schooling; develop understandings of the grammatical concepts outlined in syllabus documents and in NAPLAN; define a pedagogy which includes the teaching of grammar in meaningful contexts relating to the subject matter of the curriculum. 

Grammar and Teaching 

Option 2 (Face to Face - Marie Bashir PS in Strathfield, NSW)

When: Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00pm, 14, 21, 28 February; 6, 13, 20, 27 March; 3 April; 8, 15, 22, 29 May 2024.

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This 12 course is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton at Marie Bashir Public School in Strathfield. Participants explore those features of grammar necessary for students to master by the end of the middle years of schooling; develop understandings of the grammatical concepts outlined in syllabus documents and in NAPLAN; define a pedagogy which includes the teaching of grammar in meaningful contexts relating to the subject matter of the curriculum.

 

Grammar and Teaching Encore

When: Dates coming soon! ENQUIRE HERE

Interactive through Zoom

This online course is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. It is aimed at teachers who have already completed the 12 week Grammar and Teaching course. Knowledge about selecting and using a range of texts to support understanding about literacy and literature will be developed by building on participants’ understanding of a functional model of language and how it is applied  in relevant curriculum and syllabus documents.

  

Tell me your story: Supporting EAL/D students from K-8

(3 day course)

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When: Friday 12 April, 17 May, & 7 June 2024

Location: Sydney

This three day course, through the Centre for Professional Learning, is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. It aims to develop understandings and strategies for participants who support EAL/D students in both small groups and mainstream classrooms.

 

P-2 Connecting, Creating and Communicating Using Quality Children's Literature

(3 day course)

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When: Friday 31 May, 14 & 21 June 2024

Location: Sydney

This three day course, through the Centre for Professional Learning, is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. It looks at the development of oral language, and how this provides the basis for developing literacy. As well a focus will be on making meaning using quality children’s literature and developing engagement through play in curriculum contexts.

 

K-6 English: Connect, Create and Communicate!

(3 day course)

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When: Friday 9 & 30 August & 6 September 2024

Location: Sydney

This three day course, through the Centre for Professional Learning, is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. It develops understandings and strategies for participants to support students in the English K-6 subject area in mainstream classrooms whilst also considering the needs of EAL/D learners. A model of language and the teaching and learning cycle will be used to select and plan for the use of texts across the various modes of reading, speaking, and listening and writing. The explicit teaching of language features/grammar, vocabulary, and spelling will be considered in the context of quality literature.

 

Writing in Secondary Schools - understanding and applying grammar in context 

(3 day course)

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When: Friday 15 March, 10 & 24 May 2024

Location: Sydney

This three day course, through the Centre for Professional Learning, is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton. It supports participants to identify the language demands of texts commonly read and written in the secondary school and to recognise features of their students’ writing. The teaching of writing is used as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning and outline grammatical features to best support teachers to make an impact on students who are writing extended responses.

   

Conversations about Literary Texts

When: 2024 ENQUIRE HERE

This six module online course is presented by both Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton and is run through The University of Sydney. The focus is on teaching grammar in the context of literary texts in the primary school and in the middle years. We will focus on the teaching of literary texts as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning. Knowledge about grammar is only useful if students use it to read and write, and recognise how authors, including themselves, can use language to make meaning.