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Zoom into Guild Education Series

“Zoom into Guild Education Series” is a free monthly moderated virtual discussion hosted by the Teachers’ Guild of NSW on a range of education topics to help teachers and educators who are leading, preparing students and communities for the next generation.

 

Each session will have a different “theme” and include an exceptional panel of experts with diverse backgrounds in a challenging conversation on a selected education theme each month.

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Upcoming Sessions
Wed 19 Oct, Wed 16 Nov


Past Sessions 

Decline in Literacy - What do we need to do now, how do we do it?

Date: Wednesday 14 September 2022

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Cost: Free for all

 

Panellists:

 

Ms Maxene Borg - Teacher-inclusive and Diverse Education Teacher - St Pauls Catholic College
Ms Denyse Ritchie - Honorary Chair of Literacy & Fellow - Literacy Specialist - The THRASS Institute

 

Decline in Literacy - What do we need to do now, how do we do it?

With the ever changing nature of technology the concepts of literacy are continually in flux due to constant shifts in learning design, it is timely to assess the flexibility of teachers’ pedagogy to see how we should deal with this complex reality in the everyday demands of working with our students. How do teachers plan and implement the teaching of reading in balance with the use of digital resources? This webinar series will explore the importance of literacy and the problems of how technology has changed the classroom environment to some degree but curriculum and instruction did not change and the speed with which technology has led to changes to literacy practices.

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The Importance of Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students?

Date: Wednesday 3 August 2022

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Cost: Free for all 

Moderator:

Dr Lauren Knussen, School of International Studies and Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS), University of Technology Sydney

 

Panellists:

Lisa Allum, Assistant Gifted and Talented Coordinator (K -12) - Queenwood

Melinda Gindy, Diverse Learning Coordinator - Regents Park Christian School

Desilee Tait, Gifted and Talented Coordinator (K-12) - Loreto Kirribilli

 

The Importance of Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students? 

One area that is of importance in Gifted Education is the social and emotional needs of gifted children. This is at the heart of wellbeing and the foundation for achievement for all children. Many gifted children need targeted assistance with peer relationships, perfectionism, asynchronous development, situational stressors and many other areas of concern. While every gifted child’s experience is different, two of the main terms associated with the emotional development of gifted children are intensity and asynchrony. Without emotional health and wellbeing, all the brilliance and academic prowess that gifted children may possess really doesn’t matter. Unless these needs are met, individuals will be unable to achieve optimal wellness levels.

How can we transform education by building better schools for Students?

 

Date: Wednesday 15 June 2022

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Panellists:

  • Dr Vicki Cameron, Chief Education Officer, PeopleBench, Building Better School Workforces

  • Kathryn Taylor, Director of Wellbeing Australia and Turning Point Consulting

  • Timothy Watson, Principal, Northern Beaches Christian School

  • Phillip Heath, Head of Barker College

 

Given that teachers have the greatest in school impacting student outcomes and school leaders have the second greatest impact, building and retaining the best possible school workforce becomes paramount. Developing a deliberate future focused School Workforce Strategy is likely to facilitate building and retaining the best possible school workforce. Generally, a school Workforce Strategy would be informed by the school context, strategic direction, and school workforce data. Ultimately this provides a structure and justification for staffing decisions. In the current local and international context, intentional and impactful teacher and school leader wellbeing programs would be integral in a school Workforce Strategy to contribute to staff retention.

Technology-enabled learning in schools – where are we now?

 

Date: Wednesday 11 May 2022
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Cost: Free for all

Moderator:

  • Dr Lauren Knussen, School of International Studies and Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS), University of Technology Sydney


Panellists:

  • Prof Matt Bower, Professor of Learning Technologies, Macquarie University

  • Dr Annie Agnew, Academic Lead, Teacher Professional Experience, University of Notre Dame

  • Dr Jonathan Mascorella, Director of Learning Innovation, Loreto Kirribilli

  • Dr Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn, Deputy Head of Junior School, Wyvern House Prep, Newington College



Technology-enabled learning in schools – where are we now?

Future work reports, such as RMIT & Deloitte Economics (2021), identify the critical need for students to enter the workforce with strong digital skills. Join us as our panel discuss technology-enabled learning in schools and ways in which schools can support students to develop their digital literacy. We will explore the possibilities and the challenges for schools and teachers associated with implementing technology-enabled learning, and discuss how we might reframe our understanding to support teachers in integrating technology into their practice.

Reference:

RMIT & Deloitte Economics, 2021, Ready, set, upskill: Effective training for the jobs of tomorrow, https://online.rmit.edu.au/form/success/whitepaper?id=2316

The Future of Mathematics Education in Australia

 

Date: Wednesday 6 April 2022
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Cost: Free for all

Moderator:

 

  • Dr Lauren Knussen, School of International Studies and Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS), University of Technology Sydney


Panellists:

  • Catherine Attard | Professor, Mathematics Education, Deputy Director, Centre for Educational Research, President, Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)

  • Dr Christine Mae, Specialist | Mathematics and Numeracy K-12 Pre to Post Learning Education and Research

  • Associate Professor Michael Cavanagh Director, Macquarie School of Education

  • Dr Jake Little, Senior Education Officer | NSW Numeracy Expert, NSW Education Standards Authority


Join us as our panel discuss the future of mathematics education and how to prepare students for society and workplaces over the coming years. As future workplaces require interdisciplinary skills in critical thinking and problem-solving, what will this mean in today’s world and what should Mathematics education look like, to prepare students for career opportunities in the digital age.

The Future of Schooling.

Are we preparing ourselves for change?

Date: Wednesday 23 February 2022

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Cost: Free for all


Moderator:

  • Dr Lauren Knussen, School of International Studies and Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS), University of Technology Sydney

 

Panellists: ​

  • Patrick O’Reilly, CatholicCare General Manager, Pastoral Services Division

  • Miriam Tanti, Associate Dean Partnerships, Faculty of Education and Arts and Campus Dean, Australian Catholic University Strathfield

  • Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Education Policy, University of New South Wales

  • Karen Yager, Principal Hills Grammar School

 

Join us as our panel discuss the key challenges schools face over the coming years. We will discuss some of the options for addressing those challenges and consider where we might look for solutions in education more broadly.

STEM Education:

What does the future of STEM learning look like?

Date: Wednesday 10 November 2021

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Cost: Free for all


Moderator:

  • Dr Lauren Knussen, School of International Studies and Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS), University of Technology Sydney

 

Panellists: ​

  • Associate Professor Jane Hunter, School of International Studies and Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS), University of Technology Sydney

  • Professor Peter Howley, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences/Statistics, The University of Newcastle

  • Professor Kathryn Holmes, Science, Mathematics, Technology, Associate Dean of Research, School of Education, Director, Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University

 

​Join us as our panel discusses how educators are changing the way we teach STEM skills in the classroom for our students in applying innovative approaches in preparing STEM careers for the next generation.

The session will give teachers and school leaders an insightful discussion into the interdisciplinary approach to learning ideas that can stimulate thinking and discussions about the future of STEM education and learning.

Remote and Online Learning:

Lessons Learned and Reflections to inform the Future of Education

Date: Wednesday 6 October 2021

 

Moderator:

  • Kathryn Taylor, Director of Wellbeing Australia

 

Panellists

  • Mark Long (Principal) from Penrith Selective High School;

  • Margaret Pond (Head of Junior School) from St Phillip’s Christian College, Cessnock;

These are certainly interesting and challenging times for education, both in Australia and globally. As such, it is essential that we reflect on potential future opportunities where we, as educators, can learn from our remote teaching practice, to improve student learning, wellbeing and engagement outcomes for our students.

With the distinctive rise of e- learning and teaching, whether undertaken remotely or on digital platforms for our students, it is inevitable and appropriate that we ponder future technology, techniques and approaches with the reflection of professional lessons achieved so far.

Join us as our panel discusses how educators are creating possibilities to do things differently to provide a gateway to education for our students. These educational leaders will share experiences learned with remote and online learning, particularly in the Kindergarten to Year 12 arena.

Some examples of the monthly themes: