Focus on Play, Project, and Purpose: Learning to Support the Stages of Development

With Karen Bonanno, Eduwebinar & Angie Stead, Owner & Director, Magic Sparks Care & Learning
Wednesday, 11th October 2023, 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm AEST, Brisbane Time

[As we are in Daylight Saving Time in Australia, please check the time of the webinar in your time zone, e.g. NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS = 8.00 pm, QLD = 7.00 pm, SA = 7.30 pm, NT = 6.30 pm, WA = 5.00 pm]

What is it about all the “-based” learning approaches? We hear about challenge, inquiry, play, passion, problem, project, and purpose in these contexts. Are they just buzzwords or is there something we need to know?

Play, project and purpose-based learning can be closely aligned to key learning experiences that students need during the different stages of development from infancy to young adulthood. Curriculum and methodology need to be based on a deep understanding of these phases.

In this webinar, Angie Stead and Karen Bonanno will share their understanding of the different stages of learning development during the early years through to young adulthood, and how teaching and learning methodologies need to be aligned with each stage through a focus on play, project and purpose based learning experiences. They will draw on their experience to share examples and connections with the curriculum and the skills students develop along the way.

They will also explore the other stages of development we go through as adults and share insights into the impact this has on our role as educators in different sectors of learning.

Outcomes for attendees:

  • Become aware of the stages of development.
  • Understand the different teaching & learning methodologies that can align with each 7-year cycle.
  • Identify the curriculum connections that support play, project & purpose-based learning.
  • Understand the range of skills students can develop throughout each stage of development.

Karen Bonanno is the Founder and National Director of Eduwebinar. She is based in North Brisbane and literally lives online as an educator. Her main area of work involves planning and hosting professional learning opportunities for educators with a specific focus on innovative teaching and learning strategies and resourcing as it applies to curriculum design and delivery. Karen has been acknowledged as a ‘learning commons visionary’, an ‘edupreneur’, and an ‘exponential entrepreneur’ by education and business colleagues for providing exceptional value. She has been a teacher, teacher librarian, head of department, acting deputy principal, regional adviser and state education officer, prior to commencing independent work in 1994. She has over 40 years of experience working in government and non-government schools, professional associations and private enterprises.

Angie Stead is the owner & director of Magic Sparks Care & Learning with four unique childcare centres in New Zealand. She is passionate about helping set children on the right path to lifelong learning and development. Her centres follow an ECE play-based learning philosophy that treats children as individuals and seeks to light their spark – whatever that may be.

For all States and Territories:
This webinar will provide self-identified professional development addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Proficient level:
1.2 – Understand how students learn
3.3 – Use teaching strategies
6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.4 – Apply professional learning and improve student learning

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Non-member registration is $40 for this live webinar

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Making the Invisible Visible: Strategic planning is your superpower

With Lori Korodaj, Teacher Librarian, Lake Tuggeranong College
Wednesday, 18th October 2023, 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm AEST, Brisbane Time

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Maximise the positive impact of your school library on students’ achievement – think strategically! In this session, Lori will share her ideas about aligning your school library services and role descriptions with strategic plans from your school, your system, and nationally. She will explore how this way of planning highlights the school library as a leader in cutting edge pedagogy, curriculum delivery, resourcing, and assessment design. Using work examples from Lori’s own experience, participants will learn how strategic planning raises the credibility and profile of the school library and school library staff, particularly the teacher librarian.

Participants post-webinar will:

  • Be able to articulate how TLs meet Strategic Plan directions at school, system and national level, and how to implement and share this with leadership at their school.
  • Be able to select from a range of evidence-based tools to audit and evaluate your services.
  • Be able to develop and match their library services and outcomes to strategic outcomes for their school and system.
  • Access session content post-webinar via an electronic ‘goodie bag’.

A teacher librarian with almost 30 years of experience in Australia and overseas, in school (K-12) and public libraries, Lori is currently working as TL at Lake Tuggeranong College, ACT (Years 11 & 12) and as Adjunct Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. National representation has included President of ASLA ACT, ASLA National Board Director, and ASLA’s ACCESS Editorial team. Lori has written for SCAN, FYI, and ACCESS and has delivered professional learning at various conferences and via webinars. Professional passions: providing professional learning to colleagues, advocacting for the importance of teacher librarians in schools, and mentoring up and coming teacher librarians.

For all States and Territories:
This webinar will provide self-identified professional development addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Proficient level:
6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.4 – Apply professional learning and improve student learning

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Non-member registration is $40 for this live webinar

[Subscribed members, please check the email you received from Karen. Your membership subscription includes access to this webinar.]


[FREE] Virtual Roundtable Forum: The Power of Comprehensive School Library Annual Report

Hosted by Karen Bonanno, National Director, Eduwebinar
Wednesday, 1st November 2023, 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm AEST, Brisbane Time

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CLICK, CONNECT & CHAT.

You are invited to attend the sixth Eduwebinar Roundtable Forum. This forum is open to all and is free to attend.

The theme for the November Forum is all about the importance of preparing an annual school library report. This report serves as a vital tool for communication, planning and advocacy to help the school administration team understand, support and enhance the library’s role in the school community. Together we will explore why it is important, what can be included, and how you can present a dynamic report.

Come along and share your professional insights into what you include in your annual report to ensure the library remains an integral part of the school.

You only need to speak for 3-5 minutes and be open to interacting with other attendees in response to any questions or conversations.

Let’s click, connect and chat to discover the value of an annual report for assessing, improving and advocating for the school library.

Note: Virtual seating is limited to 100, so get in early with your registration.
If you have any questions, please click here to send Karen an email.

In 2001, Karen was recognised by the Australian school library profession as a leader in the field of teacher librarianship [ASLA Citation Award] through her ongoing and outstanding dedication to promoting the profession and the role of the teacher-librarian. At the time, her commitment to professional development was personified in her own learning journey and willingness to tackle new challenges. In 2002, Karen stepped up to the position of Chief Executive Officer for the Australian School Library Association and held that position of leadership for twelve years. She continues to seek out and embrace new challenges, adopt a future-focused approach to the profession and share her professional insights and knowledge.

For all States and Territories:
This webinar will provide self-identified professional development addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Proficient level:
6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.4 – Apply professional learning and improve student learning
7.4 – Engage with professional teacher networks and broader communities

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Click on the Register now icon above to secure your virtual seat for this free digital event.


Lifting the Lid on a Literary Treasure

With Dr Belle Alderman & Dr Jennie Bales
Wednesday, 15th November 2023, 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm AEST, Brisbane Time

[As we are in Daylight Saving Time in Australia, please check the time of the webinar in your time zone, e.g. NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS = 8.00 pm, QLD = 7.00 pm, SA = 7.30 pm, NT = 6.30 pm, WA = 5.00 pm]

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc. houses an amazing and historically significant collection of the works and products arising from Australian children’s authors and illustrators curated over many decades. Join the director, Dr Belle Alderman AM and Dr Jennie Bales, a recent visitor to the Centre, as they introduce you to a veritable treasure chest that portrays the development of Australian literature for young people per se, but also the creation of literary works by Australian authors and illustrators. From first scribbles, roughs, dummy books, correspondence, manuscripts and published works, venture with us on this treasure hunt. Treasure seekers are best served with a map, and this session will provide a range of pathways to navigate this collection, delve into its varied and many components and guide you in identifying and selecting worthy treasures to adorn literary programs, pleasure reading, research pursuits and so much more. Relying on grants, volunteers and the generosity of University of Canberra to maintain this literary treasure, discover how you too can contribute to its ongoing growth.

Outcomes for attendees:

  • Develop cultural appreciation of a national asset and its role in enhancing resource development and program delivery.
  • Build awareness of the craft of writing and illustrating
  • Identify age-appropriate and topically relevant literature to support teaching and learning

Dr Belle Alderman AM has spent a lifetime in children’s books as an early reader, a secondary English teacher, teacher librarian in a primary school, and a university academic teaching and researching children’s literature. She has reviewed children’s books for newspapers, magazines and the radio, written countless articles and a couple of books about them, served as a judge for the CBCA Awards and the Prime Minister’s Awards for children’s and young adult books. Since retirement, she became the Director of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc. Here she is involved in all things children’s literature through events, exhibitions and wide-ranging activities relating to this ever-mesmerising field.

Dr Jennie Bales has been immersed in children’s literature since childhood and this shaped her career as she moved from the classroom to the school library as a teacher librarian. Continuing her studies with a doctorate focusing on children’s reading engagement in virtual environments, she maintained her interests as an adjunct lecturer with Charles Sturt University sharing her love of literature with future teacher librarians. Upon retirement she has devoted more time to her role on the CBCA Tasmania committee where she coordinates the social media and is involved in on the ground events.

For all States and Territories:
This webinar will provide self-identified professional development addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Proficient level:
3.4 – Select and use resources
6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice
7.4 – Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Please check the time in your time zone at Event Time Announcer

Non-member registration is $40 for this live webinar

[Subscribed members, please check the email you received from Karen. Your membership subscription includes access to this webinar.]