Neerim District and Kyneton professional development days

15 December

As part of veski’s inspiring students (& teachers) program, two professional development sessions were held for science teachers on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 at Neerim District Secondary College and Wednesday, 10 December 2014 at Kyneton Secondary College. 

Teachers from surrounding secondary colleges and feeder primary schools were invited to attend both sessions as part of our schools commitment to acting as centres of excellence in their regions. STEM teachers from primary and secondary schools in the Gippsland area joined the Neerim District workshop and teachers from the Loddon Mallee Region joined Kyneton Secondary College’s workshop.

The sessions were facilitated by Ms Dina Pozzo of insium Pty Ltd using the Australia Academy of Science’s publication Science By Doing professional learning modules; the focus of the content delivered was based upon the assessment modules which are focused on an inquiry-based approach to teaching science. Each school received a Science By Doing professional learning pack with a DVD covering each module in the program. 

A teleconference with the head of science was held in advance of each workshop to predetermine which module the session covered. Ms Pozzo developed an element of pre-work for each attendee. From the information provided in the teleconference and the pre-work, Dina developed individual program plans for each school. 

veski has developed a plan to offer three professional development sessions to each of our regional schools over a 12 month period to ensure all 5 modules of the resource are covered. This session was the second for Neerim District and the third for Kyneton Secondary College. 

veski’s programs and events coordinator attended both of these workshops and witnessed a huge amount of participation from all attendees. It was heart-warming to hear the feedback and appreciation from participants at the end of the day, some of the words they used to describe how they were feeling were inspired, excited and motivated which is exactly the outcome veski strived to achieve.  

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