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Transition to School
Professional Development Day


"Creating learning environments that are ready for all children"



Wednesday 23rd October 2019  

8:30am - 4:15pm

THE PAVILION - 2 BONG BONG ST, KIAMA 





KEY NOTE SPEAKER

Nathan Wallis
 


WORKSHOP SPEAKERS


Koonawarra Public School and Dapto Goodstart Early Learning 
Alice Lans - Noah's Inclusion Services
Margaret Sutherland - Noah's Inclusion Servivces
Catholic Education Diocese Wollongong
Liz Aylward - Child Development Institute


COST


Cost: $130 including Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea 



SPONSORS





KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Nathan Wallis
 
Nathan is a father of three, stepfather to two and foster father to many more. His professional background included early childhood teacher, child therapist, social service manager, university lecturer and neuroscience trainer. Following his time at the University of Canterbury, he founded a private training consultancy with the goal of facilitating easy to understand professional development reflecting the latest neuroscience discoveries and their practical implications for everyday practice. Nathan is an advisor for the NZ Ministry of Education, and an expert advisor for NZ Ministry of Vulnerable Children.
Since then he has been delivering in excess of 150 presentations every year throughout Australia, New Zealand, CHINA, Saudi Arabia and the UK.
His increasing media profile includes - National Radio and TV appearances as a guest expert on parenting, teaching and understanding the developing brain of young people. He has filmed a Neuroscience documentary screened in 2017 and produced two DVDs exploring how the brain works and how neuroscience can better inform our day to day interactions with Brain Development for Babies and The Teenage Brain. Inspirational and charismatic, Nathan's keen ability to translate neuroscience into every day life and practice engages all audiences.



WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS 1:45pm to 2.45pm & 3.00pm to 4:00pm 


Koonawarra Public School and Dapto Goodstart Early Learning  


In 2018, Koonawarra PS and Goodstart Early Learning Dapto formed a partnership to deliver a comprehensive transition to school program involving playgroup, weekly school visits professional learning for staff and mentoring roles for Kindergarten students in order to support student's transition to Kindergarten. Both centres have worked collaboratively to expose preschool children to the school environment over the whole year through a play based approach and help create a sense of belonging for current Kindergarten students in their new setting. This approach has seen successful transitions for students attending not just the host school, but local schools through having then feel comfortable in a school setting. Additionally teachers are more aware of he children they will be receiving. It has truly developed a culture of making children ready for school and schools ready for children by focusing on building positive relationships with all transition stakeholders.


 
Alice Lans 

Alice has been a Speech Pathologist for nearly 20 years and has worked in a wide range of paediatric settings both interstate and overseas. Alice is not the CEO of Noah's Inclusion Services, a non-government organisation which provides services for children with a disability. Noah's also operates Mundamia Early Learning Centre, an inclusive early childhood education and care service. She is passionate about educating others, particularly in the areas of early childhood communication development and inclusion. Alice has been a clinical educator for speech pathology students and enjoys managing a community based service, mentoring other speech pathologists and providing holistic, family-centred and functional early intervention.   
 


Margaret Sutherland

Marg Sutherland is the Team Leader of Noah's Inclusion Service Aboriginal Programs. Marg has a Bachelor of Education and has worked in Early Childhood sector for ober 40 years; 20 years with Indigenous Communities and almost 25 years with Noah's Inclusion Services. Marg is an Aboriginal Australian; a descendent of the Murrawarri people of north-western NSW. Marg is committed to working with Aboriginal Communities to bring high quality, accessible Early Childhood and Early intervention services to children, families and communities.


 

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong

Joanne Treffone is currently an Education Officer Early Learning for the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong. With over 30 years of experience as a K-2 classroom teacher and leader in both NSW and Western Australia Catholic and Independent sectors she now supports schools with Diocesan and State initiatives. Annalise Farrugia began teaching in 2015 and has worked across Mainstream and Autism Specific Classrooms in both the Catholic and Independent sector. The presentation will outline how one Diocesan learning support unit has implemented learning through play as an age appropriate pedagogy to establish and build positive relationships and expand children's diverse social competence, develop the fundamental skills of literacy, numeracy and oral communication and promote positive attitudes to school and learning. 
 


Liz Aylward  

Liz is the Clinical Director at the Child Development Institute situated within the Innovation Campus, North Wollongong. As a Certified Trainer in the Early Start Denver Model, Liz has extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research over very recent years has demonstrated that the majority of professionals across the early childhood and school education fields, claim they don't have the competence or confidence to achieve inclusion for all children. Instead, they are feeling anxious, stressed and even fearful. To address this, Liz has developed a professional development package called 'One of the Kids' now called the AIM for Inclusion: Autism Intervention in Mainstream.


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early childhood education and care service
primary school

Koonawarra PS and Goodstart
Alice Lans
Margaret Sutherland
Catholic Education Diocese Wollongong
Liz Aylward

Koonawarra PS and Goodstart
Alice Lans
Margaret Sutherland
Catholic Education Diocese Wollongong
Liz Aylward

Koonawarra PS and Goodstart
Alice Lans
Margaret Sutherland
Catholic Education Diocese Wollongong
Liz Aylward

Koonawarra PS and Goodstart
Alice Lans
Margaret Sutherland
Catholic Education Diocese Wollongong
Liz Aylward