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Professional Learning & Development for Teacher Aides

Buy your tickets today for one of our industry leading Teacher Aide PLD workshops!

Our team of expert education professionals have created learning opportunities that are specifically designed for Teacher Aides in primary (P) and secondary (S) - with a focus on:

 

  • Neurodiversity

  • Behaviour & Communication

  • Inclusion & Wellbeing

  • Learning support

  • Cultural competence

  • Languages & Professional skills​
     

Browse our online workshops and face to face workshops below, which you can book by following each link. Contact us if you have any questions!

ENQUIRE NOW ABOUT IN-SCHOOL WORKSHOPS FOR 2024. ONLINE OR IN-PERSON.

MoE Funding for these courses is now closed, but tickets are available to be purchased by your kura!

Set Category Courses for Teacher Aides across Aotearoa:

Developing Phonological Awareness (P/S) 

In this workshop you will understand what phonological awareness is and its importance in learning literacy.  You will learn how you can develop phonological awareness with students using quick, fun learning activities and how to assess phonological awareness. Includes a Developing Phonological Awareness manual. 

  • Facilitator: Yolanda Soryl

  • Cost: $230 incl GST

  • Duration: 2 x 2 hour Workshops

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

Early Phonics (Learning the Alphabet)
(P)

Much more than ABC's this course will give you the practical strategies and in-depth training on how to teach children the sounds and letters of the alphabet.

Includes a down-loadable Early  Phonics training manual.

Early Words (P)

Build understanding about what the high frequency (sight) words are and why we teach them, learn how to teach a 5 minute Early Words lesson and know how to implement the Early Words programme in your school.

  • Facilitator: Yolanda Soryl

  • Cost: $207 incl GST 

  • Duration: 2 x 2 hour Workshops

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

Reading Discovery Club (P)

Learn how to set up a Reading Discovery Club that provides a 30 minute, small group early literacy support programme for your school.

Includes a PDF training manual. 

  • Facilitator: Yolanda Soryl

  • Cost: $207 incl GST 

  • Duration: 2 x 2  hour Workshops

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

Primary Phonics (P)

Build an understanding about what phonics is and develop an understanding of the 7 stages of phonics. You will learn how to teach children to hear, read and write all the sounds and how to sound out the words for reading and writing using fun and interactive strategies and how to assess the 7 stages. 

Includes a Primary Phonics Training Manual. 

  • Facilitator: Yolanda Soryl

  • Cost: $563.50 incl GST 

  • Duration and Location: Zoom (Online)

    • 4 x 2 hour Workshop 

Teaching Handwriting (P/S)

In this workshop, Louise will cover the following topics:

- Introduction – why teaching handwriting matters
- Developing fine motor skills 
- Teaching handwriting systematically
- Supporting older students with handwriting issues.

  • Facilitator: Louise Dempsey

  • Cost: $172.50 online & $207 in-person incl GST

  • Duration: 1.5 Hour Workshop

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

Supporting Students with Reading (P/S)

This workshop introduces the range of skills students need to develop for reading. It includes practical strategies to support students to decode and comprehend, as well as follow-up activities. Louise will also cover how to lead a reading group at different levels.

  • Facilitator: Louise Dempsey

  • Cost: $287.50 incl GST

  • Duration: 3 x 1.5 Hour Workshops

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

Supporting Students with Writing (P/S)

An overview of how children learn to write with practical strategies for supporting ākonga with the writing process.   It includes practical strategies to support students to generate and organise ideas, spell words, write in sentences, select vocabulary and edit their writing. Supporting groups of students at different levels will also be covered.

  • Facilitator: Louise Dempsey

  • Cost: $287.50 incl GST

  • Duration: 3 x 1.5 Hour Workshops

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

 Supporting Ākonga in a Structured Literacy Classroom - open category

These workshops will support TAs who are working in learning spaces with Structured Literacy in place. There are two different workshops: for supporting ākonga in Years 1-3, and Years 4-8. 

The course will cover:  

- Brief introduction the foundations and principles of structured literacy.

- A range of practical strategies for supporting ākonga in small group literacy instruction, including: Phonemic awareness, decoding, letter formation, spelling, high frequency words, and book reading. Workshops for Year 4-8 TAs will also include multi-syllable word reading, and reading fluency development. Participants will receive a printable workbook for the course, which will include step-by-step instructions for teaching strategies we cover.  

  • Facilitator: Emma Nahna

  • Cost: $287.50 incl GST

  • Duration: 2 x 2 Hour Workshops. Different dates for Yr 1-3 & Yr 4-8

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

Supporting Ākonga in the Learning Space with Oral Language Development  (P/S)

Build a rich understanding about why oral language is important, gain skills to support individual and small groups of ākonga and how to leverage ākonga linguistic diversity in the learning space.  

  • Facilitator: Del Costello

  • Cost: $172.50 incl GST

  • Duration: 2 x 1.5 Hour Workshops

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

  • In person: Stratford 

Getting the Maths - Understanding Mathematics Learning

Exploring the key features of different numeracy stages and how to go about proceeding learners from one stage to another, utilizing the power of noticing and quality talk to promote thinking and learning. 

  • Facilitator: Stephanie Lin

  • Cost: $230 incl GST

  • Duration: 1x 2 Hour Workshops

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

Supporting Positive Behaviour (P/S)

Build skills to read what is the behaviour trying to tell us, to understand behavioural motivations and to develop positive strategies to support ākonga.   

  • Facilitator: Rebecca Bishop

  • Cost: $172.50 incl GST

  • Duration: 1 x 2 Hour Workshop

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

An introduction to Assessment for Learning (AfL) - open category

What is Assessment for Learning and why is it important in a classroom? How can I support AfL?
This workshop will explore some of the key elements of Assessment for Learning, e.g. learning intentions, success criteria, feedback, and self/peer assessment. We will unpack practical AfL strategies for learning assistants and teacher aides to use when working with individual learners and small groups. If your school is an “Assessment for Learning School” then this workshop is essential to ensure all adults in your school are supporting learners to own and lead their own learning.
 

  • Facilitator: Selena Hinchco

  • Cost: $230 incl GST

  • Duration: 1 x 2 Hour Workshop

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

Strategies for Effective Feedback in the Classroom - open category

Feedback is one of the most powerful classroom tools and proven to improve student outcomes. How can learning assistants and teacher aides harness this power in the classroom?
In this workshop, we will unpack what feedback is and why it is so powerful. We will share useful everyday strategies that learning assistants and teacher aides can use when working with individual learners and small groups.
If your school is an “Assessment for Learning School”, then this workshop is essential to ensure all adults support learners to own and lead their learning.

  • Facilitator: Selena Hinchco

  • Cost $230 incl GST

  • Duration: 1x 2 hour workshops

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

Foundational Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga (P/S)

This Kaupapa is specifically designed for Teacher Aides who are new to Te Reo Māori and Tikanga. Through this course you will learn

  • Sounds

  • Pronunciation

  • Simple commands

  • A mihimihi, your pepeha, waiata and himeni

  • How to give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

All of which you can begin to use at home, at school or in the office. So if you're looking for a safe, supportive place to start, come join us! Not only will you have fun, but also learn and grow in Te Reo Māori Moana Tikanga. Honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi means honouring Te Reo Māori and tikanga. Learn the essential Te Reo Māori and tikanga required for work in the classroom.

  • Facilitator: Dr Whetuu Nathan

  • Cost: $207 incl GST

  • Duration: 2 x 1.5 Hour Workshops

  • Location: Zoom (Online)

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