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Season Greetings from Principal

It has been a privilege for the National Institute to serve you in the cause of Christian education during the year. As we come to the end of the year I trust you will be able to have a restful break and also experience a fresh appreciation of the one ‘who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped but made himself nothing taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.’ Phil. 2:  6-7.

As my focus concentrates on the Institute next year, I hope to meet up with you as we help in your growth as a Christian educator. Whether its participating in Professional Learning courses or studying in a postgraduate program I know that you understand the importance of continued development in the ministry of Christian education. As we continue to learn and have our thinking transformed we look to see transformation in our students understanding of all things in the light of the Gospel.

First semester starts at the end of February and I am looking forward to seeing many of you enrolled.


NEW 1 Day Professional Development Workshops

2014 Courses

(Additional courses will be added during semester 1 for semester 2 offerings)
Click here for a printable timetable

 


Teaching Mathematics

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work together in order to improve their understanding and application of the new Australian curriculum in Mathematics. This session will give teachers the opportunity to look at unit writing in terms of philosophical foundations and best practice pedagogy.

Target audience: Secondary maths teachers; Primary teachers teaching numeracy
Addressed standards: 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 3.1.2
Format: 1 day workshop + follow-up webinar

Dates: Venue:
3 March Adelaide Register
25 March Perth Register
7 April Wagga Wagga Register
16 June Melbourne Register

 


Teaching Science

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work together in order to improve their understanding and application of the new Australian curriculum in Science. This session will give teachers the opportunity to look at unit writing in terms of philosophical foundations and best practice pedagogy.

Target audience: Secondary science teachers; Primary teachers teaching science
Addressed standards: 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 3.1.2
Format: 1 day workshop + follow-up webinar

Dates: Venue:
25 March Adelaide Register
10 April Sydney Register
8 May Melbourne Register
9 June ACT Register

 


Teaching English

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work together in order to improve their understanding and application of the new Australian curriculum in English. This session will give teachers the opportunity to look at unit writing in terms of philosophical foundations and best practice pedagogy.

Target audience: Secondary English teachers; Primary teachers teaching literacy
Addressed standards: 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 3.1.2
Format: 1 day workshop + follow-up webinar

Dates: Venue:
10 March Dubbo Register
21 March Melbourne Register
2 May Perth Register
15 May Adelaide Register
3 June Wagga Wagga Register

 


Teaching History

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work together in order to improve their understanding and application of the new Australian curriculum in History. This session will give teachers the opportunity to look at unit writing in terms of philosophical foundations and best practice pedagogy.

Target audience: Secondary history teachers; Primary teachers teaching history
Addressed standards: 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 3.1.2
Format: 1 day workshop + follow-up webinar

Dates: Venue:
20 March Melbourne Register
3 April Dubbo Register
26 May Balaklava Register
20 June Sydney Register

 


Inclusive Education

All classrooms have a range of student abilities and capacities to learn. Teachers need to be able to implement inclusive teaching practices in association with more dedicated special education programs.

Target audience: Classroom teachers and school leaders
Addressed standards: 1.1.2, 1.3.2, 1.5.2, 1.6.2, 2.3.2, 2.5.2, 3.7.2, 4.1.2, 5.1.2, 5.4.2, 5.5.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 6.4.2, 7.1.2, 7.2.2, 7.4.2
Format: 1 day workshop + follow-up webinar

Dates: Venue:
11 March Dubbo Register
24 March Adelaide Register
11 April Sydney Register
1 May Perth Register
9 May Melbourne Register
27 May Balaklava Register
10 June ACT Register

 


Technology and Effective Pedagogy

This course attempts to guide teachers into implementing effective teaching strategies that integrate ICT into teaching and learning, understand the range of ICT resources available and to embark on strategies to promote the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT.

Target audience: All teaching staff
Addressed standards: 1.3.2, 1.5.2, 2.6.2, 3.4.2, 4.5.2, 5.1.2, 6.2.2, 7.2.2
Format: 1 day workshop + follow-up webinar

Dates: Venue:
28 April Melbourne Register
16 May Adelaide Register
2 June Wagga Wagga Register
19 June Sydney Register

 


New Teacher Induction

This course is designed to introduce new teachers to the schooling context in which they work in terms of professional knowledge, practice and engagement. The content includes standards relating to teaching programs, teaching practices, management, relationships and networking.

Target audience: Teachers new to the profession
Addressed standards: 1.3.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.2.2, 3.6.2, 3.7.2, 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3.2, 4.4.2, 5.5.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 7.1.2, 7.3.2, 7.4.2
Format: 1 day workshop + follow-up webinar

Dates: Venue:
24 January Hobart Register
27-28 February Melbourne Register
28 February Ulverstone Register
7 March Sydney Register
14 March Perth Register

 


Teach with Your Strengths

This course considers how God has created us as unique individuals, equipped with certain abilities that He wants us to develop in order to benefit ourselves, and others around us. Looking at positive psychology, participants will discover the need to recognise that God has wired talents into us and can build those God-given talents into strengths. During this course participants will complete a strengths survey and work collaboratively to determine teaching strategies that use their newfound strengths.

Target audience: All teaching staff
Addressed standards: 1.3.2, 1.5.2, 4.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2
Format: 1 day workshop + follow-up webinar

Dates: Venue:
4 March Adelaide Register
4 April Dubbo Register
8 April Wagga Wagga Register
6 May Sydney Register
22 May Perth Register
17 June Melbourne Register

 


Dealing with Bullying

In this course, participants will take a fresh, liberating look at the perennial curse of the school yard – what is commonly called ‘bullying’.  It will unpack the pathology of ‘power’ and ‘intent’ in a student’s world.  It will focus on producing justice for the so-called ‘victims’ and ‘perpetrators’. This course aims to empower teachers to empower students and parents to think differently about perceptions of ‘power’ in the school yard. The intended outcome of this course is to encourage an emphasis on restoration, redirection, responsibility, rehabilitation and resilience that maps out a Christ-centred future for all involved.

Target audience: All teaching staff
Addressed standards: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.4.1, 4.4.2, 7.3.1, 7.3.2
Format: 1 day workshop + follow-up webinar

Dates: Venue:
6 June Sydney Register

 


Classroom Management

Establishing yourself as an effective classroom practitioner is both an art and a science. Focusing on engagement rather than control and reaction, this course will examine the necessary skills that need to be isolated, practiced and mastered in order to build a rounded, robust presence in the classroom that instinctively engages students and draws them to the joy of learning. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on their own practices with fresh insights that should aid and enrich their classroom management. Although this course does not focus on discipline (a topic devoted to whole course) it will address disciplinary practices.

Target audience: All teaching staff
Addressed standards: 1.2.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.5.1, 3.5.2, 4.1.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 6.2.2, 7.4.2
Format: 1 day workshop + follow-up webinar

Dates: Venue:
27 February Balaklava Register
6 March Sydney Register
13 March Perth Register

 


Effective Reflective Classroom Practice

This course encourages teachers to become more effective through reflective practice and considering both theory and research as they engage with their own professional learning. A comprehensive overview of teaching and learning is given so that participants can stand back from their practice and reflect on it as a whole, identifying their strengths and highlighting limitations to work on.

Target audience: All teaching staff
Addressed standards: 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.3.2, 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.6.2, 5.1.2, 5.4.2, 6.2.2
Format: 1 day workshop + follow-up webinar

Dates: Venue:
5 May Sydney Register

 


Farewell Dr Geoff Beech

We would like to take this opportunity to farewell Geoff from his role as Academic Dean. Hopefully Geoff will still be involved with the Institute in teaching and research while he pursues other ventures here and overseas. Geoff’s wisdom and wit will be greatly missed from the Institute office. His prolific reading of books and articles and sharing with others has greatly enriched the academic culture of the Institute and we look to others to fill this space. Hopefully Geoff will have more time to devote to his own writing. We thank Geoff for all the crucial work that he has carried out over the last couple of years particularly in overseeing the revision of units for ongoing accreditation. This has been a mammoth task and sets us up in to the future. Best wishes ‘Professor’!


Enrol early into Semester 1

Why not get a head start on a postgraduate unit for your Masters of Education. Enrol now into Semester 1. You are committed to continual learning. You are wanting to explore and study current thinking on Christian education in your area. You are busy but you know that you will be energised by it. Then enrol now and start work over the summer break before starting Semester 1.

The National Institute is excited to let you know that our online enrolment portal will soon be going live.

This user-friendly system will make enrolling into your next unit so much easier, with a much more automated process.

Stay tuned.

 


Postgraduate Fees for 2014

Students belonging to a CEN school receive a $60 discount.

Members of the Christian Educators’ Professional Association (CEPA)  receive a $50 discount.

If you would like to organise a class group (5+ participants) at your school, unit fees are further discounted:

Non-CEN school: $1540

CEN school: $1430

Remember, we also have FEE-HELP available.

 


Key Student Dates for 2014

Event Semester 1  Semester 2  Semester 3 
Tuition Start Date Tues 18 Feb Tues 22 Jul Tues 18 Nov
Administration Date (Withdrawal from  a unit before COB on this  date receives a full refund) Mon 3 Mar Fri 1 Aug Fri 28 Nov
Graduation & Commencement Service  Mon 7 Apr
Census Date (Withdrawal from a unit before COB on this date receives a full refund. Unit graded “W”. A Withdrawal fee of $340 is payable) Mon 31  Mar Sun 31  Aug Fri 12 Dec
Withdrawal Date (Withdrawal by COB on this date receives no refund. The unit is graded “W”. Withdrawal after this date receives “FW”) Fri 9 May Fri 12 Sept Wed 24 Dec
End of tuition  Fri 6 Jun Fri 31 Oct Fri 23 Jan 2015

* COB = Close of Business