Professional learning

    Upcoming events

    Tackling waste in early childhood services 

    Tuesday 30 November, 6.00 - 7.30pm. 

    Join our free online PD session with Fran Hughes from the Australian Association for Environmental Education (NSW) and regional educators for some practical tips on common waste challenges in early childhood services.

    • Get "back to basics" with waste management, discussing ideas to tackle some of the common waste issues in the early childhood setting.
    • Learn from regional early childhood educators with case studies from ECCs actively reducing waste and improving their sustainability.
    • Take a sneak peak at the new curriculum materials from Return and Earn, exploring topics of recycling and taking action for the environment in your ECC.

    Register here for free online professional development:  Zoom details provided upon registration. 

    This professional development opportunity is delivered as part of the MidWaste Green Leaders program, with support from Return and Earn

    Learning session for high school students

    Wednesday 1 December, 12.40 - 1.40pm

    Join students from Dapto High School and Warilla Public School, sharing stories of the recycling initiatives implemented at their schools, from fundraising with Return and Earn to installing solar panels on school’s buildings and landfill reduction. 

    During the session there will be an opportunity to ask the students' questions about their school sustainability programs. Please email your questions by 26 November 2021 to Marta Scuccuglia, Exchange for Change,   

    Find out more about Dapto High School and Warilla Public School sustainability programs.

    This webinar is suited for students passionate about the environment, school environment groups, student leaders and anyone in school looking to invigorate their Return and Earn and recycling programs. This workshop is delivered thanks to the support of Return and Earn.

    Register here for free online webinar, Zoom details provided upon registration. 

    Support for professional learning

    Support for environmental and sustainability professional learning can be found via:

    • Australian Association of Environmental Education NSW Chapter offering professional development resources, courses, conferences and professional networks. 
    • Sustainability Connect is a new sustainability education business directory developed and managed by Sustainable Schools NSW and AAEE NSW. Search the directory for PD support. 
    • Environmental Education Centres - Visit your local website for further professional learning opportunities.
    • Brewongle EEC - located in Sackville North, Brewongle EEC offer a range of professional learning courses throughout the year covering science and technology, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, geography and sustainability as a cross-curriculum priority.
    • Field of Mars EEC - located in East Ryde, Field of Mars run a range of professional learning courses year round, the majority of which are accredited with NESA.
    • Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre (EEC) runs the NESA accredited course ‘Integrating the Sustainability Cross Curriculum Priority’ (Course Code RG00451) for schools in its area of operations. See their website for upcoming course dates.
    • Centennial Parklands Professional Development Courses. The Parkland's Education team offer professional development and training to enable individuals and organisations to learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes to connect children in their own settings. Training themes include adventure in outdoor learning, the outdoor classroom, elemental play (fire, water, air), creativity and imagination outdoors, nature pedagogy. 
    • Cool Australia's Online Professional Development Courses - Cool Australia is an award winning, not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of accredited short online courses for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers. The online courses support the integration of sustainability and real-life learning in the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum.
    • Kids Teaching Kids is a free, national, peer teaching program that uses the environment and sustainability as a theme and focus for learning. To find out more, including information about the upcoming Sydney professional learning and exclusive Sydney Airport and Qantas schools tours.
    • My PL - A professional learning management system by the NSW Department of Education