Professional learning

    Upcoming professional development events

    Tackling waste at school

    Join our free online PD sessions with environmental educators from the Australian Association for Environmental Education (NSW) and Sustainable Schools NSW for some practical tips on common school waste challenges. These professional development opportunities are delivered as part of the MidWaste Green Leaders program, with support from Return and Earn

    Session 1: Practical Waste Auditing & Action Planning
    Thursday 9 September, 3.30 – 4.45pm, online.

    In this session Jane Grebert, Sustainable Schools NSW will discuss the  how and why of waste auditing, strategies to meaningfully check in with your school’s waste and some tips on monitoring and reducing recycling contamination. 

    Sue Martin & Jem Hansen, AAEE NSW explore different tools to help plan your sustainability actions at school including: inspiration and templates to create waste reduction Action Plans (AP) & School Environment Management Plans (SEMP).

    Session 2: Practical Composting at school & integrating Return and Earn in your classroom.
    Tuesday 12th October, 3:30 - 4:45pm, online.

    Learn how to introduce or reinvigorate your school compost and worm farms to convert scraps to soil. This session will provide practical instruction, tips, case studies and trouble shooting. Jane Grebert, Sustainable Schools NSW.

    Take a sneak peak at the new curriculum materials from Return and Earn, exploring topics of recycling, circular economy, and taking action for the environment from your classroom. Includes lessons learnt from other schools implementing Return and Earn. Lisa Wriley & Jem Hansen, AAEE NSW, Marta Scuccuglia, Exchange for Change.

    Register now for this free online professional development: Register here for Session 1 and register here for Session 2. 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 - sustainability education directory 
    • 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