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Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

What Works Professional Learning Series


Presenter: Various
When: February to September 2023
Duration: 1 hr each
Cost: Free for members of ALA

What Works 2023 will focus on adult literacy and learning practice.

This eight-part online professional learning series brings together experts in the field to explore effective adult reading, writing, and learning strategies  – with a strong emphasis on fun and engagement.

Each session will be co-facilitated by Ros Bauer and Jo Medlin with presentations from a combination of our expert presenters, addressing how to teach a particular aspect of literacy and learning, covering strategies for use in individual, small or whole group work.

Also included will be a special focus event on Aboriginal English, which has its own structure and rules, and is spoken by an estimated 80% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

What Works 2023 will:

  • explore opportunities for incidental literacy development
  • investigate Aboriginal English and English language and literacy development
  • discuss the pros and cons of phonics approaches in literacy education
  • explore practice engagement theory.

8 innovative workshops

Workshop 1: Applying practice engagement theory to developing literacy and numeracy
Date: Thurs 16 Feb – 11.00–12.00 pm AEDT
Presenter: Dr Stephen Reder and Keiko Yasukawa

Dr Reder shares how practice engagement theory can help us understand how adults’ use of skills in everyday life affects their lifelong and life-wide learning, their social and economic outcomes, and their overall wellbeing.

Workshop 2: Using sport to kick more goals in numeracy
Date: Wed 22 March 1.00 – 2.00 pm AEDT
Presenter: Dave Tout

This session will focus on practical and hands-on approaches that use sport and recreational contexts to encourage learners to engage with and understand maths and numeracy concepts. Sport and recreational activities often reveal a range of quantitative, spatial and statistical (and even algebraic) numeracy knowledge and skills embedded in people’s everyday life. Come along and learn how to integrate sport and recreation into your classrooms.

Workshop 3: Reading strategies
Date: Wed 19 April 11.00 – 12.00 pm AEST

Practical strategies that support adults in a Foundation Skills context and others on Individual Learning Programs for everyday literacy purposes.

Workshop 4: Writing strategies
Date: Wed 17 May 1.00 – 2.00 pm AEST

Practical strategies to support adults in a Foundation Skills context and others on Individual Learning Programs for everyday literacy purposes.

Workshop 5: Learning strategies
Date: Wed 7 June 1.00 – 2.00 pm AEST

Understanding the importance of targetted learning strategies and their role in the adult learning context.

Workshop 6: Aboriginal English and code-switching
Date: Wed 5 July 1.00 – 2.00 pm AEST

In celebration of NAIDOC week. More details to follow.

Workshop 7: Learning resources and tools
Date: Wed 9 August 1.00 – 2.00 pm AEST

This session will focus on learning goals, resources, who can help, practical tools, exploring options, and learning assessment. More details to follow.

Workshop 8: In celebration of International Literacy Day
Date: Fri 8 Sept 1.00 – 2.00 pm AEST

In recognition of International Literacy Day. More details to follow.


Bios

Ros Bauer
Facilitator
Ros has extensive experience in adult education as a language literacy numeracy practitioner. She was the winner of the 2013 Australian Training Awards Excellence in Adult Language Literacy and Numeracy Practice and a recipient of an Executive Fellowship through the Australian Endeavour Awards that included a professional learning experience in Scandinavia. Ros has worked as part of the NT LLN Network Group and an educational consultant to the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation. She is currently Head of Department – Career Pathways, Aboriginal Languages & Employability Skills at TAFE NSW.
Bio
Jo Medlin
Facilitator
Jo is an adult literacy and numeracy (LN) advocate. Currently her advocacy work centres on her role as President of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL). This includes being the ACAL representative on the DESE Foundation Skills Advisory Committee, The Reading Writing Hotline, The Education IRC, and a judge for the Australian Training Awards (LLN category). Jo works as a consultant, specialising in resource development, PD and teaching. This year she also worked with SBS on the documentary Lost for Words where she co-taught adult LN learners and devised an intensive nine-week student-centred learning program.
Bio
Prof Stephen Reder
Presenter
Dr Reder is Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University. He has an A.B. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the Rockefeller University in New York City. His career has involved research, teaching and service activities in education, workplace and community settings. Dr. Reder’s research focuses on adults’ literacy, numeracy, digital literacy and second language development. He has developed Practice Engagement Theory that helps us understand how adults’ use of skills in everyday life affects their lifelong and life-wide learning, their social and economic outcomes, and their overall wellbeing.
Bio
Dave Tout
Presenter
Keiko Yasukawa
Presenter

To register

Click the ‘register now’ button under each session as they become available.

These sessions are free for members of ALA, and $65 per session for non-members. Read about becoming a member here.

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance on request and can use their participation as a reflection for Developing Vocational Currency and Competency.



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