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Staff Professional Learning

Professional learning opportunities attended or facilitated by SCDEC staff from 2013 - 2016 are listed below. Events will be added in 2017 as they arise.

Activities in 2017

28, 29 & 31 January - several interpreters and teachers partcipated in a series of workshops conducted by Mr Doug Bowen-Bailey, of the US, presented in Perth, WA. Topics included discourse management; mentoring; and working in education settings.

 

Activities in 2016

Alana Wiekart continued studying part time for a Postgraduate Diploma in Auslan/English Interpreting at Macquarie University

Karen Bontempo, Claire Blackwell & Rae Walker continued studying part time for a Masters in Special Education with the University of Newcastle

Di Vosganoff commenced studying a part time leadership in education program with Harvard University

4 - 8 January 2016 - Karen Bontempo attended the 12th International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) in Melbourne.

1 March 2016 - Karen Bontempo presented professional learning to mainstream teachers in primary and secondary schools attending in-servicing at Sensory re: sign language development in deaf children

13 March 2016 - Karen Bontempo presented at the Auslan Professionals Network on the Auslan as a LOTE program at Shenton College

May 2016 - Most SCDEC staff completed a number of online Dept of Education modules on various dates, including: Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation; Child Protection and Abuse Prevention; Recordkeeping Awareness Training; and Students Online Policy Course

24 May & 21 June 2016 - Karen Bontempo attended workshops at North Metropolitan TAFE on the TAELLN411 upgrade (Language, Literacy and Numeracy) for VET delivery. Completion of related assessment tasks for unit completion in own time

3 June 2016 - Mari Karvinen attended The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People event organised by Generation Next at UWA.

3 July 2016 - Bonnie Bellenzier, Dawn Harrison, Karen Bontempo attended the presentation by Rob Roy Farmer at the Auslan Professionals Network

8 July 2016 - Karen Bontempo completed 4 modules of the online "Diverse WA: Cultural Competency Training" provided by the Government of WA for public servic employees

14-16 October 2016 - A number of SCDEC staff attended the National Auslan Conference in Melbourne

4 November 2016 - Karen Bontempo provided professional learning to staff at Fremantle Primary School re: Auslan as a LOTE and sign language development of deaf children

 

Activities in 2015

Alana Wiekart continued studying part time for a Postgraduate Diploma in Auslan/English Interpreting at Macquarie University

Karen Bontempo, Daniela Trimboli & Rae Walker continued studying part time for a Masters in Special Education with the University of Newcastle

Di Vosganoff, Nishma D'Agostino, Kevan Hendry and Clair Shreeve completed part time studies of the Diploma of Interpreting at Central Institute of Technology

24 February & 3 March 2015 - Nishma D'Agostino completed professional learning in Protective Behaviours (Dept of Education)

14 March 2015 - Karen Bontempo attended the Australian Modern Language Teachers Association professional development day on the implementation of the national curriculum on languages

1 April 2015 - iPad training on site at SCDEC. Attended by all teaching and mentoring staff

12 April 2015 - Auslan Professionals Network (2 hours) session attended by Karen Bontempo, Clair Shreeve, Nishma D'Agostino

19 & 20 April 2015 - Karen Bontempo, Josie Hodgetts, Nishma D'Agostino & Billy Quick attended Auslan Assessment Tool training (2 full days) hosted by Sensory at SCDEC. Presented by Drs Schembri & Hodge.

20 April & 2 May - Youth mental health first aid program (2 days) attended by Leanne Potter, Sandra Strandsjo, Mari Karvinen

24 April 2015 - Record keeping online Dept of Education PD completed by Mari Karvinen

2 May 2015 - Karen Bontempo attended a full day CTL3 porfolio preparation workshop with the Dept of Education

5 June 2015 - Auslan Professionals Network (2 hours) session attended by Karen Bontempo, Di Vosganoff, Clair Shreeve, Nishma D'Agostino

18 June 2015 - Script Analysis workshop attended by Linda Toohey in Melbourne

19 & 20 June 2015 - Musical theatre interpreting workshop attended by Linda Toohey in Melbourne

26 June 2015 - "Generation Next" Conference at UWA on the mental health and well-being of young people (Andrew Fuller). Attended by Sandra Strandsjo & Mari Karvinen

30 June 2015 - Partnerships in Deaf Education Conference hosted by Sensory/Telethon S & E/WA Foundation for Deaf Children. Attended by Sandra Strandsjo

20 July 2015 - Deafblind awareness workshop (2 hours) provided by Senses to all SCDEC staff

2 August 2015 - Disability Standards for Education (Secondary Schools) e-learning course hosted by the University of Canberra. Lessons 1-8 completed by: Di Vosganoff, Karen Bontempo, Nishma D'Agostino

5 August 2015 - Disability Standards for Education (Secondary Schools) e-learning course hosted by the University of Canberra. Lessons 1-3 completed by: Mari Karvinen

19 August 2015 - Mental health PD presented by Dr Andrew Cornes (UK). Attended by: Clair Shreeve, Karen Bontempo, Nishma D’Agostino, Kevan Hendry, Corey Piestrzeniewicz, Leanne Potter, Kieta Philp, Rosanne Bailey, Mel Turland, Di Vosganoff, Chris Dullard, Grace Rattray, Jane Murphy, Dani Pritchard, Bonnie Bellenzier, Billie Radomiljac, Alana Wiekart, Ash Jahn, Margy Cooper, Tracey Graham, Daniela Trimboli, Niki Meredith

29 August 2015 - Karen Bontempo attended the Classroom Teacher Level 3 Presentation Preparation Workshop delivered by the Professional Learning Institute

SCDEC Teacher Karen Bontempo is commended for achieving Classroom Level 3 Teacher status by passing her portfolio (stage 1) and interview (stage 2) process in 2015.

Activities in 2014

Alana Wiekart commenced studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Auslan/English Interpreting at Macquarie University

Karen Bontempo & Daniela Trimboli commenced studying for a Masters in Special Education with the University of Newcastle

31 January 2014  All day workshop held at WAIDE on Interpreting Assemblies and Ethical Dilemmas. Presentation by Christy Filipich and discussion led by Leanne Potter. All Interpreters and Notetakers attended

1 February 2014 - All day workshop on Deaf Interpreting facilitated by Karen Bontempo & Josie Hodgetts (with Patricia Levitzke-Gray of the WA Deaf Society) attended by several SCDEC staff members

6-7 February 2014 Two day workshop held at the Department of Education - Institute for Professional Learning on Facilitation Skills. Kieta Philp and Tania Dudley attended

4 March 2014 - Notetakers attended a PD organised by Tania Dudley

4 March 2014 - Interpreters attending a PD on voicing practice and ethics of the profession, held on site at SCDEC

28 April 2014 - Interpreters attended an afternoon PD session at SCDEC on tandem interpreting

28 April 2014 - Interpreters and notetakers attended an evening PD session at the WA Deaf Society run by Dr Valerie van Loggerenberg on "Self care and coping strategies for professionals"

30 April 2014 - Diverse WA Cultural Competency Training. This is a course offered online in 4 modules, with a certificate awarded on completion. Tania Dudley completed the certificate

13 May 2014 - Elevdemokrati- Students democracy and involvement in decision making. 4 hours. SPSM - Special Pedagogiska Skolmyndigheten, Lund, Sweden. Attended by Sandra Strandsjo

22 May 2014 - Autism och dövhet - Autism and Deafness. 2 hours - presented by Anneli Orlegard, Special needs Teacher of the Deaf, Ostervangsskolan, Sweden. Attended by Sandra Strandsjo

27 May 2014  Tania Dudley presented a 4 hour workshop on notetaking and scribing to a group of Education Assistants employed by Catholic Education at The Sienna Centre

3 June 2014 - School development day. PD on teamwork by Tracey Graham - all staff in attendance. Kieta Philp and Tania Dudley presented to interpreters and notetakers on facilitation skills

13 June 2014 - Presentation on the Outcomes in Deaf Education (South Region in Sweden) 2 hours. Principal's coordinator for SPSM; Signild Salander, Finn, Lund, Sweden. Attended by Sandra Strandsjo

28 June 2014 - Many SCDEC staff attended the ASLIA WA Interpreter of the Year Awards evening in Nedlands, with SCDEC winning organisation of the year, and several staff nominated for, and winning, major awards

22 July 2014 - Deaf Education Annual Forum in WA. Karen Bontempo attended to present about SCDEC Auslan program

29-31 August 2014 - Several staff attended the ASLIA National Conference in Perth, WA, including: Leanne Potter, Daniela Trimboli, Karen Bontempo, Josie Hodgetts, Kieta Philp, Margy Cooper, Rosanne Bailey, Billie Radomiljac, Suzie Scott, Hayley Newman, Alana Wiekart, Craig Brown, Linda Toohey, Grace Rattray, Dani Pritchard, Clair Shreeve. Karen and Josie presented, Linda and Grace performed.

1 & 2 September 2014 - Several staff attended the Interpreter Trainers Network Symposium in Perth, WA, including: Karen Bontempo, Josie Hodgetts, Kieta Philp, Margy Cooper. Karen presented

6 September 2014 - Karen Bontempo attended the Modern Language Teachers Association of WA state conference and presented about the Auslan program

5 October 2014 - Nishma D'Agostino attended the Auslan Professionals Network session

24 October 2014 - Karen Bontempo and Josie Hodgetts attended the Bilingual Education Symposium hosted by the RIDBC, La Trobe University and the Renwick Centre, Sydney

25 & 26 October 2014 - Karen Bontempo and Josie Hodgetts attended the 4th Australasian Deaf Studies Research Symposium hosted by RIDBC, La Trobe University and the Renwick Centre. Karen presented about the Auslan program (with Patricia Levitzke-Gray of the WA Deaf Society)

SCDEC Teacher Di Vosganoff is commended for achieving Classroom Level 3 Teacher status by passing her portfolio (stage 1) and interview (stage 2) process in 2014.

Activities in 2013

16-18 January 2013 - Bethel Hutchinson and Karen Bontempo attended the Aspirant Leaders' Program professional learning vacation program hosted by the Dept of Education's Institute for Professional Learning

29-31 January 2013 - Karen Bontempo delivered a series of workshops to educational interpreters in Tasmania, hosted by ASLIA Tas and SLC (Tas)

31 Jan & 1 February 2013 - School development day for SCDEC staff onsite at Shenton College

13 March 2013 - SDERA: Keys for Life PD- attended by Daniela Trimboli and Nishma Shah

28 March 2013 - School development day for SCDEC staff onsite at Shenton College (focus on reviewing policy)

6 May 2013 - School development day for SCDEC staff onsite at Shenton College - all staff completed a first aid course with Wallis Training

18 May 2013 - Several staff attended a presentation by Professor Christine Monikowski of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, New York, USA. Prof Monikowski presented in Perth on discourse analysis and language myths for Deaf students. Attended: Josie Hodgetts, Grace Rattray, Kieta Philp, Ashley Jahn, Dani Pritchard, Bonnie Bellenzier, and Roseanne Bailey.

4 June 2013 - School development day for SCDEC staff onsite at Shenton College. Full day workshop presentated by senior school psychologist, Tracey Graham, re: the Golden personality test and teamwork.

5-7 July 2013 - Australia New Zealand Conference for Educators of the Deaf (ANZCED), Brisbane - Attended by Bethel Hutchinson, Leanne Potter, Sandra Strandsjo, Mari Karvinen, and Daniela Trimboli. Paper presented by Mari Karvinen re: NAPLAN preparation with Deaf students

22-24 July 2013 - WAIDE Teacher of the Deaf symposium - Attended by Leanne Potter, Daniela Trimboli and Marina Lavelle

20 August 2013 - Marina Lavelle attended a National Curriculum PD day for maths teachers

9 Sept 2013 - Sandra Strandsjo, Daniela Trimboli and Marina Lavelle attended a workshop on social and behavioural mental health of students, faciitated by KALM wellness centre.

14 Oct 2013 - School development day. Morning presentation on audiology by Leanne Potter, open to all DEC staff. OHS workshop in the afternoon for interpreters.

16-19 Oct 2013 - Attendance at the World Federation of the Deaf Conference, Deaf Film Festival and the ASLIA National Conference held in Sydney, Australia. Attended in full or part by: Josie Hodgetts, Roseanne Bailey, Karen Bontempo and Alana Wiekart.

22 Oct 2013 - SDERA: Alcohol/Cannabis Drug Education- attended by Daniela Trimboli and Sandra Strandsjo.

A series of 12 workshops held throughout the year were attended by Sally Langdon re: the "Teach me grammar" course targeted at users of English as a Second Language. Facilitated by Geoff Pearson, the creator of the Grammar Disc.

 

You can review the background and qualifications of our staff at the staff web page. It is not noted in any detail in the professional development events described above, but many of our staff are participating in undergraduate, and postgraduate studies at university, as well as undertaking TAFE courses this year. All SCDEC staff are to be commended for their high level of personal accountability and their clear commitment to life-long learning.