EKN Professional Learning Workshops

Since 2007, EKN has been offering a wide range of high-quality professional learning opportunities to assist teachers in adapting to the challenges they face in improving student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We offer a range of different types of professional learning events including:

  • Webinars
  • Workshops
  • Courses
  • Conferences and forums
  • Tailored professional learning for whole schools and early childhood settings
  • Support for teachers and schools engaging in action research

Several courses are delivered fully online. We also conduct no cost, professional learning forums throughout the year. All of our events focus on new and emerging practices and theories to promote innovation in teaching practice. Our on campus and online sessions are designed to bring teachers together from across schools and systems and provide them with opportunities to network and learn about current initiatives in education.


Teaching in and through place presented by Dr Marion Sturges and Dr Katina Dimoulias– 4  part webinar series

We are taking expressions of interest for this webinar series - please email ekn@westernsydney.edu.au

Place-based pedagogy is a valuable learning approach in education. Through place-based pedagogy (PBP), children experience first-hand connections to the natural world, sustainability education, a sense of community and belonging, and develop their identity.

Using practical and relevant examples the presenters in this series will provide examples of how place can be reasonably aligned with curriculum. The series will focus on using place as a teaching tool to work alongside the curriculum to provide support for effective teaching rather than an additional teacher demand.

The learning garnished from the series will assist teachers to work toward connecting children in a meaningful way to the place in which their learning occurs.

Webinar 1 - What is place? What is place-based pedagogy?

Webinar 2 - Place-based learning and the physical context

Webinar 3 - The role of place-based pedagogy in education

Webinar 4 - Exploring the practicality of place-based learning


Exploring linguistic repertoires with young people in mainstream classrooms - 26 May 2022

In this presentation, Associate Professor Jacqueline D’warte will share research that engaged young people and their teachers in Western Sydney classrooms, in being researchers of themselves, studying the ways they were reading writing, talking listening and viewing in one or more languages inside and outside of school as part of regular classroom practice. She will explore the possibilities for extending all young peoples’ plurilingual repertoires, advancing multimodal, multilingual, knowledge and skill along with strategies and activities generated from this ongoing work, with a particular focus on language mapping (D’warte, 2014) a methodological and pedagogical strategy that requires participants to make a visual representation of their linguistic worlds.

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Literacy and Numeracy through the Arts in Primary School - Webinar series presented by Dr Rachael Jacobs

Webinar 1 - Drama and Literacy - 2 August 2022

Webinar 2 - Literacy and Numeracy through Dance - 9 August 2022

Webinar 3 - Music for Musicians and Non-Musicians alike - 16 August 2022

Webinar 4 - Literacy in Visual Art and Media - 23 August 2022

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Leading Primary Mathematics 1: What do we need to know?

Short courses, developed by Professor Catherine Attard

Explore the complex nature of mathematical knowledge for teaching and its application across schools and classrooms and how this impacts on leading mathematics.

This course is the first of three short courses about leading mathematics.

  • Leading Mathematics 1: What do we need to know
  • Leading Mathematics 2: Addressing the challenges of leading mathematics
  • Leading Mathematics 3: Leading Professional Learning.

Upon completion of all three courses and the optional assessment module, participants will be eligible to apply for course credit equivalent to completion of the post-graduate subject Leading Mathematics in the Primary School, from the Graduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Education.

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Performance Pedagogy, Planning and Assessment, presented by Dr Kay Carroll

Webinar 1 - What is Performance Pedagogy? - 18 May 2022

Webinar 2 - Planning with the edge: tipping over into high quality tasks and substantive knowledge - 25 May 2022

Webinar 3 - Assessing what matters: how to use data in your day-to-day teaching to make it count - 1 June 2022

Book here for all sessions or each webinar can stand alone.

Enquiries: Jo Dunbar, Engagement Officer |  j.dunbar@westernsydney.edu.au