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    The AIS TAS Conference 2016 - The Sky's the Limit - Digital and Non-digital Technology Education

    Technology education is continually changing and our students are discovering new ways to solve problems, communicate ideas and make solutions using digital and non-digital technologies. Technology education forces TAS teachers to consider current practices and ways in which they can best support students in their learning in the ever changing landscape. A range of workshops will explore STEM practices in both digital and non-digital technologies and the conference will allow you to select workshops that interest you and best suit the needs of your school context.

    Secondary: Heads of department and teachers of TAS


    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Tuesday 31, MAY. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:00pm Abbotsleigh, WAHROONGA
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    The AIS Student Wellbeing Conference 2016 - Wellbeing Literacy - Evidence for Wellbeing in Schools

    What is wellbeing? How does this look in our schools? This conference will explore whole school wellbeing and challenge you to reflect on your own practices. Keynote presentations and workshops will focus on a range of evidence-based practices to enrich individuals and relationships in schools. Delegates will have opportunities to refresh their thinking, be challenged by big picture ideas and engage in professional dialogue to share ideas with others.

    Primary & Secondary: Executive staff responsible for student wellbeing, directors of pastoral care, stage/year level coordinators, heads of house, class tutors, heads of PDHPE and all K-12 staff with an interest in student wellbeing

    Student Wellbeing

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 03, JUN. - 9:00am for 9:30am - 4:00pm Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, Manly
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    The AIS Music Conference 2016 - Unlocking Creativity - The Music Classroom and Beyond

    This conference for secondary Music teachers will explore how music has the power to impact students beyond the confines of the Music classroom. Participants will choose from a variety of workshop options including critical and creative thinking in the Music classroom, the importance of ensemble playing, conducting techniques and strategies, enriching practical activities, composition and the creative process, and the music student and academic achievement. A range of highly regarded classroom practitioners along with outside presenters from the music world will take participants through a lively and engaging day. There will also be live choral and instrumental ensembles performing during the conference.

    Secondary: Heads of department, teachers of Music 7 -12 and peripatetic teachers


    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Tuesday 07, JUN. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm Abbotsleigh, WAHROONGA
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    The AIS Languages Conference 2016 - Languages UnConference @AIS

    Focusing on the effective teaching of Languages, this special Languages conference will be brimming with innovative teaching strategies, technology tips, excursion ideas and language promotion initiatives to add to your Languages teaching repertoire. Network with other Languages teachers, share ideas and resources and reflect on your current practice. There will be separate sessions with a focus on primary and secondary activities.

    Primary & Secondary: Teachers of Languages K-12


    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Tuesday 14, JUN. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm AISNSW, SYDNEY
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    The AIS Geography Conference 2016 - Compass Points - Creating New Connections in Geography

    As we prepare for the implementation of the new NSW Syllabus for the Australian curriculum Geography 7-10 it is an important time for educators to be active, responsible and informed global citizens. The 2016 AIS Geography Conference will aim to provide inspiration and resources for teachers who will be programming and reinvigorating their content for 2017. A variety of case studies, teaching strategies, fieldwork and investigations of contemporary issues will help participants develop and maintain their momentum in a time of curriculum change.

    Secondary: Heads of department and teachers of Geography 7-12


    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Monday 01, AUG. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm Ascham School, EDGECLIFF
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    The AIS Primary Conference 2016 - What? So What? What Next?

    Inventive, responsive, research-literate teachers are the key to moving student learning forward. This conference will re-examine our purpose as teachers in NSW to move beyond syllabus implementation and consider ‘what next?’ How can we work smarter not harder? What works in terms of cultivating capable, compassionate and confident learners? How can interaction with current research increase student investment, motivation and performance? Hear from leading educators and classroom practitioners on how to energise your purpose, practice and passion.

    Primary: Teachers K-6

    Classroom Practice

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Monday 01, AUG. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
    #2 Tuesday 02, AUG. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
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    The NSW cross-sectoral Italian Conference 2016 - Innovating Invigorating Italian

    This conference is full of engaging and innovative strategies for Italian K-12. A keynote session and workshops focussing on differentiation, assessment, effective ICT tools, innovative programming and more will motivate and rejuvenate you. This will be an opportunity to network, share ideas and reflect on your current teaching practice. This Languages conference has been subsidised by NSW DoE and AISNSW and is supported by Co.As.It.

    Primary & Secondary: Teachers of Italian K-12


    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Friday 12, AUG. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm Hotel Pullman Sydney Hyde Park, Sydney
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    The AIS Heads of Sport Conference 2016 - Taking It To The Next Level

    Heads of Sport carry significant whole school responsibilities whose outcomes are there for all to see. The inaugural AISNSW Heads of Sport Conference will address best practice and emerging ideas for those both new and experienced in the role. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore a range of issues, challenges and opportunities impacting upon sport and sporting staff in their schools. The key conference themes will include communication, risk management, staff resilience, managing staff, high performance athletes and more. In addition to conference presentations, delegates will have the opportunity to network with peers across a range of independent schools and engage with a variety of relevant exhibitors and sponsors throughout the event.

    This two day conference includes one single room per participant for one night and the conference dinner. Additional nights should be booked directly with the hotel.

    Primary & Secondary: Heads of Sport

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Monday 15, AUG. - 9:30am for 10:00am - 4:30pm Crowne Plaza Hotel - Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley
    #2 Tuesday 16, AUG. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:00pm Crowne Plaza Hotel - Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley
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    The AIS Society and Culture Conference 2016 - Enhancing the Contemporary Society and Culture Classroom

    This twilight conference will explore the facets of a contemporary Society and Culture classroom focussing on both pedagogies and the content and concepts of the course. Experienced teachers of the Society and Culture course will facilitate the sessions, exploring each of the topics of the course including the Preliminary course, the core HSC topic of Social and Cultural Continuity and Change. A variety of workshops on each of the HSC Depth studies and the PIP will also be offered.

    Secondary: Teachers of Society and Culture and heads of HSIE


    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Tuesday 16, AUG. - 3:15pm for 3:30pm - 7:15pm AISNSW, SYDNEY
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    The AIS Conference 2016 - Shared Purpose, Different Journeys - Focusing on Impact

    This two day residential conference will explore ways in which schools can identify and respond to the drivers of authentic school improvement. Research suggests that effective school improvement is evidence-based, strategically aligned and embedded across the whole school to harness individual and collective capacity. During the conference, participants will be presented with compelling and challenging evidence to encourage new ways of thinking about school improvement and to assess the impact of identified actions on student outcomes. Participants will consider ways to establish an effective evidence-base, identify priority areas for improvement and engage with implementation processes that cyclically assess the impact of identified actions on student outcomes.
    The conference package includes one single room per participant for one night and the conference dinner. Additional nights should be booked directly with the hotel.

    Primary & Secondary: Principals, school executive, heads of department and teachers K-12

    Whole School Focus

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Thursday 25, AUG. - 10:00am for 10:30am - 5:00pm Crowne Plaza Hotel - Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley
    #2 Friday 26, AUG. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm Crowne Plaza Hotel - Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley
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    The AIS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Conference 2016 - Connecting Curriculum, Community and Culture

    How can teachers create an authentic connection between Curriculum, Community and Culture to enhance all students' understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures? This two day conference will provide school leaders, classroom teachers and Aboriginal education workers with skills and knowledge to develop innovative and culturally authentic teaching and learning programs for both primary and secondary English, History, Geography, Mathematics and Science teachers.

    Primary & Secondary: Primary and secondary school leaders, classroom teachers and Aboriginal education workers and mentors

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Thursday 01, SEP. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm University of Technology, ULTIMO
    #2 Friday 02, SEP. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm University of Technology, ULTIMO
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    AIS Education Research Symposium: Where Research Meets Practice

    The AIS Education Research Symposium provides an opportunity for educators to examine the most contemporary research being undertaken in independent schools and how it is impacting on practice and outcomes. In addition to presentations from leading education researchers, independent schools will share their interim findings from the two-year practitioner research projects they are undertaking as part of the AIS Education Research Project. A range of highly regarded academics and school based educators will also make presentations on seminal topics.

    Primary & Secondary: School leaders and teachers K-12

    Whole School Focus

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Tuesday 25, OCT. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm Waterview in Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park
    #2 Wednesday 26, OCT. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 4:00pm Waterview in Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park
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    The AIS Digital Technologies Conference 2016 - The Bigger Picture & STEM Symposium 2016

    Formerly the AIS ICT Integration Conference, this year The AISNSW Digital Technologies Conference 2016: The Bigger Picture conference expands to include a much broader look at the ways Technology and Information Communication Technology (ICT) is being taught in schools both as a general capability and also in the more technical and related subjects of Design and Technology and Information and Digital Technology. The program will cater for educators interested in either a pedagogical and integrated or more technically specific approach to teaching with or about technology (including STEM/STEAM through the combining of the AIS 2016 STEM Symposium).
    The 2016 AIS Symposium is a showcase of 25 Round 2 STEM projects from schools across NSW and the ACT. Projects include drones, robots, makerspaces, aquaponics, physical computing, collaborative cloud networks, STEAM and even cheese making. AIS NSW Round 3 STEM schools will introduce their 2016-17 funded projects. Presenters will include leading STEM experts, educators and students.

    Primary & Secondary: Heads of department, ICT integrators, ICT managers, classroom teachers, teacher librarians and teachers of subjects of Design and Technology and Information and Digital Technology

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Thursday 27, OCT. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm University of Technology, ULTIMO
    #2 Friday 28, OCT. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm University of Technology, ULTIMO
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    The AIS Alternate Education Conference 2016 - Staying Connected To Learning

    How do schools keep disengaged youth connected to learning? Through strong relationships, tailored learning and local connections. This conference will explore innovative approaches to strengthen the capacity of alternate and flexible education providers supporting at-risk youth stay connected with learning. Keynotes addresses, workshops and facilitated networking will give participants opportunities to examine current practice and continue to strive for improved student outcomes.

    Primary & Secondary: School executive, teachers and allied professionals working in alternate education settings and any interested stakeholders in alternate education delivery

    Special Ed

    Session Dates Venue
    #1 Thursday 10, NOV. - 8:30am for 9:00am - 3:30pm AISNSW, SYDNEY


The Association of Independent Schools of NSW is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher in NSW.

Completing the courses in this professional learning calendar will contribute the indicated hours and minutes of QTC Registered PD addressing the listed standard descriptors from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient, Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


In order to be eligible to receive the QTC Registered PD hours and have these recorded with BOSTES, and to receive an AIS certificate of participation, all components of an AIS professional learning course, conference or online activity need to be completed. This includes:

  • Attendance for the entire duration of the activity/event, including signing on each day where applicable and recording your individual BOSTES number
  • Appropriate participation including engaging fully with face to face or online activities.
  • In online modules, appropriate participation includes providing meaningful and substantial contributions to group discussions, writing detailed reflections and providing feedback to other participants as required.
  • Completion of pre, post and online tasks where applicable

Not fully meeting the participation requirements may result in professional learning hours not being registered with BOSTES and/or the participation certificate not be awarded.

These eBook calendars were correct at the time of production, however some course or event details may have changed including dates, times or venue. Please check the course/event details using the course catalogue search facility above to obtain the most up-to-date information. ​

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