2020 Events Archive

Professional Learning events for Term 3 and beyond are currently being organised. At this stage we will be continuing to deliver events online and monitoring the constantly changing situation regarding gatherings.
SLASA will continue to keep you informed of upcoming events and other news via the slasanet email list, on the website, through the members newsletters and via our social media accounts.

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Ways to engage students — Anti-Bullying and Self Care

This PD event was held on Tuesday 22 September 2020 via Zoom.
Presented by author Susanne Gervay OAM
In this workshop Susanne focused on bullying using her 'I AM JACK' book series as this addresses the core studies in many schools. She focused on story and character engagement as this is the strongest way to get kids to emotionally engage and create a culture of caring.

Selecting and using resources for educational purposes

This PD event was held on Wednesday 29 July 2020 via Zoom.
Presented by Sue Johnston and Hajnalka Molloy
Using the DfE "Selecting and Using Resources for educational purposes" document, the event provided guidance in relation to writing and/or reviewing this document that schools have on the selection, development, use and review of their educational resources.
Examples from various libraries were also shared.

Improving students' English skills through the library (years 6-9)

Held online (with Zoom) on Wednesday 17 June 2020.

The presenter was Dr Judith Thomas.
Dr Thomas explained how to improve students' skills using popular novels for Years 6-9 and matching them with the AC - English strand.

Content covered included:

  1. The Australian Curriculum: 3 strands and focus on Literature
  2. Overview: South Australia at a glance in terms of main languages spoken at home and limited English language ability (Census 2016); Importance of Oral literacy, Respect, Recognition for Cultures; Strategies for Engaging students; Genres and Structure for language guidance;
  3. Tool Set: selected useful literature texts and commentary; Genres (Personal Response; Discussion and Review) and Functional Grammar; Common literacy issues/errors
  4. Answering the question and Proofreading
  5. Comment and improvement of AC Below Satisfactory Student Samples (Literature) for Years 6, 7, 8 and 9
  6. Conclusions
  7. Resources.

SACE Literature Evening

Held as an online event on Tuesday 26 May 2020.

The SACE Literature Evening is an annual event organized for Teacher Librarians and Teachers of English to share knowledge in recent novel and film titles and highlighting connections to these texts.

Presenters from Pledger Consulting, Sas Butler from Dillons Bookshop and experienced Teacher Librarians shared their knowledge of text titles and curriculum links to SACE English.

Support for school libraries in changing times

Held online on Thursday 7 May 2020.

The aim of the session was to discuss and brainstorm ideas and offer the opportunity for school library staff to support each other.

Information Literacy and the General Capabilities within the Inquiry Cycle Part B

Held on Thursday 5 March 2020 at the Education Development Centre.

Information and Digital Literacies are fundamental to the Inquiry Cycle. This seminar had a focus on the assessment of the capabilities students must develop in order to function in society.

SLASA Annual General Meeting

Held on Tuesday 18 February 2020 at the Education Development Centre.

The event featured:

  • Keynote speaker Katherine Dix - Lead Researcher from ACER who will present the key findings of the 2019 South Australian Census into School Libraries.
  • Guest Author Kristin Weidenbach - an award winning author who writes popular non-fiction focused on Australian history.