An option for staff professional learning/development when schools are unable to secure the dates they are seeking or when staff budgets are limited are the PLD Online Courses. The online courses are new to PLD’s offering and throughout 2017, the reviews have been very positive. Staff can view the content online for 3 months and a certificate is awarded at the end of the course.

The online courses provide the information required for implementation, but it is common that a ‘Q and A’ session is scheduled in a staff meeting time or via Skype to answer any outstanding questions.

When implementing the online courses across a school, discounts are provided. This is calculated on the basis of how many people will be accessing the training.

How many Kindergarten teachers and assistants?
How many Foundation/Pre-Primary teachers and assistants?
How many Year 1 and 2 teachers?
How many Year 3, 4, 5, 6 teachers?
How many assistants require access to the Raising Writing Standards/dictation course?

Typically the recommended courses include:

EARLY YEARS: Kindergarten training Ideal for teaching staff and also assistants working within Kindergarten – approximately 3 hours (Video 1: Term 1, Video 2 Term 2, Video 3 Term 3, Video 4 Term 4.)



FOUNDATION: Pre-Primary training: Ideal for teaching staff and also assistants working within PP – approximately 4 hours.



Year 1 & 2 training: Ideal for teaching staff and approximately 2 hours of view time. There is also a likely 2 additional hours of processing their class results. Teachers would be asked prior to the day of viewing, to have administered a spelling test to their class. The online course is comprised of 5 or 6 20 minute clips. Each clip shows teachers how to mark, how to group, how to start to teach the key areas etc.



Year 3-6 training: Ideal for teaching staff (and approximately 3 hours of view time). Like the junior primary course, teachers will be asked to present a spelling test prior to viewing the course. The online course leads teachers through a process of marking tests, grouping students, selecting spelling words etc.



For education assistants operating within Years 1-6, either of the following courses is recommended:
So that assistants learn to administer small group phonic-based dictation sessions with the lower operating students in the classrooms from which they are operating.



If Year 1 and 2 have students who are unable to read and spell, the following course is recommended:



If you are keen to access a quote, the following information will be required:

How many people will be watching an online course:
How many Kindergraten teachers and assistants?
How many Foundation/Pre-Primary teachers and assistants?
How many Year 1 and 2 teachers?
How many Year 3, 4, 5, 6 teachers?
How many assistants require access to the Raising Writing Standards/dictation course?

As has been explained, a follow-up session is typically recommended. This enables a forum to answer school specific implementation questions.

Some schools allocate 20 minutes to Kindergarten, 20 minutes to Pre-Primary, 20 minutes to Year 1 and 2, 20 minutes to Years 3-6. In this way, each cluster can seek clarification on any areas covered within the online courses.
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