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SLANSW hosts a number of professional learning events each year at a discounted rate for members. Our regular professional learning program consists of two face-to-face conferences per year (usually held in March and September), as well as monthly online meet-up sessions.

SLANSW also offers professional learning opportunities through partnerships with other professional associations, organisations and and industry events. Previous partners have included Eduwebinar, Syba Academy, Spark Festival, and Brisbane Summit's Capacity Building School Libraries conference.

Please note SLANSW's Cancellation and Refund Policy for Professional Learning Events when registering for conferences and online meet-ups.

Professional Learning Events


    • 22 Feb 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 90
    Register

    Join us for the Non-Teaching School Library Staff Special Interest Group (SIG) Term 1 Meeting

    The Non-Teaching School Library Staff Special Interest Group is an informal gathering held each term. Participants are encouraged to bring along their coffee and simply connect with others. The hour-long session involves a short presentation from different speakers, followed by small group discussions, which provide practical ideas and inspiration. 

    In this first session of the year, we will be getting an early start on our CBCA Book Week displays for 'Read, Grow, Inspire' by learning to make paper roses.

    We will also have our usual informal catch-up and chat, show off what we have been doing in our libraries and sharing ideas for the year to come.

    As always, we are keen to support you in any way we can. Please use this time to let us know if there is any particular support we can provide or any area of interest we can address in future sessions. Looking forward to seeing you all!

    This session will be held on Wednesday 22 February between 3 - 4pm in the SLANSW Zoom Room. 

    You must register to ensure you are sent the Zoom login details within 24hours before your session. 


    • 1 Mar 2023
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 100
    Register

    Special Interest Group - Research

    Are you looking for ways to inform and report on your practice?


    Join us and share your ideas on how you’ll engage in evidence-based practice in 2023. You don’t need the details: that’s what the Research SIG is all about! It’s the think tank that can help you shape your ideas and support you in the research process. Please join us if you’re an experienced or novice researcher (or someone in between).


    How do I participate?

    All SLANSW members are welcome to attend this Research SIG meeting.

    You must register to ensure you are sent the Zoom login details within 24 hours before your session.


    • 4 Mar 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 12:50 PM
    • SLANSW Zoom Room
    • 88
    Register


    SLANSW Professional Learning Summit

    The Strength of Story

    SLANSW Zoom Room 

    This first SLANSW Professional Learning Summit for 2023 focuses on the pivotal place of fiction in the development of readers. Author and activist Susanne Gervay, will present the Keynote, “Search for Identity is the Journey”, where she will discuss the developmental journey of adolescents, and the complexities this journey entails. The Primary and Secondary streamed sessions will be presented by Reading Australia Fellowship recipients Jantiena Batt and Edwina West. 

    Jantiena Batt is the Director of Early Childhood Projects for the ACT Education Directorate. In this session Jantiena will present her research on the way educators and families respond to texts. Her action research project inquired into whether the story was presented by the adult as story driven or issue based.

    Edwina West is an English Teacher at Oakhill College in Castle Hill, Sydney.  In this presentation Edwina will discuss what is known about aliteracy, the causes and implications of the decline in reading for enjoyment. She will present the findings of her research into how Australian Fiction might be a way to combat aliteracy in Australian youth.

    Following these presentations, participants will have the opportunity to engage in workshops, closely linked to the Summit theme of understanding the role fiction can play in developing readers. Participants will collaborate with colleagues to review, revitalise and reimagine their school library’s reading and writing programs to incorporate their professional learning from the day.

    A highlight of this Summit is the presentation of the SLANSW Awards for 2022.  Through the conferring of these awards the Association recognises the professional leadership, vision, innovation, publications, research and collaboration of its members and those whose work influences the development of literacy, and in particular, information, digital, critical and creative literacy.

    Details of the full summit program are available here.


    Featured speakers include

    Susanne Gervay

    Susanne Gervay goes where “angels fear to tread.” She is an author and activist who advocates for peace, inclusion, and feminism through story. In her latest book, The Edge of Limits, she goes further and reveals the reality of CONSENT. Susanne is an ambassador for Room to Read, Patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, heads The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (ANZ), and Role Model for Books in Homes. Her literature “demonstrates with great power that we can teach our children profound truths and timeless values.” Professor of English, D.R. Pattanaik, Banaras Hindu University.

    At the SLANSW March Summit Susanne will be presenting Search for Identity is the Journey. As an author and educator, Susanne will go to the heart of teen and young adult relationships and discuss the developmental journey of adolescents; a time when the area of the brain responsible for reasoning, planning, and problem solving is developing, which, when coupled with the hormonal surge of puberty, can lead to impulsive and negative behaviour.

    While some are influenced by racism, antisemitism, misogyny, domestic violence which is intolerable, they all face the difficult search for identity. It’s the pressure of parental expectations, school challenges, self-doubt, peer groups, testosterone, the complexity of ‘identity crisis.’ The Edge of Limits honestly and sensitively portrays the complexities of our boys as they confront sexuality, power, consent and girls. It goes to the hard places of identity and tackles the issue of consent.


    Jantiena Batt

    Jantiena Batt is a school leader working as Director of Early Childhood Projects in the ACT Education Directorate. She has worked in a range of settings and sectors, including education and care services, OSHC, preschool, schools and, as a literacy and numeracy coach over the last 20 years. In 2022, Jantiena received the Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy, supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

    At the SLANSW March Summit Jantiena will present Sharing stories – Is Your Response Story Driven or Issue Based? In this session, Jantiena will present her research on the way educators and families respond to texts. Her action research project investigated whether the story was presented by the adult as story driven or issue based.

    We know that children engage with literature from birth and the way families and educators interact with the text in the formative years has the potential of impacting on a child’s disposition and understandings. This research focuses on the way educators and families respond to texts when they are presented with books that include nonheteronormative family structures with children.


     Edwina West

    Edwina West is an English Teacher from Oakhill College in Castle Hill, Sydney. She has a great personal interest in the benefits of reading, not only academically but also personally and socially. This has been the inspiration for her Reading Australia Fellowship research which centres around Aliteracy – the worrying and growing trend of actively choosing not to read. Edwina has investigated how Australian literature can help to combat Aliteracy, focusing on what teachers can do about this persistent issue.

    At the SLANSW Summit in March Edwina will present on Aliteracy and Australian Fiction. In this presentation, Edwina will discuss what is known about aliteracy, the causes and implications of the decline in reading for enjoyment, as well as present the findings of her research into how Australian fiction might be a way to combat aliteracy in Australian youth.

     If you’ve ever considered what can be done about the decline in reading for enjoyment and what English Teachers and Teacher Librarians can do about it, this is a session not to be missed.

    Details of the full summit program are available here.


    Please note SLANSW's Cancellation and Refund Policy for Professional Learning Events when registering for this conference

    • 15 Mar 2023
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 100
    Register

    Special Interest Group - Mentoring

    Are you looking for a way to deepen your professional learning?

    Join us for our first 2023 SIG - Mentoring online meeting as we look to support a new group of mentors and mentees. 

    After a successful trial scheme in 2022, Teacher Librarians of all sectors and experience levels are invited to participate in our 2023 program. We are particularly keen to hear from those interested in mentoring a fellow Teacher Librarian and who are from a regional or remote school community. 

    In our first online session you will learn more about the program, hear from previous participants, have the opportunity to ask questions and register your expression of interest as a mentor or mentee.


    How do I participate?

    All SLANSW members are welcome to attend this Mentoring SIG meeting.

    You must register to ensure you are sent the Zoom login details within 24 hours before your session.


13 Dec 2022 SLANSW Trivia 2022
30 Nov 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
22 Nov 2022 Sensational starts: Orientation activities and programs to kick off the new year
16 Nov 2022 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 4 2022
25 Oct 2022 An Evening with Matthew Lin and Zana Fraillon
17 Oct 2022 Flexible Blended Learning Course 2, 2022
17 Sep 2022 SLANSW AGM 2022
10 Sep 2022 Professional Learning Summit: Information and Innovation (10 September 2022)
9 Aug 2022 An Introduction to the Information Fluency Framework
3 Aug 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
26 Jul 2022 CBCA Book Week Preparation
14 Jun 2022 Library Partnerships – How do you connect with other libraries? (Open Online Forum)
2 Jun 2022 SLANSW Professional Learning Lab - Series 1 2022 - Group 3
1 Jun 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
11 May 2022 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 2 2022
9 May 2022 Flexible Blended Learning Course 1, 2022
3 May 2022 Reading for Wellbeing: Implementing reading programs to support student wellbeing
6 Apr 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
19 Mar 2022 Professional Learning Summit: Representation Matters (19 March 2022)
9 Mar 2022 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 1 2022
8 Mar 2022 Escape Rooms and Library Event Programming - How to get started and involve your community.
15 Feb 2022 How do you recommend books to your students?
9 Feb 2022 Special Interest Group - Research
7 Dec 2021 SLANSW Trivia 2021
24 Nov 2021 Special Interest Group - Research "Planning for Action: Evidence-based projects ideas for 2022”
23 Nov 2021 Member Benefits - New offerings and updates
13 Nov 2021 Teaching Civic Online Reasoning: Empowering Students to Sort Fact from Fiction Online with Dr Sarah McGrew (International Speaker Series: 2) Saturday 13 November, 2021 9:00-11:00am
27 Oct 2021 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG - Term 4 2021
20 Oct 2021 Special Interest Group - Research "Informing and Reporting on Your Practice"
12 Oct 2021 Developmental Bibliotherapy: What is it and why do our students need it?
15 Sep 2021 Coffee and Chat - Non-Teaching School Library SIG
4 Sep 2021 Professional Learning Summit: Digital Design and Delivery (4 September 2021)
17 Aug 2021 SLANSW Celebrates National Science Week
20 Jul 2021 Brilliant Book Week Ideas! (Open Online Forum)
16 Jun 2021 Meet Your Association - Northern Session
9 Jun 2021 Meet Your Association - Southern Session
5 Jun 2021 Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning: A Re-imagination Journey with Dr Barbara Stripling (International Speaker Series: 1) Saturday 5 June, 2021 9:00-11:00am
2 Jun 2021 Meet Your Association - Western Session
25 May 2021 Inquiry Learning and the Teacher Librarian - the ideal and the reality
27 Apr 2021 Just Read: Developing and implementing a K-12 sustained silent reading program
30 Mar 2021 Spotlight on TL of the Year, Vicki Courtenay
13 Mar 2021 The Laureate and the Literacy Leader: Professional Learning Summit (13 March 2021)
16 Feb 2021 Trialling micro-credentials in a school library setting
1 Dec 2020 TL Trivia
17 Nov 2020 The Best Books of 2020
27 Oct 2020 Practical Preparedness: Dealing with compounding disasters
22 Sep 2020 Lessons from the Library: pitfalls and possibilities (Open Online Forum)
5 Sep 2020 Working for a New Normal with Dr R. David Lankes (International Speaker Series: 4) Saturday, 5 September, 2020 9.00-11.00am
22 Aug 2020 The Post-Pandemic School Library Learning Commons with Anita Brooks Kirkland (International Speaker Series: 3) Saturday, 22 August, 2020 9.00-11.00am
4 Aug 2020 The Inclusion of Australian Multicultural Young Adult Fiction in Secondary School Library Collections
25 Jul 2020 Information Literacy in Reading Fiction with Dr Mary Ann Harlan (International Speaker Series: 2) Saturday, 25 July, 2020 9.00-11.00am
20 Jun 2020 International Speaker Series Professional Learning Package (20 June, 25 July, 22 August & 5 September, 2020)
20 Jun 2020 Young People Living Safe Lives in Online Environments with Dr Ross Todd (International Speaker Series: 1) Saturday, 20 June, 2020 9.00-11.00am
9 Jun 2020 Online Marketplace Meet-up 2
26 May 2020 Graphic novels as texts: “It was harder to teach than I thought.”
5 May 2020 Online Marketplace Meet-up 1
31 Mar 2020 How are you dealing with COVID-19? (Open Online Forum)
24 Mar 2020 The role of the author and poet in making reading matter
7 Mar 2020 Reach Out Through Reading, SLANSW State Library Conference Day (7 March 2020)
25 Feb 2020 The Library as ‘third space’ in your school: Supporting academic and emotional well-being in the school community
26 Nov 2019 Using action research to support professional learning of teachers (Action Research Series)
29 Oct 2019 Kickstarting Action Research in Your School Library (Action Research Series)
19 Oct 2019 Today’s Learners ~ Tomorrow’s Leaders, SLANSW State Library Conference Day
24 Sep 2019 Diverse stories: Developing Year 8 boys to become adventurous readers (Action Research Series)
3 Sep 2019 The power of immigrant stories: Action research at Mazenod (Action Research Series)
27 Aug 2019 Guided Inquiry: Findings and implications from recent research and practice (Action Research Series)

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