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Professional Development

VASSP has an extensive Professional Development porogram for members and non-members.The cover a wide range of topics relevant to school leaders.

Download the 2017 PD calendar here.

NEW For all the latest activities, visit our dedicated PD site.

Coming up soon:

Interview Skills for Secondary Principal Class Positions

Date: Monday 30th October, 2017

VASSP, along with Rob Newton, is offering this new, day long workshop designed to ensure you are able to maximise your chances of securing a principal class position. The workshop is designed to assist principals, assistant principals and aspirant leading teachers to develop their skills when interviewed.

The workshop session will include: 

  • Opportunity to anticipate questions
  • Opportunity to practise answers in a range of formats while being filmed
  • Opportunity to receive feedback in a safe and secure environment

Participants will need to bring a fully charged smart phone that records video. 

Download information and application: Interview Skills Workshop_October

Path to Principalship

A workshop for Assistant Principals and Aspiring Principals 

Date: Thursday 16 November 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm 

VASSP and VPA along with Geoff Barclay are offering a full day workshop designed to give an edge when applying for Principal Class positions.

Part 1 – The Application 

  • Composition
  • Addressing the criteria
  • Selection Process
  • Impressing the panel

Part 2 – Preparation for interview 

  • Predicting questions
  • Interpreting questions
  • Structuring responses
  • Presenting your responses
  • Preparation tips

Part 3 – The Interview 

  • Mock interviews
  • Feedback on interview performance

Download the application here:  Path to Principalship_November

Leading Literacy in the Secondary Curriculum

Presenter: Misty Adoniou
Associate Professor Language, Literacy and TESOL, University of Canberra 

This workshop is suitable for leading teachers, assistant principals and principals.

NAPLAN results in Australia generally, and in Victoria specifically, show a significant decline in writing performance between Year 5 and Year 7. It’s a decline that continues into Year 9. In 2016, more than 10% of Victorian students were below the minimum benchmark for writing. Why? And what can be done about it?

In this workshop I present a rationale for the decline, using excerpts from the NAPLAN and PISA reading tests, and samples of student writing, to illustrate the kind of literacy knowledge students require in order to perform well. We will see that it is not the ‘basics’ that is missing, but rather the ability to deal with complexity in language. This is particularly problematic in secondary schools, as, paradoxically, texts become more complex but direct instructional support becomes less frequent.

The workshop will finish with suggestions for how to build teacher capacity so that all teachers can provide instruction that successfully inducts students into the language complexity of the different disciplines.

Date: Monday 27 November 2017, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Download information and application here: Leading Literacy in the Secondary Curriculum