2019 Leadership in Science

Leadership in Science (K-12) for Proficient Teachers


We are currently taking all enquiries for Leadership in Science 2019! 


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If you’ve been teaching for several years, you have achieved ‘proficiency’ and you want to move on, the STANSW Leadership in Science Course is for you:


  • Start or progress your leadership journey
  • Learn how to make the professional standards work for you
  • Start gathering evidence that can be used to achieve accreditation at Highly Accomplished Level
  • Form a coaching relationship with other teachers at similar stages of career development
  • Strengthen your skills inside the classroom and support your peers
  • Be part of the growing movement to embed more scientific inquiry in schools



Primary school teachers who have, or want to develop, expertise in Science & Technology and achieve accreditation at Highly Accomplished are welcome. The contacts you can make here can help you springboard into Science & Technology.




To confirm your course enrolment please complete online booking form.  Invoice will be generated once you submit your application. 




Two days planning/sharing meetings will be held at Kirrawee High School,
Kirrawee NSW 2232

Cost (includes 10% GST):

STANSW Member full course registration $380.00    (add $100.00 if booking with a 2nd person)**

Non Member full course registration $640.00



If you are a STANSW individual or school member,  you can register a colleague or friend for the full course for an extra $100 on top of the course fee. They do not need to be a STANSW member.  If you are from a regional area we recommend that your booking partner be at a different school and in the same geographical area to allow you to link up for the shadowing sessions.  Contact the STANSW office to obtain full details or if you have difficulty finding a shadowing partner.


Rationale for the course

The AITSL research identifies that shadowing:

•  allows the learner to ‘feel’ the perspective of the mentor, bringing greater understanding
•  supports both the learner and the person being shadowed
•  educators benefit from seeing science teaching innovations in action and can assess how it might be used in their own setting
•  providing feedback to each other and sharing plans to implement change can help keep participants accountable for making changes
•  agreeing on the program for job-shadowing provides structure and supports transference.

This is a course that will be carried out over 4 days:


Day 1: At Kirrawee High School ; 5 hours where participants are introduced to a science teaching project that they will develop and implement. The project will be based on identified NESA standards that the participants wish to achieve. They will then discuss the scope of the project and find a coaching partner. Participants plan their project. A workshop on coaching will be run. Coaches and a shadowing partner  will be chosen according to common interest/geographical area.

Day 2: One partner shadows another participant for the day at their school. The participant will be implementing their project for part of this time. The shadowing partner will observe and provide feedback regarding the targeted project and other issues that may be identified.

Day 3: The other partner shadows the participant for the day at their school. The participant will be implementing their project for part of this time. The shadowing colleague will observe and provide feedback regarding the targeted project and other issues that may be identified.

Day 4:  At Kirrawee High School ; 5 hours where participants explain their project, its implementation and the feedback provided and any ways in which they have modified their project as a result of their experiences and the impact on the students’ learning. The group will then provide further feedback and discuss future directions.

It is anticipated that the planning, implementation, feedback and further developments of their projects will provide the participants with a substantial amount of material that can be used as evidence for their future accreditation portfolios. All participants will be required to have their principal sign the application form in order to approve the shadowing part of the program.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers addressed:

6.1.2    During Day 1 the teachers will be analysing the NESA standards in order to develop and plan an observation day in which a partnering coach supports their achievement of the standard and makes observations for teacher reflection to improve practice. Teachers will also be analysing the AITSL site and videos as a guide to best practice. Teachers will be analysing the NESA Standards in order to plan a project that will address their students’ needs.

6.3.2    On Day 1 the teachers will begin a professional discussion with a colleague to plan a shadowing day in which to evaluate their practice with the goal of improving the educational outcome of students. This discussion will continue throughout the planning, implementation, and evaluation of their chosen projects

3.2.2    On both day 1 and 2 as well as shadowing experience, teachers will plan, evaluate and alter teaching practices after on-going reflection, feedback and dialogue on the engagement of all their students.

7.4.2    On Day 2 teachers will share the learning with the teachers in other schools and to reflect on the practice that improved their teaching and learning. Teachers will have formed coaching partners and will be building their own professional network.

2.3.2    On day 1 teachers will assist their shadowing partner in planning teaching that incorporates contemporary knowledge of science curriculum. Participants plan their own project (dependent upon their own situation and student needs), give and get feedback and modify the project as a result of this feedback. On Day 2 they evaluate its effectiveness.

Research based practice

The AITSL document “Designing Professional Learning 2014” from  http://www.aitsl.edu.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/designing_professional_learning_report.pdf?sfvrsn=4

The AITSL document “Coaching Environmental Scan” from https://www.aitsl.edu.au/tools-resources/resource/coaching-environmental-scan

“Coaching in Context” Boyd, J 2008  http://julieboyd.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Coaching-in-context-.pdf

“Work that Matters: the teacher’s guide to project based learning” Patton, A. 2012  https://newbooksnetwork.com/alec-patton-work-that-matters-the-teachers-guide-to-project-based-learning-paul-hamlyn-foundation-2012/


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NESA Accreditation For Proficient Teachers

Completing STANSW Leadership in Science Course will contribute 10 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.1.2, 6.3.2, 3.2.2, 7.4.2, and 2.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.




Thank you to the host venue Kirrawee High School for their support




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