2019 Adult Literacy Practitioner Professional Development

Workshop in action

26TEN supports the Tasmanian adult literacy workforce by offering occasional workshops and regular ACSF validation and moderation sessions.

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Workshops


Introduction to the Australian Core Skills Framework

with Harry Atkinson

This workshop will cover an introduction to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) for those who haven’t encountered the framework before or are just beginning to work with it.

Come along and discover what the ACSF is and how it can be used to identify learner’s skills, to identify the requirements of training, and to plan learning programs and the skill development of learners. 

Each session runs from 9.30 am - 4 pm. 

They are offered at no cost, with lunch provided.

Dates

Devonport - Friday 3 May (register to attend)

Hobart - Friday 17 May (register to attend)

Harry Atkinson

Harry Atkinson is a teacher who has had 16 years of experience assessing adult learners using the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) and its predecessor, the National Reporting System.  During this time, Harry has taught within and managed federally funded programs including the Language, Literacy, and Numeracy Programme (LLNP), Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program and a number of Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) programs.

For the last nine years, Harry has delivered WELL programs and 26TEN initiatives in collaboration with a number of peak bodies, businesses and community organisations.

Harry was the state representative of the Australian WELL Practitioners Network and continues to be a committee member of the Tasmanian Council for Adult literacy.



Going deeper and wider using the ACSF 

with Philippa Mclean

This workshop is for those who have experience of using the ACSF for delivery and assessment. The content will include:

  • how to use the recently revised Pre Level 1 content, and what it means to be performing at Pre Level A and Pre Level B
  • moderation of student work to ensure everyone's decisions match the benchmark
  • validation of assessment tasks, with a focus on performance variables, and on tasks that target more than one level of skill
  • any particular issues you have - we will contact you once you have registered to find out what they are and include them in the program for the day.

Each session runs from 9.30 am - 4 pm. 

They are offered at no cost, with lunch provided.

Dates

Devonport - Monday 9 September (register to attend)

Hobart - Thursday 12 September (register to attend)


Assessing the five core skills 

with Philippa Mclean

This workshop is for those who have experience of using the ACSF for delivery and assessment. The content will include:

  • where to find validated assessment tools 
  • developing assessment tools
  • tailoring existing assessment tools
  • a validation and moderation session
  • any particular questions or needs you have - we will contact you once you have registered to find out what they are and include them in the program for the day.

It runs from 9.30 am - 4 pm. 

 It is offered at no cost, with lunch provided.

Date

Hobart - Wednesday 11 September (register to attend)

Philippa McLean

McLean.jpgPhilippa has extensive and successful experience in the Vocational Education and Training sector and is highly regarded as a Language, Literacy and Numeracy expert. She was a member of the consortium that developed the original ACSF in 2008 and in 2012 was the project manager for the revision of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) for DEEWR which resulted in the publication of  ACSF 2012 and the development of the ACSF Pre Level 1 Supplement. The ACSF is ground breaking work as a significant national resource which provides the validated framework of national benchmarks for the identification and description of core skill performance (for Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy) for the Australian population and is the key component of Foundation Skills.

As a direct result of her work on the Australian Core Skills Framework, Philippa has been regularly engaged to deliver professional development and project work for Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy teachers and VET trainers at a statewide and national level. In particular she has had extensive experience delivering workshops on the understanding and application of the ACSF across Australia in industry, government and community settings, and for a range of public and private Registered Training Organisations. Philippa has also worked on national projects developing exemplar assessment tools and delivery resources, delivers accredited and non accredited training in Language, Literacy and Numeracy and provides specialist advice and training in the areas of Language, Literacy and Numeracy validation and moderation.


ACSF Validation and Moderation

The Australian Core Skills Framework offers a common language to talk about people's five core skills of reading, writing, oral communication, numeracy and learning. It provides a framework for learning design and assessment. Anyone using the Australian Core Skills Framework to assess the five core skills, whether you are an experienced practitioner or just getting started, will find these sessions useful. It is a friendly, relaxed place to build skills in using the ACSF.

At a session, literacy practitioners share completed tasks for moderation and assessment tools for validation. Please complete this task coversheet (Blank ACSF Assessment Task Coversheet.docx) for each item you submit.  Here is a sample of a completed coversheet (Sample ACSF Assessment Task Coversheet.docx). This sample is fairly detailed. Your one may be briefer.

Each session runs from 3:30 to 5 pm, at two video conferencing sites around the state. People can also attend from their own computer via Skype.

Dates

Wednesday 3 April (register to attend)

Wednesday 4 July (register to attend)

Wednesday 25 September (register to attend)

Wednesday 27 November (register to attend)

Locations

  • Hobart - Morris Miller Room, Level 3, State Library, 91 Murray Street, Hobart
  • Launceston - Room F1, Level 3, Launceston Library, Civic Square