2020 Adult Literacy Practitioner Professional Development

Workshop in action

2020 Workshops

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

Our 2020 workshops have been postponed until further notice. To keep updated, please add your name and contact details to our circulation list.


Learn about the Big Six of Reading - postponed until further notice

with Anne Bayetto 

Learn about the six key skills (Big 6) for learning to read. 


Current research identifies 6 broad areas of development required for reading which are all underpinned by early literacy experiences. The big six in reading are:
  • Oral language
  • Phonological awareness
  • Letter-sound knowledge (phonics)
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
Some adults who have difficulties reading, or can't read at all, are likely to have missed out on learning one or more of these skills. Working with adults to gain these skills can markedly improve their reading (and writing) ability. 

This workshop will focus on effective approaches for working with adults who have little or limited literacy skills. There will be a particular focus on the Big Six, including practical approaches for the development of these skills.

Each session runs from 9.00 am - 3.00 pm

They are offered at no cost, with lunch provided

Dates and Registration

Postponed until further notice. 

Anne Bayetto

Anne Bayetto.pngWe are fortunate to have Anne Bayetto, Researcher and Lecturer in Special Education at Flinders University, returning to Tasmania to present this workshop. 
She has been the reading expert for the Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) program, offered in every state of Australia, and through this program, she has been part of a team gathering pre- and post- data from PALL participants and later undertaking case studies in schools to learn about effective, long-term approaches. This research has been published in reports back to Education Departments, journals, book chapters, and a purposely written book.
While her work is mostly with K-12 teachers, she has adapted her workshop to focus on strategies for working with adults. The six steps remain the same.
She is a member of the Research in Inclusive and Specialised Education (RISE) group at Flinders University and works collaboratively with colleagues to advance knowledge and practice.


Going deeper and wider using the ACSF - postponed until further notice

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 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
  • the new ACSF digital literacy framework
  • 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. Offered in Devonport and Hobart.

They are offered at no cost, with lunch provided.

Dates and Registration

Postponed until further notice. 


Assessing the ACSF's five core skills - postponed until further notice

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. Offered in Hobart.

 It is offered at no cost, with lunch provided.

Date and Registration

Postponed until further notice. 

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 groundbreaking 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.


Introduction to the Australian Core Skills Framework - postponed until further notice

with Harry Atkinson

Email jennifer.dunbabin@education.tas.gov.au to register your interest in attending such a workshop later in 2020. 

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 a learner's skills

- identify the requirements of training

- plan learning programs for developing learners' skills

Each session runs from 9.30 am - 4 pm. 

They are offered at no cost, with lunch provided.

Dates

To be advised.

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.