Reading – Writing – Spelling – Inquiry

DEB SUKARNA

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About Deb

Deb has been a leading educator for 37 years and has presented professional development programs for State, Catholic and Independent schools. She has worked in the United States and has co-authored a number of books on literacy education. In 2011 Deb was the recipient of the ACEL Hedley Beare Educator of the Year Award and received a Fellowship in Leadership from ACEL in 2014. Deb has been both a Primary Principal and Principal of a Balinese Community School. She has recently retired from Ivanhoe Grammar School as Head of Plenty Campus (Prep to Year 12) and Deputy Principal of Ivanhoe Grammar School (2004-2016). Deb has an expertise and passion for literacy and her workshops are based on her own classroom practice from ELC to Year 9.

Working with schools

Reading

Developing Deep Level Thinkers!

How can comprehension be explicitly taught?

What are features of a well organised and comprehensive Reading Program?

Writing

Are we teaching kids or fixing their Writing?

Getting that Buzz in Writers Workshop!

How can Writing time be organised in a manageable and effective way?

Spelling

How to develop metacognitive, strategic spellers?

What makes a spelling program effective?

We need to teach and not just do activities!

Inquiry

The Magic of curious and capable learners!

Why teach with an Inquiry mindset?

How can student understanding be strengthened?

Leadership

Believing in and developing our teachers!

Why an ongoing Professional Learning Program is essential?

How can we improve whole school learning for kids and teachers?

Practical Professional Development Online Workshops

We are pleased to provide you with our 2021 Professional Development Booklet with full details of each seminar for 2021.
Below for your convenience is an outline of the seminars for Semester 1.
In Term 2 and beyond we hope to offer a combination of both face-to-face and online seminars.


During 2021, David Hornsby will be delivering online courses for Practical Professional Development:

  1. Understanding English orthography: implications for systematic, explicit, and rigorous teaching of phonics and spelling.
  2. A closer look at shared and guided reading.

For details please email David: [email protected]
Different organisations can also be arranged. For example: one full day, two half-days, 4 x 1.5 hour sessions, or any arrangement that suits your school.


Steve Brophy will be offering a Leadership Program in 2021. Thriving Leadership is a 12-week online group program designed to equip new and emerging leaders with optimised performance habits and practices, mental models for improved decision making, and moonshot goal setting and accountability. There will be two intakes in 2021.

Download 2021 Workshop calendar here

Thursday 4 March

READERS WORKSHOP - Organising for Effective Teaching and Learning with Young Readers

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 2 Teachers

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Friday 19 March

READERS WORKSHOP - Organising for Effective Teaching and Learning

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Year 2 to Year 6 Teachers

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Wednesday 24 March

WRITERS WORKSHOP - Getting the buzz in our Writing Sessions!

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Year 2 to Year 6 Teachers

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Begins Thursday April 22

Thriving Leadership - Twelve-week program

Presented by Steve Brophy for Leaders of all levels.

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Friday 30 April

THE JOY OF TEACHING WRITING - Teaching and Learning with Young Writers

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 2 Teachers

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Wednesday 5 May

WRITING ASSESSMENT THAT INFORMS PLANNING - Monitoring and Improving Student Learning

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 6 Teachers

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Friday 14 May

TEACHING GRAMMAR THROUGH WRITING AND FOR WRITING

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 6 Teachers

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Friday 28 May

FOCUS GROUP TEACHING – LITERACY - Reading and Writing to Learn Non-Fiction
*NEW WORKSHOP*

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 6 Teachers

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Monday 7 June

TEACHING FOR DEEPER LEVEL COMPREHENSION - From Theory to Practice

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 6 Teachers

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Tuesday 22 June

TEACHING CHILDREN TO SPELL - Planning an Effective Spelling Program

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 6 Teachers

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Begins Thursday July 15

Thriving Leadership - Twelve-week program

Presented by Steve Brophy for Leaders of all levels.

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Friday 23 July

WRITING CONFERENCES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE - Improving Student Writing

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 6 Teachers

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Friday 6 August

READERS WORKSHOP - Organising for Effective Teaching and Learning with Young Readers

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 2 Teachers

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Wednesday 18 August

READERS WORKSHOP - Organising for Effective Teaching and Learning

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Year 2 to Year 6 Teachers

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Friday 27 August

READING – IMPROVING TEXT RESPONSE - A Window into Comprehension
*NEW WORKSHOP*

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 6 Teachers

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Monday 13 September

WRITERS NOTEBOOK & MODELLED WRITING
*NEW WORKSHOP

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 6 Teachers

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Friday 15 October

WRITERS WORKSHOP - Getting the buzz in our Writing Sessions!

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Year 2 to Year 6 Teachers

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Tuesday 19 October

THE JOY OF TEACHING WRITING - Teaching and Learning with Young Writers

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 2 Teachers

Learn More & Register

Friday 5 November
Wednesday 10 November

SPELLING – 2 DAY SEMINAR
Day 1: Understanding how Children Learn to Spell
Day 2: Planning a Spelling Program - Analysis of Spelling Errors
*NEW WORKSHOP

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 6 Teachers

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Testimonials

“Loved it! After so many years teaching, it is good to revise and learn about literacy and the better/best ways to teach this to children. I will use everything I was shown today with my class.”

Spensley Street Primary School

“Very informative and inspiring. I came out of this seminar with so many great ideas and strategies. It made me rethink some of our current practices at school, as well as reaffirm approaches we are already doing.”

Manchester Primary School

“Amazing and so inspiring and important - this stuff is a game changer. Deb is so inspirational and passionate. You make me want to be better and learn so much more.”

Plenty Valley Christian College

“As always another amazing day. You are so passionate and easy to listen to. I have pages and pages of notes to go through and many new things I want to try and implement.”

St Columba's Primary School

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