Professional Learning

See below for our current list of Professional Learning events:

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Willie Wonders Why: Teaching the Science of Light in the Primary School Classroom (new date!)

Date: Friday 18th November 2016

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Venue: The Braggs, University of Adelaide, North Terrace

Bookings close: 11/11/2016

Event Pricing:

Type Earlybird price Regular price
Non-Member (1 Day)n/a$100.00
Personal member (1 Day)n/a$75.00

SASTA, in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, is offering an exciting STEM professional development event for primary school teachers.


In 1915 two scientists with Adelaide connections, Sir William Bragg and his son Sir Lawrence Bragg were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for their ground breaking research into the use of X-rays to study the chemical structure and function of molecules. Come and discover the personal history and the science behind the tale of two shy men who joined the ranks of the most important scientists of the twentieth century.

Engage in hands-on science investigations into the properties of light. These activities have been designed specifically for a Primary School classroom and linked to the Australian Curriculum: Science.

Visit the researchers applying this science to solve real world problems.

Gather resources. All participants will receive a colourful Big Book about the Braggs to use with their students, as well as a USB filled with other great resources.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

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The workshop reflects the Australian Professional Teaching Standards. Teachers will receive a certificate of attendance that details the Standards covered.

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STEM (6-11) Conference 2016

Date: Friday 25th November 2016

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Venue: Playford International College, Phillip Highway, Elizabeth

Bookings close: 18/11/2016

Event Pricing:

Type Earlybird price Regular price
Personal Member (1 Day)n/a$125.00
Corporate Member - SA School (1 Day)n/a$125.00
Corporate Member - Business or Interstate School (1 Day)n/a$125.00
Student Non-Member (1 Day)n/a$50.00
Student Member (1 Day)n/a$50.00
Presenter Non-Commercial (1 Day)n/a$50.00
Joint Member (1 Day)n/a$125.00
MASA, DATTA, EdTechSA Members (1 Day)n/a$125.00
Non-Member (1 Day)n/a$180.00

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The one day STEM Conference (6-11) on 25 November 2016 will provide high-quality professional learning opportunities for middle school teachers and educators, in the fields of mathematics, science, ICT and design & technology.

8:30 am

Registration – Tea & Coffee

8:45 am – 9:00am

Welcome & Housekeeping

9:00 am – 10:00 am


10:10 am – 10:40 am

Morning Tea & Trade displays

10:40 am – 11:40 am

Workshop Session 1

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Workshop Session 2

12:45 pm – 1.30 pm

Lunch & Trade displays

1:35 pm – 2:35 pm

Workshop Session 3

2:40 pm – 3:40 pm

Workshop Session 4

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Happy Hour


With program inputs from four teacher professional associations, SASTA and MASA, the event is designed to bring together teachers, educators and exhibitors who are interested in sharing and exploring tools, resources and related activities that will ensure successful implementation of STEM education into our schools and communities.

The Conference will also provide an excellent opportunity for educators and teachers to exchange ideas about STEM teaching and learning and to maintain and develop valuable networks.

Some workshops will address the critical importance of connecting different areas of STEM by considering ways of interrelating science and/or mathematics topics using the tools of technology with engineering emerging through hands-on and real-life applications. Other workshops will address activities to support teaching and learning in more specific topics in the disciplines of mathematics, science, design & technology and IT.

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Open Source Teaching Psychology

Date: Friday 25th November 2016

Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Education Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh

Bookings close: 22/11/2016

Event Pricing:

Type Earlybird price Regular price
Personal Member (1 Day)n/a$130.00
Corporate Member - SA School (1 Day)n/a$165.00
Non-Member (1 Day)n/a$190.00
Student SASTA Member (1 Day)n/a$130.00
Life Member (1 Day)n/a$130.00
Retired Member (1 Day)n/a$130.00
Joint Member (1 Day)n/a$130.00

Have you ever considered teaching Psychology without a prescribed textbook and combining the power of books with online sources?

Join us for this interactive professional development day where we share our existing practices and develop new ones collaboratively.

Come prepared to share and learn together!

Click here to see the program for the day.

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New Opportunities for Teaching and Learning in SACE Earth & Environmental Science

Date: Friday 9th December 2016

Time: 4.30pm to 8.00pm

Venue: Education Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh

Bookings close: 06/12/2016

Event Pricing:

Type Earlybird price Regular price
Personal Member (1 Day)n/a$66.00
Non-Member (1 Day)n/a$99.00
Corporate Member (SA School) (1 Day)n/a$88.00
Life Member (1 Day)n/a$66.00
Joint Member (1 Day)n/a$66.00
Retired Member (1 Day)n/a$66.00
SASTA Student Member (1 Day)n/a$66.00



4.30pm     Overview of the new EES Subject Outline for Stage 1 and Stage 2, presented by Len Altman and Kelly Sharrad (members of the EES curriculum writing team)


5.00pm     Teaching about climate change, presented by Ian Tooley (former Principal and presenter of the Climate Reality Project)


6.00pm     Fire history and management of Australian Vegetation, presented by Professor Robert Hill, Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences, The University of Adelaide


6.30pm     Practical opportunities to teach and learn about groundwater, presented by Professor Okke Batelaan, Dean, School of Environment, Flinders University


7.00pm     Field Study opportunities in mine site rehabilitation practices, presented by John Mignone, Community Education Services (DSD)


7.30pm     Forest Biomes, presented by Michael Yeo, Adelaide Botanical Gardens Education Officer (DEWNR)

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2017 Psychology Summer Conference

Date: Friday 20th January 2017

Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm

Venue: Education Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh

Bookings close: 17/01/2017

Event Pricing:

Type Earlybird price Regular price
Personal Member (1 Day)n/a$130.00
Corporate Member - SA School (1 Day)n/a$165.00
Non-Member (1 Day)n/a$190.00
Psychology Conference Presenter (1 Day)n/a$70.00
Student Member (1 Day)n/a$130.00
Joint Member (1 Day)n/a$130.00
Retired Member (1 Day)n/a$130.00
Life Members (1 Day)n/a$130.00

SASTA Psychology Summer Conference 2017 - Being Innovative in Psychology

The 1 day intensive conference allows science teachers to develop teaching methods and resources within the Psychology stream.

This training meets the National Professional Standards for Teachers. 




Keynote Biography:

Dr David Cropley is the Associate Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of South Australia.

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Dr Cropley joined the School of Engineering at the South Australian Institute of Technology (SAIT) in 1990, after serving for four years in the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, including deployments to the Middle East. Following the establishment of the University in 1991, he completed a PhD in Measurement Systems Engineering in 1997, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2002.

From 2003 until 2007 Dr Cropley was Director of the Systems Engineering and Evaluation Centre (SEEC) at the University, leading a team of engineers specialising in research and education in the field of complex defence systems. In 2007, SEEC was transformed into the larger Defence and Systems Institute (DASI), where he was Deputy Director from 2007 – 2012.

Dr Cropley has taught a variety of courses on engineering, creativity and innovation at the University, and has facilitated creative problem-solving workshops for various organisations, including BAE Systems and DSTO. His research interests lie in the measurement of creativity and innovation in engineering processes and organisations, the role of creativity and innovation in terrorism and crime, and the nexus of creative problem-solving and engineering.

Dr Cropley is author of four books including Creativity in Engineering: Novel Solutions to Complex Problems (Academic Press, 2015); The Psychology of Innovation in Organizations (Cambridge University Press, 2015); Creativity and Crime: A Psychological Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Fostering Creativity: A Diagnostic Approach for Higher Education and Organisations (Hampton Press, 2009). He is also co-editor of The Ethics of Creativity (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) and The Dark Side of Creativity (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Now a recognised expert in creative problem solving and innovation, Dr David Cropley was a scientific consultant and on-screen expert for the Australian ABC TV Documentaries Redesign My Brain (2013), Life at 9 (2014) and Redesign My Brain, Series 2 (2015).

Dr Cropley is also a keen rower and member of the Adelaide Rowing Club. He has set two world records in indoor rowing in his age group – in 2010 for a 24-hour tandem row, and in 2012 for a tandem 100km row. He is also an occasional actor, appearing in ANZAC Girls (ABC, 2014) and as a zombie in series 2 of the SBS show Danger 5 (2015).

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SASTA Annual Conference & Expo 2017

Date: Thursday 27th to Friday 28th April 2017

Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: Brighton Secondary School

Bookings close: 13/04/2017

Event Pricing:

Type Earlybird price Regular price
(1 Day)n/a$0.00

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We are currently looking for volunteers and presenters to add to our database for 2016. If you are interested please take some time to complete our online SASTA Volunteers & Presenters Nomination Form