Professional Learning

See below for our current list of Professional Learning events:

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SASTA Early Careers Teachers Conference 2016

Date: Friday 14th October 2016

Time: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Venue: Immanuel College

Bookings close: 07/10/2016

Event Pricing:

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

Are you new to teaching Science or in the first 5 years of your career?

This conference is an opportunity for early career and pre-service teachers to be involved in interactive learning activities as well as gather resources that will enrich and inform their science teaching.

The Program includes specialized workshops for both Primary and Secondary Teachers.

This hands-on interactive professional learning day will cater specifically for each level of schooling.

Morning Tea and lunch will be provided and there will also be a chance to network with other teachers and the presenters at the HAPPY HOUR!!!

See full program here

National Professional Standards for Teachers:

Teachers will receive a certificate of attendance that details the hours of professional learning and Standard 2 Focus Areas 2.1 and 2.2, Standard 3 Focus Area 3.2, Standard 6 Focus Area 6.2 and Standard 7 Focus Area 7.4

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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.

DSD GOSA Logo (small)      UoA Logo (small)

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.

Click here to register as an Exhibitor or to become a sponsor of this event.

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, MASA, EdTechSA and DATTA -SA, 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.

Download the full conference program here.



Many thanks to our generous sponsors for this event:


 Credit Union SA (medium)   TI logo (medium)


Designability Group P/L (large)      SPE International (small)

ANSTO Logo (large)  Temple Bruer logo (medium)


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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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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