QuEST FACE-TO-FACE PD programs : Click on your program of choice to see dates, times and venues and to register

The face-to-face programs that will be offered in various locations include:

Click on course title for more information about each course and upcoming sessions

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These programs target a deep understanding of how early trauma, abuse and neglect can impact the developing brain. 

Understanding the Traumatised Child
When a child experiences trauma, neglect or violence, it causes fundamental changes to their developing brain. This can have a huge impact on their future success at school. It is no secret that these children often display complex behaviours and are disproportionately represented in suspensions and exclusions across our state.

Understanding Trauma: How Trauma Affects Schools
The impact of complex childhood trauma causes fundamental changes to their developing brain. These changes lead to significant academic, social and behavioural challenges which affect all members of the school community. Teachers, school leaders and support staff are impacted daily by these challenges and the subsequent stress and feeling of frustration or helplessness can have a lasting impact on staff wellbeing.

2-Day Masterclass: “Understanding the Traumatised Child” and “How Trauma affects Schools” (where available)

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New and Aspiring Leaders Toolkit 

This course would suit any new or aspiring leader wanting to discover practical, research-based leadership knowledge and skills which have been used effectively in schools all over the world. 

Effective educational Leadership is leadership that brings people together to achieve common goals.  Leadership is pointless if the team is not on board, and individual strengths, knowledge and attributes of team-members are not understood and embraced.

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Behaviour management courses for teachers and teacher aides

This suite of full day courses are designed to support teachers and teacher aides in effective classroom and behaviour management. These courses focus on all of the practical classroom skills which create a safe learning environment where students are able to thrive and learn. We also offer a full-day course to assist staff in important de-escalation skills which can help prevent serious behaviour incidents from occurring. We are also thrilled to launch our first courses targeted specifically for teacher aides and support staff. Please click the link navigate to the course information page for more information about each course.

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Classroom Profiling
A two day program developed and delivered by the Classroom Profiling Association Inc.

This confidential, voluntary and non-judgmental program is a highly effective teacher reflection tool that focusses on student engagement in the classroom. Classroom Profiling - Level 1 enables profilers to explore and become comfortable with the processes, protocols and resources of Classroom Profiling. Those trained will be able to profile and facilitate a professional reflective conversation with colleagues around effective classroom management pedagogy and student engagement.

If your school or cluster is interested in hosting a fixed price course for your staff, please contact for further details.

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A one day program developed and delivered by the Classroom Profiling Association Inc.

For over two decades, the Essential Skills for Classroom Management have assisted teachers and their assistants, in Queensland schools, develop effective management strategies which result in more time spent teaching and learning, enhancing student engagement and teacher efficacy. 

This professional development opportunity focusses on teacher strategies, planning and actions that develop positive and respectful relationships with students through the establishment of safe and supportive learning environments.

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Full day Cultural Capability programs developed by Aboriginal Elders and educators. 

These programs aim to build cultural knowledge and support teachers to work more effectively with First Nation students, parents and community members. They are ideal for any teacher seeking to develop their skills relating to APST descriptors 1.4 and 2.4, including those working towards HAT or Lead teacher certification.

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An introductory program and intensive program to support members in learning about and working towards HAT or Lead certification. 

These FREE professional development sessions aim to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to create your application portfolio.  Experienced Assessor and Moderator, Rebecca Hack will workshop approaches to collecting, collating and annotating evidence as well as understanding the descriptors. These workshops are different to the sessions offered previously by the QTU and the Department.

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ITD, Technology and CAD
A range of programs targeting various wood & metal skills and computer aided design.

Springfield Tech Centre has been training adults in a variety of practical courses for the past 7 years.
They offer Introductory Metal and Woodwork skills for teachers and more advanced Metal and Woodwork skills for teachers. These are delivered on weekends to accommodate people who work during the week. These programs are run by experienced ITD teachers with extensive knowledge. The Technology in ITD course provides teachers with an understanding of how to use a 3D Printer, and hands-on experience in using an Impact Printer, a Sticker Printer and a Laser Cutter. The CAD courses will give participants a sound understanding of the programs Inventor and Revit Basics, and how to use them to produce working drawings.

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Science Teaching: Using a Lab Safely
Delve into the comprehensive realm of laboratory safety with this workshop, designed to equip both science and non-science educators. Gain the knowledge and confidence to establish and uphold secure working environments within school science labs. This workshop is essential for any Teacher or Laboratory Technician, whether in Primary or Secondary education, who engages with students in a science laboratory setting.

Science Teaching: Fieldwork Skills
Teachers, whether in primary or secondary education, engaged in overseeing practical experiments, either within a science lab or outdoors, are encouraged to participate. This workshop provides insights into calibrating laboratory instruments for precision in measurements and readings. Additionally, attendees will gain knowledge on proper protocols for collecting samples and obtaining measurements.

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Delivered by Kirstine, a qualified teacher with experience in early childhood, university and non-government organisation settings.

This workshop draws on research evidence to identify risk and protective factors for student wellbeing and aims to increase awareness of the important role educators and school-based staff play in supporting students and how this can be achieved through inclusive practices that are respectful of diversity.  The information provided in this workshop is relevant to all school settings.

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Applying Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination in Education

This FREE (to QTU and partner Union members) course has been developed for school leaders by the Queensland Human Rights Commission. 

It aims to raise participants’ understanding of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 and the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019 through an overview of the key legal concepts and responsibilities under each Act as well as the functions of the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC).

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Vocal Health for teachers 

This voice workshop for teachers explores how teachers can care for and protect one of the most vital tools of their teaching trade – their voice! Vocal injuries are a serious workplace health and safety issue and are quite common. This workshop aims to empower teachers with a deeper understanding and insight into their own voices, and will explore how to conserve and protect the voice.

Vocal Essentials for Music and Drama Teachers

The vocal demand placed on Music and Drama teachers is extremely high. With such a heavy vocal load, it is vital that your voice is kept in tip-top shape. This workshop is tailor made just for you!  Join Kirsten on a fun journey of vocal discovery that will ensure your voice stays strong, flexible and maintains throughout your career. Many of the activities will also be useful to pass on to your students. This is one workshop that you will not want to miss!
This workshop aims to empower music and drama teachers with a deeper understanding and insight of their own vocal instrument.

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Full day program presented by Dr Julie Bower, an educational consultant and an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. She is also a registered teacher and training consultant. 

This workshop will assist individual teachers and teaching groups to understand the science behind well-being and the role of social emotions in working collaboratively with colleagues. This introductory workshop will provide time and space for teachers to unpack their own well-being at school, to understand the foundations of social and emotional competence, and become more mindful in their teaching. Participants will work on an emotional health toolkit with strategies to take away that can be easily applied throughout their teaching day.

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