March 12

Invitation to Term 1’s Afternoon Tea – about PDPs

Hi Teacher Librarian colleagues,

The Penrith Mount Druitt Blacktown Windsor (PMBW) Teacher Librarians Professional Learning Group invites you to meet Bradley Cook (Teacher Quality Advisor, Nirimba) at our afternoon tea meeting this Wednesday.

Bradley will be talking about Professional Development Plans (PDPs) as they relate to Teacher-Librarians. The presentation will be 40 minutes. You are encouraged to bring along your 2016 or draft 2017 PDPs, for discussion and sharing of ideas and strategies.

When: Wednesday, 15th March (Week 8 Term 1) 3.45 – 5.00pm.
Cost: This is a FREE event! Afternoon tea will be provided.
Where: Hambledon PS Library, Bali Drive, Quakers Hill, 02 98373200
Who: This event is open to all teacher-librarians

Please RSVP by Tuesday 14th March to: Terrie O’Hearn, TL at Hambledon PS, our host
Terrie.Ohearn@det.nsw.edu.au or call 02 98373200.

You are welcome to park in the school grounds if there is room. Otherwise, street parking is available.

The PMBW Committee looks forward to sharing in this valuable literary afternoon with you!

Ian McLean (Penrith PS)
Chairperson, PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group.

December 16

Committee Meeting Minutes – Thursday 8 December 2016

Venue: Penrith Panthers
Meeting opened: 4.10pm
Present: Ian McLean, Jenny Scheffers, Jennifer Dengate, Julie Grazotis, Jan Poona, Sue Pitt, Cate Yard, Vicci Bishop, Joanna Deegan and Michele Young.
Apologies: Maria Formica, Fran Mead, Lorraine Baxter and Natalie Ignacz.

Ian
• Maria Formica has resigned from the committee as she has accepted a position in Lawson and will attend the Blue Mountains Teacher Librarian Network meetings.
• Sue Pitt will transfer to Cranebrook HS in 2017
• Night of the Notables – CBCA NSW event at Dymocks in the city early 2017
• Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud! The CBCA Short List – Tuesday March 28, Rydges Sydney Central 28 Albion Street Surry Hills, 9.00am – 3.30pm. Registrations open http://www.trybooking.com/NTWF

Jan gave her Treasurer’s Report

Jenny Dengate
• Glenmore Park HS has a subscription to Wheelers ebooks
• Easy to use / multiple copies of titles
• Promotion $995 – Subscription for 2017 plus Term 4 2016 free
 Ian – contact Colleen Blancato for any updates on NSW ebook subscription and guidelines for the promotion of ebook providers.

2017 Organisation
• Term 1 Afternoon Tea Meeting – hosted by Terrie O’Hearn, Hambledon PS?
• Term 2 Full Day Meeting – hosted by Christien Midgley, Hebersham PS?
• Term 3 Afternoon Tea Meeting – hosted by Karuna Chetty, Nepean HS?
• Term 4 Possible Department of Education Conference.

Term 1 Afternoon Tea Meeting
• Wednesday or Thursday Week 7 or 8?
• Possible 2pm start?
• Topic – Professional Development Plans for Teacher Librarians
o Possible guest speaker – Louise King (DoE, Teacher Quality Advisor)?
o Small group discussion and sharing of ideas

 Ian – contact Terrie re date of meeting and start time
 Ian – contact Louise King
 Jenny – visit Hambledon PS to check out the school facilities
 Committee members to copy and share their PDP.

Term 2 Full Day Meeting
• Date to be confirmed – possibly Week 9 Wednesday or Thursday (alternate day with Term 1 meeting)
• Agenda:
o Michelle Jensen – ASLA and Maker Spaces?
o Paul MacDonald – CBCA Short List?
o Catherine Thompson (DoE) – Contextual Concepts?
o Julie Grazotis and Jenny Dengate – Google Apps (G Suite)
o Practical Application for the Classroom
o Author – Walker Books?

 Ian – contact Christien to confirm date, check on availability of breakaway rooms, wifi and computers
 Ian – contact Catherine Thompson
 Jenny – contact Walker Books re author availability
 Marianne – contact Michelle Jensen
 Jan – visit Hebersham to check out the school facilities.

Term 3 Afternoon Tea Meeting
• Possible guest speaker – Dr Belle Alderman of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature?

Next Committee Meeting: 4.00pm at Blacktown Worker’s Sports Club (Week 3, Thursday 9th February 2017)
Meeting closed: 5.10pm.

August 22

Meet Aleesah Darlison at our AGM

Our Term 3 2016 Afternoon Tea Meeting is also our Annual General Meeting to establish the 2017 Committee positions.

• Hosted by Lyn Drew – Penrith South PS (Committee members please bring a plate)
• Thursday 22 September (Week 10, Term 3)
• From 3:30 – 5pm
• Special guest – author Aleesah Darlison
• Copies of Aleesah’s books will be available for sale on the day by The Children’s Bookshop

We look forward to seeing you all.

July 7

CBCA Book of the Year Awards slideshow

At our Term 2 full-day conference, “Connect to collaborate and create”, The Children’s Bookshop proprietor, Paul Macdonald, was one of our guest speakers. Paul has given us his slideshow file to share here, so that teacher librarians can share his presentation on the CBCA Book of the Year Awards’ nominees, and what’s currently “hot” in reading, to teachers and students in their schools. Thank you Paul.

April 18

Term 2 full-day conference – Connect to collaborate and create

Here are some details of our next full-day conference, Connect to collaborate and create at Rooty Hill RSL. The PMBW Group is pleased to be able to subsidise the cost to delegates. The reduced cost will be about $70-$80 (exact costing still to be finalised), which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Registration details and a detailed copy of the program will be emailed shortly.

Please ensure you discuss this dynamic event now with your school’s Professional Learning Team and book this date in! This will be a most relevant, practical and valuable Conference!

Date: Thursday 30th June at Rooty Hill RSL
Program:
8:15 – 9:00am Registration & Coffee
9:00 – 9:10am Welcome, Housekeeping & General Business
9:10 – 11:10am Unpacking how pictures and text work together; Using visual literacy to plan for English K-12: Jenny Williams
11:10 – 11:45am Morning tea

11:45 – 12:45pm CBCA Shortlisted books and What’s Hot: Paul Macdonald , Children’s Bookshop, Beecroft

12:45 – 1:45pm Lunch

1:45 – 3:15pm Google Apps for Education: Dr Nerida McCredie
3:15 – 3:30pm Evaluation
3.30 – 4.30pm Afternoon Tea

A large trade fair will also be a part of the day with suppliers showcasing their library resources and products.

Jenny Scheffers (Teacher Librarian Caddies Creek PS)
Chairperson,
Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown & Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group

March 30

Pics from the Deborah Abela book launch

Children’s author Deborah Abela launched her new book, “Teresa: a new Australian”, at our Term 1 literary afternoon tea. With this title, Deb delves into her own past to bring us a story of courage, strength and a plucky little Maltese Australian girl…

Deb

Deb 1

Deb 2

Thank you Deb for a wonderful event, and to our host, Jenny Dengate.

March 1

Meet Deb Abela

The PMBW Teacher Librarian Group Committee has plans well underway for another very exciting year of professional development and networking, including our Term 1 Author Book Talk! Please mark the following date in your diaries!

* Term 1 Literary Afternoon Meeting Wednesday 30th March (Week 10) at Glenmore Park High School with guest author Deborah Abela, who will launch her new title Teresa: a new Australian. Deb delves into her own past to bring us a story of courage, strength and a plucky little Maltese Australian girl called Teresa. Bombs, caves and a new life in Australia!

Deb

Time: 3.30 – 5pm
Cost: FREE
Parking: Council car park adjacent to the sport fields, near the school’s front car park. There may be some parking onsite.

Afternoon tea will be provided. Deborah’s books will be for sale (payment by either cash or schools can be invoiced) and autographing!

bookAbela

RSVP: by Friday 18th March to host teacher librarian, Jenny Dengate
Phone: (02) 4733 0155 or email jennifer.dengate@det.nsw.edu.au

In other news, details of our Term 2 full-day conference will be announced soon. Connect to collaborate and create will be held on
Thursday 30th June at Rooty Hill RSL Club.

August 11

Resources from the PD day

In this blog entry, you can quickly locate the digital resources used by the presenters at our Term 3 professional learning day, held on Monday 10th August (Week 5).

* Progressing with Oliver:
Research Projects – Evidence of how Oliver and Orbit are supporting student learning
(A) Primary: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS – their Oliver ClassMovie is linked HERE) and Ian McLean (Penrith PS).
(B) Secondary: Jenny Dengate (Glenmore Park HS) & Lolita Garcia (Richmond HS).

* STEPS Book Forum – Engaging your school learning community: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS) – Click down to Page 2 of the PDF.

* CBCA Update: Jackie Hawkes & Honor White (CBCA NSW representatives)

Book Week poster
Ian demonstrates the phone app that brings this year’s CBCA poster alive!

* Promoting reading through dynamic author/illustrator visits: Jenny Scheffers (Caddies Creek PS)

* Website of our Guest Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah (Click on the hyperlink).

Randa Abdel-Fattah
Randa Abdel-Fattah

May 29

Term 3 professional learning day

The Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group is hosting an exciting professional development day in Term 3, on Monday 10th August (Week 5), at Clairgate Public School, Colorado Drive, St Clair.
Host Teacher Librarian: Lisa McInally
Phone: 9670-1408

Please see the Agenda (below).

Online registration through MyPL@DET is now available using one of the following:
Course title: PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Development Day Term 3 2015
Course code: NR08226
Hyperlink:
www.det.nsw.edu.au/docprs/publicViewEvent.do?eventId=109144

To enrol for this conference, you need to do the following:
1. Complete the online registration (which closes on Monday 27th July).
2. Give a copy of the tax invoice (see attachment) to your SAM so they can prepare a cheque
When completing the online registration, please select the payment option “Cheque”, as there is NO DIRECT DEBIT available.

Please note that we now have a new Treasurer, Jan Poona from Rooty Hill PS, and there are new payment arrangements. If you are a 229 School please email Jan, so she is aware that payment may be delayed.

Please also note your registration is not official until payment has been received. Places for this PD Day are strictly limited!

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact Jenny Scheffers jennifer.scheffers@det.nsw.edu.au

The Committee hopes you will be able to join us for this exciting professional learning day!

Jenny Scheffers,
Teacher Librarian @ Caddies Creek PS

Agenda:
8:15 am Registration & Coffee

9:00 am Welcome by Principal, Housekeeping & General Business

9:10 am Sponsor Presentations

9:30 am Concurrent Sessions: Progressing with Oliver:
Research Projects – Evidence of how Oliver is supporting student learning
(A) Primary: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS), Ian McLean (Penrith PS)
(B) Secondary: Jenny Dengate (Glenmore Park HS), Lolita Garcia (Richmond HS)

10:30 am MORNING TEA and Sponsors’ Displays

11:15 am STEPS Book Forum – Engaging your school learning community: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS)

12:15 pm: Guest Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah

1:15 pm LUNCH and Sponsors’ Displays

2:00 pm CBCA Update: Jackie Hawkes (CBCA) and Honor White (CBCA)

2.30 pm Promoting reading through dynamic author / illustrator visits: Jenny Scheffers (Caddies Creek PS)

3:00 pm Evaluation and lucky badge prizes.

Click HERE to download the presenters’ materials.

February 13

First Professional Learning day for 2015

PMBW is conducting its first Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Day in Term 1.
Date: Thursday 19th March (Week 8) 2015
Host Teacher Librarian: Lynne Millson
Venue: Parklea Public School, 205 Glenwood Park Drive, Glenwood
Phone: 9629-2518.

Agenda:
Oliver Library System Update – Doug Jenkins (Senior Systems Analyst, Schools Admin Support, Information Technology Directorate) & Colleen Foley (Manager School Libraries & Information Literacy)
Panel Discussion of Teacher Librarians who are currently using Oliver

Concurrent Sessions split into primary and high school groups:
(A) Resourcing the new curriculum – Paul Macdonald (The Children’s Bookshop)
(B) Professional Networking-Group Discussion – with peers.

Register online at MyPL@Edu. Course code is NR07564 (where 0 is zero), or via the hyperlink: www.det.nsw.edu.au/docprs/publicViewEvent.do?eventId=100966

Cost: $40 per person. Do not include GST. (MyPL payment option – please select CHEQUE.) PMBW sent out Tax Invoice forms by email for this event. Please give a copy of that document to your SAM for payment. Please send all cheques to: Attention Jan Poona, Rooty Hill Public School, Westminster St, Rooty Hill, 2766. Make your cheque payable to Rooty Hill Public School. For any queries about payment, please contact Jan Poona janice.poona@det.nsw.edu.au

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact Jenny Scheffers: jennifer.scheffers@det.nsw.edu.au