12-week learning support and disability course for teacher aides

This is a comprehensive course designed to build teacher aide professional capability across a wide range of learning support and disability areas. A key strength of the course is the linking of theory to everyday situations, with a focus on the development of easy to implement practical strategies for inclusive classroom settings.

Why you should complete the course

Your role as a teacher aide is integral to the success of the ākonga you support.

Through the course, you will build knowledge, skills, confidence, and professional networks. The course balances professional learning with the practical know-how that participants bring.

Course outline

This 12-week course takes place both in person and online. We've structured a full programme which guides you through the three phases of learning below. 

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We’ve designed this course based on our years of working with adult learners. Modes of learning will include face-to-face hui, webinars, online courses, self-directed learning, and one-on-one mentoring.

You will learn with and from the other teacher aides, as well as getting feedback from your facilitator. 

Module overview 

Module one: Foundational 

A full-day workshop on child wellbeing, teamwork, learning and behaviour, and culturally responsive practice and disability.

Module two: Building your capability

You will then take part in an online webinar on Positive Behaviour Support. Then, choose any two of the following topics to explore more deeply through facilitated online courses.

Topics for 2021 are:

  • culturally responsive practice and disability
  • understanding conduct disorder
  • understanding positive behaviour support
  • understanding autism
  • understanding foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Module three: Applying your learning

In this module, you focus on applying what you've learnt to your practice. It is a blended approach.

  • One-hour webinar: an introduction to case study
  • One-on-one coaching with your facilitator
  • Develop a case study, with support
  • Collaborative sharing of case studies in a face-to-face half-day session. 

What people say

  • The great stories from a person with real life experience, along with her knowledge of the theory, works well for how we can use the strategies learnt. Teacher aide, Wellington
  • Fun, positive, practical! Teacher aide, Wellington
  • The practical strategies are very helpful and I would absolutely recommend this course to others. Teacher aide, Wellington
  • I would recommend this course to others, it was highly informative, learning about different needs.  Teacher aide, Wellington.

Facilitator

Brenda Ellis is our learning support expert, with specialist knowledge and expertise. She recently joined Evaluation Associates from Salisbury School (a national residential school in Nelson for young people with complex needs). Brenda brings her years of hands-on experience to this empowering course. 

2021 course information

This course is held in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. Intakes are limited to 20 participants and will fill quickly, so be sure to register as early as possible.

Auckland

  • 15th of February, full day face-to-face workshop, 9am - 3:30 pm 
  • 1st or 2nd of March – attend a one-hour webinar in a time that works for you
  • 29th and 30th March – attend a one-hour webinar in a time that works for you
  • 12th of May – face-to-face workshop, 9am – 12pm
Wellington

  • 22nd of February, full day face-to-face workshop, 9am - 3:30 pm 
    • 1st or 2nd of March – attend a one-hour webinar in a time that works for you
    • 29th and 30th March – attend a one-hour webinar in a time that works for you
    • 21st of May – face-to-face workshop, 9am – 12pm
    Christchurch
    • 18th of February, full day face-to-face workshop, 9am - 3:30 pm 
    • 1st or 2nd of March – attend a one-hour webinar in a time that works for you
    • 29th and 30th March – attend a one-hour webinar in a time that works for you
    • 17th of May – face-to-face workshop, 9am – 12pm

    Cost

    $1250 per person, plus GST

    Each of the phases of this programme can be completed individually - foundational, building your knowledge, and applying your learning. Contact Brenda to discuss personalising your support - b.ellis@evaluate.co.nz 

    Course funding

    Teacher aides currently working in schools can apply to the Ministry of Education Teacher Aide PLD Pilot Fund to attend this course. The pilot fund will meet the course costs for successful applications, and up to $500 per person for travel and/or accommodation as required. 

    12-week course for teacher aides

    Monday 15 February - Wednesday 12 May,
    Auckland

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    12-week course for teacher aides

    Monday 22 February - Friday 21 May,
    Wellington

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    12-week course for teacher aides

    Thursday 18 February - Monday 17 May,
    Christchurch

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