Professional learning

Professional development

The Museum Education Manager can provide professional development opportunities for teachers. Throughout the year opportunities to attend workshops and specialist lectures and talks related to exhibitions, gallery content or Museum research interest will be advertised.

Some professional learning sessions are designed to help build teachers' content knowledge while others highlight how exhibits can be used to engage students and enrich their learning. All sessions address the Australian Curriculum are embedded with Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) methodologies and meet National Teacher Standards. Certificates of attendance are issued for all sessions.

 Coming Up

A unique professional learning event for South Australian school educators
Presented by the South Australian Museum 

Panel discussion: writing towards reconciliation

Wed 30 May 2018
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Free but Eventbrite bookings essential

Join us at the Museum during National Reconciliation Week to hear from local authors about the role that storytelling can play on the path to reconciliation.

Allayne Webster, author of the new book The Centre of My Everything, has worked closely with Ngarrindjeri cultural ambassador and South Australian Museum Aboriginal Advisory Committee member, Major 'Moogy' Sumner, to find considered ways to tell stories about Aboriginal characters and culture, as a non-Aboriginal writer. Allayne and Uncle Moogy will be joined by author Vikki Wakefield, who will explore their collaboration and delve into the processes behind the novel.

Our MC for the evening will be Dr Jared Thomas, author and Arts Development Officer at Arts South Australia.

At the conclusion of the panel discussion at 6:45pm tea and coffee will be served in the Museum's main foyer.

Allayne and Vikki's latest novels will be available for sale and the authors will sign copies on the night.

A teacher resource for the Centre of My Everything will be available on the night and a certificate issued to registered teachers for 1.5 hours of professional learning aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Key curriculum areas:

  • Learning areas: English
  • General capabilities: Ethical understanding; intercultural understanding; critical and creative thinking; literacy
  • Cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.



Recommended to all educators, TRT and pre-service educators

Discover alternative pivots for STEM thinking and problem solving by using works of art, objects and living things to foster engagement through inquiry based learning. This Professional Development Seminar will involve participants engaging with the Adelaide Botanic Garden, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum.

WHEN Friday 11 May 2018, 9am–4.30pm

COST $95 educators, $60 pre-service educators



This one-day program will include:

9am Education consultant and advisor from Make Learning Better, Lynne Symons

9.30am Artist Angela Valamanesh

10.15am Morning tea

10.45am Workshop 1

12.15pm Lunch

1.15pm Workshop 2

2.45pm Afternoon tea

3.15pm Workshop 3

Adelaide Botanic Gardens – Aboriginal STEM Explorations

Aboriginal people have an intricate understanding of the Australian environment and a rich knowledge of plants developed over 50 000 years. Join Indigenous Educator and story teller Trent Hill on a journey through the Gardens and its living collections. Trent will highlight how plants have been used for food, hunting, medicinal purposes, tools and ceremonies.

 Art Gallery of South Australia – Works of art as prompts for STEM programs

Katrina Axford, Head of Middle School Transformation at Wirreanda Secondary School, will lead educators through

a project-based workshop which will use works of art as the catalysts for STEM learning and thinking.

 South Australian Museum

Discover alternative ways to develop your students’ critical and creative thinking by using objects in the Museum’s collection. Join educators as you travel through the exhibition spaces, unpacking objects in a bid to harness your students’ problem-solving skills.

• Complimentary Gallery publication for the first 50 educators to register

• Lunch and morning tea provided


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