Professional Learning Program

The Professional Learning Program on School-wide Inclusive Practice (Autism)

This program is a partnership between the Autism Teaching Institute and the
Department of Education and Training Victoria, responding to recommendations from the Parliamentary Inquiry into Services for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The purpose of the program is building the capacity of School Leaders, the Student
Support Service (SSS) and other relevant Area and Regional staff to support
school-wide inclusive practices, particularly for autistic students.

DET Victoria Area and Regional Staff

The Inclusive Practice (Autism) Program will build the capacity of DET Area and Regional Staff to assist schools to provide best practice support to autistic students at the individual, classroom and whole-school levels.

Coordinated Professional Learning Learning on Inclusive Practice (Autism):

The Program is part of a state-wide coordinated professional learning program, School-Wide Inclusive Practice (Autism), which aims to build the capacity of Area and Regional staff to provide consistent evidence-based advice to schools on whole-school inclusive practices, with a focus on autism.
While the focus of the Program is on inclusion for autistic students, the approach outlined by the Program will improve inclusion for students more broadly, particularly those with disabilities.

Facilitators

The Program will be delivered and supported by:

  • The Autism Teaching Institute.
  • Regional Autism and Inclusion Consultants.
  • School leaders with strong whole-school inclusive practice.
  • Representative from ICAN Network.

Learning Objectives

Through the Program, participants will strengthen their ability to:

  • Contribute to the development of whole-school inclusive policy and practices, particularly for autistic students.
  • Provide advice to other Area and Regional staff to contribute to wrap around support for autistic students with complex needs.
  • Proactively collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, students and families to meet autistic students’ needs.
  • Build school staff capacity to provide evidence-based teaching strategies and reasonable adjustments for autistic students.
  • Provide advice on using resources (such as Program for Students with Disabilities) innovatively and in line with best practice to meet the needs of autistic students.

Duration

1 Training Day in Melbourne (9.30am to 12.30pm).
The Eventbrite registration link will be sent to participants inviting them to register and attend this training event.

Area and Regional Staff Program Event Dates:

 Region Date Location
All Regions 18.6.19 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
School Leaders

The Program will build the capacity of School
Leaders to support school-wide inclusive practice,
with a focus on autism.

The program works School Leaders to support change at the school and classroom level.
The program is delivered over three days.

At the school-level, School Leaders will:

  • Create welcoming environments for students with disabilities, including autistic students.
  • Build school staff capacity to meet the needs of students with disabilities, including autistic students.
  • Ensure teachers, parents, specialist teachers and Student Support Services (SSS) collaborate to support whole-school inclusive practices, particularly for autistic students.
  • Effectively use resources (such as Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) funding) in line with best practice.

School Leaders will also support the following approaches at the classroom and student levels:

  • Student-centred teaching approaches for all students.
  • Personalised learning and supports for students, including through an adaptable and accessible curriculum and reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities, including autistic students.
  • Regular communication and planning between classroom teachers, specialist teachers, SSS and parents of students with disabilities, including autistic students.
  • Provision of supplementary support to students with disabilities by Student Support Officers.
  • Additional support for students with disabilities, including autistic students, occurring in regular classes to the greatest extent possible rather than through withdrawal.

Newly established Regional Autism and Inclusion Consultants (RAICs) will provide on-the-job support to School Leaders for up to 12 months following School Leaders’ completion of the professional learning program training.

April 2019 Program Update:
School Leaders are now invited to attend the Peer Sharing workshop in their region to come together and discuss the success and challenges for their school in relation to the Professional Learning Program. School Leaders have been sent invitations to attend via an Eventbrite Link, if you haven't received the invitation link please contact [email protected]

Professional Learning Program Peer Sharing Workshop Event Dates:

School Leaders Peer Sharing Workshops: Region Date Time Location
NEVR - Glen Waverly 13.6.19 2-4pm DET Glen Waverley
NEVR - Benalla 11.6.19 2-4pm DET Benalla
SEVR 14.6.19 2-4pm DET Dandenong
SWVR 13.6.19 9-11am DET Footscray