The Supporting Engagement and Participation Seminar Series

Seminars for educators, sharing research-based strategies for inclusive learning and diverse needs.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online, coaching
  • Strength of evidence: Level 5 Foundational research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity aggressive behaviour
    • Social competence responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Variable

Program description

The Supporting Engagement and Participation Seminar Series are written and presented by a team of therapists and specialist teachers at Noah’s Ark, including experienced Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. Educators are given evidence-based information on understanding a diverse range of learners and practical strategies to enhance their ability to include all children successfully in their program.

The Supporting Engagement and Participation seminar series can be delivered either online or face-to-face.

The seminar series topics are:

  • Supporting Positive Behaviours for All Children
  • Challenging Conversations with Parents and Carers
  • Engaging and Extending Participation of all Children
  • Supporting Learning for Children with Speech and Language Delays.

Detailed cost

  • One 2-hour online seminar, delivered over two sessions: $120 per person (excluding GST)
  • One 2-hour in-person seminar: $120 per person (excluding GST)
  • Discounts apply when booking more than one seminar:
    • 3 x 2-hour seminars (in-person or online) booked at the same time: $250 per person (excluding GST)
  • A full day of 3 seminars, at the service’s own venue: $2,500 for up to 25 participants (excluding GST)
  • Group discounts for online presentations (for groups of 5 or more, including GST):
    • 5 people enrolled in an online seminar: $330
    • 8 people enrolled in an online seminar: $440
    • 10 people enrolled in an online seminar: $550
    • 5 people enrolled in 3 online seminars: $660
    • 8 people enrolled in 3 online seminars: $880
    • 10 people enrolled in 3 online seminars: $1100
  • Follow up coaching provided by a Noah's Ark Therapist of Teacher can be sought.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: early childhood educators.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: participants can choose one or more topics throughout the year. The topics are designed to complement each other, but they also have an ability to stand alone for services selecting only one or two sessions. Each online seminar is delivered as two one-hour sessions a week apart. Face-to-face seminars are regularly scheduled at the provider’s training facility in Melbourne, or alternatively, can be presented on-site at kindergarten services. Observational visits and follow up consultation is an option alongside these webinars.
  • Program adaptability: the facilitators engage with the group to ensure that the specific content is relevant to their current needs and knowledge base.
  • Staffing: educators will be offered training and supported by a team of early childhood therapists and teachers from around Victoria. Services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this training (either online or face-to-face).
  • Australian experience: the seminar series is available from all Noah’s Ark sites across Victoria.
  • Tools and systems: for the online delivery of the program, participants require access to a computer, tablet or smart phone to join into the Zoom platform.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnership with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful and responsive engagement
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches
  • Partnership with professionals
  • Equity and diversity

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.