What Professional Learning do we offer?

Three women in discussion at a PD workshop

‘After every PD, you ask yourself: how relevant/worthwhile was it to my everyday practice? Positive Partnerships ticked every box. Extremely informative with relevant practical ideas that I look forward to using in the classroom’

Daniel, Teacher from Qld

Positive Partnerships provides a national program of professional learning for teachers, school leaders and other education professionals that is designed to increase understanding, skills and expertise in working with students on the autism spectrum. The programs focus is on:

  • applying current evidence about autism spectrum disorder to better understand how autism directly impacts on a young person’s learning and participation;

  • improving understanding of the processes and strategies that strengthen effective partnerships between home and school;

  • developing a student profile;

  • applying strategies that help to maximise a young person’s learning in the school and home environment;

  • understanding and empathising with the experiences of young people on the autism spectrum and their family members;

  • making adjustments to curriculum, instruction and the environment according to the needs of the individual student;

  • supporting students at key transition points;
  • fostering an inclusive school culture through productive partnerships between school, home and the broader community;

  • sharing knowledge, skills and experiences with peers through a ‘community of practice’ approach to supporting students with diverse learning needs;

Program formats

There are three different professional learning formats. All programs aim to build knowledge and skills, and to strengthen partnerships between home and school. Each format consists of two components: online learning and face to face workshop experiences.

  1. Concurrent program
    This program provides a unique opportunity for a school team (a teacher and school leader) to come together with their parents/carers to strengthen partnerships, share knowledge, and build collaborative strategies that support their young people on the autism spectrum. It consists of two online learning modules and one face to face workshop day. Concurrent program overview

    ‘Positive Partnerships has been the most enlightening, friendly and empowering PL. It bridged the gaps between myself as a teacher and the family I work with.

    Having an interpreter enabled us to communicate effectively in a supported environment. I have learnt so much about the student I am working with and their family. It was a positive and empowering day for both of us and we will continue to work collaboratively in the future to support one another.’

Teacher, Vic, June 2017

  1. Co-located program
    This program brings together school teams (a teacher and school leader) from a number of schools to increase and share knowledge, skills and expertise in supporting young people on the autism spectrum. It consists of pre- and post- online learning activities and two face to face workshop days. It uses data from a whole school survey to guide the implementation of a school action plan. It equates to five days professional learning. Parent/Carer workshops are offered in the same location shortly after the professional learning program. Co-located program overview

    ‘It is a very supportive and informative workshop. The presenters have great passion and warmth in dealing with the various sensitive and yet dynamic topics. There is a sense of celebration to see the change taking place in schools.’

Teacher, Qld, May 2017

  1. Whole School program
    This program is planned collaboratively with the school’s leadership team and is guided by the school’s strategic direction. All members of staff participate in this program. It consists of pre- and post- online learning activities, the equivalent of two face to face workshop days and a school survey which guides the implementation of a school action plan. A team from the school is trained to plan and facilitate Parent/Carer workshop sessions within their school community. It equates to five days professional learning. Whole School PLPC program overview

    ‘Gave us a good insight into where our school is heading with working together to support students. Being able to walk the walk instead of just talking the talk!’

Teacher, Qld, Jan 2017

‘Very engaging presentations! An amazing team! Thank you for imparting so much knowledge and sharing so many skills and strategies with us.’

Teacher, Qld, Jan 2017

Criteria for participation

Schools will be invited to participate in the programs by the following process:

  • consultation between Positive Partnerships executives and state/territory planning groups* and
  • subsequent identification of schools by their education sector

* A group of cross sector education, government and non-government support agencies and services that provide strategic advice and support to Positive Partnerships staff.

Positive Partnerships is available to all government and non-government, primary and secondary schools across Australia.

At this point in time, we are unable to provide professional learning workshops for teachers/educators/school support staff who are not associated with the schools identified via the selection process.

Online Learning Portal

Any teacher or school staff member can access the face to face workshop participant booklets and complete online modules via the Positive Partnerships Online Learning Portal. The Positive Partnerships Online Learning Portal contains the following interactive self-paced learning modules.

  • An Introduction to Autism
  • 7 Information Topics
    • Making Friends
    • Completing Work
    • Supporting Successful Transitions and Change
    • Sexuality, Personal Hygiene and Safety
    • Communication
    • Bullying
    • Siblings

4 modules within the Parent/Carer course

  • An Introduction to the Planning Matrix

  • An Introduction to using the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) template

  • Creating Positive Partnerships

  • Using Evidence to Guide Decision Making

Access is free and open to everyone.

If you would like to register for the Positive Partnerships online learning portal, or you have already registered, please go to the login section.