In 2019 Outdoor Connections may still be able to offer teacher Professional Development to selected schools. Please fill out the contact form for more details.
NESA Accredited Professional Development
Outdoor Connections Australia is NESA accredited to provide professional development related to outdoor learning for primary school and early childhood teachers. Courses are suitable for teachers maintaining Proficient Teacher status. All workshops involve a combination of place-based pedagogical theory and practice, with a majority of the time spent outdoors engaged in outdoor learning hands on activities.
Outdoor learning is an innovative approach to teaching an integrated curriculum. The aim of Outdoor Connections NESA accredited professional development is to:
- Empower teachers to utilise nature pedagogy in their integrated programs.
- Provide practical skills to teach routine lessons outside the classroom.
- Explore NSW Syllabus documents in an outdoor context.
- Discover how playgrounds and outdoor environments can be sites of learning.
Outdoor learning was added to the Australian National Curriculum in 2015. In NSW schools outdoor learning is an important component of many areas of the curriculum. The potential for outdoor learning to enhance learning is across many mandatory areas. These include:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.
- Sustainability Literacy and Numeracy.
- Personal and social capability.
- Civics and citizenship
- Curriculum areas such as: Geography, English and Art
The benefits of outdoor learning reach beyond the curriculum to develop aspects of; well-being, resilience, self-confidence, leadership, risk awareness and social skills. Outdoor learning also offers an antidote to “Cotton Wool Kids”, “Nature Deficit Disorder” and a “Screen Generation”. Outdoor learning professional development will open doors for teachers to think outside the classroom box, no walls required!
Courses are offered in staff development days, staff meeting and off-site. Schools wishing to book in please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the full Outdoor Connections Australia Professional development package download the information package:
As a primary school teacher, it was a breath of fresh air (quite literally!) to go on such an inspiring course and come away feeling re-energised and full of ideas. I am a strong advocate for outdoor learning and truly believe that reconnecting with the outside environment advantages the children in so many ways; personally, socially, physically and emotionally. I participated in Forest School Training back in the UK and worked in a environment that readily encouraged learning outside. Sandra
Thank you very much Amanda, for the inspiring workshop full of great, practical ideas. Our team benefited from being actively involved in hands on learning. We have used many of the strategies you showed us with exciting results. Margaret
Outdoor Connections in the news ….
Teaching and Learning Outside the Box IE Magazine (2016)
Moving classes outside can improve test scores, wellbeing: report Sydney Morning Herald (July, 2017)
Planet Ark research encourages more outdoor learning for students Illawarra Mercury (July, 2017)
Call for students to spend more class time outdoors ABC PM Radio (July, 2017)
Learning from Trees Planet Ark Research (July, 2017)