Build capacity for facilitating open inquiry, and establish and maintain a culture of inquiry in your classroom or school with CREST professional learning.

Professional learning with CREST Education Specialists

The goals of the professional learning program are to enable teachers to build capacity for facilitating open inquiry. To achieve these goals, the CREST professional learning program provides opportunities for teachers to engage with and discuss open inquiry, reflect upon and improve their teaching philosophies and practices, and build their networks with other teachers.

Our workshops provide opportunities for teachers to share their practice, experiences, and ideas, and collaboratively advance their knowledge and understandings of and about science, technology and engineering, and pedagogical practices for facilitating inquiry. Teachers in any stage of their career, with any degree of experience, and who identify as novices through to expert teachers are encouraged to engage in our professional learning program.

Upcoming Events

All webinars and workshops have limited places so registration is essential. Registration open a month before the webinar or workshop. Please note that some dates may change.

Introduction to CREST

This webinar is for teachers wishing to learn more about CREST. The facilitator will describe the structure and format of the program, the resources provided to support inquiry teaching and learning, and the CREST Awards that recognise students’ inquiries in science and technology and engineering.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday 26 February 2019: 20:00 - 21:00 (AEDT)
  • Tuesday 26 March 2019: 17:00 - 18:00 (AEDT)
  • Tuesday 30 April 2019: 16:00 - 17:00 (AEST)
  • Tuesday 28 May 2019: 16:00 - 17:00 (AEST)

Register for the Introduction to CREST webinar here.

Facilitating Open Inquiries: Advanced CREST Awards

This webinar is for teachers facilitating students' open inquiries in Bronze to Gold CREST Awards. The facilitator will unpack some of the challenges for teachers in facilitating open inquiry in the secondary school classroom. These challenges include helping students identify or generate inquiry questions, and a requirement for an aspect of originality, innovation, and a real-world application in students' Silver and Gold CREST Awards. We will also unpack the process by which projects are assessed for awards.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday 27 March 2019: 17:00 - 18:00 (AEDT)
  • Wednesday 29 May 2019: 17:00 - 18:00 (AEST)

Register for the Facilitating Open Inquiries: Advanced CREST Awards webinar here.

Teaching and Learning with CREST

This webinar is for teachers who would like to learn more about the CREST framework and the resources available within the CREST program for supporting students to develop knowledge, skills, capacities, and dispositions for and through inquiry. It follows on from the Introduction to the CREST Program webinar.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday 2 May 2019: 16:00 - 17:00 (AEDT)

Registration will open a month before the webinar.

Pedagogical Strategy: Finding questions

This webinar/seminar is for teachers wishing to learn about strategies to help students to generate, categorise, sequence, and refine questions for inquiry. Teachers will engage with a stimulus to generate, categorise, sequence, and refine inquiry questions for further investigation. They will explore the types of questions suitable for investigation, as well as the different types of questions that children ask and how to respond to promote inquiry. This experience can help teachers to plan for and facilitate students' inquiries in the classroom.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, 25 March 2019: 17:00- 18:00 (AEDT)
  • Monday 17 June 2019: 17:00 - 18:00 (AEST)

Register for the Pedagogical Strategy: Finding questions webinar here.

Pedagogical Strategy: Constructing explanations

This webinar is for CREST teachers interested in finding out more about how they can facilitate students' construction of explanations. Teachers will engage with data generated from a CREST Award inquiry to construct an explanation using the C-E-R scaffold. It will outline some strategies for facilitating students to construct explanations in the classroom.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, 29 May 2019: 17:00- 18:00 (AEDT)

Registration will open a month before the webinar.

Sharing Stories of Success

This facilitated online dialogue enables CREST teachers to share their experiences with others and hear about others' experiences with inquiry.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday 28 March 2019: 17:00 - 18:00 OR 18:30 - 19:30 (AEDT)

Registration will open a month before the webinar.

Developing an Inquiry

This full day, face-to-face workshop is for teachers looking to develop a suitable Green or Orange CREST Award investigation for their students to undertake. Building on teachers' own stimuli and understandings of science, they will design, test and refine an inquiry procedure and develop an exemplar explanation for the results. This inquiry may be adapted for a published Green or Orange CREST Award investigation.

Upcoming Dates and Locations:

  • Brisbane: Saturday 30 March 2019: 09:00 - 15:00 (AEST)

Registration will open a month before the workshop.

Moving Towards Open Inquiry with CREST

This workshop is for teachers who would like to build confidence for facilitating open inquiry in their STEM classrooms. Teachers will explore the 5Es framework for planning inquiry units, strategies for finding and refining inquiry questions, a scaffold for constructing explanations and a framework for reflecting on their own experiences and practices, which may be tailored for student use.

Locations and dates for this workshop will be announced in early 2019.

Introduction to Inquiry in Technology and Engineering

This workshop is for teachers interested in exploring key ideas, frameworks and processes for teaching technology and engineering, aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies (including Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies). It will identify a wide variety of appropriate contexts for technology and engineering inquiries and outline criteria for selecting contexts. Additionally, it unpacks reasons for encouraging girls and women to pursue careers in technologies and engineering and establish principles for including and enabling girls in technology and engineering inquiries.

Locations and dates for this workshop will be announced in early 2019.

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