Tasmanian Association of Laboratory Managers

www.talm.org.au

TALM Seminar

TALM is using Trybooking.com to take registrations and payments: https://www.trybooking.com/BMEVM. The cost of this event is $35. If you want to pay your 2021 membership ($30) there is an option in the booking process for this. Please check with your school or college for professional development funds and apply for leave to attend this professional development.

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The Tasmanian Association of Laboratory Managers invites you to a

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY on Monday 23rd of November 2020

9.30am – 3.30pm at Ross Town Hall, 12 Bridge St, Ross.

 PROGRAM:

9.30-10am      Registration

10-10.45          Supporting the teaching of STEM in schools – Rosemary AndersonPrincipal Education Officer, Science, Department of Education.

10.45 – 11.30 An overview of Professional Standards for Australian School Science Laboratory Technicians  – William Hardman, Newstead College and Tasmanian Representative on Science Education Technicians Australia (SETA) committee.

11.30-12.30    TALM Annual General Meeting and Open Executive Meeting (All can discuss topics. Members can vote on motions.)

12.30-1.20      Lunch (provided in the hall)

1.20-2.30         Tour of the Midlands Regeneration Project – Nel Smit, Education Co-ordinator, Greening Australia

2.30                 Developing a closer link with the Science Teacher Association of Tasmania (STAT) – discussion

2.45                      Professional development initiatives TALM can develop – discussion

3.00                 AEU Branch Council report – Tanya Adams, Ulverstone Secondary College

3.10                 How to organise a combined schools chemical disposal – Maree Lawes, Launceston Christian School

3.20                 Closing ceremony

3.30                 Good bye!

Please note: there is NO WiFi at the venue.

COST $35

TO REGISTER AND PAY: https://www.trybooking.com/BMEVM  by Wednesday 18 November.

Your school probably has funds for this event, so it’s worth asking. Alternatively you can claim it on your tax return as a work-related expense.

SPECIAL REQUEST:

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Description automatically generatedAs part of the ongoing COVID 19 restrictions the Midlands Council and TALM, as part of its sustainable philosophy, request that you bring along your own drinking utensil. We will have a small supply of disposable cups and associated paraphernalia available.

DETAILS OF SESSIONS:

SUPPORTING THE TEACHING OF STEM IN SCHOOLS

STEM has been a focus in schools for a while. This session will attempt to address the questions, what has worked or hasn’t worked and secondly, what is the education sector’s position on what ought to be taught. It is intended that this session is open ended, and all participants are encouraged to contribute, as well as bring examples of student’s work along if possible.

AN OVERVIEW OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL SCIENCE LABORATORY TECHNICIANS 2019

This session will familiarise everyone with what is in the standards, which are written by technicians for technicians. The standards are intended to foster consistency of technical support throughout Australia. They articulate the status, skills and training necessary to provide effective technical support for school science programs. The standards are NOT intended to replace any existing industrial award, however the scope of the standards is to inform technicians of their obligations and to facilitate negotiations between employee and employer about skills, classification and employment conditions.

You can find the standards on SETA’s website: https://seta.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Professional-Standards-for-Australian-School-Science-Laboratory-Technicians-July-2019-FINAL.pdf

TALM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM will be held to elect office bearers for 2021. Therefore, if you are eager to seek higher office please come along. Similarly, if you are eager to avoid higher office, come along anyway to make sure you are not dragooned into a position in absentia.

The following positions will become vacant. If you would like to nominate yourself or another person, please contact Sally Williamson, Secretary, on sally.williamson(is a dancing llama)education.tas.gov.au or 6431 2744.

  • President
  • Treasurer

·         Secretary

  • VP North West
  • VP North
  • VP South
  • Newsletter Editor

Appointments (not elected):

·         (2) SETA Rep appointments

  • Database Manager
  • Website Manager
  • Archivist
  • Chair of 2021 Conference Committee

OPEN EXECUTIVE MEETING:

This session will take on board general concerns members may wish to bring to the Executive’s attention and will also develop an overview for the 2021 Conference and its organising committee. The option of holding executive meetings online will also be considered at this time.

TOUR OF THE MIDLANDS REGENERATION PROJECT:

This is an ongoing initiative by Greening Australia to undertake remedial work in the midlands. The midlands area has been identified as one of Australia’s 15 biodiversity “hotspots” and the midlands project is aimed at addressing the ecosystem’s degradation resulting from human activity. This project has direct links to the Australian Curriculum, year 9 Biology (Ecosystems) and year 11/12 Environmental Science and Society. This is an opportunity to familiarise yourself with this important work and to acquire additional skills to support the teaching of this subject in your respective schools.

DEVELOPING A CLOSER LINK WITH THE SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION OF TASMANIA

STAT is seeking a TALM member to represent us in planning meetings for creating the next CONSTAT one-day conference on 20th March, 2021. Together we may create stronger and broader – reaching professional learning events. In this session we will look at what ways we could work in with STAT.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES:

This session will examine the kinds of professional development members would like to see made available in future. This could feasibly include a mixture of sessions lead by members with particular expertise, as well as arranging outside providers. We will be looking at aspects such as timing, costing and minimum numbers for such initiatives.

AEU BRANCH COUNCIL REPORT

Tanya Adams will report to AEU members on her role on Branch Council of the AEU.           

HOW TO ORGANISE A COMBINED SCHOOLS’ CHEMICAL DISPOSAL

Maree Lawes will describe the process she goes through to arrange regular chemical disposals where several schools dispose of their un-wanted waste in one collection and share the cost.

CLOSING CEREMONY

Thank you’s and celebrating laboratory technicians who are retiring/retired this year.

COST $35. TO REGISTER AND PAY: https://www.trybooking.com/BMEVM  by Wednesday 18 November.

Your school probably has funds for this event, so it’s worth asking. Alternatively you can claim it on your tax return as a work-related expense.

Please note: there is NO WiFi at the venue.