Teacher Professional Development


The UNE GRASS Teacher Professional Development (TPD) is a 2 day and evening dinner function event held at UNE, and is endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Completing the 2019 UNE GRASS Teacher PD on December 2 & 3, 2019 will contribute 14.5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2; 6.3.2; and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Professional development hours are accredited through Science Teachers’ Association of NSW Inc.

Science Teachers Association of NSW Inc is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level.

Sessions included in the program for the UNE GRASS Teacher PD event are designed to support the content from the secondary science and agricultural science syllabus, provide professional development supporting secondary science and agricultural science education and present smart science, smart living and the science feeding the world and saving the planet. Supporting resource material is provided. Presentations included in this event are offered by internationally recognised scientists outlining topical and cutting edge science/agricultural science and key leaders in secondary science education.

Options for accommodation on campus and in town will be offered to all registering.

Travel to and from the event and booking and paying for accommodation is the responsibility of the teacher/school.

Teacher Professional Development

Take a look at the UNE GRASS Teacher Professional Development experience

Key Dates

Event held at UNE on December 2 & 3rd, 2019

Early Bird Registration ($160) closes 30 August 2019

Final Registration ($200) closes 20 November 2019

2019 Event Program

Registrations for the 2019 UNE GRASS Teacher PD event are now closed, but will open for the 2020 event which will be held on Nov 30 & Dec 1, 2020

Teachers who have attended these events have commented:

"This was an extremely worthwhile and rewarding program from my personal perspective – I have been made aware of so many issues related to the way science supports primary industry".

"This Teacher PD has provided new perspectives on areas of our science curriculum – especially for Chemistry".

"Thank you for providing us with current up to date information about the way science is linked into the local agricultural science industries and research".

"This Teacher PD has provided me with applications of cutting edge technology and research which will be provided to students. I look forward to sharing what I have learnt about current and future issues with my students".

"This PD has allowed me to be more informed and this enhances the quality of our teaching".

"It is terrific to update our knowledge of the current and local science in a hands on informative way".

"It is powerful to be offered high level explanations of topical issues from scientists. This updates the science we are teaching our students".