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Enhancing Educators’ Professional Resilience

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Wellbeing of educators at all phases of professional life is a current focus of employers and researchers. Resilience occurs when individuals harness resources in themselves and their contexts to overcome challenges. In teaching this is often called “everyday resilience”.

Event details

Attend a series of four workshops to develop knowledge, skills and strategies to support your professional resilience.

7, 14 and 21 August 2018 with online in between.
4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
The School of Education, Building 501.202, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102
$275 (inc. GST), including afternoon tea, materials and resources.
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These workshops will cover the nature of resilience, building relationships and networks, wellbeing and emotions, and taking initiative.

Sessions will include reflections, discussion and personal plans for further professional learning and support. Between workshops, participants will be expected to complete five online modules of about one hour each.


  • A map of the personal and contextual challenges and available resources in your setting
  • A personal plan for further professional learning and support
  • A certificate of completion of the workshops and of the online modules.
  • The opportunity to take part in a research project focusing on the workshops and modules.

About your presenters

Associate Professor Susan Beltman, a former school psychologist, is a lecturer and researcher at Curtin. Her research on teacher resilience includes two Australian projects: Keeping Cool and BRiTE (Building Resilience in Teacher Education), as well as the European project ENTREE (ENhancing Teacher REsilience in Europe). Sue has presented workshops on teacher resilience for Child Australia, the Cockburn-Fremantle Education Network, and the EU RESCUR project in Crete.

Ms Sonja Kuzich is an experienced classroom teacher and lectures across several programs in relation to professional practice, curriculum and sustainability. Sonja developed the Professional Standards for Teaching (WACOT), the Code of Ethics and the Professional Learning guidelines which guide teachers’ work in Western Australia. Sonja co-facilitated the PLHub resilience workshops for teachers in 2017.

Associate Professor Jenny Jay  has supervised numerous post-graduate students in their Masters and Doctorate thesis work. She is an experienced researcher having recently completed a collaborative research project related to resilience in Early Learning and Care settings, supervised HDR students to completion and worked with colleagues on other research projects. Jenny has 35 years’ experience working in the field of early childhood education at school and tertiary levels.

Dr Madeleine Dobson has led two qualitative research projects involving interviews and observation, with an emphasis on participatory procedures and experiential insight. She has assisted with qualitative research projects and is experienced in engaging with qualitative methods, analysis, and ethics. Maddie is an early career researcher with a successful thesis completion in 2016 and will act as a participant-observer in the research project attached to this PLHub series.