Successfully Teaching Adults

In 2024, there are two workshop options available:

Comprehensive Face to Face Workshop

Current workshops:

This workshop is recommended for new tutors or those who want to brush up on their classroom teaching skills.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to :

  • understand key ideas about teaching adults
  • include a range of adult teaching skills in their course sessions
  • create adult teaching sessions that appeal to all learners
  • improve teaching practices resulting in an improvement in ACE learner outcomes

This workshop is facilitated by Jennifer Leahy who has over thirty years of teaching in prisons and the community.

Who is it for?

Any organisation providing learning for adults.

How can I register?

To find out more about the Successfully Teaching Adults or to attend a regional workshop, please send an email to Jennifer Leahy jennifer.leahy@aceaotearoa.org.nz or call 04 473 6625.

2024 One-Hour Online Workshops

Beyond Boundaries: Innovative Approaches to Inclusive Teaching 

Date: 29 Feb 2024 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am 
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Join this one-hour 'Beyond Boundaries' workshop to learn new ways to teach adults from all backgrounds. This workshop introduces innovative methods for introducing inclusivity in the adult learning environment. Learn to minimise barriers and create a learning environment where diversity is not just accepted but celebrated. Equip yourself with innovative tools to empower all adult learners. 
 
In this workshop, we will put into practice the following ACE Teaching Standards indicators: 
1.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the social, cultural and physical influences on learning by working effectively in all contexts of learning. 
1.2 Design for learning with inclusive and effective teaching approaches, resources, technologies to inform learning assessment activities. 
1.3 Adjust teaching approaches to address the needs of individuals and groups of learners. 
 
Facilitator - Jennifer Leahy (Christchurch)  
Jennifer has extensive experience and skills in the research and facilitation of training and education programmes at the University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Department of Corrections, and a range of community education programmes.  
 
She is the Southern Sector Services Manager for Ako Aotearoa and coordinates professional development for the South Island’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers, and educators. She also works for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa advising community education providers on the ACE Teaching Standards.  
 

Tailored Teaching: Customising Approaches for Every Learner 

Date: 28 Mar 2024 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am 
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Embark on a journey with this one-hour 'Tailored Teaching' workshop to become really good at teaching in a way that fits each learner. This workshop provides strategies to change your teaching approach to match each learner’s unique learning style. This can help learners get more involved (engagement), understand better, and do better in the learning environment.  

In this workshop, we will put into practice the following ACE Teaching Standards indicators: 
1.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the social, cultural and physical influences on learning by working effectively in all contexts of learning. 
1.2 Design for learning with inclusive and effective teaching approaches, resources, technologies to inform learning assessment activities. 
1.3 Adjust teaching approaches to address the needs of individuals and groups of learners. 
 
Facilitator - Jennifer Leahy (Christchurch)  
Jennifer has extensive experience and skills in the research and facilitation of training and education programmes at the University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Department of Corrections, and a range of community education programmes.  
 
She is the Southern Sector Services Manager for Ako Aotearoa and coordinates professional development for the South Island’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers, and educators. She also works for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa advising community education providers on the ACE Teaching Standards.  
 

Continuous Learning Odyssey: A Roadmap for Tutor Excellence and Learner Triumph 

Date: 2 May 2024 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am 
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Join this one-hour 'Continuous Learning Odyssey' workshop to learn how to teach effectively and help learners succeed. This workshop will give educators a guide to maximising their teaching effectiveness, equipping them with the skills to foster lifelong learners and celebrate learner achievements. 

In this workshop, we will put into practice the following ACE Teaching Standards indicators: 
2.1 Initiate and take advantage of opportunities to advance personal professional knowledge and skills to benefit learners. 
2.2 Analyse learner information to reflect on, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of teaching. 
2.3 Examine own beliefs and the impact on practice and the achievement of learners. 
 
Facilitator - Jennifer Leahy (Christchurch)  
Jennifer has extensive experience and skills in the research and facilitation of training and education programmes at the University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Department of Corrections, and a range of community education programmes.  
 
She is the Southern Sector Services Manager for Ako Aotearoa and coordinates professional development for the South Island’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers, and educators. She also works for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa advising community education providers on the ACE Teaching Standards.  
 

Beliefs in Practice: Shaping Teaching Excellence through Self-Reflection 

Date: 30 May 2024 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am 
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In this one-hour workshop learn how thinking about your own teaching can make you a more effective tutor. This workshop empowers educators to think more deeply about their teaching philosophy and practice, leading to teaching excellence. Engage in reflective exercises, share experiences, and develop strategies that align your beliefs with your everyday teaching approach. 

In this workshop, we will put into practice the following ACE Teaching Standards indicators: 
2.1 Initiate and take advantage of opportunities to advance personal professional knowledge and skills to benefit learners. 
2.2 Analyse learner information to reflect on, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of teaching. 
2.3 Examine own beliefs and the impact on practice and the achievement of learners. 
 
Facilitator - Jennifer Leahy (Christchurch)  
Jennifer has extensive experience and skills in the research and facilitation of training and education programmes at the University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Department of Corrections, and a range of community education programmes.  
 
She is the Southern Sector Services Manager for Ako Aotearoa and coordinates professional development for the South Island’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers, and educators. She also works for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa advising community education providers on the ACE Teaching Standards.  
 

Beyond Boredom: Creating Impactful Learning Experiences that Inspire 

Date: 27 Jun 2024 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am 
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Join the one-hour 'Beyond Boredom' workshop and re-energise your teaching approach. This workshop is designed to help educators make learning engaging, fun and interesting so that learners really want to learn. Learn innovative techniques to spark a lasting enthusiasm for learning. 

In this workshop, we will put into practice the following ACE Teaching Standards indicators: 
3.1 Incorporate successful strategies to engage and motivate learners. 
3.2 Foster trust, respect and cooperation with and among learners. 
 
Facilitator - Jennifer Leahy (Christchurch)  
Jennifer has extensive experience and skills in the research and facilitation of training and education programmes at the University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Department of Corrections, and a range of community education programmes.  
 
She is the Southern Sector Services Manager for Ako Aotearoa and coordinates professional development for the South Island’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers, and educators. She also works for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa advising community education providers on the ACE Teaching Standards.  
 

Trust Talks: Strategies to Forge Strong Bonds for Effective Learning 

Date: 25 Jul 2024 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am 
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Join this one-hour 'Trust Talks' workshop to discover how to build strong connections with your learners that help them learn. Strengthen your teaching with the power of trust to create an environment where everyone feels safe to talk and create strong relationships with your learners.  

In this workshop, we will put into practice the following ACE Teaching Standards indicators: 
3.1 Incorporate successful strategies to engage and motivate learners. 
3.2 Foster trust, respect and cooperation with and among learners. 
 
Facilitator - Jennifer Leahy (Christchurch)  
Jennifer has extensive experience and skills in the research and facilitation of training and education programmes at the University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Department of Corrections, and a range of community education programmes.  
 
She is the Southern Sector Services Manager for Ako Aotearoa and coordinates professional development for the South Island’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers, and educators. She also works for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa advising community education providers on the ACE Teaching Standards.  

Experiential Insight: A Collaborative Approach to Assessing Progress and Learning Needs 

Date: 29 Aug 2024 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am 
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Join this one-hour 'Experiential Insight' workshop to explore assessment and meet learning needs collaboratively. This workshop introduces a hands-on approach, using real-world experiences to evaluate learner progress. Work with peers to develop strategies that recognise individual learning journeys, fostering a community that makes education learning better for everyone. 

In this workshop, we will put into practice the following ACE Teaching Standards indicators: 
4.1 Analyse with the learner their experiences to identify progress and ongoing learning needs. 
4.2 Use learner experiences to give regular and ongoing feedback to guide and support further learning. 
4.3 Seek peer comment and/or review, if required. 

Facilitator - Jennifer Leahy (Christchurch)  
Jennifer has extensive experience and skills in the research and facilitation of training and education programmes at the University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Department of Corrections, and a range of community education programmes.  
 
She is the Southern Sector Services Manager for Ako Aotearoa and coordinates professional development for the South Island’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers, and educators. She also works for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa advising community education providers on the ACE Teaching Standards.  
 

The Feedback Loop: Leveraging Learner Experiences for Continuous Growth 

Date: 26 Sep 2024 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am 
​​​​​​​Click here to register.
 
Join the one-hour 'The Feedback Loop' workshop and master the art of using learner feedback to improve as a tutor. This session equips educators with tools to utilise insights from learners’ experiences, transforming them into practical improvements. Cultivate a cycle of continuous improvement in your teaching methods and learner outcomes. 

In this workshop, we will put into practice the following ACE Teaching Standards indicators: 
4.1 Analyse with the learner their experiences to identify progress and ongoing learning needs. 
4.2 Use learner experiences to give regular and ongoing feedback to guide and support further learning. 
4.3 Seek peer comment and/or review, if required. 

Facilitator - Jennifer Leahy (Christchurch)  
Jennifer has extensive experience and skills in the research and facilitation of training and education programmes at the University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Department of Corrections, and a range of community education programmes.  
 
She is the Southern Sector Services Manager for Ako Aotearoa and coordinates professional development for the South Island’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers, and educators. She also works for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa advising community education providers on the ACE Teaching Standards.  
 

Mindful Design: Planning for Powerful Learning Sessions 

Date: 17 Oct 2024 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am 
​​​​​​​Click here to register.
 
Unlock the secrets to making learning really interesting with 'Mindful Design.' This one-hour workshop offers a deep dive into strategic planning for powerful learning sessions. Learn to make engaging lessons that really connect with learners and maximise their learning potential.  

In this workshop, we will put into practice the following ACE Teaching Standards indicators: 
5.1 Use planning to connect content knowledge with effective ways of learning. 
 
Facilitator - Jennifer Leahy (Christchurch)  
Jennifer has extensive experience and skills in the research and facilitation of training and education programmes at the University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Department of Corrections, and a range of community education programmes.  
 
She is the Southern Sector Services Manager for Ako Aotearoa and coordinates professional development for the South Island’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers, and educators. She also works for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa advising community education providers on the ACE Teaching Standards.  
 

Unleashing Effective Learning: Strategies, Secrets and Success Stories 

Date: 14 Nov 2024 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am 
​​​​​​​Click here to register.
 
Join this one-hour ‘Unleashing Effective Learning’ workshop to enhance your teaching skills. This workshop shares tips, secrets, and stories of success to help you teach. Empower yourself with proven approaches to unlock your learners’ potential. 

In this workshop, we will put into practice the following ACE Teaching Standards indicators: 
6.1 Use teaching to connect content knowledge with effective ways of learning. 
 
Facilitator - Jennifer Leahy (Christchurch)  
Jennifer has extensive experience and skills in the research and facilitation of training and education programmes at the University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Department of Corrections, and a range of community education programmes.  
 
She is the Southern Sector Services Manager for Ako Aotearoa and coordinates professional development for the South Island’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers, and educators. She also works for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa advising community education providers on the ACE Teaching Standards.  
 

Mirrors of Growth: Reflective Practices in Teaching and Learning 

Date: 5 Dec 2024 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am 
​​​​​​​Click here to register.
 
In this one-hour ‘Mirrors of Growth’ workshop start learning about yourself as an educator. This workshop emphasises the importance of reflective practices in teaching and learning. Use techniques that encourage you to think deeply, enhance self-awareness, and drive personal and professional growth, fostering an environment where educators and learners thrive together. 

In this workshop, we will put into practice the following ACE Teaching Standards indicators: 
7.1 Use feedback from communities and learner information to reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of teaching. 
7.2 Assist learners to carefully consider information and ideas to reflect on their learning. 
 
Facilitator - Jennifer Leahy (Christchurch)  
Jennifer has extensive experience and skills in the research and facilitation of training and education programmes at the University of Canterbury, Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Department of Corrections, and a range of community education programmes.  
 
She is the Southern Sector Services Manager for Ako Aotearoa and coordinates professional development for the South Island’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers, and educators. She also works for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa advising community education providers on the ACE Teaching Standards.