The PDHPE & CAFS Podcast
Ever wish you had a coach and mentor with over 19 years of experience in teaching PDHPE and Community & Family Studies sharing secrets to success? That's exactly what you will find right here when you tune in every week to The PDHPE & CAFS Podcast. I will guide you through best practice to improve knowledge, increase empowerment and alleviate stress to help you and your students to make meaningful connections in PDHPE and Community & Family Studies.
I will share strategic and purposeful applications that I have adopted to increase student motivation, enjoyment, engagement and results; right from the get go. Whether you are a Newbie or Experienced, I have supported PDHPE and Community & Family Studies teachers like you to grow and transform their journey over the last 12 years. If you are ready to take your students to the next level without impacting your sleep and wellbeing in the process, you’re in the right place!
#68 Lessons Learnt from 12 years of Working with Community & Family Studies Teachers
In this episode, I'll share with you the invaluable insights I've gained from over a decade of collaborating with Community and Family Studies (CAFS) teachers. Join me as I break down the six key lessons encapsulated in the acronym "Inspire." You'll discover how innovation, networking, strategic planning, passion, immersion, and achieving results have shaped my journey in education and transformed the way I support teachers like you. Tune in to gain powerful strategies and inspiration to elevate your teaching.
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#67 It is Time to Get off your Community & Family Studies Island
In this episode of The PDHPE & CAFS Podcast, I'm taking you on a journey to break free from the isolation of Community and Family Studies (CAFS) education and explore new horizons. Discover the "messy middle", the power of professional learning, and exciting opportunities in the world of CAFS education. Plus, learn about our upcoming CAFS Conference that promises to be a career highlight!
Join us as we navigate the seas of CAFS together and unlock the potential for more efficient and supportive teaching.
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My thoughts about the Year 11 Collaborative Investigation for Health & Movement Science
Today, we're diving deep into the exciting world of collaborative investigation within our new health and Movement Science syllabus. I know there might be some nervousness around this, but I'm genuinely excited because this approach fosters teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and prepares students for the future workforce where collaboration is key.
Join me as I walk you through the ins and outs of collaborative investigation, sharing insights from NESA's guidelines, and discussing my own perspectives on implementing this in the classroom.
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How the IRP has evolved in my Community and Family Studies Classroom with Ann Belcher
In today's episode, I'm sitting down with a fantastic educator, Ann Belcher, to dive into the ins and outs of teaching the Independent Research Project (IRP) with a strategic edge. Ann's a seasoned CAFS teacher, and together, we'll chat about her teaching journey, how the IRP has evolved over time, and practical strategies for setting our students up for success.
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Four Strategies to Improve Research Methodology in Community and Family Studies
Discover my top 4 ways to improve research methodology in CAFS (it's easier than you think!)
⭐️ Don't miss my FREE upcoming webinar: How to successfully facilitate the IRP without sacrificing your time or wellbeing. Register at thelearnnet.com/irpwebinar
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What is in and what is out in Health and Movement Science Syllabus
In this episode of The PDHPE and CAFS Podcast, join me as I dive into the exciting changes in the Health and Movement Science syllabus. Get ready to explore what's in and what's out, as I break down the key updates and implications for teachers and students. Whether you're a seasoned educator or new to the field, these insights will help you navigate the shifts and make the most of the fresh opportunities the new syllabus presents.
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Empowering PDHPE and CAFS Teachers: Taking Action for Positive Change!
In this episode, I'll share six practical steps to empower yourself and create positive change in your teaching journey. From advocating to initiating open conversations, and even negotiating resources, we'll cover it all.
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Unlocking New Horizons: Expanding PDHPE and CAFS Support!
Come along with me as I share my journey, my motivation, and what's in store for you in this new phase of growth. Get ready for a community-based approach, amazing guest experts, and an abundance of resources to make your teaching journey easier and more fulfilling.
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Team Work Makes the Dream Work in Teaching with Aaron Johnston
Aaron shares his journey from teacher to assistant principal and how he found his passion in supporting teachers through coaching and mentoring. Join us as we explore the power of teamwork in teaching, how to create a supportive community, and embrace the joy of experimentation in the classroom.
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6 Ways to Improve the Way you Promote Community & Family Studies
This week I'm sharing my top 6 ways to promote CAFS when it comes time for subject selection.
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Episode #56 My Favourite Thing about Supporting Community & Family Studies Teachers
In this episode, I'll share my absolute favorite thing about supporting community and family studies (CAFS) teachers. Join me as I dive into why I feel so blessed and grateful to be a part of this incredible community.
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Episode #55:What You can do to Support your Students to Achieve a Band 5 or 6 in Community and Family Studies
In today's episode, Kelly is discussing practical strategies to help your students achieve a band five or six in Community and Family Studies. As a teacher, you may have students who you feel are struggling to keep up, but there are characteristics that you can look for to help guide you towards the right support.
Kelly is unpacking proven techniques that have been successfully implemented by experienced CAFS teachers to help their students achieve top results.
If you're looking for more in-depth guidance, we also have two upcoming workshops called HSC Success in CAFS. These workshops are being led by experienced senior markers and CAFS teachers who have consistently achieved above-average results with their students.
We will be sharing hands-on tips and tricks to help your students improve their HSC results year after year. One workshop is taking place on May 12th in Forster, and the other will be held on May 19th at Nagle College in Blacktown, New South Wales.
Don't miss out on these valuable insights and sign up for our workshops today at thelearnnet.com/HSC.
Let's work together to help our students achieve their full potential in Community and Family Studies.
Episode #53:How to Run CAFS in a Compressed Curriculum with Nikki Bignell
In this episode of the CAFS Podcast, I'm joined by Nikki Bignell, a CAFS teacher and member of the CAFS collective.
Nikki shares her experience teaching CAFS for the past three years, with a focus on compressed curriculum schools. She also discusses her background in teaching PDHPE for 13 years and how it has helped her transition to senior teaching.
Episode #52:The 5 Mistakes Community & Family Studies Students are Still Making in the HSC
In this episode, I'm going to share the five most common mistakes that students make in Community and Family Studies, and what they can do to avoid them.
Having been involved in CAFS for many years, I've worked with lots of CAFS teachers and students, and I've seen these mistakes time and time again. To be honest, I think some teachers may not even be aware of these mistakes, which is why I want to discuss them in this episode.
Episode #48: How You can Assess Year 11 CAFS with PURPOSE
In today's Podcast episode we unpack what you can do to create purposeful and meaningful assessment tasks for your Year 11 Community & Family Studies class (year after year without tearing your hair out!)
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Episode #47: The 3 Biggest Mistakes Teachers are Still Making in CAFS
In today's Podcast episode we unpack the 3 Biggest Mistakes Teachers are Still Making in Community and Family Studies in 2023.
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Episode #46: How to Use RAP Data to Improve HSC Results
In this episode, we unpack the importance of analysing your Community and Family Studies HSC Results and practical steps you can use to review data from the 2022 HSC.
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Episode #45: It is Time to Move OFf the Dance Floor in Education
In this episode of The Learning Network's Community & Family Studies Podcast, I am joined by a very special guest, Megan Durham, who shares with us what we can do to protect our time, our energy and our wellbeing.
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Episode #44: 5 Lessons for 2022
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I will be chatting to you about 5 lessons I have learnt throughout 2022! Join me as I chat about wellbeing, surrounding yourself with the right people, gratitude, making your dream happen, positivity and more!
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Episode #43: Having Freedom & Flexibility
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, we're talking about how you can have the freedom and flexibility, both in the life that you create for yourself and inside your own business! No matter where you're at in life, what your life looks like or where it's going, you have to create that magic by working out what's going to work for you, your family, your happiness and your wellbeing!
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Episode #42: Burnt out but not broken
In today's podcast episode, I chat to you about a few little things I did when I first started my Educator to Entrepreneur journey. I will chat about how I started, how I dove straight in head first and what I did to make the most with what I had to offer and the skills in my back pocket!
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Episode #41: My Journey from Educator to Entrepreneur
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I'm sharing a little bit about my educator to entrepreneur journey!
Although lifting the lid off my business is something I'm a bit nervous about, I can't wait to show you the potential inside my business as well as what I've been able to do to support my community of beautiful CAFS teachers!
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Episode #40: Focus On What Really Matters
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am chatting to you about focusing on what really matters and this time of year!
As we head into the busy end of Term 4 it's important for us to focus on the things that really matter, both as an educator, as a parent, but also as a person. Many of us may be feeling the pinch of this time of year so taking steps to minimise stress, anxiety and burnout will enable you to enjoy the holiday season...
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Episode #39: Creating Energy & Flow at the End of a Busy Year
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am joined by Kell Quarell to talk about creating energy and flow into the end of the year. This conversation is all about what you can do to move into the busy end of the year with a strong mindset and positive energy! Kell is a rule follower gone rogue, a lifelong learner, adventurer and spiritual enthusiast with a passion for all things mindset....
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Episode #38: CAFS Teachers Never Stop Learning
This episode of The Learning Network Podcast I'm joined by two of my beautiful CAFS Collective members, Kate Hampstead and Courtney Pershouse, to chat about why we never stopped learning as CAFS teachers...
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Episode #37: Common Mistakes made in Research Methodology
In this week's jam packed episode of The Learning Network Podcast we're going to unpack some of the common mistakes that still being made in CAFS, in particular the Research Methodology module...
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Episode #36: Six ways to get out of your CAFS bubble
In this week's episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I unpack 6 ways you can think differently & to go big with your CAFS crew by getting out of your CAFS bubble & surrounding yourself with like minded teachers!
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Episode #35: How You Can Be a Champion
In this week's episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am joined by courage creator & resilience revolutionary, Nadine Champion to unpack a few things around courage and resilience and how we can be the best versions of ourselves...
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Episode #34: The Power of Community
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I unpack the power of community! I've been around for a while and many of the teachers I have met, learnt from, supported or developed friendships with have made a bigger impact on me than they will ever realise! This episode is dedicated to them!
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Episode #33: Getting the Right Kids into CAFS
In this week's episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am joined by a very special guest, Sharna Dawson to talk about what you can do to get the right kids into the CAFS course and keep them there!
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Episode #32: Maximising Revision Ideas in Community and Family Studies
In this episode I dive into the reasons why students shouldn't be writing notes! Listen along as I share with you some strategies that you can use to help your students succeed in both Community and Family Studies and PDHPE!
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Episode #31: Community and Family Studies isn't just a GIRLS Subject
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast I am joined by Jess George-Loulach to chat about some of the misconceptions surrounding CAFS, especially the idea that it is a subject just for girls...
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Episode #30: How You Can Share Your Love of CAFS
In this week's episode of The Learning Network Podcast I share some resources to help you share your love of CAFS...
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Episode #29: What it's really like to mark HSC CAFS
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast I dive into why it is so important to have deep understanding of how HSC marking really works...
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Episode #28: Transforming Your Workspace
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast I'm joined by Melissa Marsden to talk about how we can be more effective & more efficient by maximising our teaching and learning workspaces...
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Episode #27: Swinging the Doors Wide Open to our CAFS Classrooms
Let's swing those doors to our Community and Family Studies Classrooms WIDE open and capture what is key to have purpose and strategy with our students...
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Episode #26: Digital Wellbeing withDr Kristy Goodwin
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am joined by Dr Kristy Goodwin for a conversation about digital Wellbeing! Listen along as Kristy explains why she doesn't promote digital detox or "digital amputation" and how can we use technology in healthy and helpful ways.
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Episode #25: Unlock the Secrets to the Glossary of Key Words
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I explain the importance of the Glossary of Keywords & unpack strategies that can be used to ensure your students have the best chance of success in CAFS & beyond...
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Episode #24: Creating a Holistic Classroom
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I am joined by the inspirational Angela Lockwood to chat about the importance of being aware of all the different needs of the students in your classroom & prioritising the wellbeing of both you & your students.
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Episode #23: Become a Marking Ninja in Community and Family Studies
In this episode, I chat with Bel Harotounian about her five top tips to become a Marking Ninja in Community and Family Studies.
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Episode #22: The superpowers of feedback in Community & Family Studies
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I uncover the power of purposeful feedback in the CAFS classroom.
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Episode #21: Four Ways to Differentiate in your CAFS Classroom
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I offer guidance and uncover some practical strategies around differentiating in your CAFS classroom.
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Episode #20: The GAME CHANGER in CAFS
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I reveal the biggest game-changer when it comes to CAFS!
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Episode #19: The mistakes teachers are making in exam preparation
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I talk about the common mistakes teachers are making in exam preparation!
Learn what you can do instead to set your students up for success in their CAFS exams!
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Episode #18: How to improve student writing & results to fast track success in CAFS
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I chat about what you can do to improve student writing & results to fast track success in CAFS!
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Episode #17: Why writing notes doesn't cut it any more (and what you can do instead)
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I tell you why writing notes doesn't cut it anymore!
Learn what you can do in the CAFS classroom instead, with lessons that are purposefully designed for specific learning outcomes & to teach specific integral skills.
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Episode #16: What the syllabus doesn't teach you
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I chat about what the CAFS syllabus doesn't teach you & what you can do to ensure your students learn the skills they need to achieve CAFS success!
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Episode #15: There's Always a Method to My Madness
In this episode of The Learning Network Podcast, I chat about about the methods to my madness. If you've worked with me before you'll know that there's always a reason or a purpose behind what I do and I want to unpack that with you today!
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Episode #14: How to bring positivity to your CAFS classroom
This week's episode is all about what you can do to really bring your CAFS classroom to life!
From cooperative learning groups and connecting with your students to creating a positive physical space, this episode has so many teaching gems you can implement in the new year!
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Episode #13: New Year, New You in 2022
Happy New Year CAFS Crew!
In this episode I reflect on 2021 and talk about some of my goals for 2022!
I also chat about a few things I'll be doing differently in 2022 including new projects, offers and affirmation/organisational tools!
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Episode #12: Q&A with our Daughters Cass & Lex
Last episode of the year!
In this podcast episode, I chat with our daughters Cass & Lex! This is a funny episode where we chat about the changes they have seen since I left the classroom, what they think I actually do for work and what they love about school. One you won't want to miss!
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Episode #11: 40 Lessons in 40 Years
This episode is a very special birthday episode of The Learning Network Podcast!
In episode 11, "Forty Lessons in 40 Years" I go through just that, 40 lessons I have learnt throughout my 40 years on the planet.
Join me as I chat about family, self love, health, gratitude, confidence and more!
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Episode #10: The final countdown & how to work smarter
In this episode, we chat about what you can do to get your time and wellbeing back before the holidays. By prioritising in certain areas and getting those programmes, registers and classrooms ready so you can enjoy your well deserved holidays.
I also chat about the steps you can take before next year to ensure your students get the results they should, including STRIVE, my online course which helps CAFS teachers develop a skills based approach to teaching the course which enables students to confidently and successfully tackle the HSC.
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Episode #9: Lessons from a CAFS Legend with Jennie O'Donoghue
This episode is a special one as I am joined by my beautiful teacher and friend Jennie O'Donoghue as she shares with us her lessons from the classroom from the last 45 years in teaching and what she has done over the last 30 + years to develop relationships and results in her CAFS classroom for HSC success.
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Episode #8: Cheering You On from the CAFS Sideline
In this episode I talk about some of the amazing people who have made a huge impact on my CAFS passion and career!
I also chat about how I can cheer you on from the CAFS sidelines through The CAFS Collective and the importance of cheering each other on and working together to be the very best educators that we can be.
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Episode #7: What Success Looks Like In CAFS
In this podcast episode we unpack what success looks like in CAFS and what you can do to up your game in this course that we all love. I share the 4 biggest challenges I believe CAFS teachers are having right now in their CAFS classroom and what you can do to achieve the goals and dreams you have set for yourself in this course.
This episode will help you work more strategically in CAFS, build your students up for success, grow & flourish as a CAFS teacher and action what success looks like.
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Episode #6: Work Less, Teach More with Dan Jackson
This week's episode brings you some amazing teacher wellbeing gems with special guest Dan Jackson!
In this chat, Dan shares his thoughts on ways to improve teacher wellbeing and teaching practices and we chat about his new book "Work Less, Teach More," which is a total wellbeing wake-up call to all teachers and leaders in education!
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Episode #5: Set your CAFS Students Up for Success with Katrine Barnes
This week's episode brings you even more CAFS related gems with special guest Katrine Barnes!
In this chat, Katrine shares how to successfully apply teaching strategies and connect with your students to improve their CAFS journey. Katrine explains when to change up your methods and how to realise when what you're doing is working!
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Episode #4: How to Bring your CAFS Classroom to Life
This episode unpacks what you can do to bring your CAFS classroom to life! From making connections with your students, to including them in examples and transforming your classroom - I share with you strategies and practices that I have adopted over the last 16 years to bring my CAFS classroom to life and have my students wanting to come back lesson after lesson.
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Episode #3: Transformational Wellbeing with Gabbie Stroud
Honestly, you are going to LOVE this Podcast episode. This conversation is real, it is raw. Gab promised me she would be my first guest on my podcast over 10 months ago... Gabbie is the best selling author of two books about the ups and downs, twists and turns of a teacher, 'Teacher' and 'Dear Parents'. If you have been looking for ways to protect yourself and your wellbeing, Gabbie shares with us what she has learnt about protecting yourself as a teacher, and what we can do to continue to advocate for ourselves as educators. This is one thought provoking episode that will get you thinking...
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Episode #2: Foundations for Building Success
In this episode, I get to share with you my foundations for building success in Community and Family Studies using all of my knowledge and experience and expertise in this course. I share my 5 strategies for success and what you can do to set your CAFS students up for success, right from the very beginning!
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Episode #1: Behind the Why
Welcome to Episode # 1 of The Learning Network. In this first episode, I chat about why I created this Podcast and share a little bit about myself. I have spent most of my career in secondary education, dabbled in tertiary education for a short three month stint and have spent the last ten years supporting the professional learning of teachers across NSW and Australia. The majority of my teaching journey has been as a secondary high school teacher in both Catholic and public schools sharing my love of health, physical education and wellbeing in all courses in Years 7-12 under the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Key Learning Area with a special passion for a Year 11 and 12 course called Community and Family Studies (CAFS). My hope for The Learning Network is to support teachers in education by connecting, learning and growing together to be the best educators we can be and to make a difference with the students and learners with whom we work.
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The Learning Network Podcast
Ever wish you had a coach and mentor with over 17 years of experience in teaching Community & Family Studies sharing secrets to success? That's exactly what you will find right here when you tune in every week to The Learning Network Podcast. I will guide you through best practice to improve knowledge, increase empowerment and alleviate stress to help you and your students to make meaningful connections in Community & Family Studies.
I will share strategic and purposeful applications that I have adopted to increase student motivation, enjoyment, engagement and results; right from the get go. Whether you are a Newbie or Experienced, I have supported CAFS teachers like you to grow and transform their CAFS journey over the last 10 years. If you are ready to take your CAFS Crew to the next level without impacting your sleep and wellbeing in the process, you’re in the right place!