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ABOUT

STEKO is a well-being programme for children aged 8-12. It has been developed for use in secular and faith-based schools and community organisations. STEKO contains nine, 60-minute lesson plans. Children explore three phenomenal truths: that each one of them is UNIQUE, CAPABLE and GIFTED These concepts have been chosen to develop the individual child and their sense of belonging in community.

 


DOWNLOADABLES

Please click on the link here to download samples from the STEKO Facilitator Handbook:

STEKO Aims & Outcomes

STEKO Sample 1

STEKO Sample 2

STEKO Sample 3

 


FAQ

The STEKO programme

What is STEKO?

How do you pronounce STEKO and what does it mean?

How long does the STEKO programme go for?

How many participants should there be in each STEKO programme group?

Who can run a STEKO programme?

Do you offer training for STEKO Team Members?

Can I run STEKO at my school?

Can I run STEKO at my local community organisation?

What resources do I need to run a STEKO programme?

Can I get access to STEKO in a digital format?

How much do I need to spend to run STEKO?

Is there a participant assessment component to STEKO?

Are there STEKO curriculums that cater for children aged 4-7 or adolescents aged 13-17?

The STEKO Training Course

What is The STEKO Training Course?

What will I learn about at The STEKO Training Course?

How long does The STEKO Training Course go for?

How much does The STEKO Training Course cost?

Is there pre-work that needs to be completed before I attend The STEKO Training Course?

Do I need to bring anything to The STEKO Training Course?

I’m not a teacher, can I register for The STEKO Training Course?

Does The STEKO Training Course certify me to be a STEKO Team Member?

I am a teacher in NSW (maintaining accreditation), can I use The STEKO Training Course towards my Registered Professional Development with NESA?

I am a teacher in Australia outside of NSW. Can The STEKO Training Course be used towards my Teacher Identified Professional Development?

Can I purchase The STEKO Training Manual from the webstore rather than attend the training?

Do I have to complete The STEKO Training Course to run a STEKO programme?

How do I complete The STEKO Training Course if I don't live in Sydney, Australia?

How many people will be at my training course?

 


The STEKO programme

What is STEKO?

STEKO is a well-being programme for children aged 8-12. It has been developed for use in secular and faith-based schools and community organisations. STEKO contains nine, 60-minute lesson plans. Children explore three phenomenal truths: that each one of them is UNIQUE, CAPABLE and GIFTED These concepts have been chosen to develop the individual child and their sense of belonging in community.

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How do you pronounce STEKO and what does it mean?

How do you pronounce STEKO?

  • Stay’-ko

What does STEKO mean?

Origin: Greek, verb

  • to STAND FIRM
  • to HOLD FAST, and
  • to PERSEVERE

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How long does the STEKO programme go for?

STEKO is designed to be presented in nine, 60-minute sessions and is generally conducted as one session each week.

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How many participants should there be in each STEKO programme group?

The optimal STEKO programme group size is 8-10 participants, however, the programme can be run with larger groups of up to 30 participants (in this case it is recommended that an additional 15-minutes be allocated to each session to allow participants to move between activities without being rushed).

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Who can run a STEKO programme?

STEKO can be run by teachers and support staff, allied health professionals and community volunteers. Team roles that can be established for your STEKO programme group include:

  • Lead Facilitator
  • Co-Facilitator(s), and
  • Assistants

The minimum requirement to run a STEKO programme is to have a Lead Facilitator. Organisations running the STEKO programme are responsible to ensure the suitability of a person as a STEKO team member (this includes ensuring that all STEKO Team Members meet the minimum Child Well-Being and Safety requirements applicable to the country, state or territory where STEKO is being run).

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Do you offer training for STEKO Team Members?

Yes. Please click here to find out more about The STEKO Training Course.

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Can I run STEKO at my school?

STEKO has been designed for use in both secular and faith-based schools. Please check with your school’s key contact e.g. the Principal, to see if STEKO can be run at your school.

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Can I run STEKO at my local community organisation?

STEKO has been designed for use in both secular and faith-based organisations. Please check with your organisations key contact to see if STEKO can be run at your community organisation.

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What resources do I need to run a STEKO programme?

You will need the following:

  • The STEKO Facilitator Handbook
  • A STEKO Resource Pack (one book for each group of ten participants)
  • Additional resources**, and
  • A suitable venue i.e. classroom style setting

** Additional Resources:

The STEKO Facilitator Handbook contains material lists for each of the nine sessions. You will need to prepare these resources prior to commencing a STEKO session. Additional resources include craft material and sports equipment. To see a sample of a STEKO session’s material list click here.

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Can I get access to STEKO in a digital format?

No. The STEKO Facilitator Handbook and STEKO Resource Pack are only available in paperback. There is a STEKO Worksheet (Digital Download) product available and this is useful for when you have a large STEKO programme group and need additional worksheets. For details click here

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How much do I need to spend to run STEKO?

  • The STEKO Starter Pack (Softcover) costs AU$200.00.
  • Additional STEKO Resource Packs can be purchased for AU$50.00. You will also need to have some budget set aside for additional resources e.g. craft material. To keep costs down consider asking people in your organisation, friends, family and community members to assist you in collecting resources. Use recycled materials too such as:
    • Jars to use during the Activity: Thankfulness (see Concept THREE: Session 2)
    • Empty ice cream containers for the craft activities (the lid can be used as a paint pallet and the container for water).

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Is there a participant assessment component to STEKO?

The Lead Facilitator can use formative assessment (which is the process of gathering feedback during the sessions) to assess if a participant is achieving the session outcomes. The teaching and learning activities are structured to enable the participants to achieve the outcomes. Formative assessment tools include the facilitator:

  • Receiving informal feedback as a participant works through activities and contributes to group discussions, and
  • Having each participant keep a portfolio of selected work from the sessions.

The STEKO Training Course includes information about what a STEKO team member might observe in the children's responses to demonstrate that the outcomes are being achieved. A child's achievement of the session outcomes will contribute to their achievement of the programme aims.

Where the programme forms a part of an integrated unit of work in a school, the class teacher can put in place assessment tasks to further enable them to evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching and learning. There are no summative assessment tools included with the programme.

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Are there STEKO curriculums that cater for children aged 4-7 or adolescents aged 13-17?

Currently, STEKO: A WELL-BEING PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN AGED 8-12 is the only STEKO curriculum offering available.

 


The STEKO Training Guide

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What is The STEKO Training Course?

The STEKO Training Course is to assist STEKO team members implement the STEKO programme effectively both through the delivery of the content and the design of the teaching and learning activities. The course explores how to:

  • Structure a safe and supportive environment in the learning space where children can flourish in their learning.
  • Value and relate to each child as a unique person with intrinsic worth.
  • Articulate the concepts of the programme clearly and contextualised for the specific cohort of children, and
  • Implement effective teaching and learning strategies (adapted where needed for a specific cohort).

The course involves both individual and group activities and provides opportunity for personal reflection.

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What will I learn about at The STEKO Training Course?

Here are the objectives of The STEKO Training Course. They are a great summary of what you will learn about! Objectives:

  • Articulate an understanding of your role in the implementation of the STEKO programme.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key ways to structure a safe and supportive learning environment.
  • Identify appropriate ways to value and relate to each child as a unique person.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the three foundational concepts (UNIQUE – CAPABLE – GIFTED) and how the teaching and learning activities are to be implemented, and
  • Recognise positive communities that promote a sense of belonging and connectedness in the children.

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How long does The STEKO Training Course go for?

The course is run over 3 hours which includes a 30-minute break where light refreshments are provided. The training component of the course is 2.5 hours.

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How much does The STEKO Training Course cost?

The STEKO Training Course costs AU$85.00 per person.

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Is there pre-work that needs to be completed before I attend The STEKO Training Course?

Yes. You will need to have read/studied your STEKO Facilitator Handbook and STEKO Resource Pack in full.

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Do I need to bring anything to The STEKO Training Course?

Yes, you will need to bring your copy of The STEKO Facilitator Handbook to reference during the training.

Note: The STEKO Training Manual will be provided to you at the course and this is included in the course fee.

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I’m not a teacher, can I register for The STEKO Training Course?

Yes. Community volunteers, allied health professionals, teachers and support staff can all register for The STEKO Training Course.

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Does The STEKO Training Course certify me to be a STEKO Team Member?

No. Attending The STEKO Training Course does not certify or endorse a person to be a STEKO team member, agent or representative.

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I am a teacher in NSW (maintaining accreditation), can I use The STEKO Training Course towards my Registered Professional Development with NESA?

Yes. If you are a Proficient Teacher (maintaining accreditation in New South Wales, Australia) The STEKO Training Course is NESA Registered Professional Development (PD). This is administered by The Excellence Centre (www.theexcellencecentre.org).

For TEC to log your hours with NESA you will need to:

  • Provide your NESA number when you enrol in The STEKO Training Course.
  • Successfully complete a 10-question multiple choice test based on the STEKO Facilitator Handbook and STEKO Resource Pack (this is The STEKO Training Course pre-work).
  • Sign the course attendance form before the time of commencement on the day.
  • Participate in the full 2.5 hours of the course, and
  • Complete the TEC Course Evaluation Form.

Completing The STEKO Training Course will contribute 2.5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 4.1.2, 4.4.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

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I am a teacher in Australia outside of NSW. Can The STEKO Training Course be used towards my Teacher Identified Professional Development?

You will need to check with your state or territory’s education authority regarding use of The STEKO Training Course towards your Teacher Identified Professional Development. We are unable to provide advice on this.

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Can I purchase The STEKO Training Manual from the webstore rather than attend the training?

No. The STEKO Training Manual is only provided to a person when they attend The STEKO Training Course and this is included as a part of the course fee.

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Do I have to complete The STEKO Training Course to run a STEKO programme?

No. The STEKO Training Course has been designed to assist STEKO team members implement the STEKO programme effectively both through the delivery of content and the design of the teaching and learning activities. The STEKO Training Course is not mandatory for a team member to be involved in a STEKO programme, however, it is highly recommended that at a minimum the Lead Facilitator of a STEKO programme group undertakes the training (better equipping them to deliver the programme and facilitate their team’s involvement in its delivery).

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How do I complete The STEKO Training Course if I don't live in Sydney, Australia?

The STEKO Training Course can be completed via webinar. To register, please email steko@hillsong.com and a member of our team will contact you with the registration details.

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How many people will be at my training course?

The maximum group size for The STEKO Training Course is 100 attendees.

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