2016 Newsletter Number 22 November

   
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Newsletter Number 22 - November 2016

 

DOUBTS ABOUT FAITH SHOULD SPUR DEEPER STUDY, PRAYER, POPE SAYS

Everyone experiences doubts about the faith at times — "I have" many times, Pope Francis said — but such doubts can be "a sign that we want questions and doubts because they are the beginning of a path of knowledge and going deeper; one who does not ask questions cannot progress either in knowledge or in faith," the pope said Nov. 23 at his weekly general audience. READ MORE

VATICAN CONFIRMS FRANCIS DID NOT RENEW TERMS OF BURKE, PELL ON WORSHIP CONGREGATION

The Vatican office that handles affairs relating to the Catholic church's liturgical practices has confirmed that Pope Francis has decided not to renew the terms of several of its bishop-members, many of whom are known for preferring a more traditionalist practice of liturgy. Francis had appointed 27 new bishops to serve as members of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on Oct. 28. But the announcement of the appointments did not make clear whether the previous members’ terms had been renewed. The congregation has now posted a full list of its current membership on its website. The list makes clear the pope did not renew the terms of 16 congregation members, including those of U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, Australian Cardinal George Pell, and the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet. READ MORE

BOSTES UPDATE FROM TOM
ALEGOUNARIAS
It’s less than two months until we farewell BOSTES and become the NSW Education Standards Authority. In the lead up to the changeover, staff and stakeholders have been asking how we will refer to the new organisation. While the change happens from 1 January next year, there may be circumstances in which we have to refer to the new organisation this year. We are refreshing the brand. This will include a new logo, to be revealed shortly, which won’t contain an acronym as the current logo does. In the meantime, this update should help to clarify the key messages and naming conventions we will be using next year. 

What do we do?                  
The NSW Education Standards Authority is responsible for driving improvements in student achievement.

How do we do it?
Education Standards establishes and monitors state wide, cross-sector quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards.

What’s changing?
Education Standards is focussed on monitoring quality, not compliance.
New domain and email

The new website will be educationstandards.nsw.edu.au.
Our email will be
firstname.lastname@nswesa.nsw.edu.au.

 

LEAP-  INTERNATIONAL PEER SHADOWING PROGRAM

Applications are NOW OPEN for the 2017 LEAP International peer-shadowing program for Principals, Deputy-principals, Directors and non school-based personnel. The program involves hosting an international colleague for a two-week leadership program in July; and being hosted by that international colleague (in their location) for a reciprocal two-week program in the September school holidays.
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INNOVATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AND TEACHER CHANGE (ILETC) PROJECT.

Learning Environments Australasia is one of the funding partners of the ILETC Project, which  aims to demonstrate how maximising the use of innovative learning environments facilitates improved teaching practices and outcomes.

Learning spaces in New South Wales schools –  have you had your say?  

This short online survey (5-7 minutes) is part of a major research study of learning spaces in Australian and New Zealand schools, funded by the Australian Government and 15 national and international partners, of which the Department of Education, New South Wales is one. Your contribution is vital to a greater understanding of how learning spaces in schools affect outcomes for students. If you have not already done so, please click here. Or copy and paste, the URL below into your internet browser: https://goo.gl/OypBtO.The survey will close on 9 December 2016. This survey has been approved by the University of Melbourne’s Human Research Ethics Committee and the Department of Education, New South Wales. A Plain Language Statement is available here. If you would like more information about the project, please contact the Project Manager, Ms. Joann Cattlin, (+61 3 9035 8694). You may also wish to visit the project website www.iletc.com.au.

 

Teachers needed!

AITSL is currently seeking teachers from all career stages and

backgrounds to complete a 10 – 15 minute survey, reflecting on their practice, to support the addition of new content to the Classroom Practice Continuum. The Continuum supports classroom observation and professional growth by articulating what teachers do in the classroom at increasing levels of expertise, aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Please click here to access the survey. You might also be interested in the FAQs on the validation survey. The revised version of the Continuum will be published in 2017.

 
LEADING STEAM: SOUNDS THAT ELECTRONIC ARTISTS MAKE

 STEAM – or a lot of hot air?

There is a clear need to contextualise STEAM education in a practical, tangible framework that progresses the idea from abstraction into something students can actually do. The open-ended nature of this interdisciplinary mode of learning suggests that there is a range of ways to approach STEAM education. This can be achieved through leading a consultative process that engages school leaders, teachers, parents and students. As key stakeholders, government, industry and the broader community should also be invited to discuss what STEAM looks like in the context of their local schools. At Shenton College, staff are working in collaboration to develop a number of STEAM-inspired learning experiences that will be delivered in 2017 – this article endeavours to articulate the leadership and vision that has culminated in the realisation of one of these course proposals. READ MORE

 

CONNECTED LEADER

The five habits of strong women

The author of ‘Carry on warrior’, Glennon Doyle Melton, accepts that strong women are all completely different. However, she adds, they share the same habits that keep them strong. The difference between being ‘nice’ and being ‘kind’ is important, she says. READ MORE

 

APPA 2017 CONFERENCE SUPER EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Attached is the APPA 2017 Conference Super Early Bird registration form. There is a limited number available. Please distribute (and take up the offer yourself!) READ MORE

 

 

ACARA PRIMARY MATTERS 

 

The Australian Curriculum: Resources portal currently contains resources for Mathematics, STEM, as well as work samples for a range of learning areas, with new items added to the portal regularly. In recent months, the Mathematics proficiencies and a range of work samples have been published on the portal to support teachers in implementing the Australian Curriculum. READ MORE

 

 

 

FAIRFAX MEDIA OFFER

Fairfax Media is currently running a special offer for schools for unrestricted access to their Digital Replicas for the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. 

The Digital Replicas are a great tool for staff and teachers to access up to date content. See attached. READ MORE

ACTIVE HEALTHY KIDS AUSTRALIA

This year marks the release of the second Full AHKA Report Card on Physical Activity of Children and Young People, which assesses 12 physical activity indicators (physical activity behaviours, traits, and the settings and sources of influence, and strategies and investments, which have the potential to impact these behaviours and traits). As in 2014, Australia was assigned a failing grade (D−) for Overall Physical Activity Levels. This Report highlights the concept of Physical Literacy, specifically the ‘tools’ children need to be physically active for life. The results of the 2016 Report Card will contribute to the second ‘Global Matrix’ of grades, this time benchmarking Australia against 37 countries. READ MORE

 

A FUN AND EASY WAY TO LEARN MANDARIN

ChiFUNese is a leading service provider for curricular and extra-curricular Chinese language programs at 35+ schools and early learning centres e.g. curricular program at St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School and St Michael's Catholic Primary School. See www.chifunese.com

for a full list of schools and further information. READ MORE

NCEC NEWSLETTER

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  • Victorian ATAR changes could create teacher shortages: Craven
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  • Some gains made in Indigenous education outcomes
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  • ACT Catholic schools supporting refugee settlement
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  • Website offers glimpse at future of NAPLAN testing
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  • Preschool doesn’t just help kids learn, new report says
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  • WA schools join fight against extremism
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    Regards,

    Julie King
    ACSP Executive Officer

     
     
     

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