Newsletter Number 8, 4th May, 2015

Newsletter Number 8, Monday 4th May, 2015 ‏

Dear Principal,

Conference Registration Closes on Friday, 8th May

The many organisational tasks prior to the Conference, such as preparing Bags, Lanyards and Printed Material, necessitates the closure of Registrations taking place on Friday 8th May.  If you have not yet registered , I would advise you to do so as soon as possible.  If you take the time to read any of the advance Readings forwarded by these Speakers, you will get some idea of how valuable this Conference should be to the Educational Debate.

         The May Conference in Dubbo, 20th May to 22nd May

ACSP have been deeply grateful for so many of the CEO/CSO Directors supporting Principals in attending this Conference.  With less than one  week to go to register, we urge you all not to leave it to the last minute.  These four Speakers we believe are the best Speakers ever assembled at one Conference.  The methodology of following each of their Keynote Sessions with Breakout Sessions led by each of the Speakers, makes it more like a "Master Class" experience than a typical Conference.  The speakers have linked with one another and the organisers by video link and are working to present a cohesive and integrated approach.

The Booklet which describes their background is included here , so that you can become better aware of their skills and their approach (
click here).  In addition, I enclose the program for the Conference, so that you can reflect on the various themes they will present. (click here).

We urge you to take this valuable time to help update your ideas in education. We are being constantly told that as Principals we have to be "Leaders of Learning".  I can guarantee that the approach of one, two or all three Curriculum Speakers will be amongst the best Professional Development you will ever experience

                                   Readings from the Speakers

Each of the Speakers have forwarded advance Readings to give delegates the flavour of their presentations.  Yong Zhao even sent a You Tube Clip, and several two part Conversations, published in Mind Shift.   When you read these articles, you can get some sense of the value of their inputs.

They include the following:

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen:  "Who is My Neighbour"  (click here)
                                    A Paper delivered at the July 2014 CaSPA Conference in Darwin.

Valerie Hannon:   "Only Connect!: A New Paradigm for Learning Innovation in the 21st Century"
                              (click here)
Dean Fink:    "Trusting Our Schools"  (click here)

Dean Fink and Andy Hargreaves:   The Seven Principles of Sustainable Leadership (click here)

Yong Zhao:  You Tube:  Every Child is a Rudolph/ Yong Zhao/TEDxAmstredam ED.

In addition, Yong Zhao sent two Conversations with himself and Luba Vangelova

Luba Vangelova and Yong Zhao:  "How Should Learning be Assessed?"  (click here)

Luba Vangelova  and Yong Zhao:  "Standards: Why Realising the Full Promise of Education Requires a Fresh Approach"   (click here)

            Accommodation in Dubbo at Quest Apartments

Initially, the Conference organisers held over rooms in the Quest Apartments, which are very high quality, at reasonable rates, to ensure that the Speakers, Directors, Guests and others we needed to accommodate had appropriate lodging.
The Quest Apartments have now been released, so if finding accommodation was your problem, please contact Steven at 02 5809 8600 and he should be able to accommodate you.

There are Studio Rooms, 1 Bedroom Balcony Apartments ( a few left), 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Apartments (great value, if you have a compatible companion-share the cost!), and a few 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Apartments (cheaper again.)

I have enclosed a map of Dubbo so that you can see where the various Motels, the Quest and  
the Conference Centre are located (click here)

                       Nominations for the ACSP Executive
This is to remind you that nominations will remain open for the following positions on the ACSP executive as a result of retirements. Nominations will close on Wednesday 6th May to allow time for voting if necessary.  We ask you to circulate this information to the Principals in your Associations and to note the closing date. 

Primary Principal from a Country Diocese, with less than 40 schools:  Dioceses with these numbers include:  Armidale (24); Bathurst (34); Canberra Goulburn (27 in NSW); Wagga Wagga (32); Wilcannia-Forbes (19).

A  Primary Principal from a Country Diocese with more than 40 Schools:  Dioceses with these numbers include:  Lismore (47); Maitland-Newcastle (56 Schools); Wollongong (45).

Primary Principal from a Metropolitan Diocese which includes Sydney (171); Parramatta (83) and Broken Bay (53)

Secondary Principal from a Metropolitan Diocese which includes Sydney (171); Parramatta (83) and Broken Bay (53).

If people are aware of suitable people for these roles, then simply ask them would they accept nomination and if they agree, forward their nomination.  We need the right people to represent us and often the best people don't like being presumptuous enough to put themselves forward.

Please forward nominations to no later than
Wednesday 6th May.
 Once again I have focused  on Conference and Executive Nomination issues as the time is so close.               

 Best Wishes

Stephen Aitken
ACSP Executive Officer