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Champions for change

As educators, we know that we face the persistent problem of engaging adolescent students. We are aware that there is a link between the middle years and poor school retention in later years. And we are concerned that where you ...

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Pick of the bunch

The last decade has seen enormous and rapid change to the way professional development is conducted within Australian schools, as part of a bid to seek continuous improvement of teaching standards across the country. The most fundamental shift, says Associate ...

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State of play

Professional development and learning is a key way to implement reform at both a system-wide and school level. It is integral to the professional lives of teachers, not just an ‘add on’, and it is being shaped by standards-based reforms. ...

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Master minds

Educators are pursuing postgraduate studies in a variety of disciplines, often as a way to further their professional practice in an area of interest to them. Take Sarah Rakich, for example. The kindergarten teacher from South Melbourne is currently studying ...

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A second chance for success

Students who experience ongoing failure in upper-primary and lower-secondary school face a myriad of difficulties in pursuing post-school options and contributing to society through employment and aware citizenship. Those who exhibit consistent weaknesses in basic skills, such as the recall ...

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Back to the books

Principal support is one of the major factors influencing a teacher’s decision to undertake a postgraduate course. Further, a principal’s views and attitudes can influence the area of further study a teacher undertakes. Market research, undertaken on behalf of the ...

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Measurements that matter

are the students themselves, much to our detriment, writes Lucas Walsh. Over the last three years, debates about the purposes and improvement of schooling in Australia have opened up across a range of fronts, from the national curriculum, investment in ...

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Minding the backyard

Groundhog Day. Policy by press release. Fiddling round the edges. The disappointment among educators at the policies put forward in this election is palpable. Some individual policies, such as Labor’s autonomy for school leaders and the Liberal’s plan for children ...

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Principal, detained

For principal Gerri Walker, working with South Australia’s marginalised youth is about rebuilding their frayed connections to society. Students enrolled in the centre’s two main campuses, Magill and Cavan, and in its various community outreach programs are largely disconnected from ...

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Rattling the cage of reform

There are two are two institutions in our society that ensure that people serve their time. In one you get out early for good behavior and in the other you get out early for bad behavior. One of them is ...

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