DE News 2017 T4 W07

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin


“If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.” – Fred Devero

DE Symposium 2018 update

4C-able Futures – Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical Thinking 

Below is an update on the planning that has been undertaken for the 2018 DE Symposium, thus far.

Keynote Speakers: The planning team was excited to receive the many suggestions for key note speakers made by teachers. We will share the keynote details once we have received confirmation that the selected keynotes are available to present at the symposium.

Symposium Logo Competition: The Symposium planning team invites you to get your creative drive going and see what logo ideas you can come up with for the 2018 DE Symposium.

Please send your logo designs to by Monday  4 December 2017.

DE Collegial Network Sessions: Coordinators are providing their suggestions for network session times to the planning team.

DE Planning Team members: The planning team members for the 2018 DE Symposium and their contact details are:

  • Kym Knight – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator, Rural and Distance Education State office, 02 6334 8074.
  • Sharon Hodgson – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator,  Southern Cross School of Distance Education, 02 6681 0300.
  • Jenny Ballhausen – Dubbo School of Distance Education, 02 5804 7000
  • Daniel Elvy – NSW School of Languages, 02 9381 4800
  • Sueanne Matthews – Karabar DEC, 02 6210 5200
  • Crystal Stanford – Peak Hill Central School, 02 6869 1304.
Crystal Stanford

Crystal Stanford

Sueanne Matthews

Danielle Elvy

Danielle Elvy

Jenny Ballhausen

Jenny Ballhausen

Sharon Hodgson

Kym Knight

Kym Knight


AADES Newsletter

AADES (Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools) has launched a new website which regularly publishes stories from distance education schools in our region of the world.

Please subscribe to the site (for free) to be updated via email when new articles are published.

RDE News

Rural and Remote Career Education Initiative

Teachers planning

On Wednesday 8 November, seven schools from across rural NSW participated in an introductory conference at the Pullman Hotel Hyde Park Sydney for the Rural and Remote Career Education Initiative. After submitting a successful expression of interest, each school has received a grant of $20, 000 to implement a project that focuses on embedding the NSW K-12 Careers Continuum into their schools. This grant also provides opportunities for both primary and secondary schools across various locations to develop programs that will help strengthen program links in their local area.

Sue MacLean, Principal Education Officer, Senior Pathways

During the two day conference, participants were exposed to a range of presenters that highlighted the changing nature of employment for our students in schools today. The key note address, provided by Ashley Fell from the social research group McCrindle, provided a clear overview of the career priorities of Generation Z, including their need to connect digitally in the workplace and have exposure to critical and creative thinking opportunities.



School locations

Subsequent presentations again highlighted the various programs operating to enhance career education for rural and remote students from the ASPIRE Program at UNSW to the development of resources around entrepreneurial thinking.

From attending the conference, each school will now continue to network and plan their career initiatives for their local community in 2018. The Rural and Remote Career Education Initiative has been a joint venture with NSW Department of Education Senior Pathways team and the Rural and Distance Education Unit.

DE School News

NSW School of Languages

The NSW School of Languages has published and shared their term 4 Newsletter with information about what has been happening here at the school. You can also keep up with our activities by Following our Facebook page

SOTA Broken Hill / Hay – Collaboration across campuses

A key component of the strategic direction One School, One Community has been to create authentic connections between both campuses (Hay and Broken Hill) – for students and teachers. As part of the 2015 – 2017 School Plan, the leadership team created opportunities for the two campuses to share and collaborate face to face by meeting in Mildura for two days of professional development at the beginning of semester two.

It has been wonderful to observe the strengthening of relationships and shared understandings that have been developed from these gatherings. This year we continued this practice and engaged in rich professional discussion around documents on effective feedback and collaboration. These two elements will feature strongly in the 2018 – 2020 School Plan.

Building on from the success of the semester two time together, the Hay teachers will be travelling to Broken Hill to participate in two days of professional development at the beginning of the year. Also joining them for these staff development days will be teaching staff from White Cliffs and Tibooburra schools. It will be an exciting start to 2018.

We thank Kylie Green, Principal, School of the Air – Broken Hill / Hay for submitting this article.

DE Network News

DE PDHPE Collegial Network update

The PDHPE network conducted their second VC meeting in preparation for the anticipated Stage 4 and 5 syllabus introduction on the 27 of October. The main purpose of the meeting was to organise a face to face meeting for auditing our existing learning materials, collaborate on programming moving towards establishing a common scope and sequence for each distance education centre and identify a common writing template for construction of the units of work. When writing new programs and learning materials consideration will be given to the adaptability of these to the variety of online learning platforms used by the different distance education centres. 

The PDHPE network will meet at Sydney Distance Education Centre in Week 3 2018 on the 16 February. Discussions are taking place to have Renee West the state the PDHPE Advisor 7 -​ 12  attend this meeting supporting the network in developing quality learning programs.​

For more information, please contact network coordinator, Richard Mills, Head Teacher PDHPE at Southern Cross School Distance Education, 02 66810499.

DE Collegial Network Coordinators meeting

Last Thursday, the coordinators of the DE Collegial Networks and members of the DE Sympsoium Planning Team, met with Kym Knight, project Officer RDE to discuss:

  • networking occurring across the Distance Education schools, collaborative writing of learning materials, resource sharing and collegial support
  • 2018 DE Symposium network sessions, and
  • support for 2018

As Kym said, “the DE network do a fabulous job. The success of the collegial networks is a result of the hard work of the coordinators, who work tirelessly to coordinate their networks and facilitate engagement of their network members to work together on shared activities and the development of new learning resources.”

Since 2012 the number of distance education collegial networks has grown from nine to twenty two, and ranging from preschool to Secondary with KLA and across curriculum focusses.

Please contact a network coordinator or Kym Knight (63348074) for more information about the DE Collegial Networks November, 2017.

DoE Curriculum News

Rural and Remote Primary STEM Project 2018

The Rural and Remote Primary STEM Project will support an integrated approach to teaching and learning around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The initiative will involve utilising the pedagogies in the mathematics and science and technology syllabuses to develop learning experiences through the use of project-based and inquiry-based learning strategies.

The Rural and Remote Primary STEM Project will provide schools with the opportunity to evaluate teaching and learning practices in STEM education. The desired impact is improved student learning through pedagogical change. The project will require a commitment from the school to facilitate collaborative, integrated teaching and creative implementation strategies.

If you are interested in this opportunity please refer to the flyer that was released in SchoolBiz in week five.


Twitter iconTwitterspheric professional learning

Twitter is a quick and easy tool for participating in and/ or building a Professional Learning Network. To learn more about using twitter for professional learning, download the The Global Digital Citizen Foundation’s Twitter-Tastic Teacher’s Guide.  Below are some of Twitter feeds we hope you find worthwhile!  Why not tweet us about what other networks you would like us to highlight!

International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

International Society for Technology in Education


Universal design for Learning

Common Sense Education


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