DE News 2018 T1 W03

Published on: Author: kymknight

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein.

DE Symposium

Date: Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August

Venue: Rydges World Square, Sydney

Symposium Coordination Progress Update

DE Symposium Workshop EOI’s

Are you teaching your students to think critically and creatively?

Have you established processes and systems for your students to communicate and collaborate.

If you have answered yes to these questions have your thought about sharing your work with your colleagues at the DE Symposium?

The Distance Education Planning team is seeking your support and interest in conducting a workshop at the symposium. Workshop EOI’s are due on the 28 February.

What else to expect in 2018

  • Registration process
  • Further information about the symposium structure
  • Support from schools for a video that showcases an initiative

For more information, please contact any member of the planning team.

  • Kym Knight – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator, RDE State office, 02 6334 8074
  • Sharon Hodgson – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator, SC SODE, 02 6681 0300
  • Jenny Ballhausen – Dubbo SODE, 02 5804 7000
  • Daniel Elvy – NSW School of Languages, 02 9381 4800
  • Sueanne Matthews – KDEC, 02 6210 5200
  • Crystal Stanford – Peak Hill Central School, 02 6869 1304
  • Martin Dickens – RDE State office, 02 6334 8184

Rural and Distance Education

Meet the RDE Team

Mike Tom: Leader

Mike leads teams that support Youth at Risk, Rural Education, Distance Education and Distance and Rural Technology in NSW public schools.

Mike reports to the Director, Secondary Education and the Director, Learning Systems.


David McLeod: Co-ordinator

David coordinates policy advice on all Rural and Distance Education programs as well as managing the access request process for the DE support Unit.

David also manages the process for families to access Assistance for Isolated Children scheme.


 Gaye Dunshea: Specialist Program Coordinator

Gaye works to improve educational interaction, engagement and participation of highly complex students enrolled under the extraordinary circumstances category in Distance Education.

Kimberley Hill: Advisor

Kimberley provides support to staff, parents and community, manages innovative projects and programs that support engagement and participation in Rural and Distance Education.

Kimberley also coordinates the DESU panel which meets once a term to determine student placements to Sir Eric Woodward  Distance Education SpecialUnit.

Martin Dickens: Officer

Martin manages support for programs and strategies to improve educational outcomes, engagement and participation of students from distance education provision and rural schools. Currently Martin is supporting the planning, implementation and reporting of Rural and Remote Initiatives.


Liz Brown: Coordinator Youth at Risk

Liz leads the coordination and implementation of policy, planning and initiatives in programs supporting youth at risk of disengaging from education and those involved in the justice system.

Kim Dwyer: Administration

Kim provides quality administrative support to the rural and distance education team, gives advice on Living Away from Home Allowance, Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme and Boarding scholarships. Ongoing work undertaken by Kim is the management and support of correspondence including briefings, reporting and responses.


Kim Price: Administration

Kim provides quality customer, administrative and clerical support to the rural and distance education team. Kim also provides support to the Rural and Distance Education staff as required, which can be related to the delivery of training preparation and followup.


Kym Knight: Project Officer

Kym manages the coordination of the weekly DE newsletter, DE Symposium organisation, DE Collegial networks and some projects that support engagement and participation in Distance Education. Kym is also coordinating the Online Presentation training for distance education teachers delivered by Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTaRS).

Trevor Gunter: Project Officer

Trevor’s role this year is to develop case study publications to showcase school outcomes in relation to the rural and remote blueprint.

DE School News

Feast of Artists

Last October, 2017, a gathering of students and artists came together for the Feast of Artists event that was held in Dubbo.

Forty Artists, including curators and teachers from the region came together with artists who have been working in Paris, Afghanistan and around Australia in sharing ideas and their artmaking practice with over 300 students and teachers from 29 different schools, including Dubbo School of Distance Education, from the region.

Following this extraordinary event an exhibition was held between 2 February and 26 March in Dubbo at the Charles Sturt University Dubbo Campus celebrating that coming together of artists, curators, teachers and students.

Tamara Lawry coordinated these events working in collaboration with a number of stakeholders, including the DEVAN network members. The network members took the opportunity to create a number of resources for their students.

Southern Cross School of Distance Education Newsletter

Southern Cross SODE has shared their first 2018 issue of their newsletter .

For more information please contact the principal, Danny Henman.


DE Network News

Seeking new network coordinators – History and TAS

Are you interested in being the network coordinator of either the History or TAS Distance Education network?

The position of network coordinator is an important one and is integral to the sharing and collegiality experienced across the distance education schools.

For further information please speak to your principal or contact Kym Knight, Project Officer with RDE, on 63348074.



Tamara Lawry

Introduction to the new coordinator – Tamara Lawry

Tamara Lawry is the new DEVAN coordinator from Dubbo School of Distance Education. She is passionate about developing the knowledge and understanding, skills and values of our Visual Arts students within our schools, Visual Arts networks and communities. As Tamara says, “Visual Arts teachers are creative and critical thinkers with much to share about visual learning and capabilities.”

Tamara has been teaching Visual Arts and Photography predominantly since 1991, and has been at DSODE since 2001. She recently organised the Feast of Artists regional Arts event in Dubbo and has recently curated the exhibition of 32 of the artists who participated in this event at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo.

She has worked with many of the teachers in the network and knows there are a great range of diverse skills and experiences within the group to share.

Tamara is looking forward to meeting everyone via video conference and at their conference this year and working within the Distance Education Visual Arts Network to nurture creativity and collaborations for the benefit of our schools and students.  She espouses the point of view that, “creative, contented, happy workers, practicing artists that are nurturing their own creative souls and development are in a best position to share the joy of Art with our students, staff. So let’s create some exciting opportunities this year.”

For more information, please contact Tamara at Dubbo School of Distance Education on 02 5804 7000.

Thank you to Lindie Matthews

Our thanks to Lindie Matthews, who has relinquished the position of network coordinator after being the DEVAN Network coordinator for the last few years. In that time Lindie has led the network in a collegial and collaborative manner coordinating and supporting a number of initiatives such as the annual DEVAN conferences, resource development and sharing and the recently held Feasts of Artists.

Lindie’s commitment to sharing and collegiality will continue as a network member and supporter of the new network coordinator, Tamar Lawry.


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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