DE News 2018 T1 W09

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“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Stephen Hawking, 1942 to 2018.

DE Symposium Details

Date: Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August

Venue: Rydges World Square, Sydney

Audience: Distance Education and Access Program Schools – Executive and teachers P-12

DE Symposium Workshops

Twenty four interesting and informative workshops will be offered at the symposium, ranging from 30 minute lecture style through to 60 and 90 minute interactive workshops.

We are very excited by the variety, diversity and even spread across the four theme areas.

Watch this space

More information and details will be provided as they become available, such as:

  • Registration process
  • Symposium structure
  • Support from schools for a video that showcases an initiative
  • Collegial Network and workshop session details

Please contact any member of the planning team for more information.

  • Kym Knight – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator, RDE State Office, 02 6334 8074
  • Sharon Hodgson – DE Symposium Planning Coordinator, Southern Cross SODE, 66810300
  • 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

Sharon Hodgson

Danielle Elvy

Danielle Elvy

Jenny Ballhausen

Jenny Ballhausen

Crystal Stanford

Crystal Stanford

Sueanne Matthews

Kym Knight

 Martin Dickens

RDE News

Kimberley Hill and Angela Bottaro-Porter

Virtual Mathematics Network

Kimberley met with Angela Bottaro-Porter – Mathematics Virtual mEsh Coordinator at Forbes high School  to support Angela in the professional learning that is being coordinated across the Wagga Wagga Directorate and ongoing support for Stage 6 teachers in the new curriculum.

Feel free to contact them if your staff would like any support in Stage 6 mathematics and to be part of the networks developing resources for the new curriculum or

Kimberley Hill and Michael Wood

Mathematics, Science and Agriculture – school visits  

Kimberley Hill (RDE) and Michael Wood (Rural and Remote Advisor for Futures Learning), along with Shantha Liyanage and Lorraine Beveridge (Research Team- Sydney Office)  have been visiting rural school to discuss how mathematics, science and agriculture are being taught in the rural context, the blockers and enablers of delivering high quality curriculum in these areas.

Kimberley and Michael were welcomed warmly by staff in the schools and said, “Thank you to schools who hosted the team on the ground and virtually.”​

DE School News

Georgina Clarke

HSC Textile and Design student success

DSODE congratulate 2017 Textile and Design HSC student Georgina Clarke for her inclusion in the 2017 Texstyle exhibition at Rosehill Racecourse. The exhibition was launched at a presentation evening on Thursday 8 March. Georgina is pictured here next to her award winning Major Textiles Project.

Certificates were presented to exhibiting students and schools by Ms Jackie Breden, Senior Curriculum Officer, Technology Education, NESA and Ms Lyndall Foster, Executive Director Curriculum Standards, NESA. Over 120 guests including students, principals, family and friends attended the event.

Held in conjunction with the Rosehill Stitches and Craft Show from 2 to 11 March, Texstyle profiled 39 Major Textiles Projects from the 2017 HSC Textiles and Design Course. An additional 12 Major Textiles Projects are on display at Shape 2017 Powerhouse Museum and is open until 6 May


DE Network News

DEVAN Collegial Network meeting

The DEVAN network met on 9 February via video conference with the following actions:

Reviewed the network aim and activities:

  • Write and share learning resources and organise PL opportunities
  • oordinator to facilitate VC and conferences, coordinate sharing of ideas and projects.
  • considerations – New Syllabus draft being released for Stage 4,5 – future writing needs
  • DECs to contribute and update shared resources on G drive
  • continue with an Annual conference to maintain network connections for members and develop resources and receive professional learning, and
  • proposals for new collaborative writing projects.

For more information please contact Tamara Lawry at Dubbo SODE on 5804 7000.

PDHPE Collegial Network news

Members of the PDHPE Collegial network met recently at Sydney DEHS and began the process of renewing their plan to move forward and work together on the implementation of the new syllabus. Network members are sharing resources and activities they have created.

Richard Mills, network coordinator, can be contacted at Southern Cross SODE – 6681 0300 for more information.

DE Collegial Networks – Contact details

There are twenty three networks operating across the DE schools ranging from Pre-school through to Year 12. The current DE Collegial Network list is available.

For more information please contact a network coordinator or Kym Knight on 63348074.



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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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