DE News 2018 T1 W10

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“The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.”
William Arthur Ward

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

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

Presentation Skills Training

Over the last month, approximately 60 teachers from Distance Education and Access Program schools attended a days training, facilitated by the Australian Film and Telvision School, on enhancing their presentations skills. The feedback from the teachers has indicated that the training was worthwhile, with many teachers commenting that they now have a better understanding of how their body language, voice pitch, tone and positioning affects the engagement levels of their students.

Karabar DEC, Camden Haven DEC and Dubbo School of Distance Education hosted the training at their schools, whilst teachers from NSW School of Languages attended the AFTaRS training facility.

DE School News

The fourth edition for 2018 of Southern Cross SODE newsletter has been uploaded for you to read.

Parent feedback – DESU


The first year of schooling is a critical time for the wellbeing and engagement  of the student. DESU has received positive feedback from a parent of their child in their first year. This article communicates the the amazing opportunity their child Harry has received through his schooling at DESU.


DE Network News

Wellbeing Collegial Network meeting

DE Wellbeing Network Conference – 22-23 March 2018

Teachers at Wellbeing Conference

This term, representatives across the various distance education schools came together for the inaugural DE Wellbeing Network Conference that was held at Sydney Distance Education High School. Over the course of 2 days, colleagues were engaged in a range of wellbeing discussions, including guest speakers from Youth off the Streets, Behavability: Youth Mental Health First Aid and the Australian Anti Ice Campaign. These sessions led to many rich and varied discussions, with plans in the future to meet using video conferencing to follow-up on mental health programs and initiatives discussed during the conference.

A huge congratulations to Rachel Angus from Sydney Distance Education High School for her organisation of the conference and enthusiastic leadership. ​

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.



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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