DE News 2018 T4 W05

Published on: Author: martindickens

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
– Roger Lewin


RDE School News

Kimberley Hill, Rural and Distance Education Advisor, presenting to the schools.

Rural and Remote Careers Education Symposium – Wagga Wagga

On the 7th November, teachers from across rural schools in southern NSW participated in the Rural and Remote Careers Education Symposium at the Wagga Wagga RSL Club.

The 2018 Rural and Remote Careers Initiative was a joint project coordinated by Rural and Distance Education and Senior Pathways to target the implementation of the K-12 Careers Continuum in primary and secondary school settings. Following an Expression of Interest Process in late 2017, six projects were provided $20, 000 flexible funding to develop a sustainable careers education initiative involving primary and secondary students in the local community. Each project was expected to:

Kimberely and teachers reading their collaborative responses.

  • develop innovative and creative careers education processes that will strengthen the smooth transition from primary and secondary schools
  • raise student expectations and pathways into further study and or training
  • provide teachers with professional learning
  • provide quality school leadership
  • establish strong relationships with the community
  • establish a monitoring, review and evaluation process founded on evidence based data.

Engaged teachers at the training.

As part of the day, presentations were provided by Young High School, Coolamon Central School and Ardlethan Central School to an audience of teachers on activities and planning for their projects this year. Both staff and students showcased the high quality of their programs, highlighting the excellent work our rural schools are currently undertaking to ensure primary and secondary students are exposed to a number of career and post-school pathways.

For more information please contact Martin Dickens, Rural and Distance Education Officer. Martin can be contacted on 02 6334 8184.

DE Schools news

DE Peschool’s news (SOTA and Dubbo SODE)

Teachers enjoying a meal together after their preschool network meeting.

There are four distance education preschool units in NSW, two at School of the Air Broken Hill (SOTA) and two at Dubbo School of Distance Education (DSODE). Previous to the establishment of the Rural and Remote Preschool Strategy the distance education centres worked in isolation and had very little exposure to current practices and professional learning. Inclusion in the Rural and Remote Preschool Network has had a significant impact on the development of our educators, the programs our centres deliver and our connection to our communities. Some key highlights from this partnership are:

  • Inclusion in a professional preschool network instead of working in isolation in separate distance education centres.
  • Exposure to a very diverse and rich group of experienced early childhood educators.
  • Collaboration to develop a shared purpose statement for the network that is regularly reviewed. Our educators are invested in this network because they feel valued and have shared ownership.
  • Access to professional learning to develop deeper understanding that has resulted in educators feeling more confident and fluent in their understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
  • Revision of current distance education preschool resources resulting in the development of new materials that are aligned to current preschool pedagogy.
  • Development of new supervisor materials and provision of professional learning opportunities to explain the principles and practices of the EYLF.
  • Change of practices at face to face preschool days – indoor and outdoor spaces are created and managed differently to ensure collaboration between children, the development of creative thinking and the promotion of self-regulation and problem solving.
  • Access to quality professional learning at educator and leadership level

The two DE schools conduct regular visits between their centres to share planning and resources and undertake annual visits with wider networks including educators at John Brotchie Nursery School and state office staff. Our Distance education educators are confidently forward thinking and leaders in local preschool networks.

For more information please contact either:

  • Kylie Green, Principal SOTA, 08 8087 3565
  • Kristina Powell, Assistant Principal Dubbo SODE, 02 5804 7000.

DE Collegial Network news

PDHPE DE Collegial network

The PDHPE network is well underway with their writing for the new PDHPE syllabus due for implementation in 2019. All DE’s are involved in the development of the units with each one responsible for a particular aspect.

Once the materials have been created the DE’s will share and distribute to their students.

For more information please contact Richard Mills, Head Teacher and DE Collegial network coordinator, at Southern Cross SODE on 02 6681 0300.

Twitterspheric 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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