DE News 2018 T4 W07

Published on: Author: martindickens

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
Stephen King

RDE news

Rural and Remote Careers Education Symposium – Tamworth

 On the 21st November, Rural and Distance Education, in conjunction with Senior Pathways, coordinated the second symposium that featured school presentations from successful participants of the 2018 Rural and Remote Careers Education Initiative.

The program targeted rural schools to promote the implementation of the K-12 Careers Continuum across primary and secondary school settings. Schools received $20,000 flexible funding after completing an Expression of Interest (EOI) application which was assessed by representatives from Rural and Distance Education and Senior Pathways. Each project was expected to:

  • 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 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.

Schools selected to present at Tamworth included Yeoval Central School, Tenterfield High School and Bowraville Central School. As part of their presentation, each school demonstrated ways they have embedded careers education into the learning programs of different faculties and stage groups across their rural community. It was fantastic to see the excellent support provided by each school’s local community and the efforts of various teachers to map their activities to syllabus outcomes and VET competencies.

DE School news

School presentations

Schools are busy conducting or preparing for their student presentations days.

We wish all students, parents/caregivers and school staff our best wishes and know that these days offer great opportunities to celebrate the many successes achieved through the year.

DE Collegial Network news

Primary DE Collegial Network news

Primary teachers from five DE centres have begun the planning and collaboration to produce exciting new PD/H/PE units in line with the requirements of the new curriculum.

These teachers, as a planning team, will meet in a central location in Term 1, 2019 and work with a PD/H/PE Advisor from State Office to get the writing process underway.

Writing of the new units will begin late Term 1, 2019. Teachers involved in the writing of the new units will undertake the seven-hour online course “Unpacking the PD/H/PE K-10 Syllabus” and will be guided and supported by the PD/H/PE Advisor, the planning team and ourselves.

A Primary Network meeting will be held in Term 1, 2019 to provide further information about this writing and to discuss other primary related items that could be shared and supported through the network.

For more information please contact the network coordinators, Kate Murphy (SOTA Hay Campus 02 6993 1882) and Julie Baldwin (SOTA Broken Hill Campus – 08 8087 3565).

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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