Once again we had a fantastic turn out at last week's PLN meeting. Click on the image below to access a copy of Steve's presentation from the morning session. Please note the file may take a few moments to load due to its size.
Fantastic day today with amazing educators. To find presentations from today click on "PLAT" from the menu, then "PLAT Professional Learning Resources"
At The Principal Learning Network on Friday I used a simple process to determine the number of top 2 band results that schools were aiming to achieve. Please see above and contact me if you would like me to assist you.
Check out the great stuff WWHS has been doing with their STEM initiative, as reported in The Newcastle Herald - see article below.
Download the WWHS STEM showcase presentation. (Please note this is a large media file and may take a few minutes to access).
THE ‘‘wealth, health and prosperity of the nation’’ depends on students just like those in West Wallsend High’s maths and science program.
That’s the opinion of Dr Terry Burns, the director of University of Newcastle’s Science and Engineering Challenge.
The ME Program, a Regional Development Hunter initiative, brings schools, training providers and industries together to boost enrolment in science, technology, engineering and maths – the ‘‘STEM’’ subjects.
Dr Burns said the program was helping overcome the ‘‘hard sell’’ of convincing students to enrol in courses that lead to jobs that do not yet exist.
Dr Burns said ‘‘compelling’’ evidence showed the ME and similar programs were increasing university enrolments in science and engineering subjects on their way to becoming science and technology professionals.
‘‘They are the ones who are shaping the future,’’ he said.
West Wallsend High students showed off their robotic manufacturing skills on Wednesday as the Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro visited the school.
‘‘Over the past five years 7500 students have taken part in the program and this has helped increase participation by Hunter students – especially girls – in HSC science and maths to above the state average,’’ Mr Barilaro said.
The visit followed a Federal government backflip decision to extend the program’s funding for another year.
RDA Hunter had been told the program, which runs in 52 Hunter schools, would no longer be funded by Department of Defence.
Following a Newcastle Herald investigation in June funding was restored.
Mr Barilaro said the ME Program was important in reversing high youth unemployment in the region.
‘‘The Hunter needs a highly-skilled workforce not only to maintain a productive and progressive economy, but to generate the ideas, develop the technology for the innovative businesses of tomorrow,’’ Mr Barilaro said.
“Students attending an ME Program school are twice as likely to undertake engineering studies and are significantly more likely to complete higher education.”
Mr Barilaro also launched the Study Hunter initiative.
The RDA Hunter, University of Newcastle and Hunter Tafe initiative aims to bring more international students to study in the Hunter
Article as published in The Newcastle Herald
PRINCIPAL AND EXECUTIVE TOOLKIT: SUPPORTING TEACHERS WHO ARE APPLYING FOR THE HIGHER LEVELS OF ACCREDITATION
The following accreditation resources can be found in the Leadership and High Performance section of the DoE intranet and the BOSTES accreditation website.
Check out the new Teaching Standards in Action website to access a range of professional learning resources to further support teachers and executive to unpack the processes associated with the higher levels of accreditation.
These resources will provide executive with information essential to supporting teachers who are thinking about and/or undertaking the higher levels of accreditation journey.
Note: these resources are current as of March 15, 2016. Always check that you are accessing the most up to date procedures and support documents.
The following resources were created by teachers who lead the Lake Macquarie Casual and Temp Network, supported by the Teacher Quality Advisor.
There is currently much discussion around 21st Century Learning and future-focused learning. I am a believer in Simon Sinek's "Golden Circle" and believe in the necessity of understanding the "Why". I have recently delivered presentations that ask questions around the purpose of education in the future and find the video clip below very useful to stimulate staff thinking.
Did you know that the Department had an area called:
Centre for Educational Statistics and Evaluation
CESE provide a wonderful service that has yet to be promoted or used to full effectiveness. For example, if you are considering piloting a new literacy or numeracy program you might be interested to learn that CESE have measured the overall effectiveness of numerous programs that may add additional evidence to your decision.
I have attached a great document that was published in 2014 that I think would be a great PL activity for Executive or an entire teaching staff.
The Hub is an initiative of the Lake Macquarie Network of Schools.