TasTESOL Winter Forum

TasTESOL Winter Forum for EAL/D teachers & LOTE teachers

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Generating authentic ‘real’ language practice for your students: two motivating projects:
1. Hear from Leah Rosebrock & Suzie Han about their creation of a language enrichment program (English and Chinese) at the Collegiate
School, Hobart. Last term Suzie and Leah ran a 5-week program after school for Australian students learning Chinese language (Years 6 – 12). Each week, pairs of Chinese native-speaker students prepared and presented a lesson on an aspect of Chinese culture. There were sessions on food, Tai chi, clothing and other topics.
2. Hear from Lisa Stautmeister from ‘joiningthedots’ about ‘The Welcome
Dinner Project’ (www.joiningthedots.org).
This project focuses on creating social connections between newly arrived
and established Australians through sharing a meal together,
where authentic language practice is a common side-effect.
3. In the final stage of the forum, we’ll share ideas and resources on this
topic. PLEASE BRING ALONG IDEAS or MATERIALS you’ve used
successfully with your students, especially any ideas on how to get
students practicing their English or LOTE outside ‘formal’ classes and in
(near-)authentic contexts.

Thursday 10th August 2017
5pm – 7pm

Derwent Sailing Squadron
23 Marieville Esplanade
Sandy Bay

Members $10
Non-members $20

Cash or cheques only

RSVP by Tue 8th August

contact.tastesol@gmail.com

✓ Light refreshments provided ✓ Drinks available from the bar
Join us for a meal at the venue afterwards.

Square Pegs Tas Dyslexia Support

Conference flyer and registration:  Square Pegs 2017 Conference-27zm3k6

Square Pegs’ Tasmanian 2017 Conference brings together world leading experts in the fields of dyslexia and dyscalculia, who will provide a wealth of valuable information, research and innovative, evidence validated strategies to assist in the successful acquisition of skills in language, literacy and numeracy for all children, including those who learn differently.

OCTOBER 2017 | HOBART
 Friday 6 October – Masterclasses $200
 Saturday 7 October – Conference $320

This jam-packed event is particularly relevant for:
Learning Support Teachers | Principals | Teachers Speech Pathologists | Educational Psychologists Occupational Therapists | Parents

Dr Steve Chinn
International researcher, consultant and author of The Trouble with Maths. Expert in dyscalculia and former Principal of UK specialist dyslexia schools.
Judy Hornigold
Independent UK based education consultant specialising in dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Sarah Asome
Learning and Curriculum Support Leader, Bentleigh West Primary and Victorian Outstanding Teacher awardee.
Bill Hansberry
Specialist in teaching students with dyslexia and training for schools in Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs) and author.
Mandy Nayton
Executive Officer of DSF Literacy and Clinical Services. Educational and developmental psychologist, qualified teacher and current President of AUSPELD.
Professor Michael Rowan
Emeritus Professor at the University of South Australia and co-founder of the Tasmanian Education Ambassadors.
James Justice Bond
Advocate for the rights of children and adults with dyslexia, instrumental in introduction of a number of laws to support people with dyslexia.

Children and young people flourishing in and through education

Professor Kitty te Riele, Deputy Director (Research) from the  Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment | Division of Students & Education addressed NEAT members at the first meeting for 2017 on Tuesday 28 February at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT), Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay from 4.30pm – 6.00pm. The Peter Underwood Centre at the University of Tasmania has as its vision a society in which children and young people flourish in education, and in which they and their communities thus prosper over the whole of their lives. Professor Kitty te Riele provided insights in the work of the Centre towards this vision, including the Children’s University, as well as share some findings of her research around engaging marginalised young people with education. Professor te Riele has made available this  NEAT presentation  – ‘Children and young people flourishing in and through education’.  She has confirmed that she will speak to NEAT members in November this year to share further outcomes of the Centre’s work.

Information was shared about the forthcoming 2nd Education Transforms Symposium at the Sandy Bay Campus of the UTAS from the afternoon of Tuesday 11 July until Friday 14 July 2017. This international meeting brings together scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners to reflect on and share insights about our collective mission to raise aspirations for educational attainment. Questions are posed: How do we support children and young people in need? What cutting-edge strategies work for learning in diverse contexts? How can we work most effectively with families and communities to advance educational attainment?

 

Special Meeting Wednesday November 30 at 4.30pm

Accredited representatives of member associations or their proxy are invited to an extraordinary Special Meeting of the 2016/2017 NEAT Executive management committee:
*  to receive nominations and elect officers to the Secretary and Treasurer filling the casual vacancies occurring at the recent AGM, November 10, at the RYCT; and
*  to ratify the draft revisions of the NEAT Constitution.

Venue/time:  The senior school library at The Hutchins School, 71 Nelson Rd, Sandy Bay at 4.30-5.30pm.

Minutes of AGM 2016 The nomination form is available on the Associations’ page of this blog and the draft changes to the Constitution can be viewed on the Welcome page.

My Education and 2016 NEAT Annual General Meeting

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Hear from guest speaker, Scott Shelton, Manager, My Education, Learning Services Southern Region.  He will address members on the DoE My Education initiative as a  supportive and inclusive approach to career education.

The AGM will follow on from this general Term 4 NEAT Meeting at 4.30pm – 5.30pm, where Member Association Executives are invited to attend to discuss or share any new endeavours, successes or issues and recommendations for the year ahead. Refreshments provided.

Thursday 10 November
4.30 pm – 5.30 pm      Scott Shelton
5.30 pm – 6.00 pm     AGM

ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF TASMANIA

AGM Agenda
Minutes and actions of the 2015 AGM
President’s Report
Secretary/Treasurer’s Report
Constitution
Election of office bearers and nomination-form-2016
for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Public Officer and Executive Committee
Other business

Please return nominations to the NEAT postal address:
Returning Officer,
PO BOX 5057
UTAS Sandy Bay
Tas 7005

President: Wayne Brown
Vic-President Jenny Dudgeon
Sec/Tres. Jill Abell

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ABN 65 688 156 170

Source of featured image:   My Education

TASITE launches new website and social media

logotasite The Tasmanian Society for Information Technology in Education (TASITE) is a cross-sectoral association for teachers and support staff using information and communications technologies across all education levels. Membership ranges in disciplines across the curriculum, from early childhood to the tertiary sector, and includes specialist IT and vocational teachers in compulsory years of schooling, tertiary teachers, academics and researchers, teacher librarians, technicians, technical/teacher aides and other support personnel. TASITE was established in 1991 (then known as CESIGT) from the amalgamation of long standing regional groups. The objectives are to promote knowledge of the applications of information technology in teaching and learning and to play a role in teachers’ professional development.

TASITE organises workshops, talks by guest speakers and site visits to educational, scientific and cultural organisations supporting education. The association promotes professional communication through an online discussion list, a monthly newsletter, a contact database of interested members’ skills and membership of state, national and international associations. TASITE was set up as a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Tasmanian member of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), the umbrella body for state groups and national representative at international forums.

It is also a member of Network of Educational Associations Tasmania (NEAT) and the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE).

Sign up for the newsletter and get support with your Digital Technologies Curriculum in K-12 at The Digital Technologies Hub or read more about it here.

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ACER Review of Years 9-12 education in Tasmania

Read the first set of issues papers that were released for the ACER Review of Years 9 to 12 in Tasmania. They examine current general topics about Australian education and specific topics about secondary education in Tasmania. Thus, they can inform the the work of NEAT’s member associations in Tasmania.

During the Review, ACER intends to develop brief summaries of issues as they develop from discussions, consultations and submissions.

Download issues papers from the links at https://www.acer.edu.au/tasmania-912-review/issues-papers

Five Challenges in Australian School Education, by Geoff N Masters AO (May 2016) PDF

Out-of-field Teaching in Australian Secondary Schools, by Paul Weldon (June 2016) PDF

Retention, Progression and Participation Rates in Tasmanian Schools, 2006-2015, by ACER (August 2016) PDF

NEAT a stakeholder in Tasmania’s Curriculum Framework Advisory Group

A new Communique from the Curriculum Framework Advisory Group meeting of 26 July 2016 has been uploaded to the Tasmanian Dept of Education’s  Years 11 and 12 website.  It will be part of the documentation provided to ACER being the consultants undertaking the Years 9 – 12 Review recently announced in the 2016 – 2017 Tasmanian Budget.

The Network of Educational Associations of Tasmania (NEAT) is a stakeholder in the CFAG broad membership base across the education sector. The purpose of the CFAG is to provide strategic advice to the Secretary and Minister for Education in relation to the development or revision of the curriculum for senior secondary education across Tasmania.

 

Congratulations TATE

Erica Boas and that Daniel Howard the APTA Awards ceremony in Sydney on June 4, 2016 to accept the TATE’s Innovative Association Award. This Award recognizes the dedicated TATE team of volunteers contributing to the teaching profession.IMG_5539

THE 2016 AGTA ROADSHOW

Geography Teachers Assoc Tas Geog

THE 2016 AGTA ROADSHOW

Interpreting & implementing the Australian Curriculum: Geography/HASS F-10

DATE: Friday May 13
VENUE: St Mary’s College, Harrington Street, Hobart
PRESENTERS: Susan Caldis, Dr Grant Kleeman, Malcolm McInerney

Dr Grant Kleeman is one of Australia’s leading geography educators. He has been closely involved in curriculum development at a state and national level for more than 25 years. Grant has written more than 40 Geography textbooks and numerous peer-reviewed articles. He is the Chair of AGTA and recently retired as Director, Teacher Education at Macquarie University–Sydney.

Susan Caldis is an experienced geography educator who places great emphasis on the role of fieldwork and inquiry based methodologies in bringing geography to life for her students and colleagues. She returned to a school based position to pursue her love of teaching geography after leading the development of the Australian Curriculum: Geography at ACARA. Susan also teaches the Geography Methodology course at university to pre-service teachers.

Malcolm McInerney is formerly Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Curriculum Manager in the South Australian Department for Education. Malcolm has been heavily involved in the teaching and promotion of geography, history and civics and citizenship education over the years and has a keen interest in the use of spatial technology in the classroom. From 2008-2013 Malcolm was the Chair of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association (AGTA) and the Executive Director of the Education Services Australia (ESA)/AGTA GeogSpace project (resources for the Australian Curriculum).

COST: TGTA Member $99, Non TGTA Member $165

Have you thought about becoming a TGTA Member? http://tasmaniageographyteachersassociation.weebly.com/

REGISTRATION  Program and Registration form

Digital technologies: Ian Jukes is coming to Tasmania

Mike Frost & Associates – Education and Training Consultancy [www.mikefrostassociates.com.au] requests that the NEAT network in Tasmania is informed that Ian Jukes, an international presenter on the impact of emerging digital technology on teaching and learning is proposing an ‘up close and personal’ events schedule across Australia in June and July 2016. He last came to Tasmania in 2005 as part of the 10 day conference extravaganza Leading Lifelong Learning hosted by the Tasmanian Government and he was the outstanding presenter amongst a group of international speakers. Most recently he was at the Edutech Conference in Brisbane. Mike attaches a InfoSavvy21 Event Presentation Information-Teacher AUS Final copy (002) promotional flyer which will tell you more about Ian and his proposed program for Australia.  He will advise dates in the near future.

Saul Eslake on improving educational outcomes in Tasmania

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On Thursday, August 13 at the RYCT, Saul Eslake spoke with professional teaching association members on key strategies for improving educational outcomes. He is an independent economist. Formerly Chief Economist at Merrill Lynch, Mr Eslake is well known throughout Australia and internationally as an incisive commentator on economic, educational and social issues. He has kindly made the paper supporting his address available to members on this NEAT blog. In addition, he provided his research report of a presentation in Launceston on June 19, 2015 to the Tasmanian Leaders’ Forum wherein a number of the charts illustrate some of the strands in his presentation to teachers.  The link to that research paper: Saul Eslake 2015-06-19 Tasmanian Leaders Forum

Saul Eslake’s official website with his extensive research and video commentary is Saul Eslake Economist

New TCCI report, Tasmania Report 2015 compiled by Saul Eslake includes a chapter on Tasmanian education:

http://www.tcci.com.au/getattachment/Events/Tasmania-Report/Report/TCCI-Tasmania-Report-2015-FINAL.pdf.aspx

Welcome

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Welcome to the Network of Educational Associations of Tasmania (NEAT). Our blog will eventually replace the website at www.neat.tas.edu.au to enable the executive groups in each member association in Tasmania to contribute news, celebrate events and post general information for all members in a speedy and effective manner. Hence, a Facebook and Twitter site is associated with the blog.

Neat Executive members are looking forward to sharing news from member associations and photos from events as they happen.  Member associations are asked to subscribe and forward logos if approved for re-use.

Charles Morgan
President

Louisa Rennie

PATHWAYS TO LEADERSHIP

Louisa Rennie

Louisa Rennie

Following the cancellation of the November forum, the rescheduled time will be early 2016. Louisa Rennie, Director of the Australian Principal Certification Program at Principals Australia Institute, will present a NEAT session for aspiring leaders.

Louisa will share recent research by the Institute on leadership and engage in a dialogue with principals, assistant principals and teachers.

Saul Eslake

IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES IN TASMANIA

Saul Eslake

Saul Eslake

On August 13, Dr Saul Eslake will present a session on the strategies needed to improve educational outcomes in Tasmania. Dr Eslake is Chief Economist at Merrill Lynch and is well known throughout Australia and internationally as an incisive commentator on economic, educational and social issues.

Neil Cranston

Professional Learning

Professional Learning

RETAINING STUDENTS BEYOND YEAR 10

Neil Cranston Neil Cranston

On Thursday June 25th from 4.30 -5.30 pm, Professor Neil Cranston will present the findings of a three-year ARC Linkage Project entitled Beyond Year 10 at a NEAT meeting. The project was a partnership between a team from the Faculty of Education and the Department of Education.

The project aimed to investigate factors that influence student retention beyond the compulsory years of schooling in rural, regional and disadvantaged communities. Students in Grades 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11 from over 75 Tasmanian schools were targeted, along with school and college principals, teachers, parents and members of the community.

The findings are significant for Tasmanian education in all sectors.

 

2015 NEAT Scholarship winners announced

 

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Jenny Dudgeon ECE              Imogen Gray

NEAT received a number of high quality applications for scholarships this year. NEAT scholarships support the attendance of committed professional association members at their national conference.

Successful applicants were Jenny Dudgeon from the Early Childhood Educators Association (ECE) and Imogen Gray from the Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English (TATE). Since 2008, NEAT has provided 30 scholarships to Tasmanian teachers.

 

Claire Madden

ENGAGING WITH GENERATION Z

Claire Madden  Claire Madden

Claire Madden is a social researcher and Director of Research at the internationally recognised McCrindle Research. She is a next-gen expert, fluent in the social media, youth culture and engagement styles of today’s kids, tweens and teens, and a professional in interpreting what this means for educators and parents.

In March, Claire addressed over 100 participants on Engaging with Generation Z. The sessions received very positive feedback from teachers, school leaders and parents.

McCrindle resources can be accessed at http://www.mccrindle.com.au/.

 

neat is networking!

smallneatWelcome to the Network of Educational Associations of Tasmania (NEAT). Our blog will eventually replace the website at www.neat.tas.edu.au to enable the executive groups in each member association in Tasmania to contribute news, celebrate events and post general information for all members in a speedy and effective manner. Hence, a Facebook and Twitter site is associated with the blog.

Neat Executive members are looking forward to sharing news from member associations and photos from events as they happen.  Member associations are asked to subscribe and forward logos if approved for re-use.

Charles Morgan
President