APTA aims to provide leadership that supports and advances professional teaching associations by being a voice for the profession and building a supportive network for collaborative activities, projects and research.
The AGM will follow the June NEAT Meeting – a conversation with Dr Jennifer Buckingham at 6.00pm, where Member Association management committees are invited to attend to discuss or share any new endeavours, successes or issues and recommendations for the year ahead. Refreshments provided. This will be an important meeting for state-drawn financial members and the incoming NEAT management committee to make strategic decisions for the future advocacy role of NEAT in Tasmania and its affiliation as a joint council with the national umbrella association, APTA.
The NEAT nomination form is available. Please forward to email: email@example.com by June 26th. The 2018 Subscription form is due and also attached on the Associations’ page for calendar year subscriptions
Tuesday 26 June, 2018
Time: 4.30 pm for 5.30 pm – 6.00 pm
Guest speaker: Dr Jennifer Buckingham
AGM: 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Minutes and actions of the 2017 – 8 AGM
Election of office bearers – nomination-form for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Officer and Executive Committee
Please return nominations to the NEAT postal address or have available on June 26th:
Returning Officer, PO BOX 5057, UTAS Sandy Bay, Tas 7005
Current management committee:
President: Dr Jill Abell
Vic-President Dr Julie Rimes
Treasurer: Isobel Williams
Committee: Wendy Ross, Linda Bonnitcha, Sally Gill [until Feb 2018]
ABN 65 688 156 170
Dr. Jennifer Buckingham, Senior Research Fellow and Director of FIVE from FIVE project, The Centre for Independent Studies [www.cis.org.au] will address School leaders, Literacy co-ordinators and all interested teachers from NEAT Member Associations on
Tuesday 26 June,
4.30 pm for 5.00 pm at the
RYCT, Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay, Hobart
There is more sound research evidence on how children learn to read and the most effective ways to teach them than on any other aspect of education. Yet low literacy is still a major problem in Tasmania and across Australia. Dr. Jennifer Buckingham will discuss what she has learned from twenty years working on education policy and her research on reading instruction.
CIS and AITSL biography excerpts:
Dr. Buckingham is a Board member of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL); Associate Investigator, Centre for Cognition and Its Disorders (CCD), and Macquarie University Council member Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA). She commenced as an AITSL Director on 2 June 2015. At the Centre for Independent Studies, Dr. Buckingham has been researching and writing on education policy for over 15 years. She currently leads the CIS FIVE from FIVE Literacy Project, which aims to bridge the gap between research and practice in reading instruction.
Dr Buckingham’s main area of work is school education and she has published papers on school funding, international assessments, NAPLAN and My School, teacher training and employment, class size, and educational disadvantage. In early 2017, she chaired an expert advisory panel for the Australian government on the introduction of a national Year 1 literacy and numeracy assessment. Dr. Buckingham has a Ph.D. in literacy and social disadvantage from Macquarie University. She also acts as an Associate Investigator with the Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.
Dr Buckingham has been at the forefront of the debate on education matters for more than a decade, with hundreds of articles in major newspapers and regular radio appearances. Her future work at CIS will continue to focus on school choice and funding, accountability for student performance, and effective instruction.
For more information about FIVE from FIVE, visit the website at www.fivefromfive.org.au.
RSVP ‘attending’ to firstname.lastname@example.org
The NEAT AGM 2017-2018 will follow the conversations with Dr Buckingham
What are the current and future strategic priorities for Tasmanian Education and Training?
All teacher networks across the government and non-government sectors are invited. This is a great chance for TATE, THTA, MLTAT, TASITE, STAT, TasTESOL, TATA, OET, CDAA, ECET, ALEA, ASLA, TMTA, and all member associations to join school and curriculum leaders to discuss current issues and reviews.
Monday, May 28 at 5 PM – 6 PM, Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
Refreshments from 4.30pm
Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay
This meeting is free of charge. Member Associations are affiliated with the Network of Education Associations of Tasmania Inc (NEAT) http://www.neat.tas.edu.au/ which is part of APTA – the federation of state and territory joint councils of teacher professional associations.
RSVP: Email in subject line “Attending” to email@example.com by Friday May 25 to facilitate catering.
Languages build communities
TasTESOL 2018 Annual Conference & AGM
SATURDAY 19th May 2018
Sacred Heart College
2 Cross Street, New Town, Hobart
9.00am – 4.15pm
Conference Registration form and Memebership form links below
Membership of TasTESOL, a non-profit organisation, is open to all EAL/D (ESL) teaching and administration practitioners, and to anyone interested in intercultural issues, language and literacy.
Your membership fee to TasTESOL entitles you to:
- Discounted professional learning for teachers at our Forums and Annual Conference
- E-bulletins from the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) and TasTESOL concerning TESOL-related events and issues, interesting resources and articles, and the work of your committee
- Reduced registration rates for the international ACTA conferences (held every 2 years)
- Free access to ACTA’s journal ‘TESOL in Context’ at http://tesolincontext.com.au
The membership year is 1st Jan to 31st Dec and fees are due on 1st Nov of the preceding year.
To apply for or renew membership: 2018 M’ship & Conf form and send it to us with a cheque, money order or internet deposit details.
EITHER post a hardcopy to
TasTESOL Treasurer, PO Box 146, Battery Point, Tas. 7004 OR scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
News on the national teacher registration review. Minister Birmingham said AITSL would facilitate the review that was being led by Mr Chris Wardlaw PSM, currently Chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Deputy Chair of AITSL as well as announcing a panel of eight education experts.
“The Review will look at the extent to whether there is national consistency in teacher registration processes across the country, including identifying examples of best practice, challenges and barriers. It will also look at the rigour with which the agreed Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, a driver for teacher quality, are applied in states and territories,” Chris Wardlaw, Chair of the National Review of Teacher Registration Expert Panel said. “Consultation is critical for the Review, and the independent expert panel intends to consult with a broad range of voices in every state and territory. “We invite anyone who would like to have a voice on the review to visit the AITSL website for details of the consultation. We would especially urge teachers and principals to participate in the consultation process. “Our teachers deserve to get the same level of support and development, no matter which state or territory they live in. The review will let us know the extent to which that is currently the case, and will make recommendations to improve the experience and impact for educators. The test for any changes would be that there is benefit for students in classrooms right across Australia,” Ms Rodgers said. The Expert Panel is expected to report back to Education Council later in the year
The Public Education Foundation is a national charity dedicated to supporting students and educators at public schools, predominantly via the delivery of scholarships and also advocating for public education. Around for almost 10 years now much of the work focuses on students in NSW, but the Foundation is actively working to expand the reach of some scholarships available for primary teachers at government schools nationally.
The First State Super Teachers Scholarship is designed to assist public primary school teachers who are teaching Early Stage One or Stage One. The Scholarship provides up to $10,000 to be spent on professional development.
The Teachers Health Early Career Scholarship supports public primary school teachers in the first three years of their career. The Scholarship provides up to $10,000 to be spent on professional development.
Applications for these opportunities close on 20 February 2018. Further contact is available from Michelle Stanhope, General Manager
NEAT invites teachers to an after-school session:
THE RESILIENT MINDSET
DATE: 26 September, 2017
TIME: 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm
VENUE: Guilford Young College
(Hobart Campus) Assembly area
COST: Free to NEAT Members $25 (incl gst) non-Members.
REGISTER [link for registration form and further details about the seminar.]
NB: The full day session on Neuroscience and Learning has been postponed until 2018.
Andrew will cover how to establish a resilient mindset (classroom and and school), how to create a culture of co-operation in schools, strategies to help anxious and avoidant people to create the mindset, overcoming anxieties related to learning, optimal performance strategies in challenging moments, and how teachers and parents can intervene with behavioural problems effectively. This second and different event is free for Tasmanian teachers who are registered with NEAT’s Member Associations.
Afternoon tea provided 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm
PARKING: Access via Patrick or Barrack St.
Andrew Fuller is the Director of Resilient Youth that has developed the resilience of over 160,000 young people. He works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally to develop practical strategies that teachers and parents can use to help young people reach their potential. He is the author of bestselling books, such as Unlocking Your Child’s Genius and Tricky Teens, and has also co-authored a series of programs for the promotion of resilience and emotional intelligence used in over 3500 schools in Britain and Australia.
Andrew is a clinical psychologist and specialises in the well-being of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne.
TasTESOL Winter Forum for EAL/D teachers & LOTE teachers
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
Thursday 10th August 2017
5pm – 7pm
Derwent Sailing Squadron
23 Marieville Esplanade
Cash or cheques only
RSVP by Tue 8th August
✓ Light refreshments provided ✓ Drinks available from the bar
Join us for a meal at the venue afterwards.
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.
Independent UK based education consultant specialising in dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Learning and Curriculum Support Leader, Bentleigh West Primary and Victorian Outstanding Teacher awardee.
Specialist in teaching students with dyslexia and training for schools in Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs) and author.
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.
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?
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.
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
Minutes and actions of the 2015 AGM
Election of office bearers and nomination-form-2016
for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Public Officer and Executive Committee
Please return nominations to the NEAT postal address:
PO BOX 5057
UTAS Sandy Bay
President: Wayne Brown
Vic-President Jenny Dudgeon
Sec/Tres. Jill Abell
ABN 65 688 156 170
Source of featured image: My Education
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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: