ACER’s Masterclass: General Capabilities – Hobart Wednesday March 25 at the RYCT.

Network of Educational Associations of Tasmania (NEAT) is supporting ACER to keep Tasmanian school curriculum leaders in mind, by enabling the one-day Masterclass  General Capabilities in Tasmania next month. The venue will be Hobart’s RYCT, Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

The information that follows will also be listed in DoE Infostream, TCEO news and social media but your attention is gratefully received as well as this session is ideally suited for curriculum officers, school groups, those undertaking action research projects around the AC and of course, Tasmania’s Years 9-12 project leaders.

Register online:

Contact for this event: 
Moamar Nur
Tel: +61 7 3238 9000

Description of the event:  There is increasing emphasis on the assessing and teaching of General Capabilities, but educators still find this a challenging task. The integration of capabilities such as critical thinking, creative thinking and collaboration can be difficult to identify and engage with meaningfully within teachers’ existing discipline-based curriculum and pedagogy, and even harder to assess developmentally and authentically.

In this full-day Masterclass led by Dr Claire Scoular and Jonathan Heard, participants will learn how to apply the ACER General Capabilities assessment framework to a teaching unit of their own.

In Part 1 of the Masterclass, participants will be introduced to the ACER General Capabilities assessment framework. This will include:

  • Overview of an assessment framework with reference to the research evidence from which it was informed
  • A detailed conceptualisation of three capabilities: of collaboration, critical thinking, and creative thinking
  • A problem-based learning module for assessing and teaching the capabilities
  • Examples of student data and how these can be interpreted in reference to levels of proficiency.

In Part 2 of the Masterclass, participants will take part in a guided process to produce a draft of a problem-based assessment of capabilities collaboration, critical thinking and creative thinking that they can apply in their own practice. Working either in school groups or individually, participants will be guided through a series of hands-on activities adapting the ACER’s assessment framework and capability definitions to produce an assessment for their own year levels and/or subject area.

Dates:  25 February (Melbourne), 11 March (Brisbane), 12 March (Sydney), 18 March (Adelaide), 1 April (Perth) and 25 March (Hobart)

9:30 am                               Registration, tea and coffee
10:00 am – 12:00 pm       PART 1: A framework for assessing and teaching General Capabilities
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm       Lunch
12:45 pm – 4:00 pm         PART 2: Applying the framework in your own classroom

Dr Claire Scoular is a Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research whose interests revolve around improvement of psychological measurement and assessment practices. She has recently investigated the development of measurement methodologies and assessment tools for 21st-century skills including problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking, information literacy, creative thinking and learning in digital networks, in both traditional and automated test delivery systems. Claire is working with several developing countries to integrate 21st-century skills into their education systems and build capacity in this area. Before joining ACER, Claire led research projects at the Assessment Research Centre and the Assessment, Curriculum, and Technology Research Centre. Claire gained her PhD at the University of Melbourne in automated measurement methodologies of 21st-century skills. Prior to this Claire worked as a psychologist in measurement, diagnosis and intervention in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Jonathan Heard is a Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research in the Assessment and Reporting Division. He develops test content and instructional resources for verbal reasoning, reading and critical thinking assessments. He is also a member of the Centre for Assessment Reform and Innovation (CARI) project team, investigating alternative, classroom-based methods for assessing the general capabilities of critical thinking, collaboration and creative thinking. Jonathan has 15 years’ experience in high school teaching, last holding a leading teacher position as the Director of Pedagogy at Balwyn High School in Melbourne, and has an interest in instructional practice, information literacy and teaching critical thinking.

NEAT 20 years celebration – ‘Refreshments Recollections and Resolutions’ with an update from the Years 9 to 12 Project Team

The NEAT management committee is very pleased to advise that the Years 9 to 12 Project team will address NEAT members at the NEAT Celebration of 20 years – ‘Refreshments Recollections and Resolutions’ for the network of educational associations of Tasmania.

Thursday 16 May – 5.00 pm
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania,
Marieville Esplanade.

Presentation and Framework document V3.3 1 

The Years 9 to 12 Project has been established in response to the ACER Review into Years 9 to 12 Education in Tasmania. The project has been set up around focus areas that reflect the recommendations from the Years 9 to 12 Review including:

*  Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching
*  Accreditation and Certification
*  Workforce Support
*  Data
*  A Vision for and promotion of VET and Vocational Learning.
The Years 9 to 12 project team has developed a draft Years 9 to 12 Curriculum Framework in consultation with stakeholders, including Learning Area Groups (LAGs). Once finalized, this framework will be used to redevelop existing TASC courses and to develop new courses that reflect the changing nature of work and the diverse career and study pathways now available to learners.

The Celebration of 20 years of the Network of Educational Associations of Tasmania (5pm) and the 2019 AGM (6pm) is on Thursday 16 May from 5-7pm at the RYCT, Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay.

Nomination-forms for the AGM and the 2019 Subscription renewal form

An invitation to Tasmanian educators to join your subject and professional Member Association committees for “Refreshments Recollections and Resolutions” prior to an annual general meeting at 6pm to elect a 2019-2020 joint council management committee. #THTA #TMTA #TasTESOL#TATE #TASITE #STAT #ACHPER #ALEA #ASLA #ASME #BEAT #CDAA#ECET #HEIA #MAT #MLTAT #OET #TATA #TCAL #TOSA #VET#APTS #SquarePegs #BeaconFoundation

Please RSVP by email to enable catering nos. for proxy and nomination forms. Please advise if conference call required for AGM.

2017 + 2018 NEAT Annual General Meeting

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: 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

 Venue:  RYCT

AGM Agenda
Minutes and actions of the 2017 – 8 AGM
President’s Report
Treasurer’s Report
Constitution updates
Election of office bearers – nomination-form for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Officer and Executive Committee
Other business

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

A conversation with Dr Jennifer Buckingham

Dr. Jennifer Buckingham,  Senior Research Fellow and Director of FIVE from FIVE project, The Centre for Independent Studies [] 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

RSVP ‘attending’ to 

The NEAT AGM 2017-2018 will follow the conversations with Dr Buckingham

TasTESOL 2018 Conference and Membership

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

See the Conference flyer for details 

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

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 membership2018 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


Review of Teacher Registration

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…/aitsl-media-release-national-rev…

Andrew Fuller – an after-school session

NEAT invites teachers to an after-school session:

DATE:    26 September, 2017
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.

Web: Facebook:
Post:  Box 5057, UTAS Post Office, Sandy Bay, Tas 7005
ABN 65 688 156 170

TasTESOL Winter Forum

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’ (
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
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

✓ 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.

 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.

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

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


AGM Agenda
Minutes and actions of the 2015 AGM
President’s Report
Secretary/Treasurer’s Report
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

ABN 65 688 156 170

Source of featured image:   My Education

Digital technologies: Ian Jukes is coming to Tasmania

Mike Frost & Associates – Education and Training Consultancy [] 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.