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SCHOOL DESIGN
Better designs that lead to better learning
The Age, 28 February 2011
ASK the Danish architect behind one of the world's most innovative schools what constitutes good design, and his vision will sound somewhat familiar...

CYBER CLASSROOM
Teaching the Facebook generation
SMH, 28 February 2011
Schools have had to act fast to try to manage the widespread use of Facebook and other social media by students and teachers...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
DoE addressing Tasmaniaís ageing teaching population
Tas Govt media release, 27 February 2011
The Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp said the Department of Education is hard at work developing a long term work force plan to address the issues of Tasmaniaís ageing teaching population and the need to attract our best and brightest into the teaching profession...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
BER to boost community use of school facilities
Tas Govt media release, 27 February 2011
Community and sporting groups are being urged to take advantage of the first-class education facilities that are on offer around Tasmania...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
New Port Sorell Primary takes another step forward
Tas Govt media release, 25 February 2011
Planning on the new Port Sorell Primary School has taken another significant step forward, with arrangements now finalised for use of the Camp Boomerang site for the development...

STUDENT SUPPORT
Mum's drinking stronger factor in behaviour than neighbourhood
SMH, 25 February 2011
Mothers' alcohol abuse is a stronger indicator of antisocial and criminal children than rough neighbourhoods, a new study has found...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Chigwell Child and Family Centre coming
Tas Govt media release, 25 February 2011
Tenders have been called for a new State-funded Child and Family Centre in Chigwell...

EXCURSIONS
Teacher and students under earthquake rubble
Australia Network News, 23 February 2011
Fears are growing for at least seven adult Japanese English-language students and their teacher who are believed trapped under earthquake rubble in Christchurch...

NZ Ministry of Education:
Christchurch Earthquake Information for Schools

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Big Picture city campus for Launceston students
Tas Govt media release, 22 February 2011
The Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, today launched a new campus designed to give Northern Tasmanian students more personalised learning options...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Schools on hit list: Libs
ABC News, 21 February 2011
The Liberals want the Tasmanian Government to reveal which schools will be shut down as part of the Premier's budget cuts...

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM, HISTORY
Holocaust resources to be promoted
Tas Govt media release, 20 February 2011
A study tour to Israel by leading Tasmanian educator Judy Travers will help provide local teachers with quality resources to teach students about the Holocaust under the new Australian Curriculum...

CHILDREN AT THE FRONT AND CENTRE
Strong response to Agenda for Children and Young People
Tas Govt media release, 19 February 2011
The Minister for Children, Lin Thorp, has welcomed the strong community interest in the Governmentís landmark Agenda for Children and Young People...

LITERACY, BOYS
When should kids be able to read?
The Washington Post, 9 February 2011
It used to be that kids in the early elementary school grades were allowed to learn how to read at their own speed. Today test-obsessed public schools donít offer that luxury; if youngsters arenít starting to learn to read in kindergarten, and canít read by the end of first grade, they are already behind...

STUDENT SUPPORT
Study finds exercising feeds brain
The Augusta Chronicle (US), 9 February 2011
Regular exercise in an after-school program helped sedentary, overweight children perform better on goal-oriented tasks - and also seemed to improve math skills...

STUDENT SUPPORT
Many bullies are social climbers, study says
The Columbus Dispatch, 10 February 2011
A new study suggests that bullying largely is motivated by a desire to climb the social ladder, as opposed to trying to compensate for trouble at home or other personal problems, as many assume...

STUDENT SUPPORT
Sedation nation
SMH, 17 February 2011
Assuredly there are those who benefit from Ritalin, but a fourfold increase in seven years?
- includes 179 comments from readers.

TEACHER BLOGGING
US teacher suspended for blogging about students
Daily Telegraph, 17 February 2011
An American English teacher is at risk of losing her job after criticising students on her blog, but without naming them...
- Discussion: Guidelines for teachers who blog (Education Week)

TASMANIAN TEACHERS
First Sue Napier scholarships awarded
Tas Govt media release, 17 February 2011
Two Tasmanian university students have been selected as the inaugural recipients of an education scholarship program honouring the life and contribution of former Bass Liberal MHA Sue Napier...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS, LITERACY
High schools to benefit from extra literacy funding
Tas Govt media release, 16 February 2011
Thirteen Government High Schools will benefit from an injection of nearly $10 million into new literacy and numeracy programs...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
New $33m Kingston High open for business

Tas Govt media release, 16 February 2011
The Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, has praised staff and construction workers at Kingston High School for ensuring the new $33 million facility was open for business when students return to school this week...

BACK TO SCHOOL
More than 64,000 students returning to school

Tas Govt media release, 15 February 2011
More than 64,000 Government school students will head back to school this week for the start of the 2011 school year, Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp...

TEACHER STANDARDS
Teachers to be tied up in red tape

The Australian, 15 February 2011
The seven "National Professional Standards for Teachers" and accompanying 37 focus areas and 148 descriptors impose a bureaucratic, time consuming and checklist mentality...

SCHOOL CHAPLAINS
Non-religious chaplains idea angers Christians

The Age, 13 February 2011
EDUCATION Minister Peter Garrett is considering funding non-religious ''pastoral care workers'' under the controversial school chaplains program, but the religious lobby is warning him not to muddy the waters...
- See Peter Garrett's statement and link to discussion paper

PUBLIC/PRIVATE SCHOOL FUNDING
Do we have fairness in funding for Australian schools?

SMH, 14 February 2011
Inconsistencies in how funding is handed out to schools will come under the spotlight when the new My School website goes live on 4 March...

THINKING SKILLS
Is rote memorisation underrated?

Hechinger Ed website, 1 February 2011
Here are some reasons why learning things by heart is worthwhile...

MID-YEAR BUDGET REPORT
Liberals' pledge on PS jobs

The Mercury, 14 February 2011
LIBERAL leader Will Hodgman says he has met unions and his party would vote against any attempt to allow government workers to be sacked...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Students return to new facilities

Tas Govt media release, 13 February 2011
Many Tasmanian school students will be returning to new school facilities in the new school year, Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, said today...

TEACHING PROFESSION
Victoria has Minister for teachers
The Age, 12 February 2011
The Victorian senior education Minister, Peter Hall, is "Minister for Higher Education and Skills" and "Minister responsible for the Teaching Profession"...

MID-YEAR BUDGET REPORT
Hands off jobs, say unions

The Mercury, 12 February 2011
Unions have called on the premier to stop threatening job cuts if she wants them to suggest other cost-cutting ideas.
Australian Education Union state secretary Leanne Wright said other methods should be considered, such as extending the payout scheme for older teachers to retire, in which the government gains financially from the employment of replacement teachers at lower salaries...

PUBLIC/PRIVATE SCHOOL FUNDING
Can we afford to continue funding private schools?

SMH, 12 February 2011
Four experts present their views in the debate over private versus government school funding...

MY SCHOOL WEBSITE
My School set to relaunch despite data doubts

The Age, 11 February 2011
THE next version of the controversial My School website will go live in three weeks despite concerns by schools that their financial data and rankings are still inaccurate...

MY SCHOOL WEBSITE
My School relaunch in just three weeks

The Australian, 11 February 2011
THE revised version of the My School website providing details of student test results and financial resources for every school in the nation will be unveiled on March 4...

MID-YEAR BUDGET REPORT
Teachers' jobs under threat

The Mercury, 11 February 2011
Teachers, nurses and police officers will not be exempt from looming public service cutbacks, as they were two years ago...

SCHOOL TERMS
Is it time to change the school year?

The Scotsman, 10 February 2011
A push for a four-term school year in Scotland apparently assumes such a change will overcome the need for irregular training days...

MID-YEAR BUDGET REPORT
Cosgrove Sports High axed

The Mercury, 10 February 2011
The State government will not go ahead with the planned Cosgrove sports specialist school...
- 2010-11 Mid-Year Financial Report [pdf]

STUDENT SUPPORT
Early years strategy providing early speech intervention

Tas Govt media release, 10 February 2011
Speech pathologists are identifying children with potential speech issues before they reach school age, and getting them the right help, sooner...

TEACHER STANDARDS
Match pay to standards: teachers

SMH, 10 February 2011
TEACHER unions say new national standards for the profession must be matched by a commitment to pay the best people more...

TEACHER STANDARDS
Govt releases new teacher standards

SMH, 9 February 2011
Australia's best teachers must inspire their students and colleagues if they want to rank at the top of the federal government's new standards for the profession...

TEACHER STANDARDS
New national teacher standards released
Aust Govt media release, 9 February 2011
School Education Minister Peter Garrett has welcomed the release of new National Professional Standards for Teachers...
- An AITSL document [pdf] lists the seven standards:
1. Know students and how they learn
2. Know the content and how to teach it
3. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
4. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
5. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
6. Engage in professional learning
7. Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

CYBER-BULLYING AND INTERNET ACCESS
School filters coddle kids, are ineffective

ZDNet, 9 February 2011
Internet filters in schools often compromise a teacher's ability to teach, yet at the same time are easy for tech-savvy students to get around, a parliamentary committee on cyberbullying has heard...

SKILLS TRAINING
Supporting mature age apprentices

Tas Govt media release, 8 February 2011
The Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, has launched a new research report, It's Not About Age, which outlines what employers can do to assist mature-aged apprentices...

EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
Former WA principal is new Tas education head

Tas Govt media release, 8 February 2011
The Premier, Lara Giddings, today announced the appointment of Colin Pettit as the new Secretary of the Department of Education...

TASMANIAN TEACHERS
Master of Teaching students announced

Tas Govt media release, 8 February 2011
Twenty-three Masters of Teaching students from across Tasmania have been awarded scholarships that will give them more hands-on experience at the stateís schools...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
A nation lost in translation

SMH, 7 February 2011
Teachers and parents are hoping that the release last week of the draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages for comment may be one step towards a more multilingual society...

VALUES EDUCATION
6yo had plastic sandwich bag

National Post (Canada), 5 February 2011
How far should teachers go in teaching social values?

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Bridgewater education rebirth

The Mercury, 5 February 2011
Community leaders say things are about to change in Bridgewater as a Tasmanian education first is officially unveiled and promises to be the future of schooling in the state...

TEACHER RETIREMENT
Teachers take the money

The Mercury, 5 February 2011
PAYOUTS have prompted dozens of senior teachers to quit the state's public schools...

TEACHER RETIREMENT
Ferguson wrong again on education

Tas Govt media release, 4 February 2011
Schools will not be disadvantaged or left short-staffed as a result of the early retirement incentives program offered to senior teachers, Minister for Education and Skills Lin Thorp said today...

TEACHER RETIREMENT
Education Minister making things worse

Michael Ferguson website, 4 February 2011
The Education Minister, Lin Thorp, has accidentally revealed the true motive behind her early teacher retirement rushed policy-on-the-run...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Draft languages Shape paper released

ACARA website, 4 February 2011
The draft paper, Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages, is available for public consultation until 7 April 2011...
- See the draft Shape paper for languages [pdf]

TEACHER RETIREMENT
Teachers accept early retirement offer

Tas Govt media release, 4 February 2011
A total of 57 teachers have opted to accept an early retirement, paving the way for more graduates to enter the workforce in 2011, the Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, said today...

ADULT EDUCATION
Tas adult ed courses now called LearnXpress

Tas Govt media release, 3 February 2011
Launching the new LearnXpress Course Guide the Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, has urged Tasmanians to get involved in Adult Education this year...

BACK TO SCHOOL
School's in for Catholics, but buses suffer loss

The Mercury, 2 February 2011
STUDENTS at Tasmania's Catholic schools will be the first to return to classrooms this year with lessons at some schools beginning tomorrow...

 

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