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2018 21 May


ET News Digest
Your Weekly Education Newsletter
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Cracking the code of relationships
The Secret Agent Society program uses games to teach children about relationships and interaction. And it works, with the program winning the prestigious CRC Association Awards for Excellence in Innovation for its positive impact on children's lives across the world.
     Autism CRC's Secret Agent Society (SAS) program uses an evidence-based approach to help children address social and emotional challenges. Read More

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What students (really) want
New research from Edith Cowan Uni has uncovered what students really want in the classroom and it’s quite different from what you might have expected; school students want structure, discipline and caring relationships from their teachers.
     School of Education Lecturer Helen Egeberg surveyed 360 WA high school students from six schools on their views about what made an effective teacher. 
     “The thing that students want most is a sense that their teachers genuinely care about them, Read More

Teachers want voice in NSW/ACT review
When policies are reviewed it’s often the case that key stakeholders are left out of the process, so with the NESA curriculum review looming the IEUA NSW/ACT is demanding their members be involved in consultations.
     The senior curriculum in NSW is currently under significant development. English, Maths, Science and History have been reconfigured, with other subjects to follow. 
     The need for a further revamp is questionable according to Gloria Taylor Acting Secretary IEUA Read More

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Artists invited to apply for extensive 2019 Youth Touring program
For any artist looking to get their name out there the 2019 Youth Touring program would be a great start; in 2018 it will put on 240 performances for 30,000 kids in classrooms and community groups in Queensland.
     For the 2019 program, Youth Touring would like to hear from music, theatre, puppetry, circus or visual arts-based productions, performances and workshops, which align with the Australian National Curriculum. Read More

IDP and Cognizant connect students with international education opportunities
IDP Education, a provider of international student placement services and Cognizant have built a global platform that aims to digitally support students to access global study and career pathways.
     The digital platform allows students and parents to search and shortlist universities. Analytics-based insights and digital dashboards provided through the platform enable counsellors to understand the individual’s journey.
     The platform aims to provide IDP with the ability to engage better with students and optimise offerings based on their needs and expectations.  Read More

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Enter the 10-word story challenge
How much of a story can you tell with 10 words? Well that was 11 and not much story there so it’s a challenge.
     To promote uniquely Australian books to students across the country Reading Australia has partnered with the Australian Library and Information Association to launch the 10-word story challenge which runs until 2nd July, 2018.
     The Copyright Agency created Reading Australia in response to growing concerns that knowledge and appreciation of Australian stories was in decline. Read More

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Remote indigenous kids excited about 'powerhouse' teaching approach
The creator of Responsibility Theory, CQUniversity Alumnus Dr Ragnar Purje says his ‘Powerhouse’ teaching tool has been generating enthusiasm in a remote Indigenous community in outback Queensland.
     Responsibility Theory is an immersive, systematic, self-talk sequence learning method of teaching where the students learn about the real power they have which resides in their brain, their powerhouse. 
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Phonics is choice for NZ primary schools
What is old has become new again as New Zealand primary schools pivot towards phonics and away from the whole language approach.
     New Zealand primary schools have neglected phonics over the past decades, says Prof James Chapman of Massey University who conducted research into English teaching in the country, but now most schools were using phonics to some degree. Read More