Term One 2016
Inaugural Patron of the Professional Teachers' Council NSW
Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
At the initial PTC NSW Board of Directors meeting for 2016, we considered the value of having a Patron. A position that would enhance the profile of the professional teacher associations that PTC NSW represents, all non-for-profit, supported by dedicated teachers who give their time and professional expertise freely to a range of activities designed to enhance the professional standards of teachers and improve outcomes for all students in NSW schools. A resolution was passed to approach a prominent Australian to become the inaugural Patron of PTC NSW and member associations. As a result of this decision, a letter was written and sent to Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO.
I am pleased to be able to announce that Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO has accepted and is now the inaugural Parton of PTC NSW. The Professional Teachers Council NSW is honoured and believes that her presence in our organisation will enhance the status of teachers within the community and support them in improving student outcomes across our state.
Denis Mootz, PTC NSW President
President of the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) Tom Alegounarias has welcomed the review into the BOSTES, announced by Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli, recognising it as a significant opportunity to deliver the best outcomes for students, teachers and parents across NSW.
“This review will provide the chance to open up the processes and functions of the BOSTES to independent scrutiny,” Mr Alegounaris said.
BOSTES is responsible for curriculum, student assessment, and teacher quality, which has a direct impact on more than a million students and 100,000 teachers across NSW.
Mr Alegounarias urged all stakeholders to participate in the review, and provide submissions regarding the current and potential functions of the BOSTES.
“We look forward to seeing what the people of NSW, including our educational stakeholders, think of BOSTES processes and how we could improve educational delivery,” he said.
Growing Up Globally - Book launch at Newcastle University
The Global Education Research and Teaching Team (GERT - http://global-education.net/) at the University of Newcastle launched their new book of global education focussed units of work for primary schools at the international Global Learning Equity Network Symposium on the 11th March 2016. The eight units address “big picture ideas” such as Change; and Citizenship while addressing current Australian and NSW curriculum outcomes and Global Education focuses such as Sustainable Futures; and Social Justice and Human Rights. The title of the teaching units is Growing Up Globally - Teaching global education in primary classrooms.
The Professional Teachers’ Council NSW has contributed much to our work by supporting us with funding over a five year period to work with preservice teachers; and they have supported us to write these teaching units for primary schools. Many thanks to Kim Tsolakis, Director of the Global Education Project NSW, who had the vison, Jill Sillar who worked on design and layout of the units and David Browne who made it accessible to a wide audience.
Global education means different things to different people but in Hanvey’s (1976) seminal schema for attaining a global perspective, Perspective Consciousness (appreciation of the fact that one’s own view of the world is not necessarily the same as that of someone else) and Awareness of Human Choices (awareness of one’s own cultural perspective) came the idea that global education is about developing globally minded world citizens who work with and for others. As the Melbourne Declaration argued:
As well as knowledge and skills a school’s legacy to young people should include national values of democracy, equity and justice and personal values and attributes such as honesty, resilience and respect for others (MCEETYA, 2008, p. 5).
We hope that these units will assist primary teachers prepare students who can do just this.
Growing Up Globally - Introduction and sample pages from the first chapter entitled Change. A full digital version of the publication is available for purchase at a cost of $35, please contact the PTC NSW office for further details.
Members of the Global Education Research and Teaching Team, Newcastle (L to R) Gale Ball, Ruth Reynolds, Debbie Bradbury, Kate Ferguson-Patrick, Debra Donnelly, Jo Brown and Suzanne Macqueen
Professional Learning - PTCPlus update
Late last year the PTC NSW new Professional Learning (PL) initiative PTCplus was introduced.
To date we have two Department of Education Schools as registered members in our pilot scheme, presenting courses to their staff, designed by the school, presented in their school. As the program grows and develops all PTC NSW member associations will be invited to provide quality presentations accessing their depth of subject specific knowledge and valued professional presenters to create contemporary professional learning experiences to be delivered within schools.
Based on our initial evaluations, PL presentations via PTCplus have been very positively received. PTCplus is providing quality professional teacher created, teacher presented professional events, tailor made for schools by school staff. A professional team of consultants are also available to support non-curriculum areas of interest for both staff and students. Courses that are attracting much interest include Wellness; Values; Mentoring; Positive Psychology and Resilience.
2016 PTC NSW Presidents' Dinner
A ‘save the date’ for May 4 was sent earlier in the year. This year we are trying something new, a “Cocktail Party”. The venue is The Macquarie Room, NSW Parliament House, Sydney.
Our guest speaker on the evening will be Dr Catherine Keenan, Australia's Local Hero 2016. A former journalist, arts writer and literary editor, Catherine Keenan is the co-founder and executive director of the Sydney Story Factory, Catherine has helped thousands of primary and high school students express themselves through writing and storytelling.
Catherine, who has a doctorate in English literature from Oxford University, is focused on helping people from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds, but everyone is welcome to attend the Sydney Story Factory and all classes are free.
With energy, enthusiasm and sheer hard work, Catherine has raised funds, established partnerships and trained more than 1,200 volunteers who work with students one-on-one or in small groups to teach them writing skills, cultivate their creativity and help them find their own voice.
Catherine’s passion for language, literature and creative writing is building self-esteem and academic achievement, opening pathways to higher education and improving the life choices of many young people.
Invitations and full details for all member association Presidents, with a warm invitation extended to all executives from member associations will be sent shortly. Please join us for what will be an evening of collegiality, friendship and celebration. And of course we are hopeful that our new patron will be able to attend.
Report from Dennis Lendon (VP HTANSW), PTC NSW representative on the BCC for the Stage 6 History Syllabus Development
The meeting was held on 01/02/2016 at BOSTES Clarence Street Sydney. The BCC; which consists of a wide representation of interested stake holders, examined the summaries of the consultation data from all three History syllabi (Ancient, Modern and Extension).
All present shared their professional views on each report and the impact that such data could have on the syllabus drafting process. The single models relating to the respective three syllabus drafts were similarly deconstructed in relation to the consultation feedback documents.
It was considered important that the new syllabi – the Ancient and Modern, take into consideration the diversity of abilities of the students who elect a History subject in their pattern of study at Stage 6 level, that some effort be made in reducing the content of these syllabi.
Detailed minutes were taken.
The next meeting will be held “in a couple of months’ time”. At which we will examine the draft syllabi produced by the syllabus writers.