Monthly Archives May 2005

While still controversial, National Benchmarking [flawed or otherwise] allows us to begin the exploration of what is most difficult in education... Measuring our impact as educators and making comparisons over time, being able to repeat what works and identify and improve on what is not working. The data is critically important and the time series over the next decade will…

Households that own a laptop computer and a home network are on the frontier of online activities. These advanced consumers spend twice as much time online as all dial-up households, are three times more likely than broadband-only households to go online in the living room, and watch an hour and a half less TV per week than the average household.…

Tasmania - More than two hundred 2004 Year 10 students who were at risk of not continuing their studies or finding employment have now successfully gone on to college, TAFE or work, thanks to the intensive support provided by Tasmania's new Youth Learning Officers. Link: Youth Learning Officers a Success.

Australia's hospitality industry is facing a critical skills shortage. However, the Geelong-based cafe and gourmet catering service dal (previously Dial-A-Lunch) is enjoying solid growth through a business model based on employing and training skilled people with disabilities. dal employs and provides a variety of training and employment programs for people with special needs. Employees develop industry skills on-the-job and receive…

The Challenge of Aligning Teaching and Behaviour Management Barry Fields. The Productive Pedagogies construct has been particularly powerful and influential in defining what schools should be aiming to achieve in teaching and learning. Interestingly, the Productive Pedagogies has as much to say about behaviour management as to does about teaching. This paper explores the direction given to teachers, through the…

Not sure this will last, as with most things IT & Government related, but looks good.. The Online Council operates as the peak ministerial forum across governments in Australia for consultation and coordination on the information economy. Link: Online Council.

This year's National Reconciliation Week from 27 May - 3 June marks the 10th anniversary of this important event with celebrations to be held around Australia; to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These celebrations promote cultural understanding and positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. National Reconciliation Week offers people across Australia…

An innovative project to support school principals working to improve Indigenous education results was given an $8 million boost by the Australian Government today. The Dare to Lead: Making the Difference initiative aims to sign up 5,000 principals and their communities to commit to reducing the gap in education outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Link: Dare to Lead Funding Boost.

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