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Impressive. The Melbourne Girls College won the Zayed Future Energy Prize in the category of Global Schools - Oceania back in January of this year. Seems somewhat 'unheralded' but worthy of recognition. The Zayed Future Energy Prize represents the vision of the Late Founding Father and President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who championed environmental stewardship.…

Lynne Kosky passed away today, aged 56. Lynne Kosky was a champion of the power and importance of Education to improve lives and improve society. I worked in the Department of Education for just over two years when Lynne Kosky was Minister and also met her on many occasions in other work-related activities over most of the decade. Things don't normally make…

Did you know? Every $1 spent on a child's education yields $10-$15 in economic growth over that person's working lifetime #educationfirst— UNESCO (@UNESCO) July 11, 2013  

Teachers teaching misconceptions: a study of factors contributing to (US) high school biology students’ acquisition of biological evolution-related misconceptions Research has revealed that high school students matriculate to college holding misconceptions related to biological evolution. These misconceptions interfere with students’ abilities to grasp accurate scientific explanations and serve as fundamental barriers to understanding evolution. Because the scientific community regards evolution…

I hear this a lot, actually... The Alliance for Useful Evidence champions the use of evidence in social policy and practice.  They are an open–access network of more than 1,700 individuals from across government, universities, charities, business and local authorities in the UK and internationally. Link: The Alliance for Useful Evidence    

Words and Actions…. A rare commodity.. I was privileged to attend the Broadford Secondary College awards night [ last night, December 18th] and witness the launch of the Delaney Family Endowment for Year 12 students studying at Broadford Secondary College. This is a $20,000 Endowment in perpetuity. http://youtu.be/C7HfKXkOCZ4 How simply the policy challenges facing the nation can be distilled in to…

Since 2000, the OECD has been evaluating the knowledge and skills of the world’s 15-year-olds through its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. According to the OECD, PISA results reveal what is possible in education by showing what students in the highest-performing and most rapidly improving education systems can do. More than 510,000 students in 65 economies took part…

Those of us interested in the performance of education systems broadly [at a professional or policy level] or perhaps those of us interested in the specifics of educational results [perhaps as a business-owner, looking for a skilled pool of workers or as a parent, concerned for the future of those most-dear] should equally be interested in two [somewhat juxtaposed] reports…

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