General education

Drawing young people into the world of work, virtually

Jacqueline Brewer / 14 January 2019

Young people need more open, authentic conversations with adults about the world of work, especially those lacking positive, employed role models, to provide them with the kind of support many of us enjoyed when we were starting out. We’re virtually connecting Origin volunteers with children in some of Australia’s most remote communities to do just that.

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General education

Old school, new school

Professor John Fischetti / 18 December 2018

A new education paradigm is emerging, where schools will no longer be places where young people go to watch teachers work. Instead, they will become learning centres, with student engagement at the forefront and personalised learning focussed on the needs of the learner.

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General education

Big Picture making it big time

Chris Bonnor AM / 20 November 2018

In a time when so many people talk about school reform, Big Picture has dared to be different. Working from the bottom-up, they have established the design in a number of schools and influenced the debate about authentic school innovation. With the help of philanthropy this small not-for-profit organisation is helping schools meet a very big challenge.

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General education

Today's students need facilitators, mentors, curators and advocates, not teachers

Hannah Lewis / 15 August 2018

40 years into my career, a program called The Paradigm Shifters gave my students 21st Century skills and was transformational for me. As I approach retirement, I realise I am no longer a teacher, but instead a facilitator, mentor, curator and advocate. And what matters most is not the detail and requirement for us to meet benchmarks, but relationships and authentic opportunities for student involvement in decision making about their own learning.

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Building a stronger community sector

Why aren't more Australian NFPs embracing co-location?

Dr Karen Hart / 12 September 2018

The community sector is continually grappling with how to build its capacity. At times it seems difficult, competitive and even intractable. Co-located centres present a compelling solution, driving effectiveness and efficiencies through streamlining, reducing red-tape, and resource-sharing. So why aren’t more Australian NFPs embracing it?

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Rural and Regional education

A worrying picture emerging for country students

Wendy Cohen / 10 July 2018

With fewer high school completions, shrinking opportunities for TAFE and apprenticeships, and the burden of low expectations, higher education and training is becoming a pipedream for many students in the country. But the recent review into regional, rural and remote education offers solutions and the Country Education Foundation is on the front foot when it comes to helping country students realise their dreams.

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General education

Students from Sydney's West embrace the future of Australian schooling

Sean Barrett / 21 June 2018

For today’s school students, and their parents, the education discourse is largely negative and reports like Gonski 2.0 can be a by-word for complexity. So it’s refreshing to see that some schools, like Rooty Hill High School in Sydney’s west, and its students aren’t waiting for consensus among the warring parties on the best way forward. They are getting on with building an education framework based on innovation, passion and adaptability.

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