Funding Opportunities - Sept 22, 2017

Sep 22 2017
Public Education Foundation's GO Foundat...

Are we developing appropriate skills for the digital economy?

Sep 21 2017
Project overview and objectives This workin...

Memo to the Principal: Are you the source of workplace dysfunction?

Sep 20 2017
Rudeness and bullying are rife, says Stanfor...

Research Confirms Students live up to Expectations of their Teachers

Sep 19 2017
Key  findings of NSW Governement Research ...

Psychometric Testing for 2018 Teacher Training aspirants to be introduced before the end of this year

Sep 18 2017
Victorian schools are scrambling to prepare ...

Australian Curriculum - A mile wide and an inch deep...

Sep 17 2017
A CROWDED curriculum is crushing Victorian scho...

Data Project - How CaSPA data compares to Australian Principals

Sep 16 2017
As you may be aware, the Commonwealth Depart...

You are invited to support Research into Parent Engagement in our Schools

Sep 15 2017
CaSPA is supporting this important initiativ...

Principals' Award Conditions - Comparison across Australia

Sep 15 2017
Over recent years, CaSPA has undertaken to s...

Future bright for quality VET in Schools studies

Sep 14 2017
New research linking the 2006 VET in Schools Co...

Prof Greg Craven meets with CaSPA Board in Perth

Sep 14 2017
The Board of CaSPA sees it is important to m...

Executive Officer Vacancy - Kildare Education Ministries

Sep 13 2017
Kildare Education Ministries is seeking a faith...

Principal Well Being - A new report focused on Catholic Sector

Sep 12 2017
For some time CaSPA has been working with CC...

CaSPA AGM held in Perth 10 Sep, 2017

Sep 11 2017
The CaSPA Constitution directs the Board to ...

Teaching Fellowship valued at $45,000 for you or your staff

Sep 11 2017
The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards were crea...

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Have you got your ticket to see Sir Ken Robinson LIVE & IN PERSON?

Posted on 6 September 2017
Have you got your ticket to see Sir Ken Robinson LIVE & IN PERSON?

This is your chance to learn and be inspired by world-famous leader in education and New York Times best-selling author - Sir Ken Robinson.

With only 60 priority seats left, this is your chance to secure one of the front-section seats in the auditorium for Sir Ken Robinson's plenary.

You'll also get to hear from global Makerspace leader, Gary Stager who joins Sir Ken as a keynote speaker at the National FutureSchools Expo & Conferences.

Over 1500 delegates from all 5 conferences will come together in the auditorium to hear from these education greats.

Register online with the promo code 'SIRKEN' to guarantee a priority seat.

Conference dates: 21 & 22 March 2018

Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia



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Government encourages new standards of readiness for Teacher Graduates

Posted on 5 September 2017
Government encourages new standards of readiness for Teacher Graduates
Education Minister Simon Birmingham says a new performance assessment for graduate teachers from next year will give students, parents, principals and the teachers themselves greater peace of mind that the best educators are entering the classroom.

In a media release issued Thursday, Minister Birmingham said the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) will work with universities and other educational experts to create the assessment protocols, which all new teachers must meet from 2018.

"These new assessments will ensure teachers are 'classroom ready'," Minister Birmingham said.

"To get the best outcomes for students we need the best quality teachers in classrooms. While much public discussion has been solely focussed on funding, we've been getting on with the job of delivering a quality reform agenda in teaching education.

"Graduate teachers deserve to know that they have the skills to succeed in the classroom just as students, parents and principals deserve to know that new teachers have been given the best possible skills."

Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith, director of the Australian Catholic University's Learning Sciences Institute Australia, said the assessment could be "the biggest game-changer in teacher education in this country".

"We've had common standards. We haven't had common evidence requirements that's why it's the game-changer," Professor Wyatt-Smith told The Australian.

"It's actually bringing the theory and the practice together into a critical assessment. This is about evidence-informed teaching practice for the 21st century. This is a new step up for the profession."

AITSL chief executive officer Lisa Rodgers said the new assessment, along with a range of other measures, including literacy and numeracy benchmarks as well as subject specialisation for primary teachers, can help prepare teachers for their career.

"At a time when record funding is going into education, it is important to make sure it is spent where it matters to put an effective teacher in every classroom, every day," Dr Rodgers wrote in The Australian.

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The Catholic Church in Australia is fighting on three fronts....

Posted on 4 September 2017
The Catholic Church in Australia is fighting on three fronts....

The following article by Barney Zwartz appeared in the Fairfax Media on September 2nd, and provides some interesting perspectives on the Catholic Church in comtemporary Australian society. As such it captures some of the key challenges for the leaders of our Catholic Schools. It is interesting to note, that the author specifically mentions the high worth that Catholics place on their schools and the service they provide - a respect they might not extend to other aspects of the Church in Australia.....

The Catholic Church in Australia is fighting on three fronts same-sex marriage, euthanasia and education funding that will test its influence both inside and outside the church, with the people in the pews and the politicians and powerbrokers.

Legalised same-sex marriage seems inevitable, euthanasia is back on the legislative agenda in Victoria and NSW, and the federal government has calculated that it can get away with an attack on funding for Catholic schools.

... for the full article click here

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Helping your senior students with the skills they will need for their working lives

Posted on 3 September 2017
Helping your senior students with the skills they will need for their working lives

McKinsey Quarterly have prepared 4 videos to assist young people to navigate their path to a successful work life in the 21st Century:

For an 18-year-old today, figuring out what kind of education and skills to acquire is an increasingly difficult undertaking. Machines are already conducting data mining for lawyers and writing basic press releases and news stories. In coming years and decades, the technology is sure to develop and encompass ever more human work activities.

Yet machines cannot do everything. To be as productive as it could be, this new automation age will also require a range of human skills in the workplace, from technological expertise to essential social and emotional capabilities.

In this video, one in a four-part series, experts from academia and industry join McKinsey partners to discuss the skills likely to be in demand and how young people today can prepare for a world in which people will interact ever more closely with machines. The interviews were filmed in April at the Digital Future of Work Summit in New York, which was hosted by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and New York University's Stern School of Business.

Interviewees include NYU provost Katherine Fleming and professors Arun Sundararajan and Vasant Dhar; Tom Siebel, founder, chairman, and CEO of C3 IoT; Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America; Jeff Wald, cofounder and president of WorkMarket; Allen Blue, cofounder of LinkedIn; Mike Rosenbaum, CEO of Arena; along with MGI chairman and director James Manyika and MGI partners Michael Chui and Susan Lund.

Interview transcript

Susan Lund: For young people today, what's clear is that they're going to need to continue to learn throughout their lifetime. The idea that you get an education when you're young and then you stop and you go and work for 40 or 50 years with that educational training and that's itthat's over. All of us are going to have to continue to adapt, get new skills, and possibly go back for different types of training and credentials. What's very clear is that what our kids need to do is learn how to learn and become very flexible and adaptable.

Arun Sundararajan: The future of work that a college graduate is looking at today is so different from the future of work that I looked at when I was a college graduate. There's far less structure, there's far less predictability. You don't know that you can invest in a particular set of capabilities today and that will be valuable in 20 years. We used to be able to say, "This is the career I'm going to choose." That's a difficult bet to make today with so much change.

Vasant Dhar: More generally what I tell students is that it would help if you had the skills that are required to deal with information because those are the core skills that are necessary these days to help you learn new things. This ability to learn things on your own to some extent will be driven by the core skills you have and how you can handle and process information.

Tom Siebel: The most important message is you need to prepare for yourself. If people are sitting back, waiting to be candidly taken care of by a welfare state, I don't think that's a very good answer.

James Manyika: We found that, for example, in something like 60 percent of all occupations an average 30 percent of their work activities are automatable. What does that mean? We're going to see more people working alongside machines, whether you call that artificial augmentation or augmented intelligence, but we're going to see a lot more of that. That's quite important because it raises our whole sense of imperatives. It means that more skill is going to be required to make the most of what the machines can do for the humans.

Advice for an 18-year-old today

Anne-Marie Slaughter: I'm the mother of two sons, 18 and 20, and I think about how to advise them all the time. What I tell them is: It matters far less what they choose to study than the skills they build. I advise them to hone creative skills. I've actually got an actor and a musician, so that's not hard. But I tell them to think about analytic skills, creative skills, human skills, the kind of self-presentation, being able to connect to others, being able to sell in the sense of persuade.

Katherine Fleming: They're going to need skills that they can only get by doing things. So every time they're given the opportunity to do something, they should say yes to it, even if it doesn't strike them initially as being exactly what they want to be doing.

Jeff Wald: What are you passionate about? Does that map to what skill sets are needed? Become a subject matter expert in a skill set that will have demand, and then be capable of marketing and monetizing that.

Allen Blue: Look for that first job to be one where you learn not the specifics, but where you learn the generalities about actually thriving in the world of work.

James Manyika: I think of my own son, who's 16. On the one hand, I think he should study science and he should understand systems. But would I tell him to focus just on coding? I don't think I would because machines are going to be very good at coding, by the way. Would I ask him to focus just on statistics? No, because I think machines can calculate statistics and analytical things incredibly well. But it's important to understand how statistics works. Not that that's what he's going to be doing, but because he needs to understand that, and have a more system level view of those things, and be able to think in a computer science like way.

Mike Rosenbaum: The skills that I would recommend an 18-year-old think about, which may or may not fit in the traditional definition of skills, are to try stuff that you never thought about. If you try things that you never thought about, you may find that you have skills and talents that you never realized you had. Being able to challenge your own assumptions about what you're good at and what you can do creates massive opportunities to put yourself on a path that'll make you happy and successful.

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Update - Gender and Age of CaSPA Principals

Posted on 2 September 2017
Update - Gender and Age of CaSPA Principals

In recent times we have received additional data from CaSPA Principals around the country that has allowed us to update key indicators for the CaSPA Data Project.

We now have data on over 75% of our Principals regarding their year of birth and details of their appointment. Unsurprisingly, this has not resulted in significant changes in the information published earlier.  Rather it confirms the differing profiles of our "average" Female and Male Catholic Secondary Principals:

  • There are just on 2 Male principals for every 1 Female Principal
  • Female Principals tend to be first appointed at a later age than their male counterparts - by 2.5 years:
    • Female average first appointment 48.3 years of age
    • Male average first appointment 45.8 years of age
  • The length of current service also shows a discrepancy - though not as marked as the first appointment data
    • Average length of total service as a Principal for Females: 7.5 years
    • Average length of total service as a Principal for Males: 8.0 years
  • Interestingly though when we look at how long Principals have been in their current contract, we find that it is identical for both Females and Males: 4.1 years
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