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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Singapore Questions Value of its own PISA Results

Posted on 18 August 2017
Singapore Questions Value of its own PISA Results

The PISA fallacy in Singapore: insights from the NIE

This teacher-training college is where Singapore's extraordinary PISA success is manufactured. Singapore has been among the world's top performers in the PISA standardised science, mathematics and reading tests since 2006. In the past three years, it has held the top spot.

So you might be surprised to hear that the theme for NIE's 2017 educational conference was Redesigning Pedagogy.

The PISA Fallacy

Before over 1500 delegates, Minister for Education, Ng Chee Meng, projected graphs depicting Singapore's stellar PISA results. He then juxtaposed these to OECD data on student wellbeing, and also of innovation in the economy, revealing Singapore in the lowest quartile. His conclusion was stark: "we've been winning the wrong race".

Ng Chee attributed Singapore's PISA success to standardised test drilling and a culture of compliance, only to retort: "we're building compliant students just as the jobs that value compliance are beginning to disappear".

Over 350 workshops, across four days, explored the best ways to redesign pedagogy. Here are some of the best:

Interest-Based Pedagogy

Professor Kim Sung Il, of the Brain and Motivation Research Institute, projected brain scans that correspond to a range of cognitive processes, including high-stakes testing, playing instruments, and curiosity. His findings are revelatory as to the importance of engagement in learning. This emotional state builds emotional and cognitive resilience, encourages creativity, fosters positive responses to feedback and reduces anxiety.

Kim discerned what types of activities tend to generate most engagement among learners, and they include: multi-sensory stimuli; relevance; autonomy; and ongoing, immediate feedback.

Crucially, engagement creates a positive bias towards the content or material being studied, which led Kim to conclude: "if you can't make material interesting, don't teach it, because you will lastingly damage it in the learner's mind".

Authentic Assessment

A remarkably direct way to modernise pedagogy was offered by Dr Silin Yang. She called for educational systems to design tasks that are appropriate variations of their equivalent in adult industries and professions. Dr Silin Yang offered two irresistibly practical lists.


  • Applying unrealistic timings to tasks (eg. in-class timed assessments)
  • Expecting unprofessional presentation modes (eg. pen and paper)
  • Setting assignments out of context (eg. practice questions)
  • Asking students to create authentic products
  • Aligning learning clearly to assessment criteria
  • Rewarding initiative and originality
  • Teaching Creativity

Professor Root-Bernstein, from Michigan State University, distinguished between knowledge, creativity and innovation, which are in ascending degree of complexity. Knowing consists of storing in your head what is available elsewhere; creativity relies on imagining what isn't available elsewhere; innovation requires creativity to actually work in context.

Task-design, explained Root-Bernstein, is central to fostering creativity, with desirable attributes including:
  • Designing tasks that can be resolved in several ways
  • Avoiding laying out all the steps to reach the resolution
  • Planning cross-curricular tasks
  • Rewarding originality and reflectivity
  • Asking questions that begin with why or how (rather than what)
  • Instructing students to create (rather than answer)

Root-Bernstein also posed the creativity challenge to principals, provoking them thus: "The difference between administrators and innovators is broader thinking: the ability to imagine, test the efficacy and deploy what is not before their eyes."

This story appeared in the August 2017 edition of Australian Teacher Magazine.
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Aust Government provides online STEM resources

Posted on 17 August 2017
Aust Government provides online STEM resources
The Australian Government has launched a new website that will help students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with opportunities to develop their skills.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos launched the website this week, during National Science Week, at an event in Canberra. He said users of the website "have at their fingertips a site dedicated to STEM activities to engage and inspire our next generation of scientists, inventors and researchers".

"Nurturing the STEM skills of the next generation is vital to Australia's prosperity, given 75 per cent of future jobs are expected to require STEM expertise," Senator Sinodinos said.
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Principal for a Day - Sept 7, 2017

Posted on 16 August 2017
Principal for a Day - Sept 7, 2017
On Thursday 7 September participating business and community leaders become a Principal For A Day® by 'shadowing' a school principal and participating in normal day-to-day activities in a Victorian primary, specialist or secondary school.

Participation in this program provides business and community leaders with a first-hand experience of the role of a principal in Victoria's government schools and the opportunity to make a difference to a school community.

For principals, it is a welcome occasion to learn, share leadership experiences and perspectives and build lasting relationships with the wider community.

The details of the day are determined collaboratively by the 'paired' participants prior to the event, based on school needs and shared objectives.

Participation in Principal For A Day® can be used as a 'taster' for any budding school/community partnership opportunities you may be pursuing, as the first step in sourcing possible collaborative opportunities, as a confirmation of an existing partnership, or a one-off event.

For more information and to apply, go to our website at

To apply, follow the link via our website
You will be advised if successful by Friday, 18 August 2017.
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Funding Opportunities - August 15, 2017

Posted on 15 August 2017
Funding Opportunities - August 15, 2017
1.     Western Chances Scholarship Program (VIC)
Western Chances scholarships are awarded to talented and motivated young people in Melbourne's west who have worked hard and have been recognised by their nominators, teachers, lecturers and the wider community. There are two types of Scholarships: one for applicants who have not previously received a scholarship, and the other for existing scholarship recipients who have the opportunity for their scholarship to be renewed. Applications close on Friday 25 August.

2.     Public Education Foundation 2018 Scholarships announced (NSW)
The scholarships that are currently open for 2018 support students with all kinds of interests and expertise as well as offering students who are experiencing disadvantage critical support to help reach their potential. The Public Education Foundation also supports the professional development of principals, teachers and education executives through world-class leadership scholarships and education programs. See the website for details

3.     Domino's Give for Good grants
Give for Good is an annual program offering rural, regional and remote Australian communities grants of up to $5,000, for community-led projects that respond to one of three impact areas. A total of $150,000 will be available in 2017. Applications close midnight (AEST) Friday 25 August 2017. To see an outline of the impact areas and further information see the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) website

4.     The Matific Games
Matific, an online K-6 maths resource is giving schools all over Australia and New Zealand the chance to win $20,000 cash PLUS $30,000 worth of prizes, licences etc.The Matific Games "warm-up" starts on August 14 and gives schools enough time to be prepared for the main competition commencing on August 31 and concluding September 13, 2017. To register your school see the website

5.     Community Harmony Program 2017-18 (VIC)
The Community Harmony Grants Program is a competitive grants program administered by
the Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division of the Department of Premier and
Cabinet. Applications close midnight, Friday 18 August 2017.

6.     Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants (QLD)
The Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants are part of the Advance Queensland Engaging Queenslanders in Sciencea strategy with vision to create a Queensland population that engages in and recognises, supports and advocates for science. The grants are designed to support scientists, researchers, science communicators, journalists, teachers, organisations and community groups to deliver science engagement and communication projects, events and activities that align with this vision. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible Queensland-based applicants. Applications close 31 August 2017. See the website for information

7.     Safer Queensland Community Grants Program (QLD)
The Safer Queensland Community Grants program assists in the development and implementation of projects that improve road safety or help reduce crime in Queensland. Community groups, schools, local councils, not-for-profit organisations and members of the Queensland Police Service are eligible to apply for one-off grants between $1,000 and $10,000. Applications close 31 August 2017

8.     WA Youth Awards 2017 (WA)
The WA Youth Awards were established in 1999 to recognise young Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years for their achievements and contributions to the community. The Awards also reward outstanding youth groups and organisations that serve and support the state's young people. The WA Young Person of the Year will receive a $10,000 travel bursary to participate in youth-related events and activities across WA, in addition to two tickets to a European destination. Nominations close Thursday 31 August 2017

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A Window gives insight into the story of Sacred Heart College, Geelong

Posted on 13 August 2017
A Window gives insight into the story of Sacred Heart College, Geelong

SACRED Heart College has unveiled a stained-glass window laced with significance as part of stage one of its new court precinct.

The building will serve as a hub for science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM), giving students an opportunity to delve into those disciplines in a dedicated learning environment.

The stained glass window was designed by artists Kevin Foley and David Watt, who used each panel to illustrate a different element of the college and broader region from Catholic imagery and mathematical symbols to images acknowledging the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation, the first custodians of the school's land.

Sacred Heart College spokeswoman Emma Morgan said the court precinct had been established as "a place where creativity and innovation meet" and where girls would be educated for the life they would live.

Financial support for the stained glass window came from the Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.


From: The Geelong Advertiser, Aug 11, 2017

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