Category - Community

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Schools at the hub of community engagement
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Parent Yarns—Learning Together: parent engagement in Australian schools
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Teaching for Effective Learning: South Australia Department for Education and Children’s Services
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Ngambara Fimityatit: Learning Together in Daly River
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Article: “It’s ‘complex’ – Workplace Bullying as a Wicked Problem”

Schools at the hub of community engagement

Parental engagement in northern territory australia tess mc peake from Ruth Deakin Crick This seminar given by Tess McPeake of the Smith Family in Australia, describes a programme which engages parents in learning for themselves and their families. Tess described the evaluation of the project and drew on extant research which identifies important elements of learning in the community, which enhance student well being and engagement. Lea 2012 Evaluation of Smith Family Girls inthe Middle UoS Emerson Fear Sanders parental-engagement-in-learning-and-schooling A video about Parent Yarns can be viewed here……

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Parent Yarns—Learning Together: parent engagement in Australian schools

During 2012, Australia’s largest children’s’ charity—The Smith Family—organised a series of parent/school engagement activities in Northern Territory schools that aimed to skill parents to confidently communicate with each other and collaborate with school staff to resolve student issues. Known as Parent Yarns—Learning Together, these sessions were facilitated by ViTaL partners, Julianne Willis and Marilynn Willis, who introduced the concept of ‘effective lifelong learning’ in considering how parents can best support their children to succeed at school.  The Smith Family’s vision is to support communities in   improving life outcomes for disadvantaged Australian children, with a particular focus on the challenges of working in Northern Territory schools where over 40 per cent of students are Indigenous. Seminar with Tess McPeake from[…]

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Teaching for Effective Learning: South Australia Department for Education and Children’s Services

Visiting Fellow Chris Goldspink presents the research and practice from the Teaching for Effective Learning Programme in South Australia at the Centre for Systems Learning and Leadership at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol in March 2012. The Teaching for Effective Learning Framework was developed as a part of ongoing enquiry in South Australia into the nexus between how teachers design and orchestrate learning and learner engagement. The framework was developed through consultation with international researchers, as well as local leaders and skilled practitioners, about the essential elements of quality practice. The framework provides means of measuring quality of practice through systematic observation of teaching practice and been demonstrated to be valid and reliable in this role. It[…]

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Ngambara Fimityatit: Learning Together in Daly River

These murals of a Barramundi and a Brolga have been painted by the community in Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia, to remind everyone about how the community and the children in St Francis Xavier Catholic School are learning and achieving together.  The project, led by Miriam Rose Bauman and Julianne Willis, draws everyone in the school community together to engage in learning and change.  The vision of the project is summed up in the title Ngamara Fimityatit – which means When we learn together, sharing + living the same language for learning, we will be empowered to create a new story for our future… It’s about bringing together local traditional knowledge systems with 21century ideas about learning, in order to empower[…]

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Article: “It’s ‘complex’ – Workplace Bullying as a Wicked Problem”

New Article:  It’s ‘complex’ – Systems Thinking and Workplace Bullying This article written by Damian Stoupe has just been published in the latest edition of Counselling at Work (Autumn 2012).  It draws upon the work of Elinor Ostrom and systems thinking in promoting the use of authentic dialogue as a means of countering the phenomenon of workplace bullying.  Using the notion of wicked problems I suggest we may gain a greater insight into the issues surrounding bullying and be able to challenge the current dominance of event-driven responses in the workplace.

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