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DG's View 2011

July 11:
This week the Minister for Education and Industrial Relations Cameron Dick released the Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Action Plan 2011-2014 which outlines a $76 million Queensland Government investment to help meet the demand for new and upskilled workers over the coming years.

July 04:
I am very pleased to report that Queensland will receive $48.5 million reward funding from the Federal Government for meeting all its 2010 literacy and numeracy targets.

June 10:
The big news this week has been the announcement of significant and exciting reforms for our education system, including moving Year 7 to high school by 2015.

June 6:
The Year 12 Outcomes Report for the class of 2010 showed some great results with record numbers of students achieving results that prepare them for university, trade training and the workforce.

May 27:
Earlier this week the Premier announced the Skills Queensland Strategic Investment Fund.

May 11:
As part of our ongoing efforts to improve schools and support teachers, the Department of Education and Training and the Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) have developed a Joint statement on collegial engagement in classrooms.

May 5:
More than 150,000 state school students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be sitting the fourth annual NAPLAN (National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) tests from May 10 to 12.

April 20:
While the recent Queensland floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi were devastating for Queensland, we also witnessed the outstanding spirit and determination of those around us.

April 8:
Our students finish Term 1 on Thursday, April 14, with Friday a professional development day for teaching staff.

April 6:
In times of crisis like the natural disasters that hit Queensland in January and February, you learn to appreciate the strong bonds between the school and training sectors.

March 25:
It was great to see Prince William visit Grantham State School as part of his busy tour of Queensland.

March 18:
Schools and communities across the state have marked the inaugural National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

March 4:
The principals of Queensland's state schools - some 1200 of them - have returned to their school communities after two days together in Brisbane.

February 24:
As you are aware, Premier Anna Bligh announced a new ministry this week. The new ministerial arrangements for our portfolio do not change the day-to-day operations of the Department of Education and Training.

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Academic Views/Talking Point 2011

Choosing the wrong drivers for whole system reform
The following is a short excerpt from a paper which accompanied a recent presentation by Prof Michael Fullan to Department of Education and Training staff.

Talking Point: Digital games linked to learning
A new Griffith University education study is investigating how digital games enhance high-level understanding and learning. Professor Catherine Beavis from the School of Education and Professional Studies explains.

September: Which paths work for post-school success?
The paper 'Which paths work for which young people?' asks how completing Year 12 and undertaking vocational education and training (VET) and university studies assist young people to make a successful transition from school.

May 19: The case for better teacher appraisal and feedback
Dr Ben Jensen is Director of School Education at the Grattan Institute, an independent think-tank focused on Australian domestic public policy.

March 23: From distress to healthy stress
Healthy, happy teachers need to manage, not eliminate, their stress, says Associate Professor Helen Street, an adjunct research consultant for the health department of Western Australia's Centre for Clinical Interventions and a registered psychologist specialising in the cognitive treatment of depression and anxiety.

January 21: Visual strategies key to improving behaviour of students with autism
Improvement in behaviour is often directly related to improvement in communication, according to Linda Hodgdon, director of the Cornerstone Communication Centre in Michigan in the United States and a pioneer in the use of visual strategies to support communication for students with autism.

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Signpost 2011

June: Kippa-Ring State School
With Principal Alan Brooks.

May: Banana State School
With Principal Elaine Pelling.

April: Proserpine State School
With acting Principal Ross Hughes.

March: Dingo State School
With Principal Jo Coppo.

February: Tamborine Mountain State School
With Acting Principal Kate Bentley.

January: Prairie State School
With Principal Tamara McClymont.

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Smart Classrooms 2011

June 21: Wireless teachers jump into eLearning
Blue cables are becoming a thing of the past at Lockyer District State High School, where students and teachers alike are enjoying the benefits of wireless connectivity.

June 21: Former police investigator joins Learning Technologies
State school teachers with any questions about how to manage or deal with cybersafety or cyberbullying at school are likely to be tapping into the expertise of the Department of Education and Training's newest recruit.

June 21: Trio of schools show they know technology
Three Queensland schools have shown they know and love technology, creating short films that demonstrate how it has transformed teaching and learning.

May 19: eLearning Innovation Expo is back: August 8-9 2011
The highly-anticipated eLearning Innovation Expo is back for 2011 and is set to be bigger and better than ever.

May 19: Explore the new Smart Classrooms eLearning Leaders Framework
Looking to transform teaching and learning in your school?

May 19: Computers for Teachers principals' hotline launched
A hotline is now available for principals experiencing technical issues with their own Computers for Teachers laptops.

April 20: Student ICT expectations the key to Digital Pedagogy Licence
Queensland state school teachers who are keen to gain their Digital Pedagogy Licence should familiarise themselves with the Student ICT Expectations.

April 20: The Learning Place helps teachers rebuild flood damaged teaching resources
A group of Brisbane teachers is utilising the power of the Learning Place after a lifetime of teaching resources were destroyed in Queensland's floods.

April 20: Websites for Schools pilot powering ahead
Eight Queensland schools nominated as part of department's new Websites for Schools pilot now have new and improved websites.

March 23: Flagstone a touchstone for digital learning
Flagstone Creek State School has proven that being a small school is no hurdle when it comes to embracing ICT.

March 23: Gold Coast husband and wife talk all things digital
Two Gold Coast teachers discuss how digital technology is transforming their classrooms and their lives for the better.

February 24: Budding filmmakers wanted for Student Film Fest
Students are being encouraged to put their digital technology skills to the ultimate test and enter this year's Smart Classrooms Student Film Fest.

February 24: State schools pilot iPads
One Can the popularity of iPads be translated into educational benefits? Two state schools are helping the Queensland education community find out.

February 24: 3G laptops stimulate learning
Students at two state schools have shown that laptops with great access to the web can invigorate learning.

January 24: Cutting costs, not trees
One Queensland state school has found some interesting and unexpected results with the introduction of ICT in the classroom.

January 24: Quest for multimedia creates real-world experiences
A Cairns high school is leading the way in equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary for succeeding in the emerging multimedia industry.

January 24: ICT helps special education students soar
Maryborough State School has discovered the key to giving students with learning difficulties more opportunities in the classroom, and it's all due to the introduction of ICT.

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