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DG's View

12 May 2010

Education agenda is on the move

Two major developments on the education agenda are currently touring the state. Public forums on the A Flying Start for Queensland Children discussion paper continue to be well-attended and well-received.

These forums, addressing as you know significant reforms in our ongoing efforts to give our children the best possible start in life, will help shape the future of education delivery in Queensland.

I hope everyone is taking the opportunity to attend one of the meetings being held in communities large and small around the state. A full list of upcoming forums is available on the Flying Start website. For those who have not yet had the chance, or may struggle to get to a session before feedback closes at the end of June, remember the online forum being held on May 25 from 7pm to 8pm. I encourage all teachers to make their voices heard as we embark on this exciting new chapter in education in Queensland.

The other big ticket currently "on tour" is the Action Against Bullying seminars being delivered by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. Recently in Cairns I attended the first of the sessions, which are an initiative of the Queensland Schools Alliance Against Violence formed earlier this year. These seminars are a tremendously positive step towards addressing this confronting issue in our schools.

Dr Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's most high-profile and respected psychologists, a magazine columnist and blogger with a private practice in Melbourne, where he is also a radio and television regular.

A founding member of the National Coalition Against Bullying external page (will open in a new window), his expertise in the field is being shared around Queensland with school leaders, school staff and parents through tailored sessions for each group. Sessions are being conducted in Brisbane and regional centres through May, July and August. Register through the Education Queensland Events and Conferences website.

Equally positive are the online resources now available to all educators. Take the time to peruse Dr Ken Rigby's bullying resources and suggested readings by Dr Carr-Gregg, all available on the Department of Education and Training's QSAAV webpage. Further information will be added to this site as the work of the Alliance progresses. The time you invest will be well spent.

It's just over 12 months now since took up this position: I know because we again find ourselves rushing headlong towards State Education Week, starting on May 24.

Truly outstanding mainstays like the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools, Principal for a Day and My Favourite Teacher will again fly the flag to focus attention on our brilliant schools and education in Queensland.

Perhaps more importantly, you are invited to take the celebration into your own hands with an event at your school. Register your event on the State Education Week website - and have a great week!