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Linking space & pedagogy to 21st century skills & demands

“For too long, schools have been places young people go to watch their teachers work.” Teachers make generations of difference – impacting the children we teach today, their children and their children. Having a great education creates great opportunity, and opportunities for future generations. The environment where that learning takes place is vital. If our … Continue reading Linking space & pedagogy to 21st century skills & demands

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Brave decisions required to address affordability of private health cover

Private Health Insurance is integral to the success of Australia’s health system. More than 13 million Australians have some form of private health insurance. Recent research shows that 80 per cent of health fund members value their PHI because it gives them security, confidence they can access medical treatment when and where they need it. … Continue reading Brave decisions required to address affordability of private health cover

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Forget the glass ceiling, are you on a glass cliff?

The glass cliff refers to a phenomenon where women (and other minorities) are more likely to be appointed or promoted to leadership roles during times of crisis, therefore facing harsher criticism and greater risk of failure when attempting to rectify inherited problems. A number of reasons have been suggested for why women are more likely … Continue reading Forget the glass ceiling, are you on a glass cliff?

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Academics pressured into exaggerating research impact predictions

‘Charades’, ‘illusions’, ‘virtually meaningless’ and ‘made up stories’ – all phrases used by academics to describe predictions they are forced to make about research impact as part of funding applications. A new study to “consider how academics sacrifice scholarly integrity when selling their research ideas, or more specifically, the non-academic impact of these, to research … Continue reading Academics pressured into exaggerating research impact predictions

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Is your workplace design hindering performance and innovation?

Workplace design is a key driver in organisational performance, creativity and innovation according to the newly released Gensler Workplace Survey. The report assesses how and where work takes place, how effectively the workplace supports that work, and how the workplace environment impacts overall employee experience. A sample of over 4,000 office workers in 11 different … Continue reading Is your workplace design hindering performance and innovation?

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Creating your own leadership opportunities

Traditional leadership opportunities can be hard to get. Thirty-four per cent of EL employees in the APS have no direct reports, and a further 26 per cent have performance management responsibility for only one to two employees[1]. This is known as a narrow span of control[2] and can make it difficult to get a promotion … Continue reading Creating your own leadership opportunities

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Using the AITSL standards to assess graduate teacher performance

AITSL Program Standard One for initial teacher education requires that all graduates from accredited programs have demonstrated that they meet the Graduate Teacher Standards in a classroom setting. AITSL require that this assessment “be valid, reliable and moderated”. In this post we present our nascent graduate teacher performance assessment based on the Australian Professional Standards … Continue reading Using the AITSL standards to assess graduate teacher performance

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Learning Differentiation: How does it fit?

Finding the best way to meet the individual learning needs of each student is one of the great challenges faced by each teacher in the classroom. The early industrial revolutionary model of getting everyone to the same point by the end of their Schooling is no longer relevant. Many measures of successful achievement that surround … Continue reading Learning Differentiation: How does it fit?

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Australia should look overseas for ideas to increase its number of women MPs

Marian Sawer, Australian National University Australia continues its slide in the international league table for representation of women in national parliaments. In 1999, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) ranked Australia 15th in the world. By June 2016, before the federal election, Australia had slipped to 56th place. Cathy O’Toole’s narrow win in Herbert helped boost the … Continue reading Australia should look overseas for ideas to increase its number of women MPs

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New grants of up to $3m now available for research-industry collaborations

Collaborations between industry and researchers can now apply for grants of up to $3 million over three years to develop products, services or processes that will solve problems for Australian industries. The new funding is being offered through the second round of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) stream of the government’s Cooperative Research Centres … Continue reading New grants of up to $3m now available for research-industry collaborations

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The journey towards a positive risk culture

A positive risk culture is essential to create a less risk averse and more innovative environment in Australia’s public sector. The aim is not to eliminate risk, but rather to have active, ongoing and responsive risk management. But developing this active and responsive risk culture takes time. It requires ongoing commitment and a continuous improvement … Continue reading The journey towards a positive risk culture

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How to solve the problems your NFP actually has

At the Australian 3D Manufacturing Association (A3DMA), we spend a lot of time looking at developments and considering the future. Many of the trends we see will affect the not-for-profit sector and provide opportunity for organisations. One of the trends expected to grow is the participation of the not-for-profit (NFP) sector in developing public policy … Continue reading How to solve the problems your NFP actually has

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Wooranna Park Primary School: A paradigm shift in education

“Wooranna Park is an institution that we not only idolise but also hope to emulate in our efforts at revolutionising education in India.” – Parmeet Shah, Marathon Group. “… two educators I admire told me about a public elementary school that I simply must visit. One of these colleagues, a big thinker in school reform, … Continue reading Wooranna Park Primary School: A paradigm shift in education