Embracing the assessment and rating process

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Being assessed and rated can understandably be a nervous time for educators. ACECQA caught up with Vashti Hicks, an Authorised Officer with the Queensland Department of Education and Training, to discuss her role and how services can prepare and embrace the assessment and ratings process. Tell us a little about your background  I have been […]

The Competent Educator

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Recently during a professional development session I asked a group of educators what are the rights of educators? Were they the holder of rights, and if so, what were they? I thought about providing them with some context or giving them an example, but decided against this because as much as I wanted to know […]

Reflections on cultural awareness

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Until very recently, as a born and bred Melbournian, I have had little to no knowledge or contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. My knowledge came from small sections of high school history classes and from reading Rabbit Proof Fence; definitely not enough to gain an understanding of the vast culture […]

High-quality, affordable education at the heart of Labor’s new early years policy

High-quality, affordable education at the heart of Labor’s new early years policy

High-quality, affordable education at the heart of Labor’s new early years policy Megan O’Connell, Victoria University; Bronwyn Hinz, Victoria University, and Stacey Fox, Victoria University For too long, early years education policy has focused on the money, pigeonholed into a debate about “child care” and “mums getting back to work”, rather than a long-term investment […]

Reading to your child: the difference it makes

Reading to your child: the difference it makes

If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond. So what happens to children when they participate in shared reading? Does it make a difference to their learning? If […]

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