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JUNE 2012
Dear

We invite alumni join us at the forthcoming – and timely – visit by the NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, to discuss the State Government’s funding for schools, Local Schools, Local Decisions.

Distinguished alumna Margaret Whitlam AO was a supporter of Social Work education at the University of Sydney for over 70 years, having graduated in 1943. We were honoured to have her in attendance at the 70 Years of Social Work celebrations in 2010. We are saddened at her passing and our condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues.

With kind regards
Rob Tierney | Dean, Faculty of Education & Social Work
NEWS
Inspirational alumna, Margaret Whitlam, remembered
Margaret Whitlam, who inspired a nation as the new model for prime ministerial spouses, began her career as one of the University’s first Social Work graduates. She was an active alumna and was at the dinner to celebrate 70 years of Social Work education in 2010.

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Social work alumna recognised with honorary degree
Long-time faculty associate and alumna, Dr Mary Lane, received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in Social Work at the graduation ceremony in the Great Hall on 13 April. Dr Lane, a Faculty member for two decades, has been recognised for her contribution to community-work practice. Dr Lane also delivered the occasional address to ESW graduates on the day.

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Influential alumna says 'no' to NAPLAN
Professor of Teacher Education and Associate Dean, Academic Programs, Robyn Ewing's group of influential academics are implacably opposed to the annual NAPLAN regime.

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Sherington's Sydney, The Making of a Public University
ESW Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Sherington co-authored a new history of that examines the University’s role as a public institution.

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Artists-In-Residence
One of ESW’s particular areas of focus is the arts in education. We inaugurated the Artist-in-Residence program in 2011 with alumna and renowned children’s author, Libby Gleeson. This year, we are delighted to have two ESW honoraries, Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle, delivering a robust program. They will be in conversation with Robyn Ewing on 9 August and there are still some places available. Register for Into the Landscape here.
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Turning the tide at Sydney Writers' Festival
The inaugural event in a new series presented in conjunction with the Koori Centre was held in the Great Hall as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival program. In association with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Turning the Tide recognises ESW’s long-held, strong links with the Indigenous Australian communities.

The inaugural event in a new series presented in conjunction with the Koori Centre was held in the Great Hall as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival program. In association with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Turning the Tide recognises ESW’s long-held, strong links with the Indigenous Australian communities.

In association with the Koori Centre, we offer numerous courses focusing on Indigenous education. Indigenous engagement is a short- and long-term goal, which is highlighted in the faculty's Strategic Plan 2011-15 (PDF, 664kB). The vision is to enhance the University's goals of promoting Indigenous participation, engagement, education and research. A podcast of the event is available here.
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The state of social work
ESW alumna and Professor of Social Work and Social Justice, Jude Irwin, presented the inaugural event in the new Education & Social Work TALKS series.

ESW alumna and Professor of Social Work and Social Justice, Jude Irwin, presented the inaugural event in the new Education & Social Work TALKS series.

Irwin commented on The State of Social Work by giving a short lecture followed by an ‘in conversation’ with Professor Carolyn Noble, in which they explored the current issues facing the field. Around 100 people – alumni and practitioners, staff and students – gathered in the Assembly Hall in the Old Teacher’s College in May. Here’s an audio podcast of the talk (link).
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ESW IN THE NEWS
Some highlights of ESW in the media
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TEN QUESTIONS
Alexander Wharton graduated with first-class honours in 2010. Since then, he has been busy as a full-time English teacher. He reflects on his time in the Faculty and how his studies helped make him who he is today, and says, "We are a part of something really special, let’s not forget that.”

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CONTENTS
News
ESW in the news
Ten questions
What's new
International Conference of the Learning Sciences
ESW events
Sydney events
Reunions
Connections
WHAT'S NEW
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ESW’s Office of Professional Learning runs courses endorsed by the NSW Institute of Teachers and the Australian Association of Social Workers, and can count towards continuing professional development requirements. The 2012 program is now online, and growing.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE LEARNING SCIENCES
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ESW’s Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo) is hosting the biennial conference sponsored by the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS). The conference brings together researchers in the sciences of learning, instruction and design in order to address questions of how we can better understand and improve learning. Find out more

ESW EVENTS
9 Aug | Into the Landscape
Artists-in-Residence Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle in conversation with Robyn Ewing. Details here

22 Aug | Local Schools, Local Decisions
State Minister for Education the Honourable Adrian Piccoli MP will talk about the Local Schools, Local Decisions funding model. Details here

19 Sept | An Australian Story: Maurice Saxby on Children’s Literature
Alumnus Maurice Saxby in conversation with Geoff Williams. Details here
SYDNEY EVENTS
11 July | Sydney Connections Breakfast: Angus Stewart

30 Aug | Comedy Debate

6 Sept  | Sydney Connections Breakfast: Cameron Clyne
REUNIONS
Alumnus Jim Kable is hoping to organise a reunion of Trial Teacher Development Program (TDP) Diploma of Education group members from 1970. Core Curriculum and Philosophy teachers were Drs David Dufty and Lee Owens. Please email Jim at shoin@me.com or contact Helen Loughlin.
CONNECTIONS
LOST ALUMNI

We are keen to build our ESW Alumni & Friends contacts list, as we have a number of “lost alumni” – those people who studied with our Faculty with whom we’ve now lost contact. Please forward on this newsletter to any of your friends or colleagues who may have studied at the Faculty of Education & Social Work, Sydney Teachers College or former institutions at any time over the century! They can register with us here.

ALUMNI CONTACT

HELEN LOUGHLIN
Alumni & Events Officer
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