The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
9 AUGUST, 2012
This edition features information on the following Professional Learning opportunities:
- Occupational Therapy
- National Science Teachers Workshop
- Partnering with the Faculty of Education (new teacher mentoring)

Please contact any of the Compass team for assistance with registration.

The Compass Year 8 Experience Day is taking place on Wednesday 5 September.
Compass coordinators will receive the information and registration packs for the event via courier early next week.  Registration for the event will open on Tuesday 7 August, and close on Friday 17 August

The parents campus visit on 30 August has been postponed. However, parents have the opportunity to attend our end of year event, the Compass Showcase, on 24 November. Please let us know if your parents would like any information about the showcase. 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 PRIMARY    |  
Science Unleashed
Tuesday 7 August - Thursday 9 August
The Australian Museum Science Festival

Registered teachers should have received an information pack including an itinerary from the Australian Museum.  Please contact Geoff Gardner at the museum on 9320 6390 if you have not received the pack.
 SECONDARY    |  
Kogarah HS
Thursday 16 August Year 7 campus visit
 PRIMARY    |  
Revesby South PS
Thursday 16 August Nicholson Museum visit
 SECONDARY    |  
Condell Park HS
Thursday 22 August Year 7 campus visit
 SECONDARY    |  
Marrickville HS
Thursday 23 August Year 7 campus visit
 SECONDARY    |  
University of Sydney Open Day
On Saturday 25 August the University throws open its doors, inviting you to explore the campus, learn about the hundreds of courses on offer, and discover what life at Sydney is really like.

Download the program from the University website here.
 SECONDARY    |  
Condell Park HS
Thursday 29 August Year Ten Study Skills workshop
 SECONDARY    |  
Marrickville HS
Friday 31 August Year Ten Study Skills workshop
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REMINDERS & NOTICES
 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy Professional Development session for teachers
Compass would like to invite all primary school teachers to join us for OT professional development sessions. All sessions will focus on providing teachers with helpful OT practices to support student development in the classroom.

Topics include:
  • Motor planning: the disorganised child
  • Sensory processing: is it sensory or behaviour?
  • Fine motor skills: getting little hands working
The sessions will be delivered through video conferencing, so you don’t have to travel very far! 

For topic and session availability please collect a copy of the information flyer from your Compass Coordinator.  RSVP 17 August 2012. For more information please contact sylvia.utami@sydney.edu.au
 PRIMARY/SECONDARY    |  
The third Sydney University Professional Learning Partners meeting
These meetings have been held, with interested schools, once a term since 2008. The Professional Learning Partners have been developing a professional dialogue about issues related to mentoring including responses to the NSW Institute of Teachers’ guidelines.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear:

·         Amenah Mourad & Carolyn Delany Haberfield PS – Starting a conversation about literary texts

·         Dr Tony Loughland University of Sydney- Using annotated video analysis to assist reflection in the action learning process

And to discuss your involvement with the university in further developing mentoring in your school, especially for preservice and early career teachers.

Wednesday 22 August

5.00-7.00PM
Room 612
The Faculty of Education and Social Work

RSVP: victoria.loy@sydney.edu.au



 SECONDARY    |  
ICLS conference proceedings available online
Want to get the latest research on the future of the science of learning and instruction? 

The International Conference of the Learning Sciences took place between 2 - 6 July, 2012 in Sydney.  

Conference proceedings, including full papers, can be downloaded via the organisation's website here

Topics include: 
  • Understanding How Learners Grapple with Wicked Problems in Environmental Science
  • Improving Revision in Wiki-based Writing: Coordination Pays off
  • Scaffolding a Knowledge Community for High School Physics
  • Understanding Teachers' Cultural Models about Technology
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FEDERAL MINISTER LAUNCHES $21.2M SOCIAL INCLUSION PROJECT
 PRIMARY/SECONDARY    |  
Bridges to Higher Education universities partnership
Compass partner school Fairfield High School hosted the Bridges to Higher Education project launch, with Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator the Hon. Chris Evans last week. 

A collaboration between the schools engagement programs of five Sydney universities, including Compass, the initiative is designed to reach over 100,000 school students and boost the participation rates in higher education from low socio-economic status communities.

The project has been funded with $21.2 million from the Commonwealth Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships program (HEPPP) - highest level of funding for a project in the $150 million national low SES support scheme. 

Bridges will work with primary and secondary schools and community partners in Greater Western Sydney to engage young people who previously might not have considered higher education as an option. More than 1.8 million people live in the region which has traditionally been under-represented in higher education participation rates.

See the full story on our website.

Want to know more about the project?  See the Bridges video here via the Compass website. 

Read the Sydney Morning Herald's story here.
Compass partner school Fairfield High School hosted the Bridges to Higher Education project launch,with Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator the Hon. Chris Evans last week. 

The $21 million initiative is designed to reach over 100,000 school students and boost the participation rates in higher education from low socio-economic status communities.

The project has been funded with $21.2 million from the Commonwealth Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships program (HEPPP) - highest level of funding for a project in the $150 million national low SES support scheme. 

This innovative project will work with primary and secondary schools and community partners in Greater Western Sydney to engage young people who previously might not have considered higher education as an option. More than 1.8 million people live in the region which has traditionally been under-represented in higher education participation rates.

Senator Evans announced the project in front of an audience of more than 300 higher education providers, partners, community stakeholders, parents and school students from Fairfield Public School and Fairfield High School.

Using the combined resources of the universities and their partners the project aims to improve academic outcomes by improving student's abilities in reading, writing and numeracy as well as in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


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NATIONAL LITERACY AND NUMERACY WEEK
 PRIMARY/SECONDARY    |  
Team up with Compass for NLNW

National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2012
 takes place from the 27 August to 2 September. 

The celebration gives schools the opportunity to get involved in a range of literacy and numeracy activities. The week aims to recognise locally the achievements of students and the work of teachers, parents and members of the community who support young people to develop stronger literacy and numeracy skills.

Is your school running a competition as part of National Literacy and Numeracy Week?  Compass can sponsor a prize for each school (Dymocks voucher) and publish winning entries on the Compass website!

Please contact Sophie Partridge, Senior Project Officer, at Sophie.partridge@sydney.edu.au

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NEW PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Science Teachers Workshop, 5 - 9 November 2012
The Science Teachers’ Workshops are professional development courses offered across multiple disciplines (agriculture, biology, chemistry and physics) over a one-week period in November 2012.  The courses are suitable for high school science teachers of all levels. 

Click here to read more, download the program, and register.  

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
All Compass partner schools can use their Professional Development budget to pay the workshop fees. To help cover the cost of teacher relief, 
the Division of Natural Sciences at the University of Sydney is delighted to be able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance to eligible teachers who wish to attend the Science Teachers’ Workshop 2012.  

(As funding is limited, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be successful). 

Who can apply for financial assistance?
Teachers applying for financial assistance must be:
  • ·       Currently teaching in a NSW Low Socio-Economic Status (LSES) high school
  • ·       Currently teaching at HSC level in a relevant discipline e.g. sciences or agriculture
  • ·       Able to attend the Science Teacher’s Workshop in November 2012
  • ·       Applications close on Wednesday 15th August 2012
Please refer to the website form more information and application procedure. 

http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/teacher_resources/teachers_workshop_financial_assistance.shtml

What is the Science Teachers’ Workshop?

The Science Teachers’ Workshops are professional development courses offered across multiple disciplines (agriculture, biology, chemistry and physics) over a one-week period in November 2012.  The courses are suitable for high school science teachers of all levels – whether you’re just starting out, teaching in a new area, or have years of experience – our program has something for you.

Click here to read more, download the program, and register.  

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
All Compass partner schools can use their Professional Development budget to pay the workshop fees. To help cover the cost of teacher relief, 
the Division of Natural Sciences at the University of Sydney is delighted to be able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance to eligible teachers who wish to attend the Science Teachers’ Workshop 2012. 

Who can apply for financial assistance?
Teachers applying for financial assistance must be:
  • ·       Currently teaching in a NSW Low Socio-Economic Status (LSES) high school
  • ·       Currently teaching at HSC level in a relevant discipline e.g. sciences or agriculture
  • ·       Able to attend the Science Teacher’s Workshop in November 2012
  • ·       Applications close on Wednesday 15th August 2012
Please refer to the website form more information and application procedure. 

http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/teacher_resources/teachers_workshop_financial_assistance.shtml
 

 SECONDARY    |  
Culturally Diverse Music Programs
The Music Educators’ Series
AT THE SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC 
Saturday 10 November, 9am-12pm
Facilitator: Cassandra Brennan
  • Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

School educators are teaching increasingly diverse school populations. The challenge of engaging students of all backgrounds in music classrooms is evident. Current research demonstrates that many programs end up alienating, rather than engaging students in some music classrooms. 

This workshop will examine current research in the field of music education and student engagement. Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

Culturally Diverse Music Programs

Saturday 10 November, 9am-12pm
Facilitator: Cassandra Brennan

  • Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

School educators are teaching increasingly diverse school populations. The challenge of engaging students of all backgrounds in music classrooms is evident. Current research demonstrates that many programs end up alienating, rather than engaging students in some music classrooms. 

This workshop will examine current research in the field of music education and student engagement. Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

In this workshop examples of culturally inclusive extra-curricular program models that have been successfully implemented within schools will be given and examined. Practical activities will focus on building participants’ confidence in successfully integrating repertoire from unfamiliar cultural backgrounds with appropriate pedagogical strategies, to result in authentic, high-quality performances.

Cost: $60 Early Bird Rate (for enrolments prior to 26 October) 

$80 (for enrolments after 26 October)

Enrolments available until 8 November or until all places filled. Morning tea is included.

Click here to see the brochure, or for more information please call the Con on 9351 1240.

To register as a Compass Professional Learning activity, please use the Compass online registration form.
 BLENDED MODULE    |  
Conversations about literary texts – module 1
Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7, 14, 21
Conversations about literary texts – module 1  

Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7, 14, 21
Conversations about literary texts – module 1   
Blended mode – 12 hours face-to-face at Homebush Boys High School + 8 hours reading/online activities
NSWIT Course Code C08360. 
  • Teaching grammar in primary school and middle years.
  • The teaching of literary texts as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning. 
  • Details and dates TBA
 ONLINE MODULE    |  
Mentoring - Module 1
Mentoring - Module 1

Mentoring - Module 1
Available all Term 4 2011 – Opens Week 1
NSWIT Course Code C08579

This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers who are involved in mentoring and all teachers interested in professional development related to mentoring, teacher induction and teacher accreditation issues.

The course will include:
  • a critical overview of the research in the areas of professional development, mentoring and teacher induction
  • a study of key issues related to the concept of mentoring and teacher induction identified through the review of literature
  • analysis of the current developments around standards of professional practice
  • opportunities for individuals to discuss and investigate specific mentoring issues and develop mentoring skill.
 ON CAMPUS    |  
Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’
1 – 2 November
Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’

*REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN* 
1 – 2 November

Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’
Michael Ungar is a University Research Professor and Professor at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. As the Director of the Resilience Research Centre, he currently leads a number of studies of resilience involving researchers from more than a dozen countries on six continents.He is also the author of eight books including:
  • Strengths-Based Counseling with At-Risk Youth
  • We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids
  • Playing at Being Bad: The Hidden Resilience of Troubled Teens, and
  • Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive.
See future Compass Directions for more information.
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CONTENTS
Upcoming Activities
Reminders & Notices
Federal Minister launches $21.2m social inclusion project
National Literacy and Numeracy Week
New Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
E12 early offer scheme launched at the University of Sydney
Faculty of Education and Social Work Talks: The Honorable Adrian Piccoli, MP
Useful links
COMPASS
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E12 EARLY OFFER SCHEME LAUNCHED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
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The University of Sydney this week launched its new Early Offer Year 12 scheme (E12).

Designed to assist year 12 students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds the E12 scheme enables school principals to nominate up to 10 students they believe show the potential to succeed at the University of Sydney, for degrees covered by the scheme. The principals' recommendations are then considered by a select panel from the University, which may also interview applicants for some courses.
The University of Sydney this week launched its new Early Offer Year 12 scheme (E12).

Designed to assist year 12 students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds the E12 scheme enables school principals to nominate up to 10 students they believe show the potential to succeed at the University of Sydney, for degrees covered by the scheme. The principals' recommendations are then considered by a select panel from the University, which may also interview applicants for some courses.

Students who are offered an early conditional offer under the scheme will have a place reserved just for them at the University of Sydney. Provided they meet the special ATAR cut-offs and subject bands for their preferred course, these students will then have their offer confirmed through UAC in the early January round.

"School students might not reach their desired final mark for a variety of reasons. The E12 scheme means that we can still recruit and support young people with the potential to succeed at the University and beyond," said University of Sydney Director of Social Inclusion Annette Cairnduff.

School principals have received a letter from the university and information for schools and parents about the scheme.
FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WORK TALKS: THE HONORABLE ADRIAN PICCOLI, MP
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The Faculty presents the latest in its Education & Social Work TALKS series. The Honourable Adrian Piccoli MP, the State Minister for Education, will discuss the recent report from the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities’, Local Schools, Local Decisions. The Minister will discuss his vision for progress and innovation through the five reform areas identified in the report and take questions from the audience. 
USEFUL LINKS
> Compass
> Social Inclusion Unit
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