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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
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13 FEBRUARY, 2013
Term 1 Week 3
Parents Campus Visits - registration link
http://www.bridges.nsw.edu.au/bridges_-_parents_visits
Why not add the registration link to your school's website or parents newsletter? Parents can then register themselves to visit on any of the dates for 2013 - read more below. 

Giant Science (Primary schools)

Registrations for Giant Science are now open. Due to limited space Year 6 students can attend one of two options this year for their campus visit: Giant Science, hosted by the University of Sydney, or Science Unleashed at the Australian Museum.  Places are limited in both  events, so we encourage you to book now - see below for details. 

University of Sydney Student Teachers
Can your school host a University of Sydney student teacher for one observation session in April?  Please see the announcement in Notices & Reminders below. ***Please note the telephone number has changed from last week***

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
FP&E and SMA Professional Development
Film Production & Editing
Thursday 14 February

University of Sydney | 9AM - 5PM

Stop Motion Animation
Tuesday 19 February
University of Sydney | 9AM - 5PM

Invitations have been sent to Compass coordinators. Please RSVP to Victoria Loy now!
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Multilit Professional Development
Friday 22 February | University of Sydney

 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visit
Tuesday 5 March | Macquarie University
10AM - 2PM
Common questions are answered and a campus tour provided.
 PRIMARY    |  
Professional Learning Partners meeting
Wednesday 13 March | Room 612, Education Building, University of Sydney
PL session on teaching primary school science. See Professional Learning below for more details.
 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy (OT) Orientation Session
Tuesday 19 March | Villawood East Public School
Principals and OT coordinators' orientation 
12PM - 2PM
Lunch will be provided.
 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy (OT) Teachers' Briefing
Monday 25 March | via Connected Classrooms
3.15PM - 4.00PM
 PRIMARY    |  
Giant Science
Thursday 4 April & Friday 5 April |The University of Sydney
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visits
Wednesday 10 April | University of Sydney
Wednesday 29 May | Australian Catholic University
10AM - 2PM
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 PRIMARY    |  
Giant Science/Science Unleashed
Registrations for Giant Science are now open. Due to limited places available, Year 6 students can attend one of two options this year for their campus visit: 

Giant Science, hosted by the University of Sydney
Thursday 4 April - Friday 5 April
OR
Science Unleashed at the Australian Museum
Tuesday 20 August - Thursday 22 August (registrations not yet open)

This year, primary schools have been asked to register with Science Alliance directly.  Booking forms have been emailed to primary school Compass coordinators.
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 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Multilit Professional Development
Compass is offering professional training on the MULTILIT Reading Tutor Program. The 1-day workshop will be facilitated by MULTILIT staff and will cover all aspects of the program.

**Registrations close on Thursday 14 February
(Term 1, Week 3)**

  • The session is compulsory for new school volunteer coordinators.
  • It is also suitable for teachers or support staff who would like to be trained in delivering the MULTILIT program.
When: Friday 22 February (Term 1, Week 4) at the University of Sydney’s Camperdown Campus.

If you are interested in attending, please email Mike to request a registration form.   Registrations close on Thursday 14 February (Term 1, Week 3).
 SECONDARY    |  
Bridges to Higher Education Videoconference series
High schools: Interested in using Connected Classrooms more frequently?  Perhaps you've had some training but are looking for a chance to use the technology in your classroom?  

This year, Bridges to Higher Education will be presenting four videoconference sessions for years 7-10, open to selected schools including all Compass partner schools.  The sessions are designed to increase awareness and interest in university study, but can also provide academic enrichment. Each session will be facilitated by university academic faculty and will address the following areas: 

April: Science
June: English
September: History
November: Mathematics

What to do: When planning for the year, keep an eye on the months above and see if a videoconference session might fit into your curriculum. Dialling in with your class is an easy way to add some variety to a module, as well as affording more chance to practice using Connected Classrooms.   

More information on the content of each session will be sent out closer to the dates, but you can register via email now, or send enquiries to the same address.
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 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Can you host a University of Sydney teacher education student?
The Director of Professional Experience in the Faculty of Education and Social Work is seeking expressions of interest from teachers who can host an M.Teach student for one observation session.  As you know, the  the support of experienced classroom teachers is essential to the successful training of new graduates.  

The university students must complete a classroom observations visit on Monday 8 April.  While your school is not then obligated to stay on as host for the longer professional experience blocks, the observation session offers a great opportunity to meet with able teacher education graduates who may then apply to complete their practical experiences or internships at your school.  

Interested in being an observation school?  Please contact Dr Tony Loughland, Director of Professional Experience, for more information.   Tony.Loughland@sydney.edu.au or phone 9351 6287.

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Professional Learning Partners meetings for 2013
*Of particular interest to primary school science teachers, secondary English teachers and executive staff: 

The first Sydney University Professional Learning Partners meeting for this year will be held: 

Wednesday 13 March – Term 1 Week 7
5.00-7.00PM
Room 612
The Faculty of Education and Social Work


This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear:
  • Amanda Coroneos North Sydney PS- A Journey to the Instructional Core of Primary Science through the eyes of a Teacher Coach
  • Tony Loughland University of Sydney - A Journey to the Instructional Core of Primary Science- the role of design based research
You can also discuss your involvement with the University in further developing mentoring in your school, especially for preservice and early career teachers.

Wednesday 5 June (Term 2 Week 6) Dr Chris Preston – Primary Science

Wednesday 21 August (Term 3 Week 6) Dr Jen Scott –Curwood - Action Research on Boys' Writing and Motivation

Wednesday 13 November (Term 4 Week 6) Dr Hoa Nguyen - The role of mentoring in supporting preservice teachers.

Please RSVP to kathy.rushton@sydney.edu.au
 TEACHERS    |  
What's being offered in 2013?
You can see the 2013 Professional Learning calendar here to find out what workshops are available for Compass partner schools this year.  

Many teachers requested workshops to support the implementation of the Australian curriculum. We are pleased to announce at least 8 sessions, in August-September.  So far, sessions for Stage 4 & 5 Science, Mathematics, English, and History are being planned. 

The primary school literacy calendar includes the blended module in Children's Literature facilitated by Professor Robyn Ewing, recipient of the 2012 Lady Cutler award for distinguished service to children's literature in NSW. 

Please talk to your Compass Coordinator if you would like to register, or contact Victoria Loy at Compass.
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS TO VISIT UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visits
Parents - come and experience university for yourself! Information provided about getting in, university life, costs, courses, and the support available. Common questions are answered and a campus tour provided.
  • Lunch provided
  • Bus transfers from schools or train tickets available on request
The next three campus visits for 2013: 

Macquarie University
Balaclava Road, North Ryde
Tuesday 5 March
10AM – 2PM

University of Sydney (Camperdown)
Wednesday 10 April
10AM - 2PM

Australian Catholic University (Strathfield)
25A Barker Rd Strathfield
Wednesday 29 May
10AM – 2PM

Registration is essential - use this link  

http://www.bridges.nsw.edu.au/bridges_-_parents_visits
OR
contact Compass Administration
to register a group of parents from your school (8627 8515). 

Why not add the registration link to your school's website or parents newsletter? Parents can then register themselves to visit on any of the dates above. 
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RESEARCH
Study shows immigrant students succeed in education
There are relatively few differences in problem solving, mathematics and science achievement between immigrant students and non-immigrant students after accounting for socio-economic status, literacy, recency of arrival and language spoken at home, a major study by researchers and the University of Sydney and Hong Kong Institute of Education has found. 

Led by Professor Andrew Martin from the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, the research involved 113,767 15 to 16 year-old students from 17 OECD countries (including more than 12,000 Australians).

Professor Martin said the significant effects of socio-demographic and settlement factors suggest it is not immigrant status per se that explains lower achievement and problem-solving skill, but various factors that are embedded within and associated with immigrant status that make a substantial difference.

(This article appeared on the University of Sydney's News page, 8 February 2013)
There are relatively few differences in problem solving, mathematics and science achievement between immigrant students and non-immigrant students after accounting for socio-economic status, literacy, recency of arrival and language spoken at home, a major study by researchers and the University of Sydney and Hong Kong Institute of Education has found.

Led by Professor Andrew Martin from the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, the research involved 113,767 15 to 16 year-old students from 17 OECD countries (including more than 12,000 Australians).

Professor Martin said the significant effects of socio-demographic and settlement factors suggest it is not immigrant status per se that explains lower achievement and problem-solving skill, but various factors that are embedded within and associated with immigrant status that make a substantial difference.

Professor Martin said the significant effects of socio-demographic and settlement factors suggest it is not immigrant status per se that explains lower achievement and problem-solving skill, but various factors that are embedded within and associated with immigrant status that make a substantial difference.

"Importantly," Professor Martin said, "this counters 'deficit' perspectives on immigrants (deficit views are that immigrants are inherently less capable) - instead, there is a constellation of circumstances and factors in immigrant students' lives that affect their academic outcomes."

Major factors affecting immigrant students' achievement were low socio-economic status, not speaking the 'local' language at home, poor reading proficiency, and recent arrival.

"Schools that address some of these factors by intensively assisting literacy development and providing additional logistic support, such as after-hours homework group, access to computers, breakfast club, fundamental materials (books), exposure to extra-curricular activity and so on, are laying a better foundation for positive outcomes for immigrants."


Key findings

  • There were few differences in problem-solving, mathematics, and science achievement between immigrant students and non-immigrant students after accounting for socio-economic status, literacy, recency of arrival, and language spoken at home. Thus, immigrant students can perform well in problem solving, mathematics, and science - but for them to do so it is important to address socio-economic, settlement, language/literacy, and school factors.
  • Second-generation immigrants tended to perform better than first-generation immigrants, indicating that educational differences largely iron out over successive generations of immigrants.
  • There were significant differences between countries in how immigrants performed in mathematics, science and problem solving. In Australia, for example, after controlling for socio-economic and settlement factors, immigrants performed better than non-immigrant students in science and mathematics. Thus, in Australia, compared with non-immigrant students of similar socio-economic background and other relevant attributes, immigrants performed slightly better.
  • There were significant differences between schools in how well immigrant students performed in problem solving, science and mathematics achievement. Thus, some schools do a very good job of assisting immigrant students' achievement - and other schools don't do such a good job.
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CONTENTS
Upcoming Activities
Notices & Reminders
Professional Learning
Opportunities for Parents to Visit University Campuses
Research
Compass
Science teachers: do you have high-achieving physics students?
STEM in the news!
Useful links
COMPASS
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SCIENCE TEACHERS: DO YOU HAVE HIGH-ACHIEVING PHYSICS STUDENTS?
Your top-scoring physics students in Years 11 and 12 may be eligible for scholarships to the International Science School.  

The 2013 Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS2013) at the University of Sydney will run from 30 June to 13 July and has the theme of Nanoscience.
 The program will bring together top international and Australian nanoscience experts - along with leaders from the breadth of science, including keynote speaker and Nobel prize-winning cosmologist Professor Brian Schmidt.
Your top-scoring physics students in Years 11 and 12 may be eligible for scholarhsips to the International Science School.  

The 2013 Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS2013) at the University of Sydney will run from 30 June to 13 July and has the theme of Nanoscience.

The program will bring together top international and Australian nanoscience experts - along with leaders from the breadth of science, including keynote speaker and Nobel prize-winning cosmologist Professor Brian Schmidt. 

In an effort to encourage and enthuse talented indigenous students with an interest in science, the ISS2013 Indigenous Scholars Program reserves a quantity of the ISS scholarships specifically for indigenous students.

Applications are open to year 11 and 12 students in 2013 and close on 28th February. For more information about the program and how to apply (including the application criteria) visit the ISS website at sydney.edu.au/science/iss2013.

Click here to see a video about the Science School. 

*Applications involve a teacher's and principal's recommendation letter as well as grades - so read the website carefully!
STEM IN THE NEWS!
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At the Compass STEM Day of Inquiry in 2012, students from Kogarah and Fairfield High Schools attended sessions on sustainability and cloud computing - and the issue continues to attract attention.  

University of Sydney News this week announced that Professor Albert Zomaya, director of High Performance Computing and Networking at the University's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, will address next week's Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit and argue the need to move to more ecologically friendly practices of computing, such as cloud computing.

Putting the idea of sustainability in science and engineering at the front of students' minds was the theme of the STEM Day of Inquiry in 2012.  

What should we focus on in 2013?  What makes your students most interested in science and mathematics? What do you want the Faculties at the University of Sydney to show your students at STEM Day this year?  

Get in touch with Sophie Partridge to discuss your ideas. We want to hear from YOU!
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