Meeting focus: Government, philanthropic and other relevant organisations from across all Australian states and territories. sharing knowledge and evidence about addressing equity issues in education. Australian Schools Transformation Alliance (ASTA) inaugural meeting: 2 nd April 2014.
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Meeting focus: Government, philanthropic and other relevant organisations from across all Australian states and territories. sharing knowledge and evidence about addressing equity issues in education
Australian Schools Transformation Alliance (ASTA) inaugural meeting: 2nd April 2014
3-4 meetings annually
South Australia’s Department for Education and Child Development hosting the initial event.
Anticipated benefits of the alliance :
Sharing knowledge nationally
Connecting to create an evidence base of impactful practices
Opportunities for shared advocacy in addressing
Australian educational equity issues
11 am Welcome, introduction and background/purpose re ASTA
11.15-12.00 Draft ASTA principles and future operations
(for discussion, amendments)
12.00-12:45 pm Low socio economic programs/data updates
12.45 -1.30 pm Lunch
1.30-2.45 pm Continue low socio economic programs/data updates
2.45-4.15 pm SA showcase: programs & evidence
(including afternoon tea break)
4.15-5.00 pm Confirm ASTA directions and future sessions
6.30-8.30 pm Informal dinner at Majestic Hotel (pre ordered)
To explore the opportunity to create a national alliance of organisations involved in connected work, focused on addressing the issue of education equity in Australian communities of low SES.
Outcomes (as per draft paper)
The alliance will be known as the Australian School Transformation Alliance or ASTA
There is a need and a purpose to establish a structure to connect and develop the work of organisations across Australia committed to addressing the issues of inequity in education.
Specifically, the alliance structure will:
Additionally the alliance will Include participant organisations that deliver initiatives that target cohorts of schools
within the Australian context.
Low socio economic programs/data updates
Creation and implementation of ‘new processes, products,
services and methods of delivery which result in significant
improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness or quality of
outcomes…(and) the application of new ideas to produce
better outcomes’ (Australian National Audit Office ANAO, 2009).
OECD research (2011)
Key innovation principles arising from Phase 1 research (OECD, 2011)
Source: OECD, 2011
CONTENT**e.g. Interdisciplinarity21st Century CompetenciesSustainability
ORGANISATION & PEDAGOGY**e.g Educator Groupings (teams teach, team PD, targeting specific learners, varying team/indiv teaching)
Learner groupings (varying size/profile, smaller groups in larger groups, mixed age groups)
Rescheduling learning time (flexible, personalised, rituals, distant/non formal)Pedagogy & Related Assessment (inquiry/authentic, technology-rich, strong formative, remixing pedagogy)
LEARNERS**e.g. Distant learners
Parents as learners
Essential Broad Innovation Characteristics and PrinciplesMake learning and learner engagement centralAssessment is critical but must underpin learning aims & strong emphasis on formative feedbackBe demanding for each learner but without excessive overloadBe highly attuned to learners’ motivations and emotionsEnsure that learning is social and often collaborativeBe acutely sensitive to individualdifferences including prior knowledgePromote ‘horizontal connectedness’ of activities & subjects, in & out of school
Risk taking, seeking multiple perspectives & in depth understandings
Learning leadership as design & redesignTransformative vision of LearningChange strategies & Learning focusDistributed leadership (incl staff, students, partners)
RESOURCES**e.g. Innovative use of learning space
Range of community/other facilitators
EDUCATORS**e.g .Educators: Coaching / facilitating/activating Teaching teams & distant teachersCommunity/expert/facilitators
Evidence & Data About Learning & Innovation EffectivenessLearning logs/portfolios, Visibility of teacher work, Research & evaluation by the learning environment on the learning environment (eg action research, data & information systems; formative feedback about learning to learners/leaders/educators)
NETWORKS & LINKS WITH OTHER LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
FAMILIES & COMMUNITIES
Low socio economic programs/data updates
Confirm ASTA directions
6.30-8.30 pm Informal dinner at Majestic Hotel