Internationalising Educationthrough the cross curriculum priority of Asia Learning from the L21CSV program Lindy Stirling – Internationalising Education Unit, DEECD
Victoria’s vision for internationalising schools • our students are globally competent, inter culturally aware and connected with others as responsible local and global citizens; they are well-prepared to thrive in a global society and work in a global economy; • our education system is an international leader, our education professionals collaborate with and learn from the best, and education contributes to Victoria’s international capability and reputation.
Victoria’s School Reforms Towards Victoria as a Learning Community • Professional trust and practice • clear expectations and professional practice • Autonomy • curriculum • Accountability • Quality and evidence-based support • tools and models • Partnerships that support effective learning • Asia engaged - EMR
Victoria’s School Reforms Vision for Languages Education • Long term commitment • Introduce compulsory languages education for all government school students from Prep to Year 10 by 2025.
Context: DEECD Strategic Plan 2013-17 • Lead the internationalisation of the Victorian school education system. • Promote Victorian Government schools as the preferred destination for international students. • Establish and support education partnerships and exchanges with overseas governments, jurisdictions and institutions and • Ensure school education is a key component within Victorian Government international engagement initiatives. Early Childhood and School Education Group International Division
Context: Australian curriculum Learning Areas:English, History, Science, Maths General Capabilities: Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia Sustainability
A snapshot Systemic and professional association participation • Strong systemic support and participation across the three sectors. • The Victorian principals associations continue to provide a high level of commitment, advocacy and participation in the project. • 20% of all Government schools, 13% of Catholic schools, 8% of Independent schools and 17% of all Victorian schools are engaged with the L21CSV project. The 5 cohorts now total 376 principals extending to over 17,000 teachers whose influence extends to nearly 295,000 students. Training and support for principals • A 1½ day training forum delivered to principals received ‘excellent’ evaluations • A further ½ day training and reporting forum for principals also received 100% positive ‘effective’ or ‘highly effective’ evaluation responses.
A snapshot from Round 3 Teacher capacity building • The level of teacher expertise in studies of Asia has nearly trebled in Round Three schools. • The project has resulted in a significant increase in the inclusion of Asia across the curriculum. • The majority of principals have supported teacher professional development and resource acquisition. • 156 teachers representing 78 schools participated in the new professional development program for curriculum leaders in 2012 • 350 Victorian teachers participated in DEECD led professional development programs focused on studies of Asia. Effective investment • The majority rate the project as highly effective or effective. • Principals and stakeholders recommend continuation of the project.
A snapshot from Round 3 School policy and support of school communities • 49% of respondents reported that school policy documents now give importance to studies of Asia – important in sustainability • 91% say the L21CSV project is supporting their capacity to deliver against the Australian Curriculum cross curriculum priority of Asia. • 91% report school community support for studies of Asia in curriculum. Student learning outcomes • 86% of respondents are aiming for significantly increased rigor and depth in student learning outcomes related to studies of Asia in 2013. Support for Asian Languages • 92% report a positive attitude amongst the school community to the inclusion of an Asian Language in their schools. • Significantly, 38% of participating schools have commenced delivery of an Asian language since joining the project.
5 Step plan 1. Make studies of Asia a priority for school change 2. Provide the school leadership team with a rationale and implementation strategies for studies of Asia to support school level decision-making and action 3. Provide a practical model that provides high quality teacher professional learning 4. Support teachers responsible for in-school or cluster professional learning with resources to assist implementation 5. Continue to provide materials and resources for teachers
Guiding advice • it must command a high profile and high status - thus seek the support and participation of their professional associations at the national and state levels. • It must be supported by high level policy. • It must recruit principals only • It must provide opportunities for principals to share their experience and collaborate.
Outcomes • Effective cross sector partnership for Asia literacy • Strong advocacy and participation from Victorian principal associations • Provision of PL to principals • Raise awareness in school communities of the importance of Asia literacy • Conduct audits to establish current level of Asia literacy in participating schools • Schools develop plans to increase Asia literacy • Schools implement plan to increase Asia literacy • Increase in teacher capacity to include studies of Asia in the curriculum • Evaluation of school achievements • Increased level of teaching/learning resources to support studies of Asia • Building a statewide, cross sector learning community of principals focused on building Asia literacy in schools.
Longer term impacts Increased school communities’ understanding of the importance of Asia literacy in schools Asia literacy included in school policy to support a whole school approach and sustainability Increased studies of Asia in schools’ curricula Increased teacher confidence and capacity Increased capacity of principals to lead change Increased school capacity to implement the Australian Curriculum’s X-C priority of Asia & general capability of Intercultural Understanding Increased levels of student knowledge/ awareness/understanding relating to Asia Increased numbers of schools teaching an Asian language The increasing number of participating Victorian principals is moving Asia literacy from a peripheral trend into the mainstream education agenda
Program supports • Professional development of teachers/curriculum leaders • A dedicated wikispace
Connections L21CSV – enhancing internationalising education, intercultural understanding and Asia literacy
L21CSV and Internationalising Education Marlborough Primary School on the road to Internationalising through Asia Literacy.
More information can be found at: • DEECD International Education website at: • http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/management/Pages/international.aspx • Studies of Asia wikisite at: • http://studiesofasia.wikispaces.com/L21CSV where the three reports are located. Case studies, comments networks and materials connected to the project are also available on the site. • Lindy Stirling firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 9637 3620