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Inside Teaching : October 2010
Editorial State of the nation World Teachers’ Day on 29 October is your chance to ‘celebrate teachers worldwide.., mobilise support for teachers and...ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers,’ to use the words of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, which began World Teachers’ Day in 1994. The Western Australian College of Teaching has a Kinder to Year 3 drawing competition; a Year 4 to Year 7 limerick competition; a Year 8 to Year 10 literary composition competition; and a Years 11 and 12 artwork competition, with some fantastic prizes. The Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania invited students to create a digital image story to answer the question, ‘What makes teachers in your school great?’ with great prizes there, as well. The Queensland College of Teachers has provided a specially designed WTD poster to all schools in the state. The winners of the 2010 QCT Excellence in Teaching Awards will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the Queensland Governor at Government House on 29 October. Winners receive $5,000 towards professional development. The Victorian Institute of Teaching invited people to nominate a teacher who has made a real difference with their students, colleagues or community, with 10 nominees to receive a certificate of recognition plus an iPad and professional development to go with it. The Teachers Registration Board of South Australia will provide a poster to all education sites and daily media, and suggests celebrating great teachers in a variety of ways. The Northern Territory Department of Education and Training is coordinating functions in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. Hedley Beare, one of Australia’s leading educators, died of leukaemia at home in Melbourne last month. The Foundation Director of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Foundation Chief Education Officer of the Australian Capital Territory Schools Authority, he published many books and articles addressing education policy, curriculum, management, Indigenous education and remote education, and the profession of teaching and the professional development of teachers and school leaders. Mary MacKillop was canonised on 17 October in Rome. Contractors were hurriedly repairing the schoolhouse where Mary MacKillop first taught in 1866 in preparation for celebrations of the canonisation. The roof of the schoolhouse, now the Mary MacKillop Centre, in Penola, South Australia, was ripped off during a storm in July. What can we expect from our new minority Commonwealth government, formed in September after a knife-edge election result in August? As Prime Minister Julia Gillard admitted at the Asia Europe Meeting in October, ‘If I had a choice, I’d probably (rather) be in a school watching kids learn to read in Australia than here in Brussels at international meetings.’ We can expect her ministers to pursue the national curriculum, assessment and transparency agenda, with the English, mathematics, science and history curriculum to Year 10 scheduled for implementation in 2011. According to Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Chair Professor Barry McGaw, implementation from 2011 will be ‘by those jurisdictions and schools wanting to commence.’ And don’t forget the regional agenda, which depends a bit on the independents, Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Andrew Wilkie.