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Inside Teaching : June 2011
www.atra.edu.au | firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS 49 IN BRIEF Go and make disciples School chaplains came to the attention of the popular media in May after a recorded speech by Access Ministries Chief Executive Officer Evonne Paddison found its way to Victoria’s Minister for Education Martin Dixon and Commonwealth Minister for Schools Peter Garrett. Speaking at the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion national conference in Melbourne in 2008, Paddison said, ‘Our federal and state governments allow us to take the Christian faith into schools and share it. We need to go and make disciples.’ Jewel Topsfield in Melbourne’s Age newspaper wrote ‘The remarks appear to breach guidelines governing school religious programs, which ban trying to convert students to any one religion.’ According to Victoria’s Education and Training Reform Act (2006), ‘Special religious instruction may be given in a government school’ but ‘not (to) promote any particular religious practice, denomination or sect.’ The guidelines of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations National School Chaplaincy Program stipulate that ‘a chaplain should not take advantage of his or her privileged position to proselytise for that denomination or religious belief.’ National approach to initial teacher education The Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) in April endorsed the new national approach to the accreditation of initial teacher education programs developed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). MCEECDYA endorsed AITSL’s Accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures on 15 April 2011. Blackboard for sale? United States-based virtual learning environment provider Blackboard in April announced it had hired Barclays Capital ‘in response to receiving unsolicited, nonbinding proposals to acquire the company’ to help it decide whether to sell. With buyers knocking at the door, it’s thought Blackboard has also explored a possible injection of new capital and technology from undisclosed parties, but Blackboard has refused to confirm any details. Blackboard’s shares rose by more than 25 per cent to a high of USD48.80 after the April announcement. The interest comes as educational publishers scramble to add digital tools and services to their content at the same time that expectations of growth in the sector attract the attention of media groups. School for PNG’s dump kids St Peters Literacy School, on the northern fringes of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, is helping to get children out of the urban waste dumps and into the classroom. Established by Peter and Matilda Laiam – themselves former residents of Baruni waste dump – and funded by ChildFund Australia, the school offers free literacy and numeracy programs for 120 children from the city’s rubbish dump settlements who can’t afford a place in the public school system. Distance ed partnership The corporate educational publishing and online giant Pearson in May announced a partnership with distance education pioneer the University of New England (UNE) to adapt courses for the online environment to reach students around the country who have not previously had access to rich media distance education. According to Pearson, it’s the first collaboration of this nature and magnitude outside North America. UNE will accredit all courses offered through the partnership and retain control over content, while UNE academic staff will continue to teach all online courses.