Full course description
Date and time
Monday 7 June 2021, 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event
This learning event is right for you if you are an early years/primary/secondary educator or leader responsible for curriculum decisions in your school.
From the end of April to July 2021, ACARA is seeking consultation and feedback on the refinements and changes made to the Australian Curriculum from Foundation to Year 10. As curriculum leaders and teachers, passionate about your learning area, you will come away with the tools and strategies to facilitate a professional conversation with colleagues around the proposed changes. At the close of the consultation process, all feedback will be considered before the curriculum goes live in 2022. This is an exciting time to be able to share your working knowledge, insights, and perspectives of the curriculum from the coal face and impact the learning outcomes for all Australian children.
This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):
- Curriculum and Student Learning – Curriculum framework
- Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes
- Curriculum and Student Learning – Monitoring and reporting on students’ performance
- deeper conceptual understanding of the Achievement Standards
- deeper understanding of the importance of the Rational, Achievement Standards and Content Descriptors
- awareness of the changes, refinements, and review process of the Australian Curriculum learning area.
- increased conceptual understanding of the developed levels of complexity and metacognitive rigor of the curriculum across the learning areas
- information about the newly revised website and resources online
- information and strategies in participating in the consultation process and undertaking the survey tool
Helen has worked in the educational field for some 27 years. She has developed professional learning opportunities in the areas of curriculum design, differentiation, professional learning communities, Cognitive Coaching, and literacy and numeracy strategies. Prior to entering the primary and secondary areas, Helen worked extensively in early childhood and is key a representative for the Independent schools’ sector in the ECEC field. As a Curriculum Director representing ISV at the National Curriculum Directors Committee of ACARA, she has been an active representative in the review of the Australian Curriculum. Helen has completed her Master’s in Education by research and is now completing her Doctoral studies in ‘collective efficacy in education.
Danielle Cavanagh is ACARA’s new Curriculum Specialist, General Capabilities, and the latest primary education specialist to join the ACARA Curriculum Team. She comes to ACARA from the humid north, having been born and raised in Darwin. During the last 18 years, Danielle has worked across a range of primary school settings in the Northern Territory. She has taught at all levels of primary school and has held a variety of roles, including curriculum leader, upper primary coordinator and deputy principal. She also worked as an education officer for the Catholic Education Office NT, helping primary schools to implement the Australian Curriculum.
Mr Joe Sambono is a Curriculum Specialist with ACARA. He recently worked on the refinement of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures CCP in the F-10 Australian Curriculum: Science. Joe proudly identifies as a Jingili man with Aboriginal family connections throughout Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. He is an experienced secondary science teacher and his passion is all things science, particularly biology. He attended James Cook University and graduated with a BSc (zoology) and holds a BEd (Sec) from University of Queensland. Joe has a multi-faceted skill set and experiences grounded in his cultural identity, science and education career backgrounds and lived experiences as an First Nations Australian student. This diverse cultural and professional background has ultimately given him a strong desire to work in education and make a difference. As an First Australian scientist and educator, Joe has worked on a wide range of First Nations education reform agendas and initiatives such as the Curriculum into the Classroom project, Indigenous CSIRO STEM programs, ACARA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures Cross-curriculum Priority, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curricula Project and the SA Aboriginal Contexts in Science Initiative.
Mrs Fiona Hornung is a Curriculum Specialist with ACARA. She has worked on the refinement of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures CCP in the F-10 Australian Curriculum: HASS and English. Fiona proudly identifies as a First Nations Yidinji, Nadjon, Bigambul, Keinjian, Kaambawal, and Bidjara descendant with family connections extensively throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. She is an experienced senior primary teacher and is enthusiastic about embedding First Nations Australians histories, cultures and perspectives within the curriculum and providing learning opportunities for all students to learn about First Nations Australians.
Fiona has a Bachelor of Education – Primary degree, Master of Educational Leadership and has currently commenced a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by research - Indigenous Knowledge.Fiona has over 27 years’ experience within education. As a First Nations Australian educator, Fiona has worked on embedding a wide range of First Nations education reform agendas and initiatives within education, such as the Queensland Department of Education’s Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives, Partners for Success Initiative, Aboriginal and Islander Career Aspirations Program, and currently ACARA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures Cross-curriculum Priority.
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