Archive | May, 2011

Social Capital and Community

Chair’s Report: June 2011 The terms “Human Capital” and “Social Capital“ are terms referred to by both Michael Fullan and John West-Burnham, both of whom are leading educationalists. The combined knowledge, skills and abilities of teachers is the fabric of our Human Capital that exists within and across our school communities. (more…)

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The Healer, The Explorer and The Magistrate

Between them, the healer, the explorer and the magistrate have received countless community awards, set up a thriving youth charity and built an orphanage in Kenya. Their contributions are numerous and significant – more than most people will achieve in a lifetime. What is most amazing, is that these three individuals are just 18 years Read More

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VCE eBiology

Imagine studying your Year 12 biology by: attending your regular school classes with three other students and your biology teacher, attending weekly online classes (with 60 other rural students) with the support of  a “”wizz bang” biology mentor who has won numerous teaching awards across the world, participating in an online discussion with around 80 Read More

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Cluster Music

Performing at the State School Spectacular over three days was the highlight for a group of students from a cluster of rural schools within the South West of Victoria. 38 students from the cluster involved in a music program had the fantastic opportunity to perform with other students from across the state, an experience these Read More

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Summit on Engaging Rural Young People in Learning

Young people within rural Victoria have lower retention rates in learning than their metropolitan and regional peers. Young people have a lower uptake of higher education courses. Why is this so? What contributes to these trends? What are the initiatives that could be introduced to engage rural young people in lifelong learning? These were some Read More

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Oral Language in Small Rural Schools

“All teaching involves talk, but not all talk is effective teaching “ (Courtney Cazden. Professor of Education, Harvard University) As students progress through school, they need to develop competent oral language abilities and then become increasingly able to use their language ability to reflect, to reason, to explain, to review and to plan.   In essence, Read More

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Other Exciting Projects

There are many other exciting projects operating across rural Victoria aimed at enhancing learning opportunities for young people within them. Check out some of these exciting projects below.  Others are outlined on the CEP website under “Great Projects“. (more…)