Congratulations – Rural Educators.

Recently the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development held their Education Awards evening where a number of great educators and education leaders from rural and remote learning communities were nominate as finalists across a number of categories.

Three of these finalists were recognised for the contribution to education by being selected as the winning educator within their category.

Congratulations to the following on winning an award at this prestigious event:

KateVictoria Teachers Mutual Bank Primary Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Kate Phoenix from Avenel Primary School.
Kate is a young teaching with a real passion for improving learning opportunities and outcomes for her students. At Avenel Primary School she has played a significant role in working with her teacher colleagues in developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning that have resulted in greater engagement of children and also improved their learning opportunities and outcomes.

“Our approach to teaching and learning at Avenel Primary School recognises that children learn at different rates and have different prior experiences and that age does not dictate where they may be on their learning journey.”

As part of the schools leadership team Kates specific responsibilities at Avenel Primary School includes planning and implementing programs for students with disabilities and additional learning needs, the development and monitoring of the individual learning plans process, the development of an innovative partnership with our speech therapist around oral language learning and the coaching and oversight of teachers in the junior team. I am also the school’s literacy leader and responsible for literacy development in our school.

Congratulations Kate!

Britt Gow 2014Lindsay Thompson Education Fellowship

Congratulations to Britt Gow from Hawkesdale College

Britt was the recipient of the VEEA Secondary Teacher of the year in 2013, using her award to travel to Singapore to attend the Learning 2.013 Conference, develop an app for VCE Environmental Science and share her knowledge at several other local conferences.

Britt was acknowledge for her use of social media to find new ways to connect her students with maths and science in a way that reflects their interests and talents. She has developed a learning network that extends around the world and is an active member of her school community. She received praise from students and colleagues for “thinking outside the square” and providing opportunities for students to travel and connect with experts in their field.

Britt will use the Lindsay Thompson Fellowship award to continue to investigate ways to improve student learning outcomes using blended learning approaches, especially to promote opportunities for students in rural locations.”

Congratulations Britt.

Warracknabeal SC Award 2014Congratulations Warracknabeal Secondary College

They received their award in recognition for their focus on improving teaching and learning across the schools that facilitated enhanced student performance and outcomes.

Warracknabeal Secondary College is a rural coeducation Government secondary school with an enrolment of 250 students.
For a number of years, the school explored a range of strategies to enhance and improve teaching and learning throughout their learning community, especially in a community with increased Family Occupation density increasing due to a number of families coming into the community for cheaper housing.

The school developed a strong focus on building the effectiveness of teachers and more specifically introduced an explicit focus on high expectations, resulting in student learning opportunities and outcomes improving.

Through a strong leadership team approach; utilising the experiences gained by education leaders through their recent overseas tours; and the research detailed by people such as Hattie and Fullan, the secondary college began to see improvement occurring in teaching and learning across the college. Such approaches have seen significant student improvements achieved, especially across the measurement tools of NAPLAN and VCE results.

Well done Warracknabeal Secondary College.