Opportunities, Resources and Professional Learning

by | Apr 25, 2017 | Bush Voices

Ignite and engage

There are a number of exciting opportunities for rural and remote educators on offer at present that include online resources, professional development opportunities. Below is an overview of such opportunities.

Student Voice Workshops

The VicSRC is currently facilitating a number of workshops across Victoria of which there are a number of being held in rural and regional Victoria.

There are a number of locations that will occur during Term II and some are listed below.

    Thursday 4 May, 9AM – 3PM
    Bendigo, VIC | Bendigo Town Hall
    Friday 5 May, 9AM – 3PM
    Ballarat, VIC | Ballarat Mechanics Institute
  • OUTER GIPPSLAND (Lakes Entrance)
    Friday 12 May, 9AM – 3PM
    Lakes Entrance, VIC | Lakes Entrance Secondary College
  • WESTERN DISTRICT (Warrnambool)
    Friday 19 May, 9AM – 3PM
    Warrnambool, VIC | Warrnambool College

For a full list of locations of the Student Voice forums and dates please click on:  VicSRC Student Voice Forums 2017

VicSRC Members (students and teachers): $45pp
Non-Members (students and teachers):  $60pp
*Ticket prices include morning tea, lunch, all resources and facilitator support.

For more information on the Vic SRC forums please click on the following:

Virtual Learning Opportunities

There are a number of fantastic virtual learning resources currently available to schools including virtual tour of the zoo, storytelling activities and Koori programs.

Check them out on the following link: Virtual Learning Opportunities

CEP Professional Development Opportunities:

The Country Education Partnership has developed a range of professional development opportunities focused on rural education leaders and educators and they include:

  • “Enhancing Education Opportunities through Clustering and Partnership”

Facilitated by Maggie Farrar, May and August (three regional locations). maggie presenting

Maggie Farrar will work with rural school clusters to enhance and improve the learning opportunities for students and staff in rural and remote education settings via collaborative approaches. Maggie has extensive experience in supporting education organisations in developing collaborative approaches to enhance opportunities for both students and staff.

Click on the following link for more details: Maggie Farrar 2017 Program Flier.pub

  • “Making a Real Difference to Student Learning”

Three forums located across Victoria (including Wodonga, Mildura and Gippsland) will be facilitated by Sir John Jones.


High calibre, inspirational, deep thinking and engaging are just some of the ways educators have described being in the company of Sir John Jones when he discusses education and how best to ‘make a difference to student learning’.

Sir John Jones is keen to share his personal stories and experiences, highlighting how educators can make their biggest impact and positively make a difference to student learning.

Click on the following link for more details and to register: Sir John Jones 

  • UK Education Leaders Benchmark Tour: “Establishing a Culture of Improvement” UK flag

Country Education Partnership will once again offer an Education Leaders Benchmark Tour to the United Kingdom to explore how education communities (especially rural communities) have developed strategies and approaches to improve student learning opportunities and outcomes for their children and young people.

Click on the following link for more details:Overseas Tour Brochure UK 2017 (6)

  • Canada Education Leaders Benchmark Tour: “

canada flagThe Education Leaders Benchmark Tour to the USA and Canada will be focused on building the education leadership capacity across rural and remote learning communities. The tour will involve a combination of visits to schools, involvement in high quality conferences and forums, and meetings/forums with key people involved in education improvement and development.

Click on the following link for more details:  Overseas Tour Brochure America 2017 (1)

 Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership:

Through its partnership with Bastow Leadership Institute to support them in ensuring that the programs, forums and opportunities that are provided through them are accessible to rural and remote communities.

  • Bastow Professional Development Programs:

The Bastow Institute of Education Leadership has recently released their program offerings for Term II, and they can be accessed through the link: Bastow PD Programs – Now Available.Bastow Institute