Wednesday, 3 April 2013
His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, Governor of South Australia, and Mrs Liz Scarce welcomed 120 guests to Government House on Wednesday evening 3 April to honour all teachers for their service and commitment to education, and the professional associations for their outstanding support to teachers and the profession at a reception for South Australian teachers.
Invited guests included government and opposition leaders, leaders from the education sectors and other institutions, and presidents and outstanding teachers from over 50 professional education associations in South Australia.
Mr Rick Baldock, president of the peak body of all the associations in SA, The Council of Education Associations of SA, CEASA, thanked His Excellency and Mrs Scarce for recognizing the important work of teachers and their associations in providing a wonderful support structure for teachers and schools.
Awards were presented to past CEASA presidents, Rosemary Sandstrom (1994-2007) and Sue Close (2008-2011) for their dedicated service to CEASA and the profession over the years.
In addition, Rosemary received the CEASA Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession,’ for outstanding leadership in every sphere of education she was involved in, and as a long time dedicated custodian of the profession.
27 March 2013
We invite all associations to this important workshop on 27 March.
It is also open to all educators.
There are many new national initiatives that we need to understand as associations and individuals, and they will be an integral part of the professional learning we provide.
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore a range of processes and strategies to improve teacher quality using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework. A range of resources on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) website will be highlighted during the workshop.
Dianne Coady, Teacher Quality Program Officer and Jenny Hilterbrand, Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework Officer.
13 February 2013
Our new minister, Hon Jennifer Rankine, has recently called for more consultation time with professional associations in formulation of a new Numeracy + Literacy Strategy for SA schools.
December 1 2012
The 2012 APTAs were held on Saturday 1 December at 2pm in Sydney. Thank you to the Hon. Peter Garrett AM, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth for presenting the awards and celebrating the work of professional teaching associations. CEASA was presented for an award for its work as a joint council.
November 21 2012
Extra incentives for students to study a fifth Year 12 subject and improvements to the researcg project are some of the changes announced in repsonse to the recent SACE first year evaluation. See more details here.
October 26 2012
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in collaboration with key education partners is trialling the items for a new online teacher self-assessment tool (SAT).
The SAT will support teachers at all career stages to reflect upon their strengths and identify areas for future development in accordance with the National Professional Standards for Teachers.
Once finalised, the SAT will assist all teachers with reflection on their own practice, planning for professional learning activities and as a basis for constructive discussions with colleagues to improve teaching. The SAT will provide the scaffolding required to foster effective professional conversations with coaches and mentors. It will also support aspirants for certification at Highly Accomplished or Lead career stages to assess their readiness to apply.
We are seeking educators across Australia to trial the SAT items and ask for your assistance in distributing the attached flyer to your colleagues. We are requesting your support in encouraging whole schools and regions to accept this invitation so that we can refine the SAT and ensure its reliability in supporting the teaching profession.
Trialling the SAT items will take approximately 30 minutes. Participants will have the opportunity to test the items within the SAT which will immediately provide stimulus to reflect upon their practice, however, they will not receive a report upon completion of the SAT trial. All participants can enter the draw to win an iPad.
For more information and to trial the SAT please go to this page.
September 20 2012
CEASA has conducted a survey amongst experienced teachers from the professional associations to inform a working party on assessment origanised by SACE. The working party involves representatives from DECD, CESA, AISSA, the universities and CEASA.
The survey and results can be found here. Thank you to all who completed and returned the survey.
Making Sense of the Australian Curriculum
August 16 2012
CEASA is excited to announce a new initiative called 'Making Sense of the Australian Curriculum', designed to support teachers in rural/regional areas in their implementation of the new curriculum. There will be a pilot workshop for all DECD, Catholic and Independent school teachers on November 5th in Port Augusta. Please see details here.
July 29 2012
The APTA Awards
The Australian Professional Teachers Association (APTA) is pleased to announce the following award recipients:
The Dororthy Hodinott Medal for outstanding lifetime leadership
Lyn Allsop - JCQTA- Joint Council of Queensland Teacher Associations, QSITE-Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education Inc, QAGT -Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children Inc and ACCE - Australian Council for Computers in Education
Awards for Meritorious Contribution to the Profession
1. Dr Wayne Sawyer - PTC NSW - English Teachers' Association of NSW
2. Sue Hamilton-Smith - JCQTA - Australian Literacy Educators' Association QLD
3. Bronwyn Hession - PTC NSW - Economics and Business Educators' Association of NSW
4. Dr Emily Masters (NSW), PTCNSW - Latin Teachers' Association of NSW.
APTA response to the Draft Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework
APTA thanks all teachers, professional teaching associations and state and territory joint councils of professional teaching associations for contributing their views to APTA's response to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership's consultation paper, Draft Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework.
Please click here to read the APTA Response to the Draft Teacher Performance and Development Framework.
Every Chance for Every Child
July 25 2012
Every year more than 19,000 babies are born in South Australia. Each one of these children represents a chance for a better future here in our State.
And to achieve their full potential, all children need the very best start in life.
The question is: how do we achieve that goal? The answer is of profound importance for all of us – whether or not we have our own children – because building a strong, vibrant and healthy South Australia for the next generation benefits everyone.
SA Teachers Conference
July 17 2012
Cost: $30 (GST inc) - all day catering included
This is a conference for all South Australian teachers, from preschool to senior secondary. You will be inspired by your colleagues and have the chance to engage with world-renowned speakers. You will join a large professional learning community and choose a range of workshops, attending keynotes, and have time to connect with peers in smaller groups.
To celebrate SA teachers and teaching, you will be joined by Honorable Grace Portolesi, the SA Minister for Education and Child Development.
- When: Monday September 24
- Where: EDC, Milner Street Hindmarsh
New CEASA Flyer
July 16 2012
A new CEASA flyer was produced for the ConnectED Expo on 3rd July 2012. This was a highly successful event for new DECD staff. At the CEASA stand we were able to chat to many people about the professional associations and their unique role in South Australian education. There was great interest in the flyer and being able to contact any of our member associations that would interest them. Thank you to associations who sent 100 flyers for the CEASA stand. PMA, MASA, SAETA, ACHPER, EChO, and GEC were able to have their own stands with volunteers promoting their activities. Sincere thanks to Richard Apps (SAETA), Paul Foley (HTASA) and Liz Sandercock (EChO) who also helped out on the CEASA stand.
June 7 2012
CEASA has been a member of the SACE Evaluation Reference Group Committee over the past three months. The reference committee, comprising representatives from jurisdictions, principal associations, universities, parent association and SA business met three times during this period. The committee discussed a range of issues arising from the implementation of the ‘New’ SACE in 2011. The attached PowerPoint provides a summary of the issues discussed and some details on the process and progress of the evaluation. The Evaluation Report to be prepared by the SACE Evaluation Panel is said to be completed by late June this year. Go to more on SACE here.
Response to AITSL
All associations and teachers were invited to respond to two important AITSL documents prior to 1st June. After this, the revised documents will be worked into policy at a national level. The two documents are:
Charter for the professional learning of teachers and leaders and Teacher performance development framework
CEASA held a successful meeting of many association presidents/reps on Wed 23rd May at 5.30pm to consider and respond to the documents.
See the APTA combined response to the Teacher Performance Development Framework here.
See CEASA and associations' response to the DECD PD Review HERE (for more information on SA associations' views on professional learning)
This Powerpoint has been produced by AITSL, and made available through our parent body APTA.
Vice Regal Patronage
We are very excited to announce that His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, Governor of South Australia and Mrs Liz Scarce have both agreed to become patrons of CEASA. This has the potential to provide many opportunities for our professional associations.
(Did you know that the very first professional learning event for teachers was held in the late 1800‘s on the grounds of Government House, courtesy of the Governor of the time?)
Keith Bartley Blog
DECD Chief Executive, Keith Bartley, has commenced a new blog: 'Brighter Futures for Young South Australians for 2012'. One blog is about recognising our volunteers and also a set of webisodes that showcase key aspects of the DECD Strategic Plan for Education and Care 2012-16. We encourage associations to share this information with members.
Hear Keith's address to the CEASA AGM on 7th Sep 2011 here: