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Community Outreach

Staff of the Department of Education are involved in an extensive range of outreach activities across the educational sector. Some of these roles are advisory and linked to specific short-term projects or issues; others require on-going commitment.

Details of individual staff interests may be accessed either from the Staff Page or from the list of Staff Research Interests. A selection of the ways in which staff serve the educational community is provided below.

Teaching Beginning Reading

Teaching Beginning Reading offers a systematic, research-based guide to teaching literacy in the first three years of school. Its aim is to ensure that teachers can work with at-risk or reluctant readers in the classroom as effectively as with children for whom reading seems to come naturally. Teaching Beginning Reading website.

Working Mathematically in a Rural Context

This site has been established to provide high school teachers with a bank of Working Mathematically activities focusing on a variety of rural pursuits. Use of such activities in the classroom can

  • heighten students' engagement with mathematics
  • deepen their understanding
  • demonstrate the usefulness of maths in the real world.

For each activity includes downloadable background information, photographs, teaching notes, a worksheet and an answer sheet. Working Mathematically in a Rural Context website.

Links with Schools

For example:
  • School-based professional development days
  • Undertaking school-based research
  • Mentoring of school-based research projects
  • Talks /seminars to staff, students, careers advisers, parents
  • Transition to university program
  • Publications of educational materials
  • Adjudicating school-based competitions
  • Marking of School and Higher School Certificate examinations

Links with Educational Authorities

For example:
  • Membership and chairing of Syllabus and Examinations Committees
  • Contribution to Board of Studies committees and working parties
  • Chair of the HSC Consultative Committee
  • DET-sponsored consultancies and research
  • Test Development for DET
  • Assessment of SC and HSC examination papers

Links with Professional Associations

For example:
  • Conference organisation
  • Editing of journals
  • Active membership and leadership positions
  • Conference presentations, keynote addresses and workshops