- President Update
- Dr Misty Adoniou Presentation 6th June 2019
- ACEL Nominations Open for the Annual Northern Territory Branch Awards
- Outdoor classroom day 2019
- Teacher Registration Board of the NT - Australian Teacher Workforce Data Collection
- Links to other Professional Learning Opportunities, Publications, and Professional Reading:
- SAVE THE DATE- Harbour Cruise 25th July 2019
Seven Wonders of the World
WHAT DO YOU PERCEIVE AS THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD?
Students were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World." Though there were some differences, the following received the most votes:
1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall
While gathering the votes, the teacher noticed that one quiet student hadn't turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."
The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help."
The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are:
The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.
Out of the mouth of babes….we were reminded not to overlook the simple and ordinary and not take for granted our most precious!
No man can build by hand nor purchase these special wonders of the world, yet it takes the mind of a child to make us stop and recall what is truly important in life. So often we hear live like it’s your last!
Sometimes, as leaders we are so focused on the busyness of the school and we miss the opportunity to sense and seize moments to enjoy the journey. This journey requires a definite game strategy to ensure we make the distance. Within this strategy you need to know when to walk, when to run or just stop and enjoy the moment.
What are the things you have stopped to notice and wonder about in your school?
How do you remain energized to engaging all your senses?
NTPA aim to help you make your journey easier and ensure you have the support to make the distance. We hope you can take the time to connect with your chapter, or some of the events we are hosting.
“You can’t live intentionally if you’re forever living hurriedly (M, Warrell, 2015).”
NTPA Executive update
As an NTPA executive we are committed to progressing our strategic priorities and work to ensure we have a strong voice. We are influential advocates for educational leadership in the NT. Our executive have maintained our voice so far this term through various involvment in working groups and meetings including:
Principal Classification working group
Teacher permanency working group
Chief Executive of Education, meetings
Literacy strategy steering group
Australian Government Primary Principals Association meetings
Australian Primary Principals Association meetings.
Principal's contracts vs ongoing employment survey
We would like to thank everyone that responded to our recent survey on Principal's contracts vs ongoing employment.
Whilst is it difficult to develop a firm position given the variables involved - examples including but not limited to superannuation, school based conditions and leave loadings we wanted to gather initial feelings.
Of the 143 responses the percentage of responses is as follows:
- Executive contracts to become ongoing Principal positions 57%
- Executive contracts to remain the same 19%
- Unsure 15%
- Other 9%
We appreciate the feedback and will be utilising the data while we craft the official NTPA position as more information comes to light. We welcome conversations in the future on this critical topic.
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A highlight of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Northern Territory Branch is the annual celebration and presentation of awards. ACEL NT honours those educational leaders who in the view of their peers have made a significant contribution to the understanding and practice of educational leadership.
To assist in this process, we urge all ACEL NT members to consider nominating worthy candidates for recognition of their leadership and service to education. The award nomination process is confidential until completed, and nominations have been approved. The ACEL NT Awards committee will evaluate nominations with respect to the essential criteria.
Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play! On Thursday November 7th, join Nature Play NT and thousands of schools around Australia by taking lessons outside and prioritising playtime.
Last year saw 300,000 children at more than 2,500 schools and early learning centres taking part in Outdoor Classroom Day, and this year we want even more to join in!
What is Outdoor Classroom Day?
Outdoor Classroom Day is a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On Thursday 7 November 2019, thousands of schools around Australia will take lessons outside and prioritise playtime.
Why? Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. With increasing pressures on childhood, children today are too often overprotected, overscheduled, and overly attached to screens, which is why it’s more crucial than ever before to help get children outdoors.
It’s easy to get involved and there is something everyone can do!
If you’re a teacher, educator or school administrator and new to outdoor learning, why not use Outdoor Classroom Day to try it out? Or, if you’re already involved in outdoor learning, use the day to celebrate what you do and inspire other teachers around the world to join in.
We've got lesson plans, posters, inspiration, hints and tips - everything you need to celebrate an amazing Outdoor Classroom Day!
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Please find attached correspondence from the Board regarding the Australian Teacher Workforce Data collection. Please use the link on the letter if you require further information
This month’s Connected Leader once again brings together educational news, leadership tips, insights into the world of difference people like yourself have made to their school community and plenty more. Click below to read.
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There are a number of opportunities for schools outside of our main hubs to engage with High Resolves at no cost. This includes:
- Accessing our digital platform Hi-Res which provides schools with over 60 resources for global competence that are aligned to National curriculum and improve student engagement and outcomes.
Access to our national challenge for young people Videos for Change held in partnership with Network 10's The Project. Videos for Change is a real-world, student-led, project-based learning experience that empowers high school students to be advocates of social change. Students create one-minute videos to inspire others to take action on a social issue they are passionate about.
Please see below for further information on Ed Summit and the Composer, this is an amazing opportunity for school leaders to create an action plan for change at their school based on best practice from around the world.
Communique from Principals Australia Institute
GCI have a range of upcoming public programs in Darwin for Growth Coaching.
They are expanding their range of coaching and leadership programs including:
- The Impact Cycle: An Instructional Coaching program by Jim Knight
- Leading from the Middle: Developing the skillset and mindset of middle leaders
- Strategic Planning with a Solutions Focus approach
- Managing Challenging Conversations
- Peer Coaching: Classroom Observation and Feedback Conversations