ACARA has made six language curricula available on the Australian Curriculum website for Foundation – Year 10. The languages are Arabic, German, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish, and Vietnamese, with the Japanese curriculum to be made available in the near future. See ACARA Update extra March 2015.
A series of 20 videos, illustrating the management of the Australian Curriculum within primary schools, have been released on the Australian Curriculum website. The 20 primary schools in the videos represent government, Catholic and independent school sectors across Australia. These schools are from metropolitan, rural and remote areas and range in size from 130 to over 700 students. See ACARA Update extra March 2015.
In an article in The Age 26 March a range of academics offer their opinions on the Reading Recovery program, designed to help struggling readers in Year 1. See also a critical commentary on the program in an article on The Coversation blog, 2 April 2015, and information from the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
The Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) has released the results of its third What Parents Want survey, examining the decision-making process parents undertake when choosing a school. See article in Online Opinion, 7 April 2015.
South Australia's Minister for Education and Child Development, Susan Close, has highlighted the need to strengthen primary students' digital literacy and skills in analysis and problem-solving. See article in The Advertiser 7 April 2015.
Many students in the USA are turning to social media apps that allow anonymous messaging, increasing the potential for cyberbullying: see article in District Administration 9 April 2015.
An article in Connected Principals 6 April 2015 suggests questions for principals to ask applicants during interviews for teaching positions in their schools.
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