The Social and Citizenship Education Association of Queensland (SCEAQ) is offering five SCEAA members the opportunity to complete the 'Leading Education for Global Citizenship and Global Competence' microcredential from Central Queensland University for free.
The self guided modules take around 8 hours to complete, and will:
The State Library of NSW is hosting the Lit Up! Festival. It looks great. More information below:
AboutYou are warmly invited to join us for our 2023 conference Lit Up! Celebrating Children’s Literature. We have an exceptional line up of speakers and a range of enriching activities to inspire and immerse you in the world of children’s books. Jeannie Baker will share her latest book Desert Jungle, you'll get up close to collection items, and immerse yourself in our beautiful exhibition Imagine … the Wonder of Picture Books. All this and much more in an action-packed day in May.
This conference is aimed at both primary and secondary teacher librarians, children’s librarians, teachers and anyone with an interest in children’s literature.
Find out more here: https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/learning/lit-up-celebrating-childrens-literature/conference-program
Upcoming Webinar from Blue Dragon
SCEAA members might remember Blue Dragon from previous conferences. They've asked us to share the following information.
Blue Dragon has a webinar coming up on April 12 to share what we are learning about how to end human trafficking. Details are here:
We've organized two different times, to reach different time zones, but it's the same content each time. I believe that Session 1 is likely the most convenient for people in Australia.
It would be great if you could join us and also share this around with your network. We'll be talking in very practical terms about what we're doing; what works; and what we are still trying to figure out. Plus we'll share an update about what's been happening with human trafficking since the end of Covid lockdowns. to edit.
Looking for contributors
SCEAA has been approached by a team from the University of Melbourne, who are looking for teachers to share their thoughts about the Voice to Parliament. Specifically, they are looking for
More details below:
Paper 1: A primary school teacher, or someone with insight into this world, writing a short piece about how Primary School teachers might include Indigenous knowledge, practices and beliefs into their teaching in a way to decolonise their teaching.
Paper 2: A crash course in the constitution, referendums within Australia and how this history informs the forthcoming referendum, and how teachers might best teach these concepts to their students.
If you are interested, please reach out to Keith Heggart (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
This issue of The Social Educator is a special one: it recognizes that the journal has been published continuously for 40 years. The length of time is significant in so many ways: one might consider the way digital technology has revolutionised almost every aspect of our lives, or the way that the geopolitical landscape has shifted during that time. One could also consider the growing movement towards equality and diversity in modern society, or greater concerns – and greater involvement – in issues pertaining to climate change. Regardless of what aspect one chooses to focus on, these are matters that are at the heart of social and citizenship education, and that speaks to the ongoing importance of the work that we as educators do, and the role that The Social Educator and SCEAA play.
As is fitting for this special issue, we’ve invited people who have been active in social and citizenship education to share their thoughts. Rather than confining the papers in this issue to looking back, we’ve encouraged our authors to also look forward, and to consider what the next 40 years might bring for educators, and indeed, for civil society. The result is a stimulating collection of ideas that will no doubt provoke much discussion in classrooms, staffrooms and beyond.
Dr Genevieve Hall, the President of SCEAA, begins the issue with comments on both her journey as a social and civics educator, and a consideration with what this might mean for the future place of citizenship education in the Australian Curriculum. Next, Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds, who wrote in earlier issues of The Social Educator, shares her thoughts on what has influenced civics and citizenship education over the last forty years, including national curricula, work integrated learning and global testing. Adam Brodie- McKenzie, a current teacher and PhD student, discusses the public and personal nature of civics and citizenship education, in the context of the republican movement and the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Associate Professor Lee Jerome then provides an international perspective of civics and citizenship education, before Associate Professor Libby Tudball recaps some of the debates – and how they’ve often recurred – in this field. The final article is by Professor James Arvanitakis, who suggests that the future of social and civics education lies in building spaces for disagreement, and un-cramming the curriculum.
We hope that you enjoy the articles as much as we have enjoyed them! In the meantime, stay tuned for more information about the upcoming SCEAA conferences and events, and please encourage your fellow teachers, teacher educators and students to join this amazing organisation.
Judy Moore, SCEAA’s professional officer, recently advised the SCEAA executive of her intention to retire, after many years managing SCEAA’s administration. In addition to looking after financial and banking duties, Judy has tirelessly worked with the editorial committee to proofread and check, and then desktop publish every edition of The Social Educator. Her attention to detail has made the work of the editorial committee so much easier, and we are very grateful for everything that she has done. On behalf of the committee, and all the readers of The Social Educator, we thank Judy for her work, and wish her all the best in retirement.
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