The New York Times Learning Network has offered resources which may help teachers to cover the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan.
This week the Australian School Education Minister, Peter Garrett, launched the revised National Safe Schools Framework. As part of the action being taken this week to counter bullying, an online campaign called Take a Stand Together has also started, asking bystanders to stop bullying when they see it. See Minister's statement, statement by Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon, and statement by South Australian Education Minister Jay Weatherill, all 18 March 2011. See also article 17 March 2011 in The Courier Mail and article in The Herald Sun 18 March 2011.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has revised its National Protocols for Test Administration for NAPLAN tests. See details on NAPLAN home page. See also report in The Advertiser (AdelaideNow) 18 March 2011.
An article in The West Australian (yahoo.com) 18 March 2011 has discussed the forthcoming Teach for Australia program, and has described reactions to the program within the state's education community.
Tasmanian Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, has launched the second Tasmanian Skills Strategy Report Card, which identified considerable progress in meeting the state's targets for education and training. See Minister's statement 10 March 2011.
Purple Day for Epilepsy is a grassroots effort to increase awareness about epilepsy worldwide. Information kits are available from the Epilepsy Foundation for schools and community organisations.
A BBC report 2 March 2011 discusses the issue of online plagiarism, and the technology used to detect it. It also considers a possible 'generational shift' in attitudes toward plagiarism.