In the USA, an article in the Mercury News 20 March 2005 reports on a trend for school and public libraries to share facilities and resources to save costs.
Teachers in the Northern Territory have begun a series of rolling strikes in support of an 18 per cent wage rise over two years. A rally was held in Darwin's city centre to coincide with the first 24 hour strike. See report in the Northern Territory News 22 March 2005.
Malaysia's teachers are to be trained to teach English as a second language by a consortium of foreign universities, including Australia's Macquarie University and the Queensland University of Technology. Over 600 preservice teachers will be trained between 2005–2011. See report in Campus Review 2 March 2005, p. 5.
South Australia's Developing People website provides up-to-date, comprehensive information about professional development opportunities for school leaders, teachers and other staff in the Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS). The site also offers information related to the DECS Organisation Development Framework and the Learning & Development Strategy.
The 12th International Conference on Thinking offers cross-disciplinary interaction that can lead to powerful insights for problem solving and innovative thought and action at an individual, organisational and global level. Speakers include Edward DeBono, Peter Draper, Peter Senge, Baroness Susan Greenfield and Fiona Wood. Melbourne, July 4–8 2005.
The South Australian Government will target students at risk of dropping out of school through its Innovative Community Action Networks (ICAN), announcing that it will spend $28.4 million over four years to ensure that young people in South Australia stay in education or training. The ICAN initiative involves local communities in finding solutions to low school retention rates. The four ICAN regions include the the northern, southern and north-western metropolitan areas of Adelaide, and the Upper Spencer Gulf area. For more information see New Release, 9 March 2005.
The Commonwealth Government's literacy voucher pilot scheme will be delivered through the three school sectors in South Australia. Parents will have the choice of engaging their child's school to deliver the literacy program, and schools will be able to consider the students' literacy needs and gains in the context of their overall performance. The South Australian Government and the Australian Government Department for Education, Science and Training entered into this agreement after concerns were raised about students' access to suitably qualified tutors in regional and remote areas. For more information see News Release, 6 March 2005.
Queensland teachers were briefed on how to implement the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program Gifted Education Professional Learning Package at conferences across that state earlier this year, and they can obtain additional support through Education Queensland's Learning and Development Centres. According to the Minister for Education and Arts, Anna Bligh, approximately 10 per cent of students are considered to be gifted, and teachers need to be aware of how to best cater to their learning needs. For more information see Ministerial Media Statements, 11 March 2005.
Queensland Minister for Education and Arts, Anna Bligh, has questioned a proposal by the Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) for the establishment of a school for children with serious behavioural problems. According to the Minister's press release, the QTU proposed that the school of 50 staff be located in central Brisbane. The Minister is expecting a report from a Ministerial Advisory Committee on the subject of behavioural management next month. For more information see Ministerial Media Statement, 16 March 2005.