Learning for teachers
PUBLIC school leaders gathered in Albury recently for the State Deputy Principals conference.
With many of the 300 school delegates poised to take over the role of principal in coming years, the conference is tackling emerging educational issues through keynote addresses and workshops.
Finley High School deputy principal Helen McRae attended the annual two day conference.
She said a number of keynote speakers addressed the deputy principals.
Dr Michael CarrGregg spoke about the prevalence of cyber bullying and how schools could manage the issue and promote cybersafety.
Jason Clarke, who is the founder of ‘Minds at Work’, challenged the deputies attending to manage change by thinking beyond the ‘normal’ and to invest in the strengths of their staff.
Riverside Girls High School principal Judy King spoke about facing the challenges of this generation including the new school leaving age, the national curriculum, technology, the governments various political agenda and their impacts of education and the students.
A total of 34 workshops were offered to delegates including workshops on cybersafety, technology innovation in teaching, school safety and security, staffing and finance for principals, leadership and curriculum.
Presenters came from all over the state including Sydney, Armidale, Wagga, Albury and Leeton.
Regional Director for the Riverina, Colin Parker, opened the conference which was also attended by most of the School Education Directors in the Riverina.
Mrs McRae said the evaluations of the conference were very positive.
‘‘We look forward to attending next year’s conference, which will be organised by the North Coast deputy principals.’’