Learn­ing for teach­ers

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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.’’

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