Corowa South prin­ci­pal im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion re­sults

The Free Press (Corowa) - - LOCALREALESTATE -

Karen Kis­sell, Prin­ci­pal of Corowa South Pub­lic School, was re­cently nom­i­nated and at­tended the 2018 Pre­mier’s Awards for Pub­lic Ser­vice.

Karen Kis­sell was a fi­nal­ist in the in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory for im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion re­sults. The state-wide award recog­nises ini­tia­tives, in­no­va­tions or im­prove­ments that in­crease the num­ber of NSW stu­dents in the top two NAPLAN bands.

Karen cham­pi­oned the ‘Bump It Up’ ini­tia­tive which was a strat­egy de­vel­oped in re­sponse to the Pre­mier’s pri­or­ity for an 8 per cent in­crease in NAPLAN re­sults by 2019.

NAPLAN is an an­nual as­sess­ment for all stu­dents in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are es­sen­tial for ev­ery child to progress through school and life. The tests cover skills in read­ing, writ­ing, spell­ing, gram­mar and punc­tu­a­tion, and nu­mer­acy. The as­sess­ments are un­der­taken ev­ery year in the sec­ond full week in May.

Karen was in­stru­men­tal in en­sur­ing that the school ex­ceeded their 2019 tar­get by achiev­ing 30 per cent of stu­dents in the top two bands, for two years in a row and by 2017.

Karen has worked col­lab­o­ra­tively with prin­ci­pals and schools across the Al­bury /Hume net­works to share qual­ity teaching ap­proaches and close anal­y­sis of stu­dents’ in­di­vid­ual learn­ing to im­prove stu­dents’ learn­ing achieve­ments.

“I am ex­tremely proud of my teaching team’s achieve­ments and feel very priv­i­leged to be nom­i­nated as a 2018 Pre­mier’s Award fi­nal­ist,” Ms Kis­sell said.

“My teach­ers are ex­em­plary in their con­fi­dence and ex­per­tise in analysing stu­dents’ in­di­vid­ual learn­ing needs through a for­ma­tive as­sess­ment ap­proach linked to ex­plicit learn­ing ac­tions.”

Karen has re­ceived con­grat­u­la­tions for this pres­ti­gious award from the Hon. Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian MP, Pre­mier for NSW, Mr Rob Stokes, NSW Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Brad Rus­sell, Al­bury Di­rec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion Lead­er­ship and Ms Sue Lowe, Hume Di­rec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion Lead­er­ship.

Karen is pic­tured with Dr Brad Rus­sell and the Hon. Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian MP, Pre­mier of NSW.

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