The Roll Out of the Australian Curriculum in Victoria: The State of Play
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One of the single most important current developments in Australian education is the design and implementation of the Australian (National) Curriculum.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is the independent authority responsible for the development of a national curriculum, a national assessment program and a national data collection and reporting program that supports 21st century learning for all Australian students.
The Australian Curriculum is being rolled out across Australia and the seminar provides teachers, parents, principals and teacher educators with the opportunity to learn about the rollout in Victoria.
5.05pm: First speaker - Prof Barry McGaw
5.25pm: Second speaker - Dr David Howes
5.45pm: Primary Principal - Marcus (Mark) Wicher, Doncaster Primary School
6.05pm: Secondary Principal - Madeleine Franken, Deputy Principal of Avila College
6.25pm: Questions from the floor/discussion 30 minutes
6.55pm: Thank you
Prof Barry McGaw, ACARA
Professor Barry McGaw is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at The University of Melbourne and Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. He has previously been a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne,
Director for Education at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Executive Director of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). He is currently President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. In 2010, he was founding Executive Director of the international Cisco, Intel, Microsoft Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills project.
Dr David Howes
Dr David Howes is the General Manager of the Curriculum Division of the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority. The Division manages the development and supports the implementation of the Victorian curriculum from Prep to Year 12, including VCE and VCAL studies, and VET in Schools.
Madeleine Franken is currently Deputy Principal- Curriculum at Avila College, Mt Waverley where she oversees the curriculum, manages a professional learning program for a staff of approximately 160 and teaches year 12 English. Madeleine has extensive experience as a senior curriculum leader in both large and medium-sized coeducational and girls' secondary schools. As an educator who is passionate about 21st century learning, she has represented Catholic secondary schools in a Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority review of the implementation of Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS), contributed to a Catholic Education Office Melbourne review of Curriculum and Standards Framework 2 and identification of issues involved with the introduction of VELS. Madeleine has presented at state and national conferences, seminars and forums on the management of change in schools and the effective integration of digital technologies across the curriculum.
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