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'Demonstrating evidence of impact’ is a phrase that’s increasingly heard in discussions around quality in education. This issue of eNews joins the debate with a position paper on initial teacher education that seeks responses from the profession and we have views from a practising Principal in a guest blog. There’s also a new set of real life videos that exemplify teaching practices for classroom readiness. In addition, Professor John Hattie tackles the issue of a year’s worth of progress for a year’s worth of schooling and mounts some stimulating arguments about what works and doesn’t work in education. And, of course, there’s even more for you in this major issue of eNews.

With best wishes
The AITSL team.


Assessing impact in initial teacher education Like on Facebook

How can teacher education programs demonstrate their impact on school student learning? A new position paper from AITSL, Classroom ready: Demonstrating the impact of on student learning of initial teacher education programs, makes some suggestions - and we seek your views.

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Staying in the loop Like on Facebook

For a change of pace, in this edition of eNews I’m pleased to welcome some thoughts from a guest blogger, Jennie Lindsay. She’s the Principal of Malkara School in the ACT and currently in the role of Principal Liaison Officer at AITSL. Here, Jennie shares some observations about the centrepiece of this eNews, the AITSL position paper Classroom ready: Demonstrating the impact on student learning of initial teacher education programs. We are seeking the views of the profession about the paper, so please do respond via the ‘Have your say’ button.

Margery Evans
Chief Executive Officer

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Ready, set, go see. Like on Facebook

Professional experience is the most credible way for graduates to show they’re ‘classroom ready’. At AITSL, we’ve identified a set of good practices in professional experience from across Australia, including examples of effective school-university partnerships. Go to our 11 new video case studies and see how schools and initial teacher education providers are providing high quality placements.

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Can we ensure one year’s progress for one year of schooling for every student? Like on Facebook

Education fixes have been explored for many years, costing governments and schools billions of dollars, according to Professor John Hattie. This month’s Reading List features his two new reports exploring what does, and doesn’t work in education. In the first report, What doesn't work in education, he contends that many popular solutions are mere distractions and have little impact on student learning. In the second one, What works best in education, he explores solutions, including agreeing on what a year’s progress should look like. Both reports help to answer the question, ‘How can we ensure that every student achieves at least one year’s progress for one year of schooling?’

You will find a host of other quality leadership resources in the School Leadership eCollection, which is updated regularly.

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How do we make sure the next generation of school principals is ready?

Find out in AITSL’s report Preparing future leaders.

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