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ATESOL NSW, in collaboration with the peak national body ACTA (Australian Council for TESOL Associations), continues to advocate for professional standards which have been built up over decades. Below is a snapshot of our news and advocacy initiatives.
ACTA Conference Registration Subsidy. As part of our advocacy initiatives, we actively support educators of EAL/D students across all sectors (early childhood, primary, secondary and adult education). ATESOL NSW will subsidise the conference registration fee for 2021 financial members whose proposals to present are accepted in the conference program. Proposals need to be submitted by Friday, 14 May 2021 and will need to outline the following: presentation title, a 300-word presentation overview, a 100-word biography and 3 key learnings of your presentation. Please visit this page and keep scrolling all the way down to peruse the topics and presentation types: Present
The ATESOL NSW AGM took place via Zoom on Saturday, 20 March. We congratulate Cindy Valdez-Adams, who was re-elected as President of ATESOL NSW for 2021. We warmly welcome three new councillors: Robyn Johnson, Caitlin Park and Bess Wassman. We greatly thank our past Treasurer, Rana Straker, who ensured the financial viability of our association over the past four years. Gillian Pennington has been elected as the Treasurer for 2021 and the PTC (Professional Teachers' Council) has also been engaged to assist ATESOL NSW with PL workshops. In 2021, we will continue to advocate on behalf of students and teachers across a variety of sectors, including universities and TAFE, as well as government, independent and Catholic school systems. Our advocacy is on behalf of English language learners who strive for equitable access to a rigorous curriculum that challenges them to be successful learners.
A letter from ATESOL NSW was sent on 16 December to Minister Sarah Mitchell regarding the dis-endorsement of professional associations as providers of Professional Learning. We questioned the evidence base on which the NESA review decided to limit its accreditation of courses to four priority areas excluding EAL/D education. Please click here to read a copy of the letter.
A letter from ATESOL NSW was sent on 3 November
to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Sarah
Mitchell, concerning issues impacting the equity and effectiveness of
EAL/D education in NSW Government schools. The letter requested answers from the Minister in relation to four key policy issues
currently affecting EAL/D program provision in NSW Government Schools:
1. Allocation of additional EAL/D teacher positions in NSW Government schools;
2. Provision of EAL/D professional support to schools;
3. Contingency arrangements for Intensive English Centres during the pandemic;
4. NSW Auditor-General’s Audit Report, Local Schools, Local Decisions: Needs based equity funding.
The questions aimed to follow up on strategies outlined in the ten-point action plan, Rebuilding Capacity: English as an Additional Language and Refugee Education in NSW Public schools - an Agenda for NSW Government 2019-2023 issued by ATESOL NSW, Ethnic Communities Council of NSW and NSW Migrant and Refugee Education Working Party prior to the state election last year. Please click here to read a copy of the letter. Please click here to read a copy of the Rebuilding Capacity plan.
June-July: ACTA Survey on the Effects of COVID-19 on Post-School EAL Educators. Have you taught or managed in programs for international students and/or adult migrant and refugee English language learners, for example in the AMEP, SEE Program, TAFE, university, ELICOS and community and State-funded programs? Then you’ll know that the closure of Australia’s borders has huge implications for your program and employment! To help ACTA advocate on your behalf, we need a sound evidence base. You’ll need this password once you click on the link below: ACTA (upper case)
The ATESOL NSW AGM took place via Zoom on Saturday, 28 March. We warmly welcome Cindy Valdez-Adams, who was elected President of ATESOL NSW for 2020. She is currently an EAL/D specialist teacher in South West Sydney and has many years of experience in the field. We would like to acknowledge the skills and expertise that Janet Freeman generously shared as our previous President. We also thank Melanie Davies, who was Secretary of ATESOL NSW for three years. Her organisational skills have been greatly appreciated. She will continue to manage the website and our Facebook group. Particular acknowledgement was given to Michael Michell in the form of Life Membership for his unyielding and thorough advocacy work on behalf of EAL teachers and students over many years.
A letter from ATESOL NSW was sent on 2 March to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Sarah Mitchell. It welcomed the allocation in 2020 of an additional 104 EAL/D teaching positions in NSW Government schools and suggested actions to ensure improved student learning outcomes and maximise the Government's investment in EAL/D education. These actions encompass EAL/D staffing, training and professional support, reflecting the strategies outlined in the document Rebuilding Capacity: EAL/D and Refugee Education in NSW Public Schools - an Agenda for NSW Government 2019- 2023 issued by ATESOL NSW, Ethnic Communities Council of NSW and NSW Migrant and Refugee Education Working Party prior to the state election last year. The letter was also tabled at the Department's Multicultural Education Advisory Group meeting on 3 March. Please click here to read a copy of the letter. Please click here to read a copy of the Rebuilding Capacity plan. A brief reply on behalf of the Minister is available here.
Teacher Survey: Use of EAL/D funding in schools. ATESOL NSW is conducting a survey to capture teacher feedback on the use of EAL/D funding in schools. The information will be used to support advocacy for EAL/D education in NSW. Your name and details will not be distributed or published, but a summary of responses will be made available. THIS SURVEY CLOSED IN AUGUST 2019. Please click here to read a summary of the responses received.
Rebuilding Capacity: English as an Additional Language and Refugee Education in NSW Public schools - an Agenda for NSW Government 2019-2023. ATESOL NSW, together with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and the NSW Migrant and Refugee Working Party, launched the document 'Rebuilding Capacity: English as an Additional Language and Refugee Education in NSW Public schools - an Agenda for NSW Government 2019-2023' at NSW Parliament House on 1 March 2019. The document, which was submitted to the Government and Opposition prior to the NSW State election, outlines a plan for EAL/D education for NSW Government over the next four years through ten key proposals that address long-standing, unresolved, systemic policy issues. You can download the full plan here and a summary version here.
ACTA Strategy for Language in Education and Training, 2018.
This Strategy has 15 actions, all aimed at addressing the long-standing national policy/program gaps and neglect in the area of language in education and training (EAL/D, Indigenous, language education, AMEP) that ACTA has been advocating for over the last few years. It has been used as the focus for discussions with Government and other parties about their education and training policy commitments. For more information, please visit ACTA's Advocacy page. The Strategy can also be directly downloaded here.
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