Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Julia Gillard meets with school practitioners at the Australian National Schools Network 4th Annual National Forum (November 17, Old Parliament House) to identify implications of the Education Revolution for local schools and communities.

The Australian National Schools Network has a 17-year history of engaging stakeholders in education - schools, students, academics, unions, teachers, families, communities and education systems – to make change.

‘What we want is to be active, contributing participants in debate about change.’ Says Viv White, Director of the ANSN.

The ANSN celebrates the federal government’s aspirations to improve equity and quality of educational (and economic) opportunity. The challenge is HOW we are to move from national aspiration to local implementation.

White says, ‘the question is: What ways of working will produce the greatest change on the ground for young Australians?’

The ANSN connects Australian schools so they learn from each other. From Kalgoorlie to Canberra and Bridgewater to Brisbane, schools have tested innovations in teaching and learning, technology and school reform.

‘Schools in low socio-economic areas are our prime focus. The ANSN has a proud history of helping make education reform work in some of our toughest schools. The ones that need it most and the ones that this government is supporting more than any previous government through its national partnerships.’ says White.

‘The ANSN applauds the Rudd governments Education Revolution and we seek a continued and strengthened role to advance this work at the school level and to connect schools nationally.’ says White.

Featured speakers include:

Dr Michele Bruniges - DEEWR Deputy Secretary; Jim McAlpine - President of NSW Secondary Principals’ Council; Rosanne McDade - Principal Bridgewater Big Picture High School; Angelo Gavrielatos - Federal President of the AEU; Associate Professor, Debra Hayes from The University of Sydney; Andrea Federico, Assistant Principal St Albans South Primary School; as well as Viv White from the ANSN and educators from the field.

Contact Profile

Australian National Schools Network

The Australian National Schools Network (ANSN) is a not-for-profit national network of teachers,researchers, schools, systems, sectors, unions, universities, and community and business partners.
Viv White
P: 02 9590 5341
M: 0409 120 749
W: www.ansn.edu.au


The ANSN National Forum 2009: The Education Revolution - two years on.


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