Department of Education and Training TRIENNIAL FUNDING PROGRAM 20062008 STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM (SPP) 1 In this session … • To provide a comprehensive understanding of the Strategic Partnerships Program 2006- 2008 funding guidelines. • To provide details of the selection process and timeline for decision making • Questions & Answers Strategic Partnerships Program • provides funding to organisations/associations • facilitates dynamic partnerships with schools • connects learning and teaching with communities and practice beyond the classroom Funding guidelines • available on-line • PDF file • Word document • PowerPoint presentations: Briefings http://www.sofweb.vic.edu.au/spp/about.asp Scope • student learning programs • professional learning programs for teachers • learning and teaching resources See SCHEDULE 1 Service Agreements • triennial funding (three-year period) • commencing 1 January 2006 • ending 31 December 2008 Background BLUEPRINT for GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS • seven flagship strategies • recognising and responding to diverse learning needs of all students Aim To support schools to specifically address Flagship Strategy 1: Student Learning. Flagship Strategy 1: Student Learning • • • • • • Victorian Essential Learning Standards Post Compulsory Education and Training Curriculum Planning Guidelines Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment and Reporting advice Knowledge Bank SPP principles • selection criteria align to the current reform in education (FS1: Student learning) • a program-based focus • enhancement of explicit partnerships • funding linked to clearly identified learning and teaching programs • quantitative and qualitative accountability requirements • responsive Service Agreements Program support • • • • • Department of Education and Training Funded organisations/associations Non-funded organisations/associations SPP Reference Group SPP Networks ~ these included in 2003-2005: - Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria - Environmental Education Network - Performing Arts Network - Rural and Regional Network - Science & Society Network - Visual Arts, Design and Media Network SPP Networks • new SPP Networks to be formed for 2006-2008 • all funded organisations required to become active members of at least one SPP Network Funding eligibility • not-for-profit organisation (including the Victorian branch of a national body) and • other government departments (including agencies) • tertiary institutions Funding • grant allocation • grants linked to clearly identified programs • no provision for secondment of teachers Program parameters Programs must include student learning programs, professional learning programs for teachers and learning and teaching resources. Proportion of each of the categories listed above to be determined by the organisation. Programs Funding linked to clearly identified learning and teaching programs Consideration should be given to ‘chunking’ activities into major program areas Statement of Requirements Programs must address one or more of the following learning outcomes: Victorian Essential Learning Standards Post Compulsory Education and Training pathways Student diversity DE&T initiatives Principles of Learning and Teaching, Assessment Advice and/or the Curriculum Planning Guidelines Sustained partnerships Victorian Essential Learning Standards INTERRELATED STRANDS • Incorporate the interdisciplinary and physical, personal and social strands of the Standards into existing discipline-based subjects and broaden their focus in this way • One or more disciplines and other relevant domains are combined and addressed through key questions or themes. • Combine all three strands in the context of extended projects that students can complete. • Other… Post Compulsory Education and Training pathways VCE Vocational Education and Training (VET in Schools) Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Vocational Education and Training (VET in Schools) Post Compulsory Education and Training pathways Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) • provide the foundation for community building through enhancing networks and partnerships • based largely on local government area boundaries • membership is drawn from any individual or organisation with an interest in post compulsory education, training and employment within the area covered by that LLEN • three key themes: community building; innovation and development of infrastructure. Post Compulsory Education and Training pathways Managed Individual Pathways (MIPs) • develop skills to manage their pathways throughout their working lives • develop their knowledge, understanding and experience of opportunities in education, training and employment • move through the transition phase from compulsory schooling to further education, training and employment. Student diversity GENDER EDUCATION • developing gender inclusive programs and resources • ensuring that equity considerations are embedded in programs • programs that reflect gender issues relevant to all students • programs that address gender issues for particular groups of boys • programs that address gender issues for particular groups of girls Student diversity MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION • multicultural education is not a discreet learning area, or simply the provision of languages other than English and English as a second language programs – although these are certainly part of the picture • programs that consciously foster an awareness and appreciation of cultural and linguistic diversity • programs should reflect a holistic approach to this awareness and appreciation Student diversity KOORIE EDUCATION • Koorie Literacy: Early and Middle Years • • • Koorie Numeracy: Early and Middle Years • Underachieving and Gifted Koorie Students • Koorie Open Door Education Campuses (KODE schools) • Koorie Educators Koorie Pathways Student diversity ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE • either the student or one or both parents was born in a non-English speaking country • speaks a language other than English at home as their main language • has been enrolled in an Australian school for less than five years • newly arrived students from language backgrounds other than English NB: New Arrivals Program is delivered to students principally through English language schools and centres, Outposting, the Geelong English Language Program and the Shepparton New Arrivals Student diversity GIFTED STRATEGY • selective entry accelerated learning programs • gifted koorie project • gifted advice on the curriculum planning guidelines • professional learning programs: Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme (AGQTP) Student diversity STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND IMPAIRMENTS • educational programs provided by schools will seek to ensure full acceptance and participation of all students in the life of the community • all students with special educational needs should have access to supportive learning environments, appropriate program goals and targets as well as timely support from specialist professionals • parent/guardian/carer(s) are valued partners in the educational process and play a vital role in setting learning goals for their children • the views of the student should be sought and reflected in learning and teaching arrangements. Student diversity SOCIO-ECONOMIC DISADVANTAGE • targeting cohorts of students whose socio-economic situation is disadvantaging them from realising their potential • more information and guidelines will be forthcoming from the Department of Education and Training later in the year DE&T initiatives LITERACY • improvement of literacy levels is a high priority • Early Years Literacy Program • Secondary Literacy Initiative • Restart: the aim of this initiative was to improve the literacy levels of identified Year 7 students most at risk of not achieving satisfactory literacy levels • Making a Difference: A literacy development program for middle years students DE&T initiatives NUMERACY • the improvement of numeracy levels is a high priority • Early Years Numeracy Program • Middle Years Numeracy Research Project • assessment for numeracy learning (focus on formative assessment) • introducing learning study as a professional learning model DE&T initiatives READING RECOVERY • training tutors • revision of text level guide • introduction of the new guidebook for teacher in training • longitudinal study to commence DE&T initiatives HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION • increase the engagement and participation of all students in comprehensive inclusive health and physical education • increase the capacity of teachers and schools to implement inclusive, effective health and physical education curriculum • support whole of community response to health promoting initiatives DE&T initiatives MIDDLE YEARS • Engagement • Student Action Teams (Years 5-9) • Connecting Through the Middle Years (Years 5-9) • The Real Game Series • Schools for Innovation and Excellence • Access to Excellence • Thinking Oriented Curriculum DE&T initiatives LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH • Languages Online is targeted at students in years 3 - 6 learning French, German, Indonesian or Italian • Language specific advisers for Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, to support schools through professional development activities and advice about program implementation and development. • Multimedia Resources • Eighteen languages are offered in government primary schools, seventeen in secondary colleges and forty-four by the Victorian School of Languages • The Bilingual Schools Project involves 12 primary schools and 3 secondary colleges where students learn aspects of the curriculum through both English and a language other than English. DE&T initiatives eLearning aims to harness the potential of ICT to support the reform agenda supports a culture of eLearning across Victorian Government Schools provides a multifaceted ICT Professional Learning support for teachers, e.g. creating eLearning Leaders (CeLL), Intel® Teach to the Future, multiliteracies Professional learning provides teaching and learning resources including digital content and creation resources for teachers e.g. The Learning Federation, Kahootz identifies and evaluates new and emerging technologies to enhance teaching and learning, e.g. interactive whiteboards, PDA’s. DE&T initiatives SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION • improving delivery of sustainability education to schools within Victoria • initiatives include; Air Watch Victoria; Australian Greenhouse Calculator; Cleanup Kids; Landlearn; National Water Week Victoria; Saltwatch; Schools for a Sustainable Future; Sustainable Schools Program; Waste Wise Schools Program; Waterwatch, Victoria; Saltwatch Week Salinity Sampling; Macro-invertebrate Sampling; National Water Week Turbidity Sampling and so on… DE&T initiatives ANIMAL ETHICS • approved processes for the use of and experimentation on animals in Victorian classrooms • supporting the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 DE&T initiatives BEST START / EARLY YEARS STRATEGY • Department of Human Services funded project which supports families of children 0-8 years. The project links with Early Years strategies • supporting mainstream services for more effective outcomes and targets disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of students DE&T initiatives DRUG EDUCATION • • • • • • • • • • • Parent involvement in the Later Years of Schooling Parent engagement School retention Truancy as a risk factor for substance misuse National schools drug education strategy Students participating in drug education Indigenous, rural and remote initiative Individual school drug education strategy Drug education middle years Peer support foundation and life education Connections project DE&T initiatives PROJECTS • Commonwealth History Project: professional learning program for teachers of History extending on the work started under the Discovering Democracy and Civic and Citizenship project. • Schools Constitutional Conventions: hosted by individual schools and comprise regional, state and national representation at state and national conventions. DE&T initiatives SCHOOL INNOVATION IN TEACHING PROJECT • skill teachers to substantially improve the teaching and learning of Science, Mathematics and Technology • five key elements: research and development; leading change; professional development; curriculum resources and community partnerships Student diversity SEXUALITY EDUCATION • primary school sexuality education program to enhance teacher skills, confidence and community partnerships • STI/HIV prevention education for Years 9 and 10 • development of whole school models for sexuality education for use by schools DE&T initiatives TRAFFIC SAFETY EDUCATION • curriculum and professional development support for schools, involving participation in the Whole-of-Government road safety strategy. DE&T initiatives VALUES EDUCATION • aimed at assisting schools to run values-related activities Principles of Learning and Teaching, Assessment Advice and/or Curriculum Planning Guidelines The Principles of Learning and Teaching P-12 initiative aim to: • build consistent, comprehensive and improved pedagogical approaches within and across schools, while still allowing flexibility, innovation and local decision making at the school level • focus teaching to meet the diverse needs of students • strengthen learning communities within and beyond the school. Characteristics of effective assessment feature: • Assessment for learning • Assessment as learning • Assessment of learning. Sustained partnerships • Individual schools • Clusters • Regions • Other education networks Mandatory requirement One exemplary program per year for inclusion on the Curriculum Planning Guidelines and/or the Knowledge Bank. Desirable requirement Collaborative program design, development and implementation between organisations/associations. See SCHEDULE 2 Program budgets • required for each identified program • all associated program costs outlined • budget lines capturing how monies are to be expended • costs related to personnel should be incorporated within budget lines as appropriate as a proportional EFT calculation • no requirement to outline $ for $ or ‘in-kind’ support Are funding levels capped? Accountability • two half-yearly reports (by 31 July and 31 December) • quantitative data • qualitative information • only on templates provide by DE&T (attached to Service Agreements) See SCHEDULE 4 Quantitative data • number of students or teachers accessing the program • regional breakdown of government school students or teachers accessing the program (according to the nine Department of Education and Training regions) • sectoral breakdown of students or teachers accessing the program • stages of schooling of students accessing the program (Level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or Post Compulsory) Service Agreements • Letter of offer • Service Agreement prepared after letter of offer accepted • Contact person must be nominated • Grants paid in two equal half-yearly payments in first weeks of Term 1 and Term 3 Enquiries Vic Pappas Senior Policy Officer Learning Policies Branch Telephone: (03) 9637 2195 Email: [email protected] NB: Unauthorised communication with other DE&T staff may lead to ineligibility of application. Lodgement of Applications - applications should be sealed, clearly stating "Strategic Partnerships Program: Application for funding" - delivered by mail or courier directly to the chair of the selection panel and marked: Attention: Vic Pappas Student Learning Division Office of Learning and Teaching Department of Education and Training Level 3, 33 St Andrews Place East Melbourne 3002 - by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, 3 October 2005 - one original plus two copies on A4 paper, single sided (marked as such). SCHEDULE 3: a closer look Are there constraints on the length of an application? Do we include support material? What about my “track record?” Do I prioritise my programs? Selection process • • • • • • • • • Applications close: 3 October 2005 Selection panel: October 2005 Letters of offer: mid-November 2005 New SPP Networks: mid-November 2005 SPP Network conveners selected: early December 2005 Service Agreements: December 2005 SPP website redevelopment: January 2006 New SPP Reference Group: February 2006 First grant paid: February 2006 Selection panel Chairperson: Learning Policies Branch 2 x representatives: Learning Policies Branch 1 x representative: Learning Programs Branch 1 x representative: Teacher Development Unit 1 x representative: Regional Office (country region) QUESTIONS and ANSWERS GOOD LUCK!