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  • 31 Dec 17
    Funding Independent Schools and Gonski 2.0
    From 2018 the Commonwealth funding arrangements for all schools will change. Under the current arrangements, all schools are moving towards their Schooling Resource Standard (SRS) funding entitlement over time. Originally envisaged as a total public funding model, the share of public funding being provided by the Commonwealth was based on historical funding patterns. This means that schools serving the same type of students receive different funding from the Commonwealth depending on where they are located.
  • 02 Nov 17
    General Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools - Public Submissions Now Open!
    The public submission process for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools (the Review) is now open and will close at 5 pm (AEDST) on 2 November 2017.
  • 01 Nov 17
    General Kate Mullin Teacher Award
    The Kate Mullin Association (KMA) has an annual Teacher Award. The Award is for the teacher in WA who makes the greatest contribution to teaching English to Aboriginal students, and is a flagship event of the year. The winner gets $5,000. Submissions close 1 November 2017.
  • 12 Oct 17
    General 2018 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards - Applications now open!
    In 2018, 12 outstanding educators will receive a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship, comprising $30,000 for a project at the Fellow’s school, $10,000 for professional development and a $5,000 study tour to a high-performing education system. Applications close on 12 October 2017.
  • 06 Oct 17
    Humanities AISWA HASS Conference 2017
    The conference theme is Humanities and the Science of being Social with a focus on past, present and future means of communicating, connecting and collaborating. All sessions will assist teachers in their implementation of the WA Curriculum, pedagogical approaches, HASS inquiry skills, Information Technology, interdisciplinary methods of teaching HASS, interesting topics, issues and arguments.
  • 25 Aug 17
    STEM, Humanities, Science, Literacy, Numeracy The Power of Inquiry in the Year 3-6 Classroom: Presented by Kath Murdoch
    What does it mean to use an inquiry approach in today’s classrooms? Many of us still think of inquiry as an approach lacking in structure or explicit teaching when in fact true, contemporary inquiry teaching is highly intentional and carefully designed. In this workshop, Kath will help Year 3-6 teachers explore both what effective inquiry looks, sounds and feels like in the classroom and understand why it can be such a powerful way to engage young people in learning. Based on her best-selling book ‘The Power of Inquiry’, the workshop will focus on both the planning and the pedagogy that accompanies this approach. Kath’s work emphasises ways to engage students in deep thinking through strategic questioning and the development of rich contexts that invite students to do the cognitive ‘heavy lifting’ as they wonder, investigate, analyse, make connections and take meaningful action. Teachers will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of inquiry as a teaching ‘stance’ across the curriculum and a practical repertoire of approaches they can use to involve their students as active investigators and powerful learners. Participants will receive a copy of Kath Murdoch's book 'The Power of Inquiry'.
  • 29 Jun 17
    General Right Wrongs - '67 Referendum - WA 50 years on
    The Aboriginal History Research Unit at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) has undertaken a state-wide collaboration with the WA Museum (WAM), State Library of WA (SLWA), ABC and National Archives of Australia to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, the 25th Anniversary of the 1992 Mabo Decision, and the 20th Anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report. To acknowledge these milestones, the Western Australian Department of Aboriginal Affairs’ Aboriginal History Research Unit has developed an information toolkit to provide a unique WA perspective of this event and look at the progress of Aboriginal rights in WA to date. The Toolkit aims to educate the broader public and to be incorporated into WA school curricula, to focus on the history of these significant events and open up a contemporary dialogue with the Aboriginal community.
  • 27 Jun 17
    Future Footprints Post-school opportunities inspire regional Indigenous students
    More than 250 regional and remote Indigenous students who attend boarding school in the metropolitan area will be encouraged to further their education through tertiary studies, employment and training at the 2017 Future Footprints Expo.
  • 02 Jun 17
    General, Funding Media Release: Independent School Funding
    The Annual General Meeting of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) has endorsed the report of Economic Significance of Independent Schools to the WA Economy.
  • 26 May 17
    Funding Just Released: Economic Significance of Independent Schools to the Western Australian Economy
    The Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) has recently released its report on the Economic Significance of Independent Schools to the WA Economy.
  • 22 May 17
    Curriculum History in the Making: AISWA's new online resource
    A collection of Teaching and Learning Programs based on the Australian Curriculum for primary students to wonder about the past by actively engaging in the historical inquiry process.​
  • 02 May 17
    General, Funding Funding Arrangements Announced for Independent Schools
    The Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA ) welcomes the new funding arrangements announced by the Commonwealth Government which will provide an additional $2.2 billion over the four years 2018 to 2021. This is in addition to the $1.2 billion announced in last year's budget.
  • 03 Apr 17
    STEM AISWA STEM Expo (Poster Event)
  • 03 Apr 17
    Leadership & Teacher Capacity National Certification Month
    March is National Certification Month where we celebrate as a profession the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers who have completed the National Certification process and we encourage those considering applying to make the commitment to pursuing registration and to further develop their expertise.
  • 16 Mar 17
    STEM New grants to put students' STEM learning into action
    Today the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Arthur Sinodinos, announced the government will invest $4 million over the next four years for eligible Australian schools and community organisations to set up dedicated maker spaces to offer students the ability to develop STEM skills through hands on experience in aspects of design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • 14 Mar 17
    General, Curriculum, The Arts, English, Literacy Australian Children's Laureate at Purnululu School
    We are very excited to see the work of the Australian Children’s Laureate with one of our remote Indigenous member schools
  • 13 Mar 17
    Leadership & Teacher Capacity Master Classes, Courses, Information Sessions and Services 2017 Booklet Launched
  • 01 Mar 17
    Literacy Lifting the Lid on Words and Pictures: AISWA's Newest Publication
    Lifting the Lid on Words and Pictures: Brett Healey looks at the Watertower by Gary Crew and Steven Woolman - AISWA's newest publication available for purchase from the AISWA Bookstore.
  • 22 Feb 17
    IT Procurement and Services Microsoft Licence Renewal for AISWA EES Consortia Schools
    The 2017 Microsoft Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) licensing program is due for renewal. The program provides schools with the opportunity make significant savings when purchasing licenses for Microsoft products. Renewal of this agreement is due 30 April 2017, indeed some schools may have already received an email notification from Microsoft advising the current agreement is about to expire. For further information please see the AISWA / Microsoft EES Agreement page.
  • 21 Feb 17
    Professional Learning AISWA's First STEM Expo Day
    ​In 2016, the AISWA STEM Grant provided many of our schools with the inspiration and opportunity to try new ideas for teaching STEM subjects in a rich and integrated way. This is an opportunity for interested teachers and school leaders to come and explore some of the projects that were undertaken.
  • 16 Feb 17
    General, Professional Learning, Leadership & Teacher Capacity Social Ventures Australia - Evidence for Learning
    Social Ventures Australia presents Evidence for Learning in this information session for school leaders.
  • 20 Jan 17
    General, Professional Learning, Leadership & Teacher Capacity Amplify: Designing Bright Futures - Phase 2
  • 12 Jan 17
    General, Literacy, Member News Subscribe to the AISWA Literacy Digest
    The AISWA LITERACY TEAM compile a frequently emailed digest containing targeted information on exciting upcoming professional learning, news and stories we feel may be of interest to you.
  • 14 Dec 16
    General Season's Greetings from AISWA
    Executive Director, Valerie Gould and the Staff of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia wish you a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and peaceful New Year. The AISWA Office will be closed from midday on Wednesday 21 December 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
  • 29 Nov 16
    Technologies, ICT Integration CSER Lending Library - Digital Technologies equipment
    The Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER) Lending Library enables schools to integrate a huge range of exciting and motivating Digital Technologies educational equipment into the classroom.

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