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  • Learning to deal with diversity

    2.	The social, cultural and economic backgrounds of our students are as diverse as their learning styles, needs and ambitions.
    by Natasha Redden | May 20, 2020
    Cultural Diversity Day, 21 May, is a day to celebrate Australia's multicultural population. It’s a wonderful opportunity to promote inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone writes AEF, Executive Director, Hamish Curry.
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  • 2020 is challenging Year 12 students to become adaptable and innovative

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    by Natasha Redden | May 07, 2020
    We are living through extraordinary times that offer both challenges and opportunities. There are many challenges to education as we face the COVID-19 crisis: the possible inequities of online learning; the lack of face-to-face teaching; grieving the lack of human connection, are some. However, there are opportunities in this new classroom construct.
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  • The world is a classroom

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    by Natasha Redden | Apr 29, 2020
    Educators and government have long talked about 21st Century learning, but COVID-19 presents an opportunity to re-evaluate our attitudes to modern education - right here, right now.
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  • Cultural Diversity in the Curriculum: Classroom literature

    Cultural Diversity in the Curriculum: Classroom literature
    by Natasha Redden | Apr 22, 2020
    As educators it is important for us to provide a means for the students in our care to understand this reality and its impact on peoples of all cultures. Explore a breadth of texts, curated from educators across the world, that provide conduits to navigate potentially heightened racial and cultural tensions in our society.
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  • Celebrating Multilingualism: Reflections on Chinese Language Day

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    by Natasha Redden | Apr 20, 2020
    In 2010, the United Nations (UN) initiated language days to celebrate and advance the equal use of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish – the six official languages of the UN – with the aim to deepen respect for multilingualism and cultural diversity. Join us this 20 April as we celebrate #ChineseLanguageDay.
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  • The Changing Face of Science

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    by Natasha Redden | Apr 07, 2020
    Science is forever evolving. International Day of Women and Girls in Science reminds us that our perception of science, and how it’s taught, should change too.
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  • Speaking your mother tongue can help create a truly multilingual Australia

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    by Natasha Redden | Apr 07, 2020
    International Mother Language Day (21 February) has been celebrated across the world since 2000; however, many of us have never questioned the concept of the mother tongue, writes Dr Bo Hu from the Asia Education Foundation.
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  • The Soft Power of Education

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    by Natasha Redden | Apr 07, 2020
    Since the 1950s, Australia has been consistent about the way education can build our nation’s soft power, but the time has come to update our approach.
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  • Mparntwe – the next vision for world-class education

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    by Natasha Redden | Feb 18, 2020
    Through trade, employment, migration, tourism, agriculture and technology, we constantly connect with our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific and it is essential that our young people know about and understand that engagement and develop the skills to harness its opportunities and minimise any risks.
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  • Prejudice Going Viral

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    by Natasha Redden | Feb 03, 2020
    In the wake of the Novel Coronavirus, Education Coordinator Brendan Hitchens shares his thoughts on the importance of critical thinking in the information age. Enabling students to differentiate between fact and fiction, respectfully challenge information in the media, and debate complex cultural topics with confidence, this is an essential component of life.
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