Schools Network Program - Handbook for Schools 2014

Global Education Project NSW

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What is the Global Education Project NSW?

Since its inception in 2001, Global Education Projects exist in every state and territory in Australia. The Global Education Project promotes global education in all schools and pre-service tertiary institutions.

What is global education?

By providing a framework and a process through which a significant and permanent global education focus can be successfully embedded into the teaching and learning programs in schools, the GEP aims to ensure that all students will develop:

Knowledge and understandings
  • an understanding of one’s self, one’s culture and being open to the cultures of others
  • an understanding that there are: 
    • ways that individuals and communities depend on each other
    • ways and means to support the fair and equitable treatment of all people
    • concepts and examples of peace, security and co-operation 
    • choices and consequences for others in situations of conflict
    • eight (8) United Nations Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty and advance human development.
  • a sense of responsibility for the long-term care of the environment
Skills and processes
  • critical thinking
  • an ability to argue effectively
  • co-operation and conflict resolution
  • problem solving
  • ethical decision making
Values and Attitudes
  • a sense of identity and self-esteem
  • a sense of community
  • concern for the environment and commitment to sustainable practices
  • a positive attitude towards diversity and difference
  • a commitment to upholding rights and dignity of all people
Action and participation
  • an ability to see connections between action and consequences
  • a willingness to be involved in action for change
  • skills and processes for taking action.

Aims of the Global Education Project NSW

The Global Education Project NSW (GEPNSW) consists of programs which support schools that seek to develop a significant global education focus in the Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum.

The GEPNSW aims to:

  • support the development of a global focus in all Key Learning Areas from Kindergarten to Year 12
  • provide support and professional learning for teachers.

By schools participating in the Global Education Project NSW, it is envisaged that:

  • global learning experiences will be embedded in teaching and learning programs in all years of schooling.
  • school management plans include the development and implementation of a whole-school Global Education policy.

Organisation

  • In NSW, the Global Education Project operates through the NSW Professional Teachers’ Council.
  • Programs of the GEPNSW are coordinated by the GEPNSW Manager and two Project Officers.
  • One of the programs is the Global Education Project NSW Schools Network Program.
Organisation of the Global Education Schools Network Program (Schools Network Program)
  • The Schools Network Program includes schools drawn from primary, secondary and central schools in the state, Catholic and independent sectors, as well as pre-service teacher institutions.
  • The Schools Network Program is grouped into regional networks called Global Education Hubs. There are ten Hubs operating throughout NSW.

    Global Education Hubs:

    • Hunter/Central Coast
    • Illawarra and South East
    • New England
    • North Coast
    • Northern Sydney
    • Riverina
    • South Western Sydney
    • Sydney
    • Western NSW
    • Western Sydney
  • Within each Hub is a Global Education Schools Network Regional Leader who leads the schools in the program. Following an open and equitable selection process, Regional Leaders are appointed for a period of four years. At the conclusion of the four year term the position is declared vacant and all eligible teachers in Global Education Schools are invited to apply. Previous Regional Leaders are encouraged to re-apply.
  • Each school within a Hub appoints a global education school contact person or School Co-ordinator. This person is someone who is responsible for the program within the school and who is capable of leading the school to achieve the aims of the program.

Joining

Joining is free for all schools in NSW

The online application form can be located here, or download a copy (size ~ 792 KB) and forward to:

GESNP Membership Application
PO Box 577, Leichhardt NSW 2040

Schools wishing to join the Global Education Schools Network Program must aim to demonstrate:

  • a commitment to the development of a global focused curriculum which includes support for the program from:
    • the principal
    • the school executive
    • at least a small team of committed teachers
    • the school community
  • a presence of leadership to lead and co-ordinate the program
  • a willingness to meet the expectations of the program.

Support

The program provides support such as:

    1. A resource kit

      All schools will receive a kit of global education resources that can be used in classrooms. The resources are varied in style and theme but will be valuable to schools currently and as new Board of Studies NSW syllabus documents are implemented. Member schools will also receive all new global education resources as they are published, as well as a regular e-newsletter to highlight new and relevant websites, examples of best practice and other helpful information.

    2. Opportunities to participate in in-country study tours to countries of Asia and the Pacific

      Teachers who are a part of the Global Education Schools Network Program are invited to participate in annual specialised study tours to countries of the Asia/Pacific region.

    3. Teacher professional learning and development courses

      Participating schools will receive and invitation to attend courses that will assist them in implementing a global education perspective into their teaching and learning programs. Courses can include post-graduate courses, and day and afternoon professional learning and development. Some courses may be eligible for cost subsidies for member schools.

    4. Networking and the sharing of best practices

      Participating schools will become a part of a network of schools within a common region or Hub. To provide as much support to the school as possible and access to expertise in the field of global education, Global Education School Co-ordinators will have the contact details of their Regional Leader. This support could include professional development sessions, provided by GEPNSW for school staff; community forum evenings; and lesson demonstrations.

    5. Advice on implementing global education into current NSW curriculum syllabuses, and especially the Australian Curriculum

      The Global Education Project NSW Project Officers will incorporate advice about global education and the link to Board of Studies NSW syllabus documents in e-newsletters, which will be distributed to all member schools.

Expectations

Schools accepted into the Global Education Schools Network Program have a small number of obligations.

Schools are expected to:

  • support the program
  • appoint a global education contact person. The global education contact person, or Global Education School Co-ordinator, will coordinate the program within the school and provide a leadership role as an agent of change within the school
  • establish a cross-faculty or cross-year global education project team
  • generate and provide support for the integration of global education into key learning areas of the school curriculum and across the whole school with the assistance of the global education project team
  • include global education in school and faculty management plans
  • where possible, provide opportunities to develop, resource and implement global-focused programs and units of work
  • be represented at Global Education Hub meetings, usually held once per semester
  • support the professional learning of staff in global education.

Roles and Responsibilities

Leadership

The role of the Global Education Schools Network Program Regioal Leader is to inspire, encourage and support teachers in schools, and in the broader education community, by introducing and promoting global education across the curriculum.

In particular this will involve:

  • providing schools with current information, advice, resources and contacts
  • facilitating workshops and training modules to introduce global education to teachers who have not previously worked in this area
  • facilitating workshops and training modules to broaden and deepen the knowledge of teachers already working in the field
  • assisting teachers in their own schools and in the Global Education Hubs to develop and evaluate their policy, procedures and programs in global education.

GEPNSW Project Officers

The role of the state Global Education Project NSW (GEPNSW) Project Officers is to coordinate and administer, in consultation with the Manager, Global Education Project NSW, programs for teachers and schools, including the facilitation of professional learning.

The GEPNSW Regional Leader

The Global Education Schools Network Regional Leader plays an integral leadership role in the Global Education Schools Network Program. He or she is a highly valued member of the Global Education Schools Network Program Leadership Team.

Their main task is to encourage and support global education focused curriculum change in schools in his or her Hub.

The Regional Leader is the link between the GEPNSW Project Officers and School Co-ordinators. He or she is the leader, supporter, coach, facilitator, team builder and manager of a Hub of Global Education Schools.

The success of the Global Education Schools Network Program depends on the leadership of the Regional Leader. In performing their role as a leader, each Regional Leader is expected to:

  • provide encouragement, support, and leadership, assisting teachers in their own schools as they develop global education expertise
  • assist in dissemination of  information and support materials to their hub as required, to promote and enhance the Global Education Schools Network Program
  • foster and facilitate strong relationships between schools in their hub
  • facilitate the sharing units of work, resources, strategies and programs about Global Education
  • facilitate workshops and publicise professional learning activities to broaden and deepen the knowledge of global education for teachers in schools within the hub
  • maintain contact with schools via electronic media or meetings as required
  • complete an end of year Hub Report
  • attend Global Education Regional Leader meetings, which are important briefing and reporting sessions, convened by the Global Education Project NSW Project Officers annually

    The responsibilities of the GEPNSW Regional Leader lie, in order of priority:

    1. with his or her own classroom
    2. in areas of responsibility already held within the school
    3. in providing support to schools within their Global Education Hub.

The GEPNSW Schools Network Program provides professional learning to Regional Leaders in order to support them in their role.

As a result of this professional learning, it is hoped that each Regional Leader will be:

  • an effective, informed and confident leader
  • consistent in advice and with approaches to programming
  • knowledgeable about the curriculum K-12
  • able to challenge stereotypes
  • understanding of the diversity and complexity that exist particularly by countries of the Asia and Pacific.
  • up to date with current events and issues.

The GEPNSW School Co-ordinator

The main task of the School Co-ordinator is to provide leadership within their school and to support Global Education focused curriculum change.

Responsibilities include the:

    1. establishment and on-going leadership of a team of people in the school committed to the development of global education
    2. coordination of a curriculum audit which details global education curriculum and the gaps that need attention
    3. coordination and development of an action plan in the school to include global education across the key learning areas
    4. promotion of the GEPNSW Schools Network Program within the school and community
    5. coordination of activities and initiatives of the program within the school
    6. dissemination of information about the GEPNSW Schools Network Program and related professional learning to staff in their school

The responsibilities of the GEPNSW School Co-ordinator lie, in order of priority:

  1. with his or her own classroom
  2. in areas of responsibility already held within the school
  3. in providing support to schools within their Global Education Hub.

 

To access these proforma please download a copy of the Handbook here:

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