Partnerships are central to the work of the School of Education and we place immense value on our collaborative working relationships with a range of key partners, including Australian and international universities, schools, teachers, principals, professional organizations, and the wider community served by our University. We are continually seeking ways to extend our collaborative work with existing partners and to develop mutually beneficial and productive relationships with new partners.
Partnerships with schools
We are establishing strong partnerships with an increasing number of schools across Sydney. We are committed to developing sustained, long-term partnerships where a school’s strategic objectives can be supported through a negotiated program of professional learning, consultancy and/or action research in the School of Education’s areas of expertise, including gifted education, special education, teacher development, educational policy, TELT , TESOL and assessment for learning.
Our partnership schools have innovative programs running that provide a model of excellence for our pre-service teachers. The experience of working in (or even observing) cutting-edge programs is invaluable for creating in students a sense of the potential that can be tapped in education, and of the excitement of educational initiatives. Our students see first hand, the best, most exciting things that are happening in schools.
We are pursuing flexible modes of teacher education in which there is a genuine partnership between the school and the university in developing and delivering the program.
The School of Education is developing new ways of doing teacher education in collaboration with schools. One of our current research projects is in partnership with The Association of Independent Schools.
We are pleased to announce the recent signing of a three year memorandum of understanding with The AIS to extend and strengthen their partnership in the following activities:
• Exemplary education for pre-service teachers
• Teachers’ professional learning
• Professional learning for leaders and aspiring leaders
• Collaborative, sustainable research in areas of mutual interest
The opportunities for collaborative work to strengthen both the strategic goals of schools and the quality of teacher education are exciting indeed.
To find out more about being a UNSW Partnership School please contact Liz Maxwell (firstname.lastname@example.org)