Leading the development of an effective whole-school English as an Additional Language (EAL) program

When:28 Oct 2016, 9am - 4pm
Venue:Room 119 John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Dr Michael Michell and Margaret Turnbull
General Education

Leading the development of an effective whole-school English as an Additional Language (EAL) program

Registrations have now closed for this workshop.

Date: 28 October 2016
Venue: Room 119 John Goodsell Building, UNSW
Price: $310 (50% discount for ATESOL members)

Increasing linguistic diversity of the student population and greater emphasis on devolved school-based management in NSW schools requires distributed modes of educational leadership focused on developing whole-school EAL policies, programs and practices.

This workshop focuses on developing collaborative EAL leadership through cooperative team-based development of whole-school EAL programs using a Department planning and evaluation tool designed to develop such programs and assist schools in meeting DEC annual accountability reporting requirements for EAL/D. The workshop considers what leadership looks like in key areas of school operations that go to make up an effective whole school EAL program, namely: data collection and analysis, student assessment, resource allocation, program design and professional learning. EAL leadership will also be considered in the light of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) Elaborations to the AITSL national teacher standards, research on EAL leadership and recent findings from the ACTA ‘State of EAL/D in Australia’ survey.

The workshop is designed for teachers in formal or informal EAL leadership positions to develop their professional knowledge and skill in whole-school EAL planning and evaluation and provide opportunities to apply these to their own school situation with a view to immediate implementation.

About the presenters

Dr Michael MichellDr. Michael Michell

Michael is a Research Fellow at the UNSW School of Education. His research interests include socio-cultural and activity theory perspectives to EAL pedagogy, teacher-based EAL assessment, education policy and schools as communities of practice. Previously, Michael worked as an ESL teacher and consultant in the NSW Department of Education’s Multicultural Programs Unit leading assessment, curriculum and research projects and policies aimed at improving the educational outcomes of EAL learners. Michael is currently President of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations.

Margaret Turnbull ATESOLMargaret Turnbull

Margaret is an Instructional Leader at Villawood North Public school. Her work has focused on implementing professional learning programs around ESL pedagogy, assessment and leadership in primary and secondary schools. Previously, Margaret worked as an ESL teacher and consultant in the NSW Department of Education’s Multicultural Programs Unit leading assessment, curriculum and research projects and policies aimed at improving the educational outcomes of EAL learners. Margaret is currently Secretary of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations.

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Completing this workshop will contribute to 6 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing Standards 1.3.4; 3.3.4; 3.6.4; 5.5.4 and 6.4.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Lead Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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