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eNews November 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of succeed. First and foremost we celebrate the recent and very successful APCAS, our second overseas conference. Just over 100 delegates were treated to a range of quality presentations, including our featured keynotes and the always popular and informative student symposium. A huge congratulations to our energetic Executive Officer, Angela White, who oversaw all arrangements, and our gratitude to the Australian International School for their seemless and professional hosting of the conference.

Our 2016 Annual Awards night was held on Friday 28th October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, to acknowledge outstanding educators. 

Importantly, the 2016 Adolescent Success AGM was also held on Friday, 28th October, at Brisbane Boys' College. At this meeting it was passed that a new membership level be created for "Principals of schools who support Adolescent Success".  You will hear more about this new membership level in coming months.

Adolescent Success has initiated a Tuesday Teach Meet program for Brisbane teachers. More on this below. We would love more members in other areas to initiate something like this in order to share and learn from each other. If you are already involved in a PD network, please share as we would love to hear your stories.

All the best for the rest of Term Four!

Matt Atkinson - Vice President

Awards Evening 2016

On Friday 28th October we celebrated the success of middle years educators at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in their Gallery Room.  It was wonderful to celebrate each and every winner and their schools. Congratulations to you all.

Congratulations to Nhulunbuy High School in the Northern Territory for their culturally specific shelters who won the award for the  "Most Innovative Use of Space in a School Setting".


Well done to Norwest Christian College in NSW who won the award for "Exemplary Community Connections."

Sarah Redfern College in NSW won the award for "Exemplary Transition Program" in their middle school; well done.

Special congratulations to Des Hylton from St Paul's School in Brisbane, who won the "Middle Years Educator of the Year" for his service to education and specifically students in the middle years.

Huge congratulations to all our winners for 2016.

It was a wonderful evening of celebration in a beautiful setting, The Gallery Room at the Brisbane Convention and Exhbition Centre, where we were surrounded by a fantastic collection of Aboriginal Art.

Support our annual partners:

As a not for profit association we could not provide the range of services we do without the loyal support of our annual partners. We have chosen to partner with outstanding providers who all have philosophies in keeping with our middle years approach to teaching. They will ALL look after you if you let them know you're an Adolescent Success member and ALL provide outstanding service. We hope you use your membership to start conversations with these great people.

Matt Diener from Furnware would love to give you a free consultation and discuss with you how to transform your classroom or school. He knows how to create modern learning environments and is an expert at suggesting creative approaches to school furniture.


Andrew Grant from Queensland Edventures is waiting to hear from you. He can help you transform your outdoor education program.


Get in touch with Tori  from Latitude Group Travel, mention Adolescent Success and she will save you $50 per person on travel outside of Australia AND put you in the draw to win a huge $20,000 discount on group travel.

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Second success in Singapore

Adolescent Success recently held its Singapore conference, our second foray into the Asia Pacific region. The range of presentations across three strands - Curriculum, Wellbeing, Leadership - allowed the 100 delegates to find plenty of engaging and informative sessions to attend. Our thanks go in particular to the invited speakers, who entertained, enlightened and challenged us all to keep forging ahead with the critical role we have as educators of adolescent students. 

We also acknowledge most gratefully the support given to the conference by our annual partners: Furnware, Latitude Group Travel and Queensland Edventures, above.





NEW EVENT: Regular Tuesday Teach Meets

Adolescent Success has initiated a Tuesday Teach Meet program for Brisbane teachers. These free PD sessions will operate on various Tuesdays during each term. Each breakfast session (7-8am) is one hour in duration and certificates of attendance are provided.

The first event was held on Tuesday 11th October in a Toowong cafe, where Ormiston College Dean of e-Learning, Mrs Tamara Sullivan, presented her school's work on STEM. Fourteen keen educators attended and enjoyed some strong and collaborative conversation over breakfast.

Our second event will be in Week Seven (Tuesday 15th November) and will be held at Mt Alvernia College in Kedron. The topic of this presentation is 'Compelling Leadership' and the guest speaker is Mr Paul Browning, headmaster of St Paul's School in Bald Hills. Again, numbers are strictly limited, so please access the link for further information and to RSVP for this event.


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ANNOUNCEMENT 1: Registration for Conference 2017 now open

It is with great pleasure and excitement that the management committee announces that registration for our 2017 conference in Brisbane is now open. This is the biggest event we run and it attracts delegates from around the globe. We are thrilled with the line up of keynote speakers and hope you find them to be engaging and inspiring middle years advocates. Click here to find out more.

ANNOUNCEMENT 2: Call for Abstracts now open

The managment committee wish to invite all educators of young adolescents to submit an abstract to present at the Brisbane Conference 2017.  Click here to find out more.

Request for photos for the next journal

We would love to showcase your school/students in the November publication of the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling.

If you have any photos of your school, students or events which you'd like to submit please click here for the copyright release form.

This is a great way to showcase your school and students.

Many thanks for your support; it's shaping up to be a great publication!

Please email either our journal editor Anne Coffey at anne.coffey@nd.edu.au or executive officer Angela White at angela@adolescentsuccess.org.au.


It's time to ditch the traditional school curriculum and prepare young people for life'

Professor David Perkins, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is interested in how to adapt our curriculums in an ever-changing world. He believes that what is conventionally taught in our schools is not designed to produce the kinds of community members we want and need.

Perkins believes that only by reimagining what we teach our children can we lead students down the road to a more prosperous life.


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Want to be more empathetic? Pick up a book!

So says English teacher Kay McSpadden, who suggests empathy isn’t an indulgence, but a necessity for a humane, civilized society.

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Do high empathy skills mean lower maths ability?

New research from neuroscientists at Stanford University suggests that a child’s empathy can be linked to her or his math skills.


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Scientists Discover New Path in Brain to Ease Depression

So how can this impact students who suffer from this form of mental illness? The lifetime prevalence of major depressive disorder is between 10 to 20 percent of the population. But scientists have discovered a pathway in the brain that can be manipulated to alleviate depression. 

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How to create a tech-based curriculum using the SAMR model

Just because a tech tool is shiny new or popular, doesn't mean it is going to fit your particular needs. Technology should be part of a bigger picture in which you are able to differentiate for different student needs and levels.


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Let's teach for mastery, not test scores

In this short video, Seth Khan discusses the problem with shortcomings in knowledge, and compares the testing process with that of house building. Would you build a home on a shaky foundation?


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Exploring Teens Magazine

The latest Exploring Teens magazine has been published and, again, it is filled with excellent content for parents and teachers.  Subscription is free.

Adolescent Success is pleased to partner with this incredibly valuable publication.


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Game on! The six lessons teachers can learn from great coaches

Why can teachers learn from coaches? Does that mean coaches can learn from teachers? Are teachers and coaches the same? Do they play the same roles? This article explores the role highly effective coaches play in the development of their young charges.


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