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President’s Message - November 2014

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Welcome to the first edition of APTA News. This has been a busy year as we have tried to affect the policy context to achieve our vision to provide leadership that supports and advances professional teaching associations.

You are invited to participate and influence the shaping of your professional teaching association. Joining and participating in the running of these dynamic communities is a rewarding professional and educational experience.

Nominations have closed for the 2014 APTAs. The APTA awards will be conferred on Saturday 22 November 2014 in Melbourne.

Thank you to the many associations and educators who nominated worthy recipients. Visit www.apta.edu.au for more information.


Professional Learning Events Offered By Professional Teaching Associations

Check out the APTA professional learning calendar to look at the activities offered by professional teaching associations.


Review of the Australian Curriculum

On Sunday12 October 2014 the Australian Government released its initial response to the Review of the Australian Curriculum. The response will be considered by Education Ministers in December 2014. You can read the review report and the Australian Government’s response. It is important that associations and teachers have the opportunity to review this response and the reports from the curriculum reviewer. Associations are welcome to respond directly to APTA by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Policy Roundtable on Students with Disability and Learning Difficulties focusing on Teacher Education

On 20 August 2014, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education, hosted a policy roundtable discussion on students with disability and learning difficulties for stakeholders focused on teacher education. I attended the Policy Roundtable on behalf of APTA. The meeting focused on four key areas:

  1. universal design for learning
  2. teacher skills
  3. teacher attitudes and
  4. parent engagement.

The meetings outcomes are available for you to read.

I hope you find the first APTA News informative and of use to you.

Susan Gazis AM