Semester 2 2020

The semester two, 2020 edition of the JPL was produced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of this serious health crisis has certainly influenced the tone of our JPL articles. Some of the articles in this edition directly reference the pandemic. In particular, Sharan Burrow (General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation) discusses the global effects of the pandemic and argues why public education has to be an essential part of any new social contract (internationally and nationally) that is formed. Amy Harriman explores the role of collegial leadership within a PD H PE faculty and the wider school context. The concept of Critical Literacy is explained by Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge. They examine the reasons why it is so important to imbed a critical literacy focus within classroom pedagogy. The edition then expands to matters concerning all teachers across our public education system, including Mel Smith’s exploration of ways of supporting our LGBTIQ students (with particular emphasis on their wellbeing and sense of belonging at school). Leeanda Smith’s article, calling for a refocus on women and their right to be active participants in leadership roles, is also of significance. Also included are the findings from some noteworthy academic research projects. Professor Jim Tognolini (from the Centre for Educational Measurement and Assessment, University of Sydney) explains the nature of assessment and data literacy. He asserts the primacy of teacher judgement within the assessment process, shares the research - based reasons for the creation of CEMA’s professional learning modules on Assessment Literacy and Data Literacy and encourages teachers to become involved in them. Professor Pasi Sahlberg and Amy Graham (from the Gonski Institute, UNSW) present the findings of their Growing Up Digital Australia research. Dr Karen Maras (from the School of Education, UNSW) shares the results of her project entitled Teaching and Assessing Students' Critical and Creative Thinking Skills in Visual Arts Years 7-10. The editions ends with Maurie Mulheron (the immediate former President of the NSW Teachers Federation) reflecting on the development of, and achievement of, public education.

For your Classroom

Critical Literacy in English and History: Stages 3 & 4

Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge explore the important concept of Critical Literacy. They explain why it is essential for teachers...


Collaborating Critically and Creatively In Visual Arts

Karen Maras (UNSW) argues that Critical and Creative Thinking (CCT) should be a fundamental part of all Visual Arts teaching....


Leading with Heart in PDHPE

Amy Harriman explores some strategies for developing collegial and collaborative leadership both within a PDHPE faculty and at a whole...


For your Staffroom

The Beginning of a Journey to Assessment and Data Literacy for Teachers

Jim Tognolini asserts that assessment is a central activity in all education and that its main function is to improve...


Women in Leadership: It’s Time to Redefine and Refocus

Leeanda Smith raises significant questions about the impediments, caused by gender stereotypes and gender based power balances, placed before women...


Supporting LGBTIQ Students

Mel Smith asserts that protecting young people and maintaining student wellbeing are whole school responsibilities. She gives some practical advice...


For your Future

The Achievement of Public Education

Maurie Mulheron guides us through the creation of the public education system in Australia. He examines the essential role that...


Teaching Changing Children in the Changing Times

Pasi Sahlberg and Amy Graham, Gonski Institute, UNSW, Sydney share the findings of their research entitled ‘Growing Up Digital Australia’....


A New Social Contract Must Include Education

Sharan Burrow makes a significant case for why a new social contract (internationally and nationally) must be created and suggests...