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Dear alumni and friends

As 2011 draws to a close, I wanted to thank you for your interest, support and continued affiliation with the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

These past few months have been especially rewarding as we initiated our inaugural artist-in-residency program with writer Libby Gleeson who is also an alumna of the Faculty. The numerous events around the residency drew many of you especially aspiring writers and avid readers. For those interested in debate around thorny and contentious issues, the very successful Education Heresies colloquia is back in 2012. The colloquia are extremely lively and provocative!

Individually and together we continue our tradition of contributing to advances in curriculum, professional development, social and education policy, technology developments and scholarly engagement. We see ourselves as not waiting for change, but leading it through our programs, community engagement and a range of collaborations including: the Institute for Innovative Science and Mathematics Education (IISME), the Arts, English and Literacy Education Research Network, CoCo the Centre for Research on Computer-Supported Learning and Cognition, and in social justice and social policy through SPRN the Social Policy Research Network. The Faculty contributes to society and discourse across a broad range of areas including special education and early childhood education, international and comparative education, and our collaboration with NSW DEC in the delivery of professional development for community language teachers.

We are committed to working with our local partners and neighbours - Faculty and students work closely with schools and community groups within the Glebe, Redfern and Newtown areas as well across the greater Sydney metropolitan region, the state (including rural and remote areas) and nationally. At the same time, we have cemented strong international relationships notably with China and Indonesia around research collaborations on issues of assessment and multicultural education. We are involved in projects throughout the world—East and South Asia, the Americas, Europe and elsewhere.

We are doing a lot more than I have room to share here. Let me just say that we appreciate your support and your involvement. In the upcoming year I encourage you to stay in touch through the web to find out what’s on. We look forward to welcoming you to events at the Faculty.

My compliments to you and yours for the Festive Season

Professor Robert J Tierney
Dean, Faculty of Education and Social Work

Call for ESW alumni as teacher-mentors

ESW alumni who are currently in the teaching profession are being urged to become mentors for new generations of the Faculty’s pre-service teachers.

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Social Work alumna and Can Too founder wins prestigious award
Congratulations to Social Work alumna Anne Crawford who received her Alumni Award for Community Achievement at a reception in the Great Hall on Friday 28 October. ESW was represented at the ceremony by Lindsey Napier and Helen Loughlin.
ESW’s Inaugural Writer-in-Residence
Education alumna and Adjunct Associate Professor Libby Gleeson AM was the Faculty’s inaugural Writer-in-Residence for 2011. The very successful program of one-to-one writing consultations, a creative writing workshop, a public talk with alumnus and Honorary Professor Geoff Williams and the launch of Libby’s latest book saw alumni, friends, staff and students experience this unique scheme. 
Find out more | Follow Gleeson’s creative writing workshop online
Merit-based pay would short-change education
The idea of introducing merit-based pay for teachers is deeply flawed and would limit access to quality education for students according to ESW Professor Robyn Ewing. Find out more.
From radical Social Work to social justice

Professor of Social Work and Social Justice Jude Irwin – a Social Work alumna – mobilising community interest in social-justice values is the key to improving social work practice. Find out more.

Advocate for Indigenous education reform joins ESW
Distinguished Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith, a world authority on Indigenous education joined the Faculty in August as its first Principal International Research Fellow. Find out more.
Multicultural perspectives from Australia, Canada and China
Education and social-policy experts in multiculturalism from three continents met in November at a conference hosted by the Faculty. Find out more.
Faculty shines at computer-supported learning event
ESW researchers joined the biggest names in technology-based learning at this year's International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL).
Find out more.
University highlights the Faculty’s achievements
The Faculty of Education & Social Work has received institution-wide recognition in the University's Annual Report. Find out more.
Drama in schools
ESW’s drama-in-schools initiative has been featured on ABC TV. It brings together actors and teachers in the classroom and the piece features Professor Robyn Ewing and Faculty Honoraries Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton. Find out more.
Congratulations to alumnus and ESW Professorial Research Fellow Peter Freebody
Congratulations to alumnus and ESW Professorial Research Fellow Peter Freebody (BA Sydney '73, DipEd Sydney '74, PhD Illinois) who has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Social Sciences. The ASSA is devoted to the advancement of knowledge and research in the various social sciences and this prestigious appointment means that Peter becomes one of a small group of 26 Fellows in the category of Education. The Faculty of Education & Social Work now has three Academy Fellows; Peter joins Emeritus Professor Donald Spearritt and and Professor Raewyn Connell in the line-up. Read the full story.
Mafwizo Mwanangombe Brooker completed the Master of International Education in 2009. She currently lives in Papua New Guinea and talks to us about her current role as a volunteer at Buk Bilong Pikinini, a charity that addresses literacy amongst the country’s disadvantaged children. Find out more.
The latest edition of SAM – Sydney Alumni Magazine is online.
Education Heresies II 2012

1 March, Knowledge-blindness,
Dr Karl Maton
29 March, Does the new doxa of intergrationism make multicultural education a contemporary heresy?, Professor Georgina Tsolidis
Further details in the next issue and on the ESW site shortly.

The Faculty of Education & Social Work is planning various events for its Alumni & Friends for 2012, to be announced in the next edition and on our website but in the meantime, the University’s Alumni and Events has a diverse range of events and activities.

We are keen to build our FESW Alumni & Friends contacts list as we have a number of “lost alumni” – those people who studied with our Faculty with whom we’ve now lost contact. Please forward on this newsletter to any of your friends or colleagues who may have studied at the Faculty of Education & Social Work, Sydney Teachers College or former institutions at any time over the century! They can register with us here.

Publication dates will be February, May, August and November next year – please forward any ideas for content to Helen Loughlin.


Alumni & Events Officer
Faculty of Education & Social Work

Dean’s Unit | Education Building A35
T 02 9351 2791
E helen.loughlin@sydney.edu.au 
W sydney.edu.au 

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