Jim and Jillian Dellit established this website to bring together their various endeavours, to engage with and contribute to the educational community and educational delivery. Jillian is continuing this work both in her own right, and to keep faith with Jim's life, 1947-2014, and their productive partnership 1970-2014.

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June 9

Remembering Jim Dellit posted by Jillian in Uncategorized

Jim Dellit Funeral booklet p1 Many  readers of this blog will be aware by now that Jim Dellit died suddenly of heart failure on 28th May 2014. I have tried to notify as many people as possible, and apologise to any who read it here for the first time. In the coming weeks I will redesign this website. All information and postings relating to Jim will remain accessible and I will continue the work that meant so much to both of us. In the meantime, I publish below links to his funeral orations and some comments on his life as an educator. Students and colleagues who wish to add comments are welcome to do so.

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May 6

More than education posted by Jillian in Assessment, Education policy, Education reform, equity

My beliefs about the role of education in a democratic society have guided my own education, my subsequent career and the way I conduct my life. I have worked locally, at a state and a national level to structure and implement programs, policies and projects designed to ensure children of all backgrounds and socio-economic circumstances have access to the cultural and social capital of affluent Australia. As I get within reach of my three score years and ten I ponder a number of my assumptions and therefore the strategies that I, and many of my colleagues, have pursued as educators.

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December 6

Education that serves the community posted by Jillian in Education policy, Education reform, equity, History of Education, Secondary schooling

I recently attended the 50 year reunion of my high school Leaving class from a selective state girls’ school in Sydney. Although the group has met every decade since leaving school, this is the first I have attended. I have lived interstate since the year of the first decade reunion and travelling to school reunions was not on my radar in the years I was raising children and building a home and career in South Australia.

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November 6

A twenty-first century educator posted by Jillian in Education reform, technology in education

What does it mean to be an educator in the twenty first century?  Most people could come up with a description of what teachers do to contribute to society – ensure that essential skills and bodies of knowledge are passed from one generation to another, inspire and motivate, instil habits of learning, build confidence and create a resilient community. We could legitimately argue that no role is more important in our society.

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March 28

Telling the digital education story posted by Jillian in Education reform, technology in education

For those who have been working for years to ensure schools can serve and enable a knowledge society, there has been quite a lot of positive indicators and encouragement in recent months.

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November 23

Using social media in the classroom posted by Jim in Uncategorized

Admirers of the work in education of Megan Poore (Assistant Professor in Education at the University of Canberra) are celebrating the publication of her new book and companion website: Using social media in the classroom – a best practice guide, SAGE, 2013. I am one such admirer; her teacher preparation course was the most demanding and useful one I have observed (see my previous blog: Professional aspirations, expectations and goodwill: enter new graduate teachers stage left). I have just completed reading her new book and examined its companion website and I am mightily impressed. All teachers need this book if they are to engage their students in contemporaneous higher order learning as contributing citizens.

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November 1

Lessons from McIver’s Baths posted by Jillian in Curriculum, History of Education, Secondary schooling

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald on 14 October marked the 90th anniversary of McIver’s Baths at Coogee Beach. The McIver Baths is the last women and children only coastal pool left in Sydney.

It would be interesting to look at the contribution these baths made over the years to the education of girls –our confidence in the water and in our own bodies. 

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October 15

Max Fatchen posted by Jim in Curriculum, Uncategorized

The South Australian journalist, author and poet, Max Fatchen, died on the weekend. He was 92. He seemed indestructible – he wrote his final newspaper column only last weekend. Educators are in his debt and collectively we can feel the sadness of his death whilst paying tribute to the pleasure he gave us and our students, through his writing and through his extraordinary personal engagement with our students.

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September 9

Bring your own technology: build your own social capital. posted by Jillian in Education policy, Education reform, equity, parents, technology in education

The recent ACER publication Bring Your Own Technology: The BYOT guide for schools and families by Mal Lee and Martin Levins has triggered some useful online discussion. Mal Lee, whose writings in professional journals will be familiar to a majority of Australian educators, has been discussing the book’s concepts  in professional forums and the ideas are getting well-deserved media coverage.

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March 18

Margaret Whitlam, Parent and Citizen 1960. posted by Jillian in History of Education, parents

It is not only absence that makes us think fondly of our schooldays; it is our present realisation that life does not begin on leaving school. It is there for the taking all our days and we should concentrate more on the good parts. Petty acts and petty speech practised often will not cease at seventeen, so develop your fond heart now. Live and let live so that you, too, may not look back in anger.”

These powerful and moving words took me by surprise a few weeks ago when my family history interest led me to go through a collection of family papers and memorabilia. They were in the first newsletter my parents had received from the Sydney Boys High School Parents and Citizens’ Association when my brother went to that school in 1960.

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