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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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February 7

Conversations with Baby Boomer Teachers: Profile 7 posted by Jillian in Uncategorized

The way things fell out when G finished secondary school resulted in her entry into teacher training. She had not anticipated doing so well. When she won a Commonwealth Scholarship she could go to any university in Australia, with her … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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October 31

Doing time: do Australian working class kids need more time at school? posted by Jim in ACARA, Education policy, Education reform, equity, Primary schooling, Secondary schooling, technology in education, Uncategorized

In September this year, six Chicago Public Schools joined an increasing movement in the United States and Canada to extend the amount of time students spend in contact with their teachers, and school-based learning.  In 2012, all Chicago public schools will … Continue reading

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September 27

Guest Blog – Best performing school systems: Alan Bevan posted by Jillian in Uncategorized

My friend Alan Bevan and I have been discussing how to improve schooling outcomes for kids (as one does) and Alan raised the conclusions of the 2007 McKinsey Report. I asked Alan to write a bit about the report and … Continue reading

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September 15

Professional aspirations, expectations and goodwill: enter new graduate teachers stage left posted by Jim in Education reform, equity, Primary schooling, Secondary schooling, technology in education, Uncategorized

This blog is both dedicated and directed to the graduating students from the Grad Dip Secondary at the University of Canberra. This is, in a sense, a Ceremonial Graduation Blog: including some advice to young graduates. The University of Canberra’s … Continue reading

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September 8

11 September 2011 posted by Jillian in Uncategorized

Approaching 11 September 2011 it seems appropriate to remember that I was in Washington DC ten years ago hoping to make connections that would significantly improve Australian education  – and to consider whether I had any success.

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September 4

Languages learning #1: Ironing out bilingualism in Australia posted by Jim in Uncategorized

Bilingualism is seen as a crease in the educational and social fabric of Australia, something to be ironed out, wrinkles to be Fabulon-ed away. It’s a 1950’s view of harmony and good nation-keeping, out of touch with contemporary globalism and … Continue reading

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August 3

Our un-Australian Equity Gap posted by Jillian in ACARA, Education policy, Education reform, equity, Uncategorized

With all its shortcomings, the My School website, together with data from successive PISA results, is providing evidence that you need  more than luck to get a fair educational go in the Lucky Country.

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July 7

Guest blog: Rising costs of a failure to communicate and educate posted by Jim in Uncategorized

We invited our compadre and colleague Lindsay Fitzclarence to contribute on education and the environment. The Road is a novel written by the American writer Cormac McCarthy. It is a story of a man and his son traveling through an … Continue reading

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