Actions and Detail Panel
Leading the development of an effective whole-school EAL program
Fri. 16 June 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm AEST
Presenter: Dr Michael Michel and Margaret Turnbull
Dates: 16 June 2017
Increasing linguistic diversity of the student population and greater emphasis on devolved school-based management in NSW schools requires distributed modes of educational leadership focused on developing whole-school EAL (English as an Additional Language) policies, programs and practices.
This workshop focuses on developing collaborative EAL leadership through cooperative team-based development of whole-school EAL programs using a Department planning and evaluation tool designed to develop such programs and assist schools in meeting DEC annual accountability reporting requirements for EAL/D. The workshop considers what leadership looks like in key areas of school operations that go to make up an effective whole school EAL program, namely: data collection and analysis, student assessment, resource allocation, program design and professional learning. EAL leadership will also be considered in the light of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) Elaborations to the AITSL national teacher standards, research on EAL leadership and recent findings from the ACTA ‘State of EAL/D in Australia’ survey.
The workshop is designed for teachers in formal or informal EAL leadership positions to develop their professional knowledge and skill in whole-school EAL planning and evaluation and provide opportunities to apply these to their own school situation with a view to immediate implementation.