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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 51
3 REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • WINTER 2013 - ISSUE 51 editorial contents Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the Winter Edition of Reflections. In this edition the lead article shares with readers the journey of an education and care service in the development of a reconciliation action plan. The collaborative approach and partnership with key stakeholders demonstrated not only a strong commitment, but also the respectful responsibility attributed to this important task. It is hoped this article provides the impetus for others to consider their own 'plan for reconciliation'. Addressing the National Quality Framework requirement of having an educational leader in all education and care services, the article by Green and Bickley outlines the development of a learning program that unpacked the role of the educational leader and the establishment of a learning community for leaders. The considerations within the article are great reflective tools for leaders. Ongoing professional and personal development is a critical aspect of being an effective education and care practitioner. Professional discussion and robust debate between colleagues supports this notion and can provide a setting for provocations to be raised. The article by Fiona Stary highlights the theoretical aspects of provocation and goes on to provide examples where the theory, becomes practice. A Queensland Kindergarten shares an approach to problem solving which is strongly inclusive of children, and supports their sense of wellbeing through empowerment and ownership. The article makes linkages to the Early Years Learning Framework Outcomes. Luke Touhill provides a personal reflection on theorists, making linkages to past and present. He himself raises some provocations for readers around the expectations of the educator to meet the outcomes of the education and care reform initiatives. The idea of 'perfection' is questioned, as opposed to the importance of continual improvement and reflection, which is a key aspect of the reforms. This edition also features a new section: 'The Voice of the Educator'. This aims to share with readers the views of practitioners on a diverse array of education and care topics. The first contribution is by Fiona Black from Mount Gambier in South Australia, who writes about the experience within her service in establishing the education leader role through a shared model of leadership. Like Fiona, I encourage others to share their voice by submitting articles for consideration through any of the state contacts listed on page 2. In closing, Gowrie Australia acknowledges the Early Childhood Quality Funding announcement by the Federal Government. This commitment was clearly influenced by the Big Steps Campaign. While the initiative has raised a range of challenges, it is a significant milestone for the education and care sector. It demonstrates that government has acknowledged the need for improved wages and conditions for the sector. For the Reform Agenda for Education and Care to be achieved, and for children in Australia to have the best possible start, an essential ingredient is a highly qualified, well trained and supported, and appropriately remunerated professional workforce.This funding announcement is a first step! The challenge confronting the sector is to gain support for this to be ongoing, and available, to all educators who undertake the important role of enhancing the education and care of children in our country. Until next time, Ros Cornish on behalf of Gowrie Australia (Acting) Natalie Grenfell -- Gowrie NSW Sue Hart -- Gowrie Victoria Jane Bourne -- The Gowrie (QLD) Inc Kaye Colmer -- Gowrie SA Tonia Westmore -- The Gowrie (WA) Inc Ros Cornish -- Lady Gowrie Tasmania GOWRIE CEOs 20 Back Cover - National & International Conference Updates 4 Access an e-copy of Reflections at: www.gowrie-brisbane.com.au www.gowriesa.org.au www.gowrie-sydney.com.au www.gowrie-tas.com.au www.gowrievictoria.org.au www.gowrie-wa.com.au Taking Responsibility for Reconciliation 6 Developing a "Learning Community" for Educational Leaders 8 Provocations for Practice 12 The Power of Problem Solving 16 Sharing Educational Leadership 18 The "Good Enough" Teacher As part of our Quality Improvement Process we would like to hear your thoughts about Reflections and how we can continue to make it a valuable resource. You are invited to take a moment and share your thoughts through an online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z9NPRVT We will let you know the results in the next edition and how we will be using your feedback going forward. Thank you for your time The Gowrie Australia team BE PART OF THE "REFLECTIONS" SURVEY
Reflections Magazine Issue 52