Small school teacher shares experience
2013 grant recipient Donna Shelley, a Human Society and Its Environment teacher/careers advisor at Bombala High School said: “We are a small school with 160 students and I would not have been able to attend the Conference if it were not for the NSW ANZELA Chapter grant that I was lucky enough to receive.”
She said highlights included sessions on legal literacy and information and communication technology, cyberbullying and the United States model of police in schools in the light of the Columbine and Sandy Hook massacres. “It was a very confronting session of gun control measures in place in the majority of US states.”
Ms Shelley described her personal choice sessions on the final day as “informative and relevant in both a legal and whole school context”.
“Sessions ranged from ways to deal with ‘badly behaving parents’, how Victoria and Tasmanian unions work to make new teachers aware of their responsibilities and liability for negligent teachers/teaching practices. After lunch there was a very entertaining and hilarious debate between legal practitioners and students focusing on the topic, ‘The law should stay out of schools’.
“Overall, my experience over the few days at the ANZELA Conference was both empowering and enriching. I couldn’t wait to return to my school and share my experiences and new knowledge with our executive, staff, students and wider school community.”
Legal studies teachers have grants available
Apply now for an opportunity to attend the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association 2014 National Conference in Adelaide, October 1–3.
Two grants valued between $1750 (Sydney) and $2050 (non-Sydney region) are available to legal studies teachers and executive staff in NSW schools, both public and private, with a demonstrated interest in education law and who will not be funded by their school to attend.
The grants will be inclusive of the conference fee of approximately $850, which will be paid directly by the NSW Chapter to the organisers.
The conference theme, “Walking the tightrope —getting the balance right: Issues and challenges in education law”, is an opportunity to explore numerous areas of tension that exist in education and in law.
Information related to the conference and the association can be found at www.anzela.edu.au.
Applications will be accepted up until 5pm on May 16.
Carol Howard is the Secretary of the NSW Chapter of ANZELA. ANZELA’s members include school principals, teachers and administrators from the public and private sectors; government and private lawyers; union officials and university lecturers in law and education.