Learning Beyond the Bell Forums
|The Learning Beyond the Bell team has held two annual forums for those involved in homework programs and others in the sector. LBB plans to hold another forum in 2013. The aim of the forums is to share good practices, lessons and challenges, with a view to improving learning outcomes for students from refugee and migrant backgrounds.|
Please see below for information and resources from the past two forums.
|The Learning Beyond the Bell team is in the process of planning the forum for 2013. The date has been set for the week of the 2nd September, and we are looking forward to hosting another successful and valuable event for the sector.|
More details coming soon!
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|2011 Forum - it's a wrap|
|On 23 June 2011 the Learning Beyond the Bell (LBB) program held its second statewide forum, Learning Together: Improving Homework Clubs to Realise Student Potential. Over 130 people from community organisations, schools, local and state government, universities and libraries involved with homework programs attended. People travelled from all over metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, including Bendigo, Shepparton, Geelong and Gippsland to share current best practices in homework programs and network with others across this vast sector. Participants were overwhelmingly positive about sharing experiences and learning about new strategies for running homework programs and appreciated the opportunity to meet others in the sector.|
The morning sessions gave an overview of LBB and some of its achievements and future directions, including an address by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras.
|The Minister expressed his enthusiasm for LBB and made a commitment to advocate to Government for ongoing funding for the program. A particular highlight for many was the student panel that Minister Kotsiras facilitated, whereby current and former students talked about how homework clubs had helped them. Dr Kirsten Hutchison discussed her research on homework programs through sharing different perspectives on these ‘culturally inclusive sites’. Dr Hutchison will be beginning a new study of homework programs in schools and communities: Bridging Pre-Service Teacher Education with Out of School Learning. |
Coordinators from three homework programs gave a fascinating insight into what makes their programs successful, focusing on the themes of: volunteer recruitment and management; school-community organisation partnerships and; family engagement. The final half of the day centred on practical workshops aimed at those involved in homework programs and included: Engaging Families in Children’s Learning; Building Community Partnerships: how Local Community Groups can Create Win-Win with Local Businesses; Introduction to the Australian Curriculum; Building on the Strengths and Ambitions of Refugee Background Young People; Volunteer Recruitment and Retention and; Oral language and ESL students. You can access some of these presentations on this web page.
We thank everybody involved in the forum and we look forward to continuing to facilitate learning and to provide opportunities to share inspiring experiences that engage students in positive learning environments.
|Download some of the presentations used at the forum from the links below. |
|download presentation, 'Building Community Partnerships' Part 1 (1MB)|
|download presentation, 'Building Community Partnerships' Part 2 (283kb)|
|download presentation, 'Engaging Families in Children's Learning' (1.4MB)|
|download 'Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Strategies' presentation by Collingwood Homework Club (2.3MB)|
|download 'Volunteer Recruitment and Retention' presentation by Conservation Volunteers' (541kb)|
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|Click here to see what took place at the 2010 event. |
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