The Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash has announced that $463,000 (GST exc) is available to support community awareness and education activities about organ and tissue donation, and the importance of family discussion about donation decisions, through the Organ and Tissue Authority's 2014-15 Community Awareness Grants.

Submissions are invited for:

General community activities that align with the Organ and Tissue Authority's national community awareness and education programme, including activities to support DonateLife Week 2015 (August 2–9, 2015. Culturally and linguistically diverse community engagement activities, providing culturally appropriate information about organ and tissue donation to faith, language and cultural communities in Australia.

You can read the media release by Minister Nash at this link media release. The media release is also provided below.

Applications are invited for:

1.General community engagement

Community-based events and activities that are aligned to the OTA's National Community Awareness and Education Program. This may include activities to support DonateLife Week, the national awareness week for organ and tissue donation which is held between Sunday 2 August – Sunday 9 August in 2015) ), or other activities outside of DonateLife Week 2015. Total funding of $263,000 (GST exc) is available for general community engagement activities.

and/or

2.Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community engagement

Community-based, culturally appropriate events and activities that will provide factual information about organ and tissue donation to culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia. This may include activities to support DonateLife Week 2015, the national awareness week for organ and tissue donation which is held between Sunday 2 August– Sunday 9 August in 2015, or other activities
outside of DonateLife Week 2015. Total funding of $200,000 (GST exc) is available for CALD community engagement activities.

Applicants must clearly identify the target audience(s) of their proposed activities.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm AEST on Monday 20 October 2014.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 25 November 2014.

Information about the application process and relevant documentation can be found at http://www.donatelife.gov.au/tenders-and-grants (please click on 'Grants')

For more information about organ and tissue donation, please visit www.donatelife.gov.au

Please direct all enquiries regarding the Community Awareness Grants Program to grants@donatelife.gov.au or phone 02 6198 9800.

We also encourage you to send this announcement to members and networks that may be interested in the 2014-15 Community Awareness Grants and to consider publishing a link to the grants on
your website.

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR HEALTH  - MEDIA RELEASE 22 September 2014 DonateLife community awareness grants

Community groups and local organisations throughout Australia are invited to apply for awareness grants to promote organ and tissue donation.

The Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, said $463,000 in grants is available to support community awareness and education activities about organ and tissue donation, and the importance of people discussing their donation decision with their family. "Community awareness activities play an important role in engaging people on the important issue of organ and tissue donation," Minister Nash said.

"The more we build awareness and start conversations about donation, the more we normalise what for some people can be a sensitive topic.

"Organ and tissue donation and transplantation rates have been steadily increasing over recent years. Last year, 1,122 Australian lives were transformed through organ transplants as a result of 391 organ donors and the support and understanding of their families.

"We know that families who have discussed and know the donation decision of a loved one are much more likely to say 'yes' to donation," Minister Nash said.

"That's whyit is so important for people who wish to donate to have a discussion with their family—so they understand and can help to act on that decision."

Minister Nash said $263,000 in grants would be available for general community activities that align with the Organ and Tissue Authority's national community awareness and education programme, including activities to support DonateLife Week 2015 (August 2–9, 2015). A further $200,000 would be allocated to activities that engage culturally and linguistically diverse communities, providing culturally
appropriate information about organ and tissue donation to faith, language and cultural communities in Australia.

"Schools,sporting clubs, universities, community groups and many other local organisations can play a role in championing the facts of organ and tissue donation," Minister Nash said.

The Community Awareness Grants are provided by the Organ and Tissue Authority. Applications are invited from non-government organisations and professional bodies,including community-based not-for-profit organisations and local government associations.

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm AEST Monday 20 October 2014. For more information, visit the DonateLife website: www.donatelife.gov.au

Photos  of  some of our keynote speakers at the symposium in April in Darwin 2014

Left to right - Katie, Melanie, Patsy & baby Mia                          Rod Gardner, Griffith University                                                  Samntha Disbray, Charles Darwin University

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The Award is for an outstanding doctoral thesis which benefits the teaching and learning of second/additional languages in Australian schools, including Indigenous languages, community languages, foreign languages, Standard Australian English as an additional language or variety, and English as a foreign language.

The winner will present at the 2014 ACTA Conference in Melbourne and the award will be given at the conference. This is a great opportunity for members so please let possible applicants know.

For full details, application form etc go to the page on the ACTA website

http://tesol.org.au/About-ACTA/PENNY-MCKAY-MEMORIAL-FUND

ACTA International Conference, 30th September - 3rd October 2014

 

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For more information vistit the ACTA conference website at:

http://www.tesol.org.au/ACTA-Conference/ACTA-International-Conference-2014

The latest Issue of TESOL in Context is out now and will be posted out to all finacial ATESOL NT members shortly.

So make sure you have renewed your 2014 membership so you don't miss out on the latest TESOL journal.

TESOL in context is23 Front Cover

Current issue: Volume 23 Number 1 and 2 (December 2013)

Advocacy is integral to the work of many TESOL specialists. For several decades, ACTA and the state TESOL associations, along with other professional associations, and individual teachers, researchers and administrators have all engaged with conversations about EAL/D education in public forums. These advocates have drawn attention to implications of policy developments for EAL/D students; they have proffered alternative forms of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to better account for the particularity of EAL/D learning pathways; and they have argued the necessity of specialist EAL/D teaching. In response to the Australian Language and Literacy Policy of the early 1990s, for example, there was “a frenzy of writing responses… a conference… and attempts to publicise what was going on through the press and television”(Moore, 1995, p. 6). It is in this spirit that this double issue of TESOL in Context has been compiled. The issue has two sections:

Section 1 - Submissions to the 2013 Senate Inquiry on NAPLAN The first section presents substantial excerpts from four submissions to the 2013 Senate Inquiry, The effectiveness of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy.
Section 2 - Skutnabb-Kangas keynote from the 2012 ACTA Conference The second section presents the keynote address delivered by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas at the ACTA International Conference 2012, TESOL as a Global Trade – Ethics, Equity and Ecology.

Each section raises questions about a key area of EAL/D advocacy in the school sector in Australia at present: high stakes literacy testing and bilingual education for speakers of indigenous and minority languages.

 

You don't have to have formal EAL qualifications to effectively begin teaching EAL/D learners....read the EAL/D resource described below. This has been written for mainstream teachers...

The EAL/D resource on the Australian Curriculum site now has the EAL/D annotations for four learning areas: English, Maths, Science and History. These are excellent. They highlight the linguistic and cultural challenges that EAL/D learners may encounter. Each content statement in all four Learning Areas has been annotated. The annotations also provide pedagogical advice for each content statement based on these challenges.

Click on the annotation links here for details.

 Tracks to Two Way Learning is a train-the-trainer resource aimed at engendering positive change through the four dimensions of Staff Knowledge and Practice, Community Engagement, Policy and Practice and Learner Engagement, to improve quality teaching and learning across education, training and the workplace.

The resource, developed collaboratively by Aboriginal and non Aboriginal researchers, educators and community people, has three parts: a Facilitators Guide, 12 Focus Areas containing resources and activities to deliver workshops, and a Sample Workshops Guide to model the possible use of these.

The Facilitators Guide provides guidance to a Two-Way Facilitator Team (an Aboriginal and a non-Aboriginal person working as partners in a team) on how to collaboratively plan and deliver short term and long term professional learning to their colleagues, using the 12 Focus Areas resources. Activities can be altered to ensure the delivery is most suited to the specific needs of a particular education or training site.

This Western Australian resource is available through this link Tracks to Two Way learning

The on-line AGM was held during the dates of Tuesday 04 Dec to Thursday 06 Dec 2012.

Office bearers were elected and we are pleased to welcome:

President: Leonard Freeman

Vice President: Gayle Raymond

Secretary: Julie Fraser

New Committee Members: Trish Joy and Lucy Murrell.

Members please view Minutes on the site.

The Australian Council of TESOL Associations is pleased to present the Special Conference Edition S3 of TESOL in Context. The edition comprises selected papers from the 2012 ACTA International Conference 'TESOL as a Global Trade: Ethics, Equity and Ecology'. There are very informative articles in this issue, I like the article "Into the deep end", looking at how powerful narrative picture books are for older readers in English language teaching.

I also liked the article "From the margins" about English language learning through visual art". To read these and other great articles, click here, Gayle Raymond

http://www.tesol.org.au/Publications/Special-Editions

Read ACTA’s response to the LLNP (Language Literacy and Numeracy Programme) Discussion Paper Creating a more flexible LLNP in 2013-2016.

Noted in our calendar on the Home page or Click on Links in the Menu Bar and choose the ACTA site. EAL/D and associated conferences are listed for your information.

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