Making connections for primary teachers

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Narelle Wood and Carolyn Scott educators in the community engagement team, hosted an online professional learning workshop titled Making connections: Parliament, students and communities. The workshop provided primary, casual relief and preservice teachers from schools and universities across metropolitan and regional Victoria an opportunity to explore educational resources and learning activities.

The 90-minute interactive workshop explored key themes including parliament, representation, three levels of government, separation of powers, law making, voting and decision making.

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Meet Bronte, our youth associate

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Bronte Olander has been working with the Community Engagement team as a Youth Associate in graphic design since late June. A large part of her role has been implementing the new branding guidelines within the education resources, such as a suite of professional learning resources based on the panel discussion Parliament and the people: a focus on committees and a new law reform case study: Medically Supervised Injecting Centres. You may have also seen Bronte’s work on some of our recent social media posts.

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A guide to challenging conversations

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The Guide to challenging conversations provides some guiding strategies for facilitating issues-based discussions in the classroom, especially issues which may be considered challenging for a variety of reasons. These strategies also acknowledge that any topic has the potential to raise questions and concerns for students and teachers, especially when the issue or topic encourages different perspectives. The different perspectives and viewpoints may for instance relate to social, political, environmental, religious, ethical or moral, historical, economical or legal considerations, and/or these perspectives may be informed by students’ lived experiences including family or community views and values. 

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Parliament Prize Taking action: Evaluating the options

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Entries for the Parliament Prize have closed for another year. And while judging is well underway, we thought we share with you some of the insights so far from the competition, including the number of students and schools who participated and a glimpse at some of the really interesting topics and issues students spoke about.

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VCE Legal Studies: A focus on committees

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On Wednesday 28 July, Community Engagement hosted a professional learning webinar for 70 VCE Legal Studies teachers, students and preservice teachers. Providing teachers and students with an opportunity to step outside the textbook and expand their knowledge of Committees in the law-making process was the aim of the session. With the support of Parliamentary Committee Managers Yuki Simmonds and Patrick O’Brien, the online discussion explored the role of committees in the law-making process, and provided insights on how individuals, organisations, courts and the media can influence and affect this process.  

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