How do you celebrate your students’ strengths?

You may, or may not know that I have been developing a strengths-based intervention program called Little Superheroes aimed at reaching kids at risk of disengaging. It’s part of my YouthEngage initiative, and working with Ph.D candidate, Dean Grimshaw we have just submitted our first set of research findings to the Department of Education. I shall […]

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My Reaction to Naming & Shaming Young Offenders

In reaction to the Queensland Government’s move to name & shame young offenders as young as ten, I wrote this piece for the ABC. Being seen to be tough on crime is Politics 101. It’s a guaranteed vote-winner. It creates good copy for the tabloids, and “naming and shaming” is the bread and butter of any self-respecting […]

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At last!

As posted on the YouthEngage site… One of the main reasons for my leaving full-time teaching was to establish YouthEngage, and at last we have been given approval by the NSW Dept of Education & Communities to research the effectiveness of one of our programs.

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Out of one school & into many…

After thirteen years in teaching and ten years at the one school I will be leaving at the end of 2012 in order to focus my efforts on a number of very exciting projects. One such project is my involvement with PLANE. I will be developing professional learning experiences in the areas of wellbeing, engagement […]

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