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ECU and WA schools collaborate to address education issues

Monday, 18 February 2008

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More than 60 principals, senior educators and union representatives from around Western Australia will converge on Edith Cowan University (ECU) today to discuss strategies to improve the quality and quantity of teachers in the state.

Part of ECU's commitment to developing solutions to Australia's teaching issues, the full day of workshops and discussions will identify and discuss strategies to attract and retain skilled and qualified teachers in WA schools.

Opened by the Minister for Education and Training, Mark McGowan, the discussions form part of the three day Asia-Pacific Deans of Education Forum, presented by ECU in partnership with UNESCO (Asia-Pacific), Sampoerna Foundation Teacher Institute, Microsoft (Asia-Pacific) and Perth Education City.

Demonstrating the partner organisations' commitment to identifying and addressing critical issues in education, the Forum provides an opportunity for the development of best practice across the region, with education leaders from 20 Asia-Pacific nations attending.

ECU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said the Forum was the first of its kind to be hosted in Western Australia.

"ECU is pleased to be providing leadership in the pursuit of excellence in the crucial field of teacher education in Western Australia," he said.

Head of ECU's School of Education Greg Robson said the Forum marked the beginning of increased collaboration across the sector.

"As one of the largest Schools of Education in Australia, we are able to offer our resources and research capability as a support mechanism for the education sector, across the state, nation, and internationally."

Speakers include Professor John Furlong, Director of the Department of Education from the University of Oxford and former Director General of Education in Western Australia, Adjunct Professor Peter Browne from BHP Billiton.

The following speakers are available for interview:
Professor John Furlong (Oxford)
Adjunct Professor Peter Browne (BHP)
Professor Brenda Cherednichenko (ECU)
Professor Greg Robson (ECU)
Associate Professor Cher Ping Lim (ECU)

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