South Australia launches $6 million international education strategy

The Sector | June 06, 2019

South Australia launches $6 million international education strategy
The South Australian Government has launched a 10-year International Education Strategy, with an initial four-year investment of $6.25 million, with the intention of delivering “a suite of education initiatives with an international focus” to public pre-schools and schools across the state. The investment will see students across both pre-school and primary school benefit from up to $800,000 in scholarships for “immersive international and intercultural experiences,” which includes overseas study tours for those in secondary education.$1.6 million of the allocation is earmarked for the Internationalising Schools Fund, which will be established to offer tailored packages of support for up to twenty schools with “less experience” of hosting international students. The packages will provide schools with supports such as teacher training, release time to work with school communities developing homestay options and investment to build partnerships with sister-schools overseas.Mentor schools with international education experience will each receive $10,000 to support them to share their knowledge with other schools and provide further professional development opportunities to staff.

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The vast majority of new teachers entering the profession each year begin without the skills needed to be successful in online learning environments, although many of these educators may find themselves teaching in a blended or online setting at some point during their careers (Kennedy & Archambault, 2012; NEA, 2006, p. 3). Teacher education programs and school district professional development offerings often provide online options for educators but fail to provide the preparation necessary for high quality online instruction in the K-12 classroom.

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