FREE teacher PD!

Now that you have had a chance to settle in to your classes this year, perhaps you’re interested in some FREE Teacher PD this term?

Webinar Series
A series of on-line presentations aimed at increasing your understanding of the Shale Oil industry and the role it will play in the future supply of energy in Australia. Industry experts in the areas of geology, engineering and processing will engage with teachers on-line.

All webinars will be one hour in duration and begin at 3:30pm. Participants may choose to register for individual webinars, or the entire series.

  • February 8 – Australia’s Energy Security
  • February 21 – Formation of Oil Shale
  • March 9 – Processing Oil Shale and Making Fuels
  • March 21 – Environmental Management
  • April 5 – The QER Oil Shale Story

On-Line PD – Wet Rocks
A series of activities conducted over four weeks aimed at improving teachers understanding of Groundwater and water management. The workshop includes completion of hands on and on-line activities and engagement with industry experts from across the nation. Great teaching materials provided to all participants.

Begins February 28, 2011

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Meet Our New Patron!

The Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) Board is pleased to announce that Tim Costello has agreed to be AGTA Patron for the next three years.

Tim Costello in his position as Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Australia is well qualified to speak on the role and value of geography. As a student he excelled in geography and his outstanding work in the field of social justice makes him well qualified to represent the voice of Australian geography teachers.

In newspaper articles published nationally during September 2010, Tim Costello emphasised that “Geography is a subject that needs to be a core subject for the compulsory years of schooling and not an optional extra.”

To ensure that outdated views of the subject held by some were corrected Tim explained that “Geography is not just about reading maps and the learning of capital cities. Geography involves hard, critical thinking and the development of important knowledge and skills.”

His conclusion that “Our children need a great education that equips them to be global citizens in an increasingly globalised world — and our world needs engaged and well-educated Australians with a global ethic” matches the view held by AGTA and we are greatly honoured to have a person of such high standing in the community accept the role to be patron of AGTA.

In July 2004, Tim Costello was named Victorian of the Year 2004 and in June 2005,he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

He holds a number leadership positions in the community and his work has been recognised through numerous awards including the 2008 Australian Peace Prize
awarded by the Peace Organisation of Australia.

The appointment of a patron reflects AGTA’s desire to increase the profile of geography in the media and general community, especially at this time when geography
is being included in the new Australian curriculum.

Tim Costello officially became the AGTA Patron at the AGTA Conference in January 2011 when he presented his keynote on the role of geography in modern Australia.

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New contact email!

GTAQ has a new contact email

Please change your records ASAP.

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AGTA’s 2011 Conference


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Geography is under heavy fire

THE proposed national geography curriculum lacks clarity and quality…Read More

The Australian, November 16, 2010

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