The EEC Principals conference was held on the 7th and 8th October. Thanks to all who attended. It was great working with you all.The major conference papers uploaded are listed below.
Posted 8th October 2014
How to upload documents to the EZEC Website.
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To see the document on the website you have to sign on to the website using your EZEC ID
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Follow-up sharing conference for the National Partnership Principal Professional Development project.
There is a followup sharing conference for the National Partnership Principal Professional Development project.
Date: Wednesday 30 April 2014
Time: 8.30am to 4.00pm
Place: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach.
If you would like to attend, funds may be available to provide some casual relief and travel costs.
This would be a good 'leadership' professional development activity.
Please contact Stuart DeLandre if you or a staff member would like to attend.
This course focuses on developing skills in using Google Plus for EEC/ZEC staff to better collaborate through the EZEC website. Please register for the course through your MyPL portal. Registration closes Wednesday 18th Dec 2013.
Location: Observatory Hill EEC (please note there is no parking on site)
Date: Thursday 19th December
Time: From 8.30am for 9.00am til 3pm.
Presenters: The course will be led by Stuart DeLandre in collaboration with google ‘champions’ Eric Land, Chris Betcher and Kirilee Taylor.
For more information visit Leadership & Management / Whats New
Please find below information on a course for Aspiring Educational Leaders courtesy of Royal National Park EEC.
13th Educational Leadership Conference 2014
21 February 2014 - University of Wollongong
Educational leaders and those aspiring to leadership are invited to participate in the 13th Annual Educational Leadership Conference hosted by the Australian Centre for Educational Leadership, Faculty of Social Science, School of Education, University of Wollongong. A challenging and inspiring program will explore a range of practical and relevant matters relating to leading sustainable and positive change.
Leading, managing, and delivering effective educational change in an intensively political, social and economic environment is a challenge that all school leaders face as a critical aspect of their roles and responsibilities. New policies and strategic directions imposed from outside and within systems are constantly evolving to challenge current mindsets and skills.
The aim of this conference is to provide insight into inter-related strands: the processes and dynamics of change and the leadership skills needed to succeed in leading and managing teacher performance, and delivering the best outcomes where the standards for teachers and school leaders are now explicitly stated.
The conference will be led by three outstanding keynote speakers: Professor Stephen Dinham, Professor Jenny Gore and Professor Geoff Masters. They will share the latest research in the area of school improvement, leading sustainable and positive change, quality learning and teaching and improving student learning outcomes. The conference will assist participants to develop a fuller understanding of the importance of effective leadership and how this impacts on teachers and students. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with keynote speakers and workshop presenters.
Effective Leaders: Leading Sustainable and Positive Change
Professor Stephen Dinham, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne Professor Jenny Gore, School of Education, The University of Newcastle
For more information visit
Thanks to all the presenters and participants for making the conference a great success. Presentations will be posted as received in the Leadership and Management Portfolio site under Document Library / 2013 EEC/ZEC Principals presentations. For ease of access, they are also located below and on the Observatory Hill EEC website under Professional Learning / Great leaders, Great Centres, Great Outcomes.
A reminder to all to complete your conference Evaluation form as well as the MyPL one for those registered through MyPl.
Observatory Hill EEC
Eric Jamieson - High performance - Future Unlimited
David Cullen/Mary-Lou O'Brien - Development of a RAM for EEC/ZEC's
Stuart DeLandre - Principals leadership learning and Improvement project
Dr Natalie Cooper - Review process for the PLLIP
Joachim Cohen - Best Practice technology - Google Apps for Education
Sherrie Myers - Aboriginal Education Support
Nick Perkins - Curriculum
Elizabeth Callister - Engagement and Attainment
Christine Freeman/Steve Papp - Brekkie with a techie
Dr Amy Cutter Mackenzie - Future directions in sustainability
Mark Caddey - DEC update on sustainability education and the role of EEC's in supporting NEW NSW Syllabi
Julie Gallan - A community of schools model
Doug Reckord / Geoff Pryor - Waste recovery project
Kristine Nga - ClimateWatch (see also how to develop a climate watch trail)
The Annual EZEC Principals Conference at the beginning of Term 4 is always a significant professional learning opportunity. This year will be no exception as we consider our progress and future one year on from our first discussions as to how the EZEC network could respond and thrive in the emerging changing landscape of Local Schools Local Decisions.
The Leadership and Management portfolio team have done a wonderful job in preparing a program that best serves our needs in being innovative in teaching and learning and improved organisational effectiveness. The program for the conference can be viewed within the Leadership and Management portfolio What's New.
Here's a link to the presentation I'll be making on the first day.
The EZEC Tech Team has been making good progress on this site, which will act as the gateway to a range of sharing and collaboration options for members of the EZEC project teams. In each menu dropdown along the top of the site you'll find a common set of options for each working group.
The What's New section gives you a place to post news and event and updates for your team. This is useful not just for your own team members, but for other teams that want to see what the different groups are up to. It's simple to add content in here... just click the Add a Post button and type your update, then click the blue Save button. It's that easy! (You might not see the Add a Post button just yet until we assign the different editing rights to each group, but you soon will)
The Project Plan page will display the project planning document being created by your group. This is really just an embedded view of the document stored in your team's Google Drive, so you don't need to worry about directly editing anything here on the website. Just work on your document in Drive and the most current version of it will automatically display here on the site. The document will be shared with your team members so you can all work on it together. Ideally, it will be viewable by anyone, but only editable by your team members.
The Document Library is a list of any documents you have stored in your team's Google Drive. What you can see in this list will depend on who you are and who the document has been shared with. If it's been shared with you, you will see it here. If not, you won't.
There will be more things added to each of these group menus over time, but we think this should be a good start!
The development of this website is occurring with the support of the Leadership Learning and Improvement Project funding.
This project aims to enable Principals and teachers across the Environmental and Zoo Education Centres network to become a sustainable collaborative learning community.
We are building professional teams of principals and teachers to take an active leadership role beyond their day to day teaching to create new knowledge, skills and practices across six key Department of Education and Communities priority areas.