Queensland Discovering Democracy Project Activities

1. Professional Development Model, Implementation Plan and Communication Strategies

  • revise professional development model
  • develop implementation plan
  • negotiate contract variations with DEETYA
  • publicise model and implementation plan to key stakeholders
  • develop communication strategy
  • ongoing development of Discovering Democracy communication strategies (production of fliers and handouts)
  • plan and deliver awareness raising and familiarisation workshops.

2. Professional Development Network

  • initiate Queensland Discovering Democracy professional development teachers’ and stakeholders’ network
  • ongoing promotion and development of Discovering Democracy network.

3. Professional Development Audit and Environmental Scan

  • audit existing school-based and other civics and citizenship professional development programs
  • develop and maintain environmental scan of events and links

4. Discovering Democracy Website

  • initiate planning and development of Queensland Discovering Democracy web site
  • engage website designer
  • launch Queensland Discovering Democracy web site
  • publish lesson plans from Open Learning Australia (OLA) assessment
  • publish best practice exemplars from school initiative grants
  • ongoing development and administration of Queensland Discovering Democracy web site.

5. University Accredited Professional Development (80-100 teachers)

  • review and select University courses and units in civics and citizenship education
  • design stage 1 professional development expression of interest and information survey
  • distribute stage 1 professional development expression of interest and information survey
  • design and distribute stage 2 professional development expression of interest and information survey
  • distribute stage 2 expression of interest survey
  • plan for delivery of OLA units DEM 11 and DEM 12
  • audit unit contents
  • maintain contact with teacher enrollees
  • administer first, second and third intakes for OLA DEM 11 and DEM 12.

6. Professional Development Needs Survey

  • review existing professional development needs research for the Discovering Democracy project
  • design and distribute professional development needs survey
  • analyse results of needs survey
  • make adjustments to project design where needed.

7. Project Evaluation

  • engage outside evaluators
  • plan and coordinate evaluation surveys for each project phase
  • respond to results of evaluation surveys
  • adjust project model and strategies where needed.

8. Professional Development Materials

  • administer and distribute extra Discovering Democracy Kits
  • engage designers, writers and producers for workshop manual, presenter’s kit and schools’ kit
  • manage the design and production of the materials
  • materials trial and evaluation
  • materials publication and distribution.

9. School Initiative Grants

  • design grant applications
  • administer grants
  • publish reports/results.

10. Presenters’ Conferences (7 x 10-15 participants each)

  • plan presenters’ conferences (Brisbane 1; Gold Coast; Sunshine Coast; Rockhampton; Toowoomba, Brisbane 2; Townsville/Cairns)
  • conduct presenters’ conferences (Brisbane 1; Gold Coast; Sunshine Coast; Rockhampton; Toowoomba, Brisbane 2; Townsville/Cairns)
  • initiate planning for final network conferences.

11. Teacher Workshops (80 x 7-8 participants)

  • design workshops
  • plan for workshop delivery
  • establish and maintain contact with workshop presenters
  • coordinate statewide workshop delivery
  • evaluate workshop design and delivery.

12. Teachers' Conference (Cairns, March 2000)

  • plan concluding network conferences
  • coordinate conference organisation.

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