CSU welcomes new partnership with schools

1 JANUARY 2003

The Dean of the Faculty of Education at CSU, Professor Toni Downes, has welcomed the announcement today, 30 September, by the NSW Minister for Education, Ms Verity Firth, of new partnerships between the University and schools in the State's Western and Riverina regions.

Professor Toni Downes, Dean of the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University.The Dean of the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University (CSU), Professor Toni Downes, has welcomed the announcement today, 30 September, by the NSW Minister for Education, Ms Verity Firth, of new partnerships between the University and schools in the State’s Western and Riverina regions.
 
The NSW and federal governments had previously announced that they would partner with universities to turn 50 schools in NSW into ‘Centres for Excellence’ in order to develop high quality teaching and improve teacher training.
 
The minister announced that CSU will be partnered with Mudgee High in the Western Region, and Temora High in the Riverina.
 
Professor Downes said CSU has excellent relationships with all schools in the University’s footprint and she looks forward to closer relationships with these two in particular.
 
“We have some exciting ideas within our Teachers for the 21st Century Project to discuss with the schools, and we are setting aside the $2.9 million teaching and learning capital grant to build the high-tech classrooms that will enable Charles Sturt University students and staff to interact online with the teachers and students in these schools,” Professor Downes said.
 
The range of initiatives under the Teachers for the 21st Century Project, including work with these schools, will be led by Associate Professor Jane Mitchell at the School of Teacher Education at Bathurst, and Associate Professor Barney Dalgarno at the School of Education at Wagga Wagga.

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