Dear AASE Members,
I would like to thank the AASE executive and committee members for all their hard work in 2019 and their commitment to promoting quality teaching and quality learning for all. Sincere thanks go to Rachael for all the work she puts into generating the newsletters and the excellent job she does of this.
A few highlights for the year include presentation of the Graduate Teacher Award, which recognises students’ high performance in their institutions’ undergraduate special education courses. This year’s recipients were Rebecca Garblett (University of Notre Dame, Fremantle), Caitlin Bianchi (Edith Cowan University) and Lauren MacWilliam (Curtin University). The winner of the bursary to attend the AASE conference in Tasmania was Brendon Bleakley (Atwell College) and his reflections on the conference are included in this newsletter. The conference was a great success
and we hope you will be able to attend the 2020 conference in Adelaide.
We have received a number of high quality nominations for the AASE WA Award for 2019, recognising teachers, education assistants, or other professional and nonprofessional contributions to student engagement and learning. From a very competitive field, the winner of the award for 2019 is Associate Professor Dianne Chambers. Details of the work Dr Chambers undertakes supporting the education of children with disability is detailed in the newsletter.
We are interested in the content and format of professional learning that our members would like to attend so this newsletter includes a link to a brief survey to gather this information. We would greatly appreciate your feedback on this survey. This newsletter also contains information from the presentation by Dr Mandie Shean on childhood stress, an introduction to the AASE national patron, and a report of research involving multi-sensory story telling. We are very grateful for the contribution teachers make to the newsletter throughout the year. If you would like to publish an article in the newsletter please feel free to submit an outline of the article content to a member of the AASE committee.
It is with great sadness that we farewell two long standing AASE committee members Mark Bivens and Maggie Balfe but are pleased to welcome Kate Stannard to the team. I hope that the rest of your year is not too hectic and that you have a relaxing and safe Christmas and New Year.
Dr Susan Main
President WA Chapter, AASE