MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER 
 
Term 2 Greetings!
 
‘Immensely practical and inspiring, I recommend this PD for any RE or Humanities educator.’
‘Grounded in wise pedagogical thinking with intelligent and purposeful ideas for learning and assessment.’ 
 
These are just two of many enthusiastic comments about the April DAN PD Workshops in Melbourne & Brisbane with Jeremy Hall and Mark Case.  Bookings are open for Inspiring Questions: Teaching Philosophy & Religion workshops in Perth 14/8, Sydney 21/8 and Adelaide 25/9 (see more information below or on the DAN website).
 
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Other items in this newsletter include:
 
- 37th Issue (May 2017) Dialogue Australasia Journal 
- New Password for access to resources on DAN website
- New Yrs 10-12 Curriculum: A Spectator's Guide to Worldviews from CEP
- EthicsOnline Film Resources and Marketing Intern opportunity with EthicsOnline
- New HarvardX online module on Sikhism & World Religions Course
 
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After compiling 18 Issues of Dialogue Australasia journal, convening 4 Conferences and organising numerous PD workshops from my home office in Perth over the last 9+ years as EO of DAN, I've decided it's time to create new possibilities for DAN and for me. 
 
To that end, a Job Advertisement for the part-time position of DAN EO has been posted on seek.com.au and the DAN website (where you can also find a Duty Statement).  Applications close 5pm Friday 12 May 2017
 
A big thank you to everyone who has supported me in furthering the aims of DAN, particularly long serving members of the DAN Executive (Jeremy Hall and Terry McDevitt), Journal Committee (Nikolai Blaskow, Paul Rout and the team at MediaCom), Chairman Roy Kelley, wise and generous Felicity McCutcheon, and all those who have hosted PD workshops and contributed journal articles, conference papers and resources.  May you and your colleagues be encouraged in your important work nurturing the minds and spirits of our students through critical & creative RE & Philosophy.  
 
Warmly,

Belinda Hill, DAN EO 
 
DAN PD WORKSHOPS - INSPIRING QUESTIONS: TEACHING PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION


Engaging and inspiring. Fantastic to be led by passionate and successful teachers.
 
A time of rich resourcing, stimulating possibilities, and practical ideas.
 
Excellent positive, energetic presentation with lots of practical ideas. Team approach worked really well.

The kind of PD that commercial telly network executives should attend to see what really happens in Australian schools. 

I feel inspired, validated and hopeful about teaching RE and ethics again. A fresh approach to teaching RE in a challenging educational setting. Brilliant session. Well worth the time! 

The next round of Inspiring Questions: Teaching Philosophy & RE workshops are in
Perth (14/8), Sydney (21/8) and Adelaide (25/9).  
 
If you haven't registered yet, you can do so through the DAN website or trybooking.com
 
37th ISSUE DIALOGUE AUSTRALASIA JOURNAL

 
 
 
The May 2017 Issue (37) of Dialogue Australasia Journal themed around Tough Ethical Issues is in production.  

If you have not received your copy by 14 May or would like to order this issue, please contact the DAN EO.
 
 
NEW PASSWORD FOR RESOURES ON DAN WEBSITE 
 
* 2009-2015 DAN Conference Resources now accessible for all DAN members *

 
 
 
Thank you to everyone who has renewed their 2017 DAN Membership.  Financial members will receive details of their new password to access resources on the DAN website in a letter accompanying the 37th Issue of Dialogue Australasia Journal.
 
There are so many interesting resources available for members to download from the DAN website, including for the first time, resources from DAN Conferences 2009-2015:

 
If you have queries regarding the status of your Membership or Journal Subscription, please contact the DAN EO.
 
 
NEW CURRICULUM FROM CEP - 'A Spectator's Guide to World Views' (for Yrs 10-12)

 
 
 
 
We were delighted to hear that a new curriculum has been developed around the excellent book, A Spectator's Guide to World Views - excerpts from which have been previously published in Dialogue Australasia Journals.
 
Providing clear, objective treatment of ten highly influential systems of thought, A Spectator's Guide to World Views helps senior students navigate their way beyond the school gate by providing a framework through which to filter the dominant voices of our secular culture.
 
A comprehensive Teacher's manual and Student handbook (available both as digital download and hard copy) are available for purchase from CEP.
 
 
ETHICSONLINE - Ready to go short films and accompanying lessons for RE & Philosophy

There are 8 titles in the excellent EO suite of films, with a new series on Christianity about to launch.  
If you've yet to discover how the films and resources will animate your RE + Philosophy lessons, jump online and preview the films here.
 
You can order films directly from DAN and pay in $AUD.
 
EO are looking to appoint a marketing intern to manage their 2017 International Marketing Strategy. For more details see the position description.

 
NEW HARVARDX MODULE ON SIKHISM & SECOND OFFERING OF WORLD RELIGIONS THROUGH THEIR SCRIPTURES COURSE

 
 
 
 
Starting in September, the HarvardX team that presented World Religions Through Their Scriptures will be offering a new, 6-week course on contemporary religion, peace, and conflict. This will be followed by the second offering of the full World Religions course sequence, running from January-July 2018. The course will include an entirely new module on Sikhism.

These free, online courses offered on the learning platorm edX give you the opportunity for self-paced reading and moderated discussion posts - you'll encounter a wealth of incrediable resources to enrich your teaching about world religions. 
 
 
 
 
A person with religious literacy has an understanding and appreciation of the teachings of religions in the world, is knowledgeable about the various applications and manifestations of those teachings, and, perhaps most crucially, understands how religious faith forms, informs and enriches contemporary human society.
At the same time, they are able to recognise and critique the shadow side of religious faith, such as theocratic government, forced belief, and other forms of religious fundamentalism....
...As well as developing my own faith, I believe my religious education generated a certain religious literacy, which helps me to live in a multi-faith world without fear. This means that when I see a person express, for example, their Muslim faith — through dress, or speech, or action — I expect that that person is part of a complex faith tradition, and that I couldn't possibly know at first glance how they personally are situated in it...
 
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

 
13-14 July: Teacher Intensive at Sydney Jewish Museum
 Download a flyer or contact Stephen Harrison for any enquiries.
 
August: Prayer Spaces in Schools with Phil Togwell (various venues)

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