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Congratulations Yasodai Selvakumaran

Yasodai Selvakumaran is an extraordinary teacher who has recently been named in The Educator's 2017 list of 'Rising Stars' of 30 under 35 in Australia. She also features in a soon to be released case study that ALL is preparing on how different schools use data and diagnostic tools to build success for every student.

Yasodai teaches at Rooty Hill High School in New South Wales. Rooty Hill HS is a co-educational school with over 1100 students.  In 2016 over 50% of students were from non-English speaking backgrounds, while the Family Occupation and Education Index shows that 70% of students come from families whose educational qualifications and occupations are in the bottom 50%. 

Yasodai’s students have consistently achieved above-average results in the HSC, in a school where the cohort generally performs just below state average in most subjects. She received the Australian Council of Educational Leadership NSW Mary Armstrong Young Educational Leader Award in 2014. The award recognised her inspiring classroom practice and leadership of the school’s Aboriginal programs.

She will be talking about her work at the Australian Curriculum Conference from 4 to 6 October. The conference is run by the Australian Curriculum Studies Association; https://www.acsaconference.acsa.edu.au/

The ALL case studies, to be launched later this year, are practical examples of how joy and data can come together in learning.  They have been inspired by the inaugural Australian Learning Lecture, delivered by Sir Michael Barber. Each of the seven studies examines how data gathered through diagnostic tools in real learning experiences provides greater insight into how each student learns. 

Data, far from being in opposition to joy is an important ingredient in it.  Sir Michael Barber, Australian Learning Lecture, 21 May 2015.