34th National SPERA Conference, Perth

29 – 30 November 2018 Access for All: Equity Matters SPERA, in partnership with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education based at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia held the 34th National SPERA Conference. Subthemes based on Halsey’s 2018 Independent Review on Rural, Regional and Remote Education: Global Directives [OECD & UN SDG4] Asset […]

33rd National SPERA Conference

(includes Rural Educators Day) 27- 29 September 2017 Rethinking Rurality: Writing the Rural into Policy and Practice CLICK HERE TO REGISTER SPERA, in partnership with the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics at the University of Canberra, invites you to join us for the 33rd National SPERA Conference. Hosted by University of Canberra, the […]

Congratulations! 2016 Australian Rural Education Awards (AREA) & ISFIRE Award Recipients

Since 1994 SPERA has awarded, the Australian Rural Education Awards to an institution, organisation or industry, in recognition of excellence to Australia’s Rural Education sector . It was the first national award recognising both excellence in rural education and promoting creative ways of meeting the educational needs of rural families and their communities. At the recent 32nd Annual […]

Call for Abstracts: 2016 SPERA/ISFIRE Conference

Rural Education: Place, Pedagogies, Partnerships and Possibilities SPERA, in partnership with the SiMERR National Research Centre at the University of New England, invites you to submit abstracts for the 32nd National SPERA Conference and 4th International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education. Hosted by CQUniversity Australia and supported by the University of Tasmania, the 2016 […]

Rural Voices Gather in the City

A prominent K-12 Queensland school principal and a number of leading academics will this week attend a conference at Deakin University’s Geelong Waterfront campus to discuss the future of rural education policy in Australia. Calen District State College and Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA) President, Mr Brian O’Neill, will be […]

Advance Australia Fair

Written by Nathan Williams In 2011, I was offered a sponsored place to the Annual SPERA Conference in Adelaide. Now I’m back! I’d like to open the doors of my home to you and why the conference is so important to me. At the time, I was the first person in our family to attend […]

Update from the President – Aug/Sep 2015

Thank you for the positive comments regarding the July 2015 edition of the newsletter. Thank you to those of you who have contributed to this edition and to those of you who have indicated that you will be contributing articles in the future. My vision for SPERA is to reach out and to form partnerships […]

2015 Conference Update

Written by Jodie Kline, Deakin University – SPERA 2015 Conference Director Mapping education policy landscapes: rurality and rural futures Jo-Anne Reid (Charles Sturt University), Gary Fry (Charles Darwin University – Centre for School Leadership), Marie Brennan (Victoria University), Sabina Knight (Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health) and Jim Watterson (Director General – Queensland […]

31st SPERA Conference

Deakin University | Geelong Waterfront Campus: 4-6 November 2015 Confirmed speakers and guests include: Jim Watterston (Director-General, Dept. Education and Training – Qld) Jo-Anne Reid (CSU) Sabina Knight (Australian Rural Health Education Network) Josh Arnold (Small Town Culture) Bernadette Walker-Gibbs (Deakin University) Marie Brennan (Victoria University), and Gary Fry. A copy of the SPERA 2015 Conference […]

Encouraging Regional Aboriginal Students to Pursue Health Careers

Written by Bronwyn Ellis, University of South Australia A conference aimed at encouraging regional Aboriginal students to pursue careers in health, held at the University of South Australia’s Whyalla campus early this year, was timely: it came just after the release of the latest Closing the Gap report, which revealed only limited progress in areas related to […]