Read to Learn (RTL) started as a pilot project in August 2016 and was officially launched in February 2017. RTL – a partnership between ACU, the City of Yarra, and Scared Heart Primary School – is designed to enhance literacy skills of young readers. The students enrolled in the program are invited to participate after being identified by their teachers as children who are at risk of not reaching their potential for educational success. This year the program has a high number of Grade 6 students being supported in preparation for their transition into secondary schooling next year.
Members of the ACU community work as tutors in RTL, providing individual attention to encourage young readers to practice and grow confident in their reading abilities so they can participate and succeed in classroom learning. Tutors are guided to identify authentic reading in children and encouraged to help students to read fluently while making sense of the words and sentences in their books.
As a part of the ACU Engagement launch earlier this year we facilitated a book drive for local community organisations and programs that support children’s literacy activities. Professor Margot Hillel OAM championed this call for support, donating around 100 books which have now benefited the children in the Read to Learn program.
Professor Hillel visited the program earlier this week and met with the ACU tutors who dedicate their time to support the students they are working with in the program. Due to the generous donations of Professor Hillel and other launch guests, the Read to Learn students have been provided with new and exciting resources that cater to the various reading levels within RTL. The books were well received by the students and have made for an exciting addition to the program this year.
The Read to Learn program runs again in Semester Two on Monday afternoons and expressions of interest for tutoring can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Margot Hillel OAM with the Semester 1 ACU Read To Learn Tutors.
Correction - ACU’s first Big Issue vendor starts next week on Melbourne campus
After a hiccup last week, the official Big Issue launch has been postponed until next week. Melbourne will lead the way with vendor Phil returning to the Mary Glowrey Building to sell copies of The Big Issue magazine on Thursday 31 May. You may recall that Phil débuted on the Melbourne campus with the Vice Chancellor and President in February this year as part of the CEO Selling event.
Phil will be selling fortnightly on Thursdays from 8:30am at the Mary Glowrey Building, 115 Victoria Parade. Check Workplace for Phil’s profile. For $7 per magazine, you get a great read and support a fantastic social enterprise which cares for the homeless and disadvantaged vendors, who are working to improve their lives.
Vendors will be starting on other campuses in the coming weeks so watch this space for updates.
Phil, The Big Issue vendor for Melbourne Campus, with ACU Engagement team members Sonya and Georgia.
Only one more week to go to donate your toiletries!
The national ACU "Personal Hygiene Product" collection finishes on the 31 May. You can still donate any items at your local campus concierge. Your donations will then be sorted into small packs and delivered to those in need in your local community. Thank you to all those who have generously donated!
New research shows misperceptions of autism abound in community
New research conducted jointly by the Australian National University and the Australian Catholic University looked at community attitudes to autism and asked autistic people and their families what life is like for them in Australia. ABC Radio’s Rachel Mealey interviewed ACU’s Professor Sandra Jones about the research. You can listen here.
Key findings on families, family policy and the sustainable development goals
Congratulations to Professor Daryl Higgins, Director of ACU’s Institute of Child Protection Studies, for his internationally recognised work on the United Nations synthesis report on Families, Family Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals. Professor Higgins was a policy specialist for the global research project and contributed his expertise on Interpersonal violence prevention, family policies and SDGs. You can read the report here.
Professor Daryl Higgins attends the launch of the report at the United Nations headquarters.
Meet Josh Beard
Hi! My name is Josh Beard and I’m the Senior Designer at ACU Engagement. I develop the creative materials for both our community and research engagement initiatives. I joined ACU in 2014, developing materials for the Centre for Health and Social Research across numerous social marketing and community engagement projects. Previously I worked in a similar capacity for University of Wollongong’s Centre for Health Initiatives. I have a wide design scope and enjoy creating communication channels between communities and researchers to facilitate collaborative knowledge transfer.
Community engagement opportunities for staff
ACU Engagement is committed to ensuring that all ACU staff and students have the opportunity to make a contribution to their community that is feasible and meaningful to them, whilst meeting community needs in a way that is valuable and respectful. For a full list of community engagement opportunities for staff you can visit our Workplace group. Be sure to become a member to stay up to date with future opportunities.
For more information, to register your interest for an opportunity, or if you are aware of more opportunities you think we should know about, please email us at email@example.com.