2018 Premier’s Teacher Scholarship winner and TAFE NSW Lithgow teacher, Nicola Connon hopes to acquire a broad repertoire of resilience-based education approaches to learning when she begins her research in England later this month.
Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole, said the Premier’s scholarship program enables NSW teachers from government and non-government schools and
TAFE NSW to undertake a five-week international study tour, visiting some of the world’s best institutions and centres of learning to consult experts and observe exemplary practices related to a specific aspect of their curriculum.
"Nicola provided an outstanding application impressing judges with her initiative and dedication to introducing strategies to build resilience in the classroom," he said.
"This is just one example of TAFE NSW boasting some incredibly committed teachers like Nicola who strive to provide students in Lithgow and across the state with the best programs and support needed to be job-ready."
An excited Ms Connon said she will be visiting a number of educational institutions in London and Blackpool that have received funding to incorporate resilience strategies into their curriculum.
"I will also attend training in essential resilience skills that are useful in and out of the educational setting," Ms Connon said.
"By undertaking the research, I hope to learn best-practice strategies to build resilience in the classroom to enhance a young person’s ability to cope with adverse life events, as well as keeping the youth cohort engaged and on a pathway to success at TAFE NSW."
Ms Connon will return to Australia at the end of June and plans on sharing her knowledge across TAFE NSW.
"I plan on writing a detailed report of the study tour which will demonstrate best practices I have observed in my resilience research and how these practices could be used by TAFE NSW to give students the very best opportunities to succeed," she said.