New QuickSmart Website to Launch with 2020 PD Calendar!

The new QuickSmart website will be launched on Monday, October 21st 2019. Features will include:

  • The 2020 Professional Development Calendar – locations and dates for our Numeracy and Literacy Basic Skills courses, plus our Advanced Courses!
  • Brand New Sign-Up Procedure – all purchases will now be completed via our new online Order Forms!
  • Featured QuickSmart Schools – celebrating one of our valued schools every week!
  • FAQs for Principals, Instructors, Parents and Students – more questions added as they arise!
  • New QuickSmart Projects – information about exciting new developments!
  • Built from Scratch and Fully Searchable – find what you’re looking for with ease!
  • …And much more!

Schools will be able to enrol in the program as soon as the new website is live – watch this space!

Note: our current website will no longer be available after Friday 18th October.

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2018 QuickSmart Numeracy and Literacy National Reports now available

SiMERR’s 2018 QuickSmart Numeracy and Literacy National reports are now available for viewing via our Program Evidence page: https://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/pages/qsresearchevidence.php

Thank you to all schools that contributed – we appreciate the time and effort instructors put in to recording and sending in their students’ data.

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QuickSmart Workshop Locations for 2020 – Have Your Say!

We are currently determining the locations for our 2020 QuickSmart Numeracy and Literacy workshops, so our 2020 Locations Poll is now open.

Whether you are interested in starting QuickSmart at your school, training new staff, attending a refresher course or even doing advanced workshops, then please visit https://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/pages/pd-workshops-2020.php and cast your vote!

Voting does not bind you to taking up the program or attending any workshops, but it will give us a much better idea of what kind of workshops to run and where to run them.

As always, please contact quicksmart@une.edu.au or 02 6773 2983 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

As of June 2019, the QuickSmart in Schools team are:

Administration

  • June Billings: Supervisor
  • Sophie Westermarck: Operations officer
  • Ambrose McDermott: Project officer
  • Karen Goode: Administration assistant
  • Rickesh Shrestha: IT support officer – 02 6773 5061 / quicksmarthelp@une.edu.au

Research

  • Professor John Pegg: Director and co-developer
  • Anne Parnell: Numeracy coordinator (aided by June Billings)
  • Anne Shortis: Literacy coordinator (aided by Lyn Alder, Cathy Jones & Kerry Perrin) (all off-site)
  • Dr Stefan Horarik: Data analyst (off-site)
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How to Purchase and Implement QuickSmart in 2020

Here are the procedural steps to follow if your school is interested in implementing QuickSmart in 2020. Please do this as soon as possible, as training workshops begin in Term 1.

Step 1: Decide if you would like to start QuickSmart Numeracy, Literacy, or both.

Step 2: Go to our 2020 Workshop Calendar (https://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/pages/pd-workshops-2020.php) (the page will be updated to include a calendar instead of the poll as soon as locations are decided) and choose a location that suits you for training.

 Step 3: Download an enrolment form from the calendar, fill it out and send it to quicksmart@une.edu.au. Please also use this email for any queries you may have about any aspect of the program.

Step 4: SiMERR will confirm your attendance and update you with details when necessary.

Step 5: You will be sent out an activation code for your QS Dashboard account (which includes a download for the software element of the QuickSmart lesson) about two weeks before Workshop One. You can install this on your computer once you receive the code.

Step 6: Your school attends Workshop One. You will be given your flashcard kit and other resources to take back to your school. You will then be able to start implementing the program after this two-day workshop.

Step 7: You will receive a Research Agreement for signing a few weeks after attending Workshop One. You will need to sign this and send it back to us before we can send you your invoice for the program. Program costs can be viewed here: https://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/pages/pricing.php

Please go to https://blog.une.edu.au/quicksmart/2018/06/15/starting-quicksmart-a-guide-for-new-schools/ for a more detailed description of the sign-up procedure, including information about Workshop Two and Three.

You can also view more information about the program here: https://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/pages/quickfacts.php

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2019 Version of OZCAAS Now Available!

The 2019 version of OZCAAS (4.0.9.2) is now available to download from the Private Area of the QS Dashboard: https://quicksmart.une.edu.au/login/login/index Please follow the installation instructions below the download link very carefully.

You will only be able to download the 2019 version of the software if your school has a valid license for 2019. Renewal Agreements have been sent to all schools with licenses expiring at the end of 2018, but please contact us if your license has already expired and you wish to renew. For those who have recently sent back signed Renewal Agreements, a renewal code will be sent to you in the next two weeks.

If you require administration assistance, please contact Ambrose on 02 6773 3193 or quicksmart@une.edu.au

If you require technical assistance, please contact Andrew on 02 6773 5061 or quicksmarthelp@une.edu.au.

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2019 QuickSmart Workshop Locations Now Available – Enrol Now!

Our 2019 QuickSmart Professional Development calendar is now available for viewing: https://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/pages/pd-workshops-2019.php

The locations are based on the results of our locations poll, so thank you if you voted in it. We could not accommodate all the preferred locations, but there is still a diverse range to choose from.

We are currently accepting enrolments for the six-day Level 1 workshops (which cover new schools, continuing schools training more staff and incomplete training) and one-day Level 1 Refresher courses (for staff who have already trained).

We are still planning our Level 2 and 3 advanced courses and will have more details about these in April 2019. These courses will potentially take place over two days in Term 3 and one day in Term 4.

You can enrol by downloading a form through the calendar, filling out the details and sending it back to quicksmart@une.edu.au.

Please enrol as soon as possible, as we need at least 7 schools to run a workshop at a location and it may not go ahead if we don’t get enough schools enrolling in time.

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Notice: QuickSmart OZCAAS licenses expiring on 31/12/2018

Please be advised that if your school’s QuickSmart license is due to expire on 31/12/2018, a Renewal Agreement will be emailed to your school in early November. If you wish to renew your three-year license, please print and sign the Agreement once you receive it, scan the entire document, and then email it to quicksmart@une.edu.au

If you do not receive your Renewal Agreement by November 16th 2018, or if your license has already lapsed and you wish to renew, please email the above address and request a Renewal Agreement.

The cost for a three-year renewal is $1950 (plus GST), as of October 2018.

You can check when your license is due to expire by logging into the QS Dashboard (https://quicksmart.une.edu.au/login/login/index) and checking the date beside the ‘Private Area’ in the green ‘My Subscribed Applications’ box. You can also get in contact with us through the above email.

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Literacy and Numeracy Research Fellow Positions at SiMERR – Sep 2018

SiMERR is currently expanding its team and has two full-time positions available:  a Literacy presenter (Literacy Research Fellow) and a Numeracy presenter (Numeracy Research Fellow).  

These are exciting opportunities for QuickSmart trained staff and others engaged in basic skills programs, who may want to explore a different career direction on a short or longer term basis. SiMERR would appreciate your assistance in bringing this to the attention of staff that might be interested.

The presenters will:

  • lead the presentation of professional learning workshops and support school teachers and assistant teachers to deliver the QuickSmart program to students;
  • develop workshop materials and learning support materials for new and existing programs;
  • assist the conduct of research; and,
  • perform administrative tasks related to her/his duties.

Please contact Anne Parnell for more information regarding these positions – Mob 0412 475 566 or email aparnel2@une.edu.au

For full details please go to https://www.une.edu.au/jobs-at-une/current and scroll down to “Research Fellow in Literacy / Numeracy” for more details.

Closing date for applications is 23/9/18.

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QuickSmart Workshop Locations for 2019 – Have Your Say!

We are currently determining the locations for our 2019 QuickSmart Numeracy and Literacy workshop locations and we need your help!

Whether you are interested in starting QuickSmart at your school, training new staff, attending a refresher course or even doing advanced workshops, then please visit https://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/pages/pd-workshops-2019.php and cast your vote!

Voting does not bind you to taking up the program or attending any workshops, but it will give us a much better idea of what kind of workshops to run and where to run them.

As always, please contact quicksmart@une.edu.au or 02 6773 2983 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

As of August 2018, the QuickSmart in Schools team are:

Administration

  • June Billings: Supervisor
  • Ambrose McDermott: Project officer
  • Andrew Goode: IT support officer (02 6773 5061 / quicksmarthelp@une.edu.au)
  • Sally Carmichael: Administration assistant
  • Sophie Westermarck: Operations officer (on maternity leave until 2019)

Research

  • Professor John Pegg: Director and co-developer
  • Anne Parnell: Numeracy coordinator
  • Anne Shortis: Literacy coordinator (aided by Lyn Alder, Cathy Jones & Kerry Perrin) (all off-site)
  • Dr Stefan Horarik: Data analyst (off-site)
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Starting QuickSmart: A Guide for New Schools

Here is a procedural guide detailing what happens when an administrator is interested in starting the QuickSmart Numeracy and/or Literacy intervention programs at their school.

Initial Contact

SiMERR National Research Centre (the developer of QuickSmart) takes Expressions of Interest from August to December from schools who are interested in implementing the QuickSmart Numeracy and/or Literacy intervention programs in the following year. Schools register their interest through the form on the Professional Development Workshop Calendar (PDWC) on our website (https://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/pages/pd-workshops-2020.php) (site will be updated to show the calendar instead of the poll as soon as locations are decided). They will then be sent an information pack about the program by email.

SiMERR organises workshop locations for the following year based on these Expressions of Interest. The schools are contacted in January or February confirming these locations if enough schools are interested in a particular location. A designated cluster coordinator (for example, the educational head of a Catholic diocese) will occasionally get a group of schools to commit to starting the program and we help them organise a workshop in their area.

Pre-Training

Each participating school chooses five people, which should include one member of the School Executive, one coordinator (the head of department or Learning Support Teacher) and three instructors (teachers or teacher aides) to attend the workshops. They should then send SiMERR an Enrolment Form, downloadable from the PDWC on our website, to quicksmart@une.edu.au with their details. Each participant will receive a registration confirmation email upon enrolment, and an information email with details (date, venue, etc) for Workshop One two weeks prior to the workshop.

The information email will also contain an activation code for our QuickSmart Dashboard site (https://quicksmart.une.edu.au/login/). Once the school has created a QuickSmart Dashboard account, they can download the latest version of the OZCAAS software, which is used as part of the QuickSmart lesson. This will need to be installed on a Windows-based laptop, which the participants should bring with them to their first workshop. We suggest sending one laptop per two staff members attending the workshop to ensure that all participants can actively participate in workshop activities. Schools will gain access to numeracy and/or literacy resources such as a Speed Sheet generator and supplementary reading/comprehension texts on the QuickSmart Dashboard site.

We then send the school an email with a username and password for the QuickSmart Administration site (https://qsadmin.une.edu.au/login.aspx). This account is used for updating school contact details, registering for future workshops, and for ordering extra materials.

QuickSmart workshops take place over three blocks of two days each (from 9am until 3.30pm each day).

Training: Workshop One

The first workshop will typically take place around March/April. On the first day, each school is given their QuickSmart flashcard kit, organisational folders and other resources.

Participants learn about the theoretical framework behind QuickSmart. The basic lesson structure is introduced and all the lesson components are practised using hands-on materials.

Over the next few months, participants begin to implement QuickSmart at their school based on what they learned in Workshop One. They perform pre-tests on the students undertaking the program and upload this data to the Data Upload Tool on the QuickSmart Dashboard site.

Research Agreement and Function Fees

At this stage, we send the school a Research Agreement for signing. This is a contract between the school and the University of New England through SiMERR, and the school needs to sign it and send it back to us before we can invoice them.

Schools may also be sent an invoice for catering costs and venue hire after each workshop, depending on whether the workshop they attended had venue hire and catering costs (lunch provided, etc).

Training: Workshop Two

The second workshop takes place around July/August. Participants are sent a Workshop Two information email letting them know of any change of venue about two weeks before the workshop. We do endeavour to keep all workshops in a series at the same location; however sometimes circumstances prevent this.

Participants reflect on their progress in the program so far and further develop their knowledge. The concept of problem solving (and comprehension in Literacy) is introduced and practiced. Schools are also asked to give a short presentation as to how their implementation of the program has progressed at their school.

The most up-to-date workshop information is always available on that year’s PDWC on our website.

Training: Workshop Three

The third workshop takes place around October/November and focuses on ‘graduating’ students from the program and data analysis. The Workshop Three information email will be sent out two weeks prior to this.

Participants will have a final chance to practice any components and clarify any concepts. Some time is dedicated to perfecting the program for the following year. Further problem solving (and comprehension) is also practiced. This concludes the participants’ initial training.

QuickSmart is a NESA accredited professional development course and each participant will receive a training certificate after they have completed the three workshops.

Post-Training

Once the QuickSmart students have completed their 30 weeks, instructors perform a Post-Test in OZCAAS and upload the data to the Data Upload Tool, along with the students’ pre-test and post-test PAT testing data and attendance data. They can then request a report based on their QuickSmart data for that year.

Continuing the Program

The school’s QuickSmart licence lasts for three years, after which the school can renew it for one or three years (the three-year renewal is at a discounted rate). The licence provides ongoing access to the QuickSmart Dashboard and updates to the OZCAAS software. A CAAS Renewal Agreement will be sent to the school for signing about two months before the expiry date, but if you don’t receive it, please send an email to quicksmart@une.edu.au and we will send you one. Once signed, it should be sent back to SiMERR. We send a Renewal Code immediately. An invoice will be sent after the agreement goes through our internal processes.

Schools can also send additional staff members for training or take up another program (Numeracy or Literacy) any year after their initial implementation of the program. They can register by sending an Enrolment Form from that year’s PDWC on our website to quicksmart@une.edu.au. New staff members will need to complete all six days of training.

Ongoing Support

If you need any further information or assistance, please email quicksmart@une.edu.au or call 02 6773 5067.

In 2019, the QuickSmart in Schools Team are:

Administration

  • June Billings: Supervisor
  • Sophie Westermarck: Operations officer
  • Ambrose McDermott: Project officer
  • Rickesh Shrestha: IT support officer (02 6773 5061 / quicksmarthelp@une.edu.au)

Research

  • Professor John Pegg: Director and co-developer
  • Anne Parnell: Numeracy coordinator
  • Anne Shortis: Literacy coordinator (aided by Lyn Alder, Cathy Jones & Kerry Perrin) (all off-site)
  • Dr Stefan Horarik: Data analyst (off-site)

To begin your QuickSmart journey, please go to https://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/pages/quickfacts.php

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