Mrs Linda Eager1
1Kelvin Grove State Colleage – Education Queensland, Kelvin Grove, Australia
KGSC is an inner city school with in excess of 3000 students. We welcome 110 International fee paying students per year from over 10 nationalities encompassing 70 languages. These numbers combined with our EALD population means that 1 in 4 students in every classroom has English language proficiency needs.
The question is, “How does a school as large as Kelvin Grove State College manage to cater for the diverse needs of this population?” The complexity of this issue is layered with additional academic, social and emotional challenges for these students.
How we provide support and accommodate for this audience is part of the culture and the success of the College. Harnessing the capabilities of our teachers and utilising the College’s Signature Practices, our Leaders and Teachers are professionally developed to know their students and differentiate for individuals. In doing so, our data shows the significant improvement of the students in our care.
As global citizens, our teachers use their intercultural awareness to present innovative lessons that engage our international students. Especially pertinent to our international audience, our teachers target specific literacy and numeracy needs to support and develop language acquisition and skills within this student cohort. It is part of the multicultural environment that is Kelvin Grove State College and it is part of what makes our people leaders in best practice for EALD students.
Linda Eager is the Director of the Teacher Education Centre of Excellence based at Kelvin Grove State College Brisbane. Focusing on building teacher capability and resilience, Linda primarily works with pre-service teachers, beginning teachers, career teachers and leaders in Brisbane as well as rural and remote Queensland. Linda trained as a primary teacher and has taught secondary maths, science and art. She has led schools in various HoD,
Deputy Principal and Principal roles over her 25 year career and now works with rural and remote regions in Queensland to build capacity and support new/ beginning teachers.