The work of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne's (CEOM) Learning and Teaching Unit empowers and inspires school communities to focus their energy on excellence in learning and teaching in a Catholic context.
The Learning and Teaching Unit works within Catholic Identity and Education Services for the development of system-level strategy that supports improvement in the quality of learning and teaching in Catholic schools. These strategic approaches are designed to support school leaders and teachers in their ongoing professional learning and inquiry into: Leadership for Learning, Curriculum by Design, Transforming Pedagogy, Assessment, Teaching and Learning, and Learning Environments.
In 2013 the Learning and Teaching Unit continued to offer support to schools in the key learning areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Languages, and in the broader areas of Contemporary Learning, Assessment, Curriculum Leadership, Reporting and Extension Education.
Science: Enabling Learners 2014–2016
The development of the strategy Science: Enabling Learners 2014–2016 builds on the successful CEOM Science Strategy: Connecting Learners 2010-2013, under which significant learning outcomes for students and teachers were achieved. Science: Enabling Learners 2014–2016 has been designed to enhance the capacity of science teachers and leaders in Catholic schools to develop scientific literacy for all students, and also to leverage the potential of science to enable improved learning across multiple learning areas.
Languages – Finding your Voice 2014 – 2016
The development of the first Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) Languages Education Strategy in 2013, Languages – Finding your Voice 2014 – 2016, demonstrates the CECV’s ongoing commitment to build capacity within schools to deliver a quality languages education program for all students. The Languages – Finding Your Voice strategy has been constructed to address three interrelated strategies:
The new Languages Education Strategy: Languages – Finding your Voice 2014 – 2016
Daniel ButtacavoliCurriculum CoordinatorEmmanuel College, Point Cook
The work of the teachers at Emmanuel College is driven by the College motto, taken from John’s Gospel, to live ‘life to the full’. We use it to guide us in our mission to develop our students as a whole individual – academically, socially and spiritually. We are continuously challenged to create and deliver learning opportunities that connect students to their experiences of the world.
To achieve this goal in 2013, the College began transforming its junior school curriculum. We did this through a staged roll-out of Project Based Learning (PBL) as the key mode of teaching and learning across Years 7, 8 and 9. Using PBL, we can challenge our students with real world issues and problems that really engage them because the topic matter is relevant and meaningful to their lives.
I represented the College at PBL conferences in New Orleans, Detroit and Dallas to learn more about PBL best practice and innovation – and observed how other schools in Sydney, California and Texas were delivering the program.
These opportunities provided fantastic learning experiences that I could share with the College staff to benefit our learning and teaching approaches, and at a personal level I was very excited about the potential for PBL to benefit the students in my classroom.
In 2013 the CEOM Learning and Teaching Unit commenced the renewal of the Learning Centred Schools – A Sacred Landscape Learning and Teaching policy. Over 120 teachers in 30 schools are involved in strategic elements of the policy renewal. The renewal encompasses the following initiatives:
The CEOM-designed Post Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Leadership was implemented for the first time in 2013 by the University of Melbourne, involving 29 secondary teachers from 10 schools. The course is aims to build the capacity of participating schools to drive inquiries into their own curriculum processes and practices. The core subjects include:
The Science Teaching and Learning Project is a Monash University-run, accredited course on science education. Thirty primary and secondary teachers graduated from the course in 2013, the occasion being celebrated during Catholic Education Week with the Executive Director of Catholic Education, Stephen Elder, and the Minister for Education, the Hon. Martin Dixon, MP. The Graduation also marked the launch of the joint CEOM–Monash University publication Teaching and Learning Science through Cases.
2013 Graduation of the Science and Teaching Learning Project ceremonyL–R: Professor John Loughran, Dean of Education at Monash University; Ms Lauren Koziol, Teacher at Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School, South Melbourne; the Hon. Martin Dixon, MP, Minister for Education; and Mr Stephen Elder, Executive Director of Catholic Education
Science Partnership Grants: St Joseph’s School, Crib Point Westernport Mangroves Science Partnership
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