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  • Action Area 2 – Learning and Teaching

     

    Learning and Teaching

    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 Strategy

    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 Strategy

    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:

    • Building the internal capacity of schools to provide quality language programs.
    • Developing teachers to ensure all students have access to quality language teaching and learning.
    • Building capacity of school leaders to plan for languages learning in their school.

     

    Languages Strategy
    The new Languages Education Strategy:
    Languages – Finding your Voice 2014 – 2016
     

     
     

    Personal Story 

    Action Area 2 

    Daniel Buttacavoli
    Curriculum Coordinator
    Emmanuel 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.

    Learning Centred Schools – A Sacred Landscape

    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:

    • Appreciative Inquiry into Sites of Innovative Practice
    • Secondary Inquiry: Leading for Contemporary Learning in Catholic Secondary Schools (LfCLiCSS) Project
    • Contemporary Learning Research Schools
    • Student and Parent Voice Project
    • LfCLiCS Project (Primary): Case Studies and External Evaluation
    • Learning and Teaching in a Contemporary Catholic School Project.

    Post Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Leadership

    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:

    • Leading Transformation for Learning
    • Australian Curriculum Perspectives
    • Curriculum Design, Pedagogy and Assessment.

    Graduation of the Science Teaching and Learning Project participants

    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.

    Graduation of Science
    2013 Graduation of the Science and Teaching Learning Project ceremony
    L–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
     

    Other initiatives

    • Leading for Contemporary Learning in a Catholic School
    • Languages Symposium 2013
    • Multilingual Languages Network
    • Australian Curriculum: Languages Trial
    • AUSVELS in Catholic Schools Briefings
    • Contemporary Approaches to Primary Science CAPS
    • Science Partnership Grants
    • Science Students @ Work programs
    • Contemporary Learning Research Schools
    • Secondary Curriculum Leaders Project

    SciParnerships
    Science Partnership Grants: St Joseph’s School, Crib Point
    Westernport Mangroves Science Partnership
     

    Learning and Teaching Professional Learning

    Professional Learning Programs Number of Teachers
    Primary Secondary Total
    Contemporary Approaches to Primary Science 55 55
    Science Teaching and Learning Project Graduation 15 15 30
    Science Partnership Grants 60 70 130
    Languages Symposium 2013 68 30 98
    Multilingual Languages Network 83 45 128
    Australian Curriculum: Languages Trial 20 15 35
    Appreciative Inquiry into Sites of Innovative Practice 24   24
    Secondary Curriculum Leaders Program   75 75
    Post Graduate Certificate Curriculum Leadership   29 29