The Catholic Education Office Melbourne’s (CEOM) Literacy Team provided services in 2013 that were strategically designed to build the capacity of schools to continuously improve the literacy outcomes of all students P–12. The services included diverse professional learning opportunities, differentiated to best meet the needs of leaders and teachers in schools.
Based on their analysis of their context, Literacy Leaders and teachers engaged in inquiry approaches around AusVELS and writing specifically. This project was linked to national research into the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum, called Peopling Educational Policy.
P–8 Learning Literacies Professional Learning presentation
The Collaborative Literacy Learning Communities (CLLC) Project focused on students in the middle years (5–8), and involved a three-year commitment. In the CLLC Project leaders and teachers worked with three powerful ideas – learning communities, distributed leadership and inquiry learning. Online learning spaces, such as blogs, were used consistently in the workshops and for participants to engage and collaborate with each other anytime and anywhere.
Landing Page of the Collaborative Literacy Learning Communities Blog
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.
Literacy Professional Learning based on school-identified needs
Literacy Assessment Project (LAP)
Strategic Support Project
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