Students today are immersed in a globalising world that is marked by rapid scientific and technological growth. As technology advances,
we are challenged to collaborate with schools and lead new pedagogical models for learning and teaching,
incorporating new technologies in the classroom and providing new learning spaces to meet the needs of students.
Theme 2: Quality Teaching for all Learners, Catholic Education Melbourne Strategic Plan 2015–2019
Saran KimYear 12 Student, Mater Christi College, Belgrave
The Leadership and Professional Learning team’s
strategic focus, development work and services in 2015 were focused around
three overlapping strands:
Strategic partnerships with schools; state,
national and international bodies; and experts are key to the ongoing
development and innovation across the three strands.
The team’s services include resource development,
design and delivery of differentiated professional learning programs, and
coordination and promotion of system-wide professional learning provision.
The School Improvement Framework of the
Catholic Education Melbourne has two purposes:
In 2015, a total of 90 schools engaged in
the process of school review. This involvement included 66 primary schools and
22 secondary schools while a further 2 primary schools engaged in a model of
differentiated negotiated review.
In 2015 a cross-functional team was formed
to consider and investigate tools and resources that enabled schools to develop
strategies and policy around succession planning for leadership. The team
included primary and secondary principals and deputy principals, whose role was
to consider strategy, resources and processes that situate responsibility for
leadership learning within schools by capitalising on the expanding leadership
expertise that exists in Catholic schools for greater success across the
system. In 2015 a draft guide was developed in consultation with 22 school
Aspiring to Principalship
The 2015 Aspiring
to Principalship program components included:
In 2015, 59 aspirant principals across the
four Victorian dioceses participated in the Aspiring
to Principalship program.
Performance and Development
Additional resources were developed to
support the implementation of the Australian Teacher Performance and
Development Framework in Catholic schools. A four-day workshop series involving
14 schools provided guidance and strategies for developing Catholic
professional communities. Performance and Development grants projects in 20
schools concluded with some significant changes in practice and school culture
achieved in these schools.
Catholic Education Melbourne partnered with
GROWTH Coaching International and offered the coaching accreditation program
where school leaders developed a sophisticated degree of coaching competence
and confidence. In addition, 36 Catholic school principals accessed an
accredited coach for 5 sessions.
Graduate Teacher Welcome Function
Approximately 200 people, including graduate
teachers, principal association representatives and Catholic Education
Melbourne staff, gathered during April at the Catholic Leadership Centre for
the 2015 Graduate Teacher Welcome.
This significant event welcomed newly appointed
graduate teachers commencing careers in both primary and secondary schools in
the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Following the celebration of the Eucharist
together, each graduate teacher was personally greeted by Archbishop Hart and was
later formally welcomed to Catholic education by Executive Director, Mr Stephen
Elder. Affirming their educational ministry, Mr Elder spoke in particular of
the privilege and responsibility associated with parents entrusting that which
is most precious to them – their children – to their care.
Women in Leadership
Women in their Leadership Journey Compendium and Resource Guides were launched in March 2015 by Stephen Elder, Paul
Sharkey, Elina Raso and Leonie Stott. The Compendium
was distributed to all schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne and subsequently
distributed to all Catholic schools in Victoria. In addition, all directors of
Catholic education in other dioceses, regional managers and key regional staff
received copies. Full copies of the resource were provided to those who
attended both the launch and the professional learning activities held previously.
Feedback on this resource has been 90% + positive. A senior leader and principal
information session was held in 2015 as well as a full day Women Leaders Connect program facilitated in partnership with
Trinidad Hunt to support the establishment of self-sustaining Women Leaders Connect clusters and
The Principal Induction Program components consisted
The program content included Leading the
Faith Community; Leading the management of the school; Engaging and working
with the community; Developing self and others; Leading improvement, innovation
and change; Leading learning and teaching. In 2015, 28 principals participated
in the program.
Overview of Professional Learning Activities Offered
Through My PL (IPLS)
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