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    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 

    Personal Story

     

    Saran Kim
    Year 12 Student, Mater Christi College, Belgrave

    Overview

    Two teams within the Curriculum & Secondary Services Unit work collaboratively to provide services to schools in the areas of:

    • curriculum, pedagogy and assessment policy and strategy
    • learning area strategies: Science and Languages
    • sustainability
    • strategic advice to secondary schools and their school communities
    • strategic partnerships for learning
    • reporting student achievement and progress
    • vocational education and training in schools
    • workplace learning.

    Languages

    Credentialed study – Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

     In 2015, the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) partnered with the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education to offer a Credentialed Study, the Graduate Certificate in Language Education – Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). Emerging research suggests CLIL is a highly effective approach to languages learning, focusing on learning the content of another learning area an additional language, thus teaching both the (other) subject and through an additional language. The program takes place across seven days and involves major assessments. Credentialed study opportunities in CLIL have been designed to support schools in addressing key issues around Languages time allocation and program quality.

    Quality Primary Languages Programs

    In the second half of 2015, 35 primary school Languages teachers participated in a four-day professional learning program on using key strategies to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in our second language learners. The course focused on the effective use of target language by teacher and students to enable progression in Languages.

    Science

    Science Partnerships

    In 2015, 42 science partnerships were developed for Archdiocesan schools, with students and teachers collaborating with scientists in universities, zoos, and marine research vessels. These partnerships enabled students to learn about science in the ‘real world’.

    Emerging Pedagogical Leaders

    Forty teachers from primary and secondary schools participated in a science action research project with Monash University to build their capacity in leading improvement in teaching and learning within their schools.

    CECV Pathways and Transition Team

    In 2015 the CECV Pathways and Transition Team supported Catholic schools in their commitment to maximising every student’s ability to complete Year 12 or its equivalent by providing schools with assistance to enable them to offer an appropriate range of study options for students through the following activities:

    Providing Multiple Student Pathways  

    The Team provided funding assistance to access Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs as part of their senior secondary certificate (the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)), and managed the distribution of VET Band Funding and VCAL Coordination Funding to Victorian Catholic secondary schools.

    Partnership Arrangements 

    The CECV Pathways and Transition Team worked collaboratively to develop strategic partnership arrangements to enhance senior secondary provision, including the Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

    Communication and Networking 

    The Team provided relevant information and updates to support key personnel responsible for the coordination of Pathways and Transition, including the distribution of Supporting Pathways and Transition in Catholic Schools 2016 in booklet and electronic form to all secondary schools, and the production of the CECV Pathways and Transition eBulletin twice a term.

    Advocacy 

    The Pathways and Transitions Team advocated for Victorian Catholic secondary schools on matters related to Pathways and Transition, and assisted with the coordination of input into sector, state and federal policies and initiatives.

    Other initiatives

      • Development and publication of Sustainability Framework
      • Development and publication of Student Reporting Guidelines for Catholic Schools
      • Navigating the Intersections research project
      • Language Partnership Grants  
      • Highly Accomplished Teachers of Languages  
      • Multilingual Languages Learning Communities 

    Professional learning programs

    Professional Learning program 

    Primary 

    Secondary 

    Total 

    Contemporary Approaches to Primary Science (CAPS)

    48

    0

    48

    Education for Sustainability

    16

    7

    23

    Leading Languages Professional Learning Program

    60

    0

    60

    Multilingual Language Learning Communities

    76

    18

    94

    Languages Partnership Grants

    54

    19

    73

    Navigating Intersections: Learning & teaching in Catholic schools

    10

    0

    10

    Science (STaL) project: Emerging pedagogical leaders

    21

    18

    39

    Science Partnership Grants

    167

    76

    243

    Secondary Science Network

    0

    17

    17

    Secondary Curriculum Renewal project (incorporating Postgraduate Certificate in Curriculum Leadership, University of Melbourne)

    0

    23

    23

    Starting Science: Primary Connections Project

    8

    0

    8

    Total 

    460 

    178 

    638 

      

     

     

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