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 Catholic Education
Melbourne Mathematics Services Unit, through collaboration with schools and
partners, aims to build system capacity to:
Collaborative Strategic Partnerships
Strategic Support is a
collaborative partnership between Catholic Education Melbourne and
participating schools and is designed to be responsive to school needs. In
2015, 12 onsite school visits and two days of offsite professional learning were
provided for each of the 16 primary schools that participated in the program. The
onsite visits were designed to strengthen leaders’ and teachers’ capacity to
develop and implement effective learning and teaching programs.
Purposeful Teaching of Mathematics
Purposeful Teaching of Mathematics
(PToM) is a collaborative partnership between participating schools, Catholic
Education Melbourne and the University of Melbourne.
There are three main components of
All PT0M schools accessed Specific Mathematics Assessments
that Reveal Thinking (SMART) an online tool.
Mathematics: Expert Teaching
Mathematics: Expert Teaching is
focused on providing support and services to teachers, enabling them to plan
for and implement effective learning and teaching practices in a supportive and
safe learning environment. Expert Teaching acknowledged the existing capacity
of participants and responded to the context and characteristics of each
Teachers brought current student
assessment data to the professional learning days enabling direct connections
to be made with their students learning needs and the strategies presented. A
variety of assessment tools were used, including Specific Mathematics
Assessments that Reveal Thinking (SMART), an online tool. Expert Teaching
emphasised the transference of learning into practice. Two distinct versions of
Expert Teaching were offered: Expert Teaching F–4 and Expert Teaching 5–8.
Number Intervention F–4
Number Intervention F–4 is underpinned by the knowledge that
all students can succeed. Services in this project target the training of
specialist Number Intervention F–4 teachers and the provision of ongoing
professional learning for trained number intervention teachers. Offsite
professional learning days facilitated by Professor Bob Wright and Catholic
Education Melbourne Number Intervention Tutors aimed to develop teachers’
understanding of the Learning Framework in Number and Number Intervention F–4
The Number Intervention tutors provided onsite mentoring to
strengthen the capacity of teachers to use intervention and contemporary
pedagogies to improve student learning outcomes. In 2015 the Number
Intervention F–4 Project supported 53 primary schools and one secondary school.
Mathematics Online Project
Leading Mathematics Professional Learning Google Site
In 2015 a Mathematics Google
Site was developed to provide mathematics leaders and teachers access to
mathematics professional learning resources that are appropriate to their needs,
beyond the confines of structured professional learning activities. Seventy-five
leaders trialled the site and provided feedback through a Google survey.
Professional learning programs
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