Catalysts for Pedagogical Improvement, day 2 of 2

27th March, 2020 @ 9:30 am


27/03/2020 - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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A project for leaders of learning: School leadership, Directors of Learning and Teaching, middle leaders and classroom educators

This project is designed for leaders of learning who are focused on driving improved educational practice across their school.


A two-day introductory workshop will engage participants in four catalysts for driving pedagogical improvement listed – listed below:

1: Learning Design – nudging students beyond the learning of facts and skills.

We want our students’ learning to be enduring, enabling them to make sense of complexity now and in the future. For this to occur, we need to nudge students beyond the learning of facts and skills to uncover concepts—transferable ideas that transcend time, place, and situation. (Marschall, 2019, Edutopia, George Lucas, Educational Foundation, 9 Oct. 2019)

  • This “catalyst” will investigate how we design learning where the educative purpose is on conceptual understanding and transfer.

2: The Australian Curriculum General Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking

  • How might the explicit teaching and embedding of critical and creative thinking throughout learning encourage higher order thinking?

3: The National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions

  • How do we use the National Progressions to focus on our learners and their learning – to gain an understand of where my learners are now and to explore future learning opportunities to support their growth

4: Assessment for Learning

  • The educational gains associated with formative assessment have been described as ‘among the largest ever reported for educational interventions’ OECD, 2017
  • How do we effectively design and use assessment to gain insight into what our learners understand, know and can do, and engage learners in their learning?


Schools will select one of the catalysts to explore within impact hubs and to drive and implement as a pedagogical pathway for improvement within the context of their school.


A commitment to this project includes attendance at professional learning, impact hubs, undertaking action to reshape pedagogy and engage in evaluation using Guskey’s Five Critical Levels of Evaluation.


Impact hubs, as communities of practice, facilitate the sharing of expertise and opportunities to provide feedback and consider ways forward. Impact Hub meetings will be held at the AISSA and dates will be negotiated.


Target Group

Leadership teams across Foundation to Year 10.


Registration for this two-day series will incur a fee of $200 plus GST per school.  Participants are required to register for all sessions in the series and may not attend single days:

Dates and times

Thursday 26 March, 9.30am to 3.30pm
Friday 27 March, 9.30am to 3.30pm


There is no on-site parking available.  For parking options please refer to the parking map.  Tram stop #1 Greenhill Road is a 6-minute walk away.



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