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Academic Curriculum

An update from the Deputy Head

From the Deputy Head of College, Patrick Brennan

On Monday and Tuesday this week, four staff from the College including myself, Elizabeth Watson, Director of Teaching and Learning; Stephanie Boyce, Academic Enrichment Co-ordinator; and Kaitlyn Downey, the ILeader Co-ordinator attended the 2018 Visual Learning Seminar held at the Australian Technology Park, Redfern.

This year’s theme was ‘The Story Behind the Data’. The key note speaker was international education expert John Hattie who created sessions focused around explaining the types of behaviours that will contribute to developing collective efficacy, the inter-relatedness between the strands, and the connection between the collective teacher, leader, and student efficacy.

Much of the data presented will form the basis of the College’s next Strategic Plan which will have a significant emphasis on teaching and learning at the College.

Our group heard from top-tier practitioners on the critical impact that cultivating collective efficacy can have on our students, classrooms and College.

Practically we were given the skills how to translate current research (much of which comes in the form of meta data) into practice to build capacity and significantly improve learner outcomes by aligning all levels within the College from Year 5 through until Year 12.

Staff gained insights into the latest learning innovations from world’s top educational leaders and we were given practical examples how to maximise student potential.

Importantly. we shared our thoughts and practice with over one thousand educators from across Australia and Asia Pacific, who have had direct experience putting Visible Learning methods into practice and explore what we can do to make a difference in our classrooms.