Full course description
Date and time
Wednesday 2 September 2020, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne
This learning event is right for you if you are a Curriculum Leader at primary and/or secondary level
The school curriculum is a statement of the purpose of schooling and it defines what it is that all students have the opportunity to learn as a result of their schooling. According to Robert Marzano (2000), the provision of a ‘guaranteed and viable curriculum’ is one of the factors that has most impact on student learning. A high-quality curriculum is not a collection of disconnected items of knowledge but rather a set of progressions that define increasingly complex knowledge, skills and concepts grouped and defined by learning areas and general capabilities. The curriculum provides a necessary framework for decisions about the structure of the teaching and learning program at each level of whole-school, individual year levels and daily programs. Questions commonly asked by curriculum leaders include:
- what level of organisation is most appropriate for curriculum?
- how detailed should the curriculum be?
- how do I undertake an audit of curriculum?
- how do I engage teachers in the curriculum processes?
- what resources are available?
This one-day workshop will also examine the audit process:
- how might an audit be conducted?
- how often?
- how do I engage teachers in the process?
- what kind of audit?
- what are the expectations of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA)?
There will be opportunities for participants to contribute to the workshop, and learn from others across the independent sector.
- tools and resources for auditing your school's curriculum
- strategies to engage teachers in the curriculum writing process
- understanding of how and when to conduct curriculum audits
- expectations of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA)
Helen has worked in the educational field for over 26 years. She has worked in the areas of curriculum design, differentiation, professional learning communities, Cognitive Coaching and literacy and numeracy strategies. Helen has worked extensively as an early childhood practitioner, predominately in low socioeconomic areas and multicultural communities. Helen’s extensive experience as a generalist teacher in both the primary and secondary fields also includes leading initiatives in the area of gifted education and philosophy. She is passionate about the early years and for children to be successful and respected as unique thinkers within their educational journey.
Jackie Macreadie is a Principal Advisor for Independent Schools Victoria with over 25 years’ experience in education in schools and universities. She has held diverse portfolios, ranging from development of International Student Programs, Registered Training Organisations, to leading change in schools as a school leader. Jackie has held a number of roles at University in a Faculty and Marketing management and administrative capacity, as well as lecturing in Science and the Masters of Teaching for Deakin University, Monash University and Holmesglen TAFE. Jackie has played leading roles in the implementation of various Australian and Victorian Government education programs focusing on implementation of the Australian Curriculum, staff and student wellbeing, pathways and careers, as well as school performance.