Tuesday 28 August 2012

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Tuesday, August 28th
9:00 AM

Developing and implementing an explicit school improvement agenda

Michele Bruniges, Department of Education and Communities (NSW)

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

School improvement is a high-stakes enterprise, as difficult as it is important. While the broad agenda of school improvement is unassailable, the concept has become entangled with debates about the use of standardised assessment data for the purposes of public accountability. The risk of this is that data per se are devalued in the eyes of teachers. Effective use of data by teachers is, however, the crux of school improvement. For student outcomes to improve, teachers need an accurate understanding of individual students’ strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, they need the capacity to translate this understanding into improved conditions for teaching and learning through high-quality pedagogic decisions. While positive steps have been taken to strengthen evidence-based teaching, the research literature shows this is not universal. This paper proposes three systemic actions to improve pedagogic decision-making and practice, and thus engender school improvement: (1) support ongoing improvement in teachers’ data literacy, including by fostering a culture of inquiry and trust that facilitates teachers’ use of data to evaluate their own practices; (2) ensure that the evidence base for effective teaching practice is readily accessible and understood by teachers, including through evidence-based professional development; (3) support teachers to expand their understanding of effective teaching practice through a collaborative approach to professionalism, including again through the development of a culture of trust that will facilitate genuinely collaborative planning and reflection.

10:15 AM

Morning tea

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM

The neighbourhood just got bigger : schools and communities working together for change

Michele Lonsdale, ACER
Sharon Clerke, ACER
Michelle Anderson, ACER

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 3

Teachers are the key : strategies for instructional improvement

Lynette Virgona, Department of Education and Training (WA)

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 3

Professional practice research: ensuring teacher development through a critical approach to professional learning

Tania Aspland, University of Adelaide
Ian Macpherson, Queensland University of Technology

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 3

Building teacher capacity and raising reading achievement

Kathryn Glasswell, Griffith University

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 3

Targeting the things that matter

Ben Jensen, Grattan Institute

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 3

Conversation with a keynote

Valerie Hannon, Innovation Unit, Department of Education and Skills (UK)

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 3

12:00 PM


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Innovating a new future for learning: Finding our path

Valerie Hannon, Innovation Unit, Department of Education and Skills (UK)

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

This keynote paper makes the case that the pursuit of ‘school improvement’ is insufficient to address the challenges facing us if the world is to make available equitable, effective learning systems for all its citizens. A set of drivers of change are explored. It is argued that a ‘split screen’ approach is needed by system leaders and policy makers in which, while school improvement must continue to be pursued, simultaneously a ‘learning ecosystem’ should be created. Such a mutually supportive system would engage a much wider range of partners and players, and would locate learning in a new variety of spaces and places. The conditions needed to create such a system are suggested from the evidence of highly innovative sectors.

2:15 PM

Conference summary

Tony Mackay, ACER Board

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM