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FLAGSHIP STRATEGY 1 STUDENT LEARNING Student Learning: A New Approach Victorian Essential Learning Standards Curriculum Planning Guidelines Principles of Learning and Teaching Assessment and Reporting The Knowledge Bank Curriculum Planning Guidelines

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FLAGSHIP STRATEGY 1

STUDENT LEARNING


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Student Learning:

A New Approach

  • Victorian Essential Learning Standards

  • Curriculum Planning Guidelines

  • Principles of Learning and Teaching

  • Assessment and Reporting

  • The Knowledge Bank


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Curriculum

Planning

Guidelines


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PURPOSE OF THE CURRICULUM PLANNING GUIDELINES

  • Assist teachers, principals, school councils and other school community members to:

  • build on current planning processes

  • use the Victorian Essential Learning Standards to plan curriculum on a whole school basis

  • audit and evaluate current practice

  • promote discussion about curriculum issues


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KEY COMPONENTS OF GUIDELINES

  • Context of curriculum planning

  • Considerations for curriculum planning on a whole school basis

  • Characteristics of effective curriculum plans

  • A model of curriculum planning

  • DE&T requirements and recommendations

  • Focus questions

  • Samples

  • Links to other websites and resources


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OUTCOMES

  • Consistency between and within schools in planning curriculum

  • A curriculum guarantee


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A CURRICULUM GUARANTEE

  • Schools must be able to guarantee their students and their communities the delivery of a high quality curriculum that:

  • reflects community values

  • supports every student to acquire understandings and ways of knowing

  • has defined standards

  • utilises teaching practices that support powerful learning

  • employs authentic assessment and reporting processes

  • enables genuine decision making about curriculum



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SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION

Understanding the Context

What are our shared values, beliefs and understandings about what our students need to learn?

Planning and Resourcing

What are our priorities in relation to curriculum provision?

Implementation

How should we organise learning time, learning spaces and students to achieve the goals and targets?

Continuous Monitoring

To what extent are the goals and targets for student achievement being met?

Evaluation and Review of Outcomes

What trends in student outcomes are emerging?


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Principles of

Learning and

Teaching


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PoLT Initiative

  • Web-based resources for all schools:

  • Background paper

  • Principles of Learning and Teaching P-12

  • Principles Unpacked

  • PoLT training program:

  • Leading Change Program

  • Professional Development Program

  • Consultancy support


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The Principles

  • Students learn best when:

  • The learning environment is supportive and productive

  • The learning environment promotes independence, interdependence and self-motivation

  • Their needs, backgrounds, perspectives and interests are reflected in the learning program

  • They are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

  • Assessment practices are an integral part of teaching and learning

  • Learning connects strongly with communities and practice beyond the classroom


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Components of Principle 4: Students are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

In learning environments that reflect this principle the teacher:

4.1 plans sequences to promote sustained learning that builds over time and emphasizes connections between ideas

4.2 promotes substantive discussion of ideas

4.3 emphasises the quality of learning with high expectations of achievement

4.4 uses strategies that challenge and support students to question and reflect

4.5 uses strategies to develop investigating and problem-solving skills

4.6 uses strategies to foster imagination and creativity


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Leading Change supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

  • Audit Processes

  • Action Planning

  • Implementation over three years

Professional Development

  • six modules

  • Flexible format

  • ‘Train the trainer’ model

Consultancy Support

‘Critical Friend’


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PoLT Training Program 2005 supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

  • Offered to all government and non-government schools

  • Delivered on a Regional basis by tertiary providers

  • Information and an expression of interest form available at:

    www.sofweb.vic.edu.au/pedagogy


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Assessment and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

Reporting

Advice


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Purposes of assessment: supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

  • of learning

  • for learning

  • as learning


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  • Characteristics of effective assessment: supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

    • improves student learning

    • matches teaching and learning goals

    • includes diverse strategies

    • promotes deeper understanding

    • is authentic

    • is fair and equitable

    • involves negotiation

    • provides constructive feedback


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Questions you could consider with your colleagues supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

  • What are the shared understandings of the purpose of assessment?

  • What strategies can we use to ensure information gained from assessment is used to inform curriculum planning and teaching practice?


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  • The reporting process: supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

  • systemic reporting

  • reporting - school community

    • students

    • teachers

    • parents


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  • Reports to parents should provide: supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

  • a picture of their child’s development, over time

  • plans for the student’s future learning

  • clear advice on how parents can assist their

  • child’s learning.


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  • Characteristics of effective reporting to parents: supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

  • development involves parents

  • clear, accessible, timely

  • based on evidence & moderated

  • demonstrates progress against standards

  • includes a future learning plan

  • involves student reflection

  • ongoing between student, parents and teacher


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KNOWLEDGE BANK supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application

A Knowledge Sharing Resource for Victorians in Education and Training

http://www.sofweb.vic.edu.au/knowledgebank


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The Knowledge Bank supports the sharing of exemplary and promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria

It is a web-based knowledge exchange network that provides case studies of effective practice, links to education websites, current research, current events, links to DE&T initiatives and online discussion facilities


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  • Knowledge Bank aims to: promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria

  • improve understanding of what works, where and why it works, and

  • facilitate the adoption of innovative approaches to learning, teaching and school organisation across Victoria


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  • Content is organised into five categories promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria:

    • Community Involvement and Partnerships

    • Building Leadership

    • Professional Learning

    • Student Learning

    • Whole School Improvement


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  • Where does the content come from? promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria

    • Education and training providers in Victoria (government schools, non-government schools, TAFE, VET and ACE providers)

    • Research institutions

    • Interstate or International education and training providers


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  • Exemplary Practice is one that: promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria

    • has been tried and tested within a school

    • has resulted in significant improvement in the area it aimed to address

    • has evidence to support it

  • Promising Practice is one that:

    • is currently being trialled and tested in schools

    • shows potential to achieve significant improvement in the area it aims to address

    • has evidence to support the potential of the practice

  • If you would like to contribute to the Knowledge Bank, please email [email protected]


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  • FEATURES OF THE KNOWLEDGE BANK INCLUDE: promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria

  • The Student Learning Page

  • Browse Exemplary Practice in Student Learning

  • Search the Knowledge Bank – by keyword or using advanced criteria

  • Link with Student Learning related DE&T initiatives

  • Current events in Student Learning (Victoria, interstate and internationally)


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  • FEATURES OF THE KNOWLEDGE BANK INCLUDE: promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria

  • Downloadable guidelines for documentation and template (early 2005) and provision for upload contributions

  • Discussions on exemplary and promising practice with colleagues across the State

  • Browse facility and education links from around Australia.

  • Contact with the Knowledge Bank team and provision for suggestions and enquiries

  • [email protected]


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FLAGSHIP STRATEGY 1 promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria

STUDENT LEARNING

WHERE TO FROM HERE?


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  • Short Term (2004) promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria

  • Regional Briefings

  • Website

  • Newsletter

  • PowerPoint materials and notes available to schools

  • VCAA Bulletin P-10 Supplement and Education Times


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  • Medium Term (2005) promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria

  • Feedback on validation year

  • CD ROM

  • Direct consultations through stakeholder, principal and practitioner Reference Groups

  • Working with volunteer schools to test materials, processes and templates

  • Building case studies through Essential Learning Standards exemplars, Curriculum Planning Guidelines and Knowledge Bank


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  • Long Term (2006 onwards) promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria

  • Refinement and release of materials, based on validation year (2005) feedback

  • Continuing capture of exemplars and the provision of support materials

  • Focus on assessment

  • New reporting processes


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FLAGSHIP STRATEGY 1 promising practice across the education and training sector in Victoria

STUDENT LEARNING


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