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Navigating the Australian curriculum in a New South Wales Catholic school system: a case study Dr Mark Askew ACSA Conference 26 September 2013. Broken Bay context. A Catholic school system of almost 50 schools

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Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

Navigating the

Australian curriculum in a

New South Wales

Catholic school system: a case study

Dr Mark Askew

ACSA Conference

26 September 2013


Broken bay context

Broken Bay context

  • A Catholic school system of almost 50 schools

  • A school system of considerable diversity: socioeconomic; multicultural; Indigenous

  • A well articulated values base: the Catholic Worldview

  • Professional learning focus on Quality Teaching Framework (Newcastle) and Leading Learning (Auckland)


Implementing the australian curriculum in the context of

Implementing the Australian curriculum in the context of

  • The Broken Bay Catholic Worldview

  • NSW Board of Studies

    syllabuses


Mary mackillop s australian curriculum

Mary MacKillop’s Australian Curriculum


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

First Australian Curriculum: St Cecilia’s Wyong.


Nsw board of studies

NSW Board of Studies

  • Broken Bay is a registered school system under the 1990 NSW Education Act

  • In NSW teaching programs must be based on NSW Board of Studies syllabuses

  • NSW syllabuses are being developed for the Australian curriculum

  • In NSW the K-10 syllabuses in English, Maths, Science and History will not be required to be taught until 2014


Role of the board of studies

Role of the Board of Studies

  • NSW has joined with the Australian Government and all other states and territories in a joint endeavour to develop an Australian curriculum. The Board of Studies NSW is responsible for advising the NSW Minister for Education on the appropriateness of curriculum for NSW schools and the structure and process of its implementation, including with regard to the Australian curriculum.

  • Implementation of the Australian curriculum is the responsibility of states and territories. NSW will implement the Australian curriculum through new syllabuses. The Board of Studies will provide notification and information about changes to NSW syllabuses as they are approved by the NSW Minister for Education.


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

In NSW the cross-curriculum priorities are:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia Sustainability The general capabilities are:Critical and creative thinking Ethical understanding Information and communication technology capability Intercultural understanding Literacy Numeracy Personal and social capabilityOther important learning identified by the Board of Studies:Civics and citizenship Difference and diversity Work and enterprise


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

A Catholic Worldview

God as Trinity – a communion of persons

Jesus as God’s son: life, death and resurrection

The Spirit in the world: inviting and empowering people

Create social conditions which respect human dignity

God’s love for us and our response as disciples

The Catholic Worldview is a comprehensive perception of the universe, revealed to us in Jesus, that provides insights into the meaning of life and how to live it.

The Catholic Worldview is experiencing life through the eyes of our Catholic faith.

Love others as Jesus loves us

The Church – a communion of disciples

The dignity and uniqueness of the human person – made in God’s image

The Cross of Jesus – trust and confidence

God’s presence: life, Eucharist, scripture and Church tradition


The quality teaching framework

The Quality teaching Framework

Three dimensions:

Intellectual Quality

Quality Learning Environemnt

Significance


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

Leading Learning initiative:

  • With the University of Auckland’s Centre for Educational Leadership (UACEL) for two years.

  • Professor Helen Timperley: focus on the importance of leading teacher professional learning.

  • Teacher Inquiry and Knowledge Building Cycle and

    Practice Analysis Conversation: improving teacher learning and practice to improve student outcomes.

  • A collaborative process with school leadership teams to achieve the goals through School Improvement Plans.

  • Focus on communication skills, data analysis and goal setting to improve learning outcomes.


Understanding by design

Understanding by Design

  • “Backwards design” steps:

  • Design appropriate learning outcomes/goals

  • Identify exactly what achieving the outcomes might look like ... the evidence/assessment

  • Plan learning experiences to help students get there


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

ACARA Curriculum Model

Learning area knowledge and skills

General

capabilities

Perspectives/Priorities


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

In the context of:

  • Catholic Worldview

  • NSW Board of Studies

  • Quality Teaching Framework

  • Leading Learning

  • Understanding by Design approach


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

Current situation ...

2013 Familiarisation and planning2014 English and Mathematics2015 Science (and Technology)2016 History


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

  • During 2013:

  • Leaders forum

    (Profs Geoff Masters and Jenny Gore)

  • Syllabus analysis for Leaders

  • Custer based staff development days

  • In school support from Education Officers

  • Secondary Curriculum weebly.http://dbbaustraliancurriculumsupport.weebly.com/index.html


Aboriginal and torres strait islander histories and cultures

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Increasing enrolments of Aboriginal students

Strong learning outcomes

Increasing engagement of school leaders and communities with Aboriginal cultures

Growing team of AEWs


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

Support for students in their learning

Support Literacy and Numeracy in partnership with the classroom teacher to improve the outcomes for Aboriginal students.

Work as part of a school team to support student’s cultural identity

Support the cultural identity of Aboriginal students in secondary and primary. Recognise and acknowledge student achievements.

Develop Community Partnerships

Develop partnerships with parents of Aboriginal students to ensure that meaningful relationships are established which facilitate improved educational and cultural outcomes for students.

Working with teachers

Assisting teachers in the classroom to support Aboriginal students in all school and class activities and to involve parents and the community in school programs


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

Educatingall students about Aboriginal people, their cultures, spirituality, history and experiencesSupporting teachers pedagogy and Leading LearningAEWs having a higher profile within the schoolsAccepting responsibility and accountability for the education and inclusion of Aboriginal students and their familiesStrengthening sEducatingall students about Aboriginal people, their cultures, spirituality, history and experiencesSupporting teachers pedagogy and Leading LearningAEWs having a higher profile within the schoolsAccepting responsibility and accountability for the education and inclusion of Aboriginal students and their familiesStrengthening students cultural identity through cultural camps and programsAcknowledging and valuing local Aboriginal people and their culturesSchools working towards the achievement of reconciliation Schools acknowledging country, flying the flag, celebrating significant events The Apology from the Federal GovernmentAboriginal Community has confidence with DBB educating their children hy the increase in the number of Aboriginal studentstudents cultural identity through cultural camps and programsAcknowledging and valuing local Aboriginal people and their culturesSchools working towards the achievement of reconciliation Schools acknowledging country, flying the flag, celebrating significant events The Apology from the Federal GovernmentAboriginal Community has confidence with DBB educating their children the increase in the number of Aboriginal students

  • Educatingall students about Aboriginal people, their cultures, spirituality, history and experiences

  • Supporting teachers pedagogy and Leading Learning

  • AEWs having a higher profile within the schools

  • Accepting responsibility and accountability for the education and inclusion of Aboriginal students and their families

  • Strengthening students cultural identity through cultural camps and programs

  • Acknowledging and valuing local Aboriginal people and their cultures

  • Schools working towards the achievement of reconciliation

  • Schools acknowledging country, flying the flag, celebrating significant events

  • The Apology from the Federal Government

  • Aboriginal Community has confidence with DBB educating their children


The cultural integrity test

The cultural integrity test:

  • The self esteem of the Aboriginal learner

  • Pre/post colonial history

  • Reconciliation agenda

  • Prof Peter Buckskin ACSA Conference 25 Sept 2013


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia:Languages (almost 50% primary schools teach an Asian language)


Languages challenges teacher supply teacher expertise continuity student engagement student success

Languages challenges:teacher supplyteacher expertisecontinuitystudent engagement student success


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

Sustainabilityancient tradition from Genesis and Catholic Worldviewcreation spiritualityschool based initiativeshttp://www.catholicearthcare.org.au/index.html


Future plans and challenges

Future plans and challenges


Navigating the australian curriculum in a new south wales catholic school system a case study

  • Focus on the disciplines

  • Possibilities of on line resources

  • Risk of continuing as usual (Keep calm and carry on)

  • Implementing the Australian curriculum as a Catholic system in NSW


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