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  • Action Area 2 – Learning and Teaching



    The Catholic Education Office Melbourne’s (CEOM) Literacy Team provided services in 2013 that were strategically designed to build the capacity of schools to continuously improve the literacy outcomes of all students P–12. The services included diverse professional learning opportunities, differentiated to best meet the needs of leaders and teachers in schools.

    P–8 Learning Literacies

    Based on their analysis of their context, Literacy Leaders and teachers engaged in inquiry approaches around AusVELS and writing specifically. This project was linked to national research into the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum, called Peopling Educational Policy.

    P–8 Learning Literacies
    P–8 Learning Literacies Professional Learning presentation 

    Collaborative Literacy Learning Communities Project

    The Collaborative Literacy Learning Communities (CLLC) Project focused on students in the middle years (5–8), and involved a three-year commitment. In the CLLC Project leaders and teachers worked with three powerful ideas – learning communities, distributed leadership and inquiry learning. Online learning spaces, such as blogs, were used consistently in the workshops and for participants to engage and collaborate with each other anytime and anywhere.

    CLLC blog landing page
    Landing Page of the Collaborative Literacy Learning Communities Blog 

    P–2 Literacy Assessment Project

    The theoretical and technical work to create a P–2 Progression of Reading Development was completed by the Assessment Research Centre (ARC) in 2013, with schools as active collaborators in its development and refinement. This resource links to an existing Year 3–6 progression and a set of assessment tools, and will be an invaluable assessment resource in the early years in providing evidence to inform teaching.

    Other initiatives

    • P–6 Literacy Leadership Regional Clusters
    • Experienced Literacy Leaders and New Literacy Leaders, including accredited pathways
    • Secondary Literacy Network
    • Mentoring for Literacy Leaders
    • English as an Additional Language (EAL) Secondary Network
    • Reading Recovery
    • Reading to Learn
    • Literacy Assessment Project, including three cohorts and an ongoing program
    • School Literacy Improvement
    • National Partnerships, including coaching initiatives
    • P–2 Literacy Data Reports at school and sector levels
    • Online services including wikis, blogs, webinars and resources

    Personal Story 

    Action Area 2 

    Daniel Buttacavoli
    Curriculum Coordinator
    Emmanuel College, Point Cook

    The work of the teachers at Emmanuel College is driven by the College motto, taken from John’s Gospel, to live ‘life to the full’. We use it to guide us in our mission to develop our students as a whole individual – academically, socially and spiritually. We are continuously challenged to create and deliver learning opportunities that connect students to their experiences of the world.

    To achieve this goal in 2013, the College began transforming its junior school curriculum. We did this through a staged roll-out of Project Based Learning (PBL) as the key mode of teaching and learning across Years 7, 8 and 9. Using PBL, we can challenge our students with real world issues and problems that really engage them because the topic matter is relevant and meaningful to their lives.

    I represented the College at PBL conferences in New Orleans, Detroit and Dallas to learn more about PBL best practice and innovation – and observed how other schools in Sydney, California and Texas were delivering the program.

    These opportunities provided fantastic learning experiences that I could share with the College staff to benefit our learning and teaching approaches, and at a personal level I was very excited about the potential for PBL to benefit the students in my classroom.

    Literacy Professional Learning Activities

    PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOR LITERACY LEADERS accredited study individual school / leader support
    P–6 Literacy Leadership Regional Clusters   298
    Experienced Literacy Leaders 13  
    New Literacy Leaders: accredited study two-year program   46
    Secondary Literacy Network   57
    Mentoring   12
    TOTAL 13 413

    Literacy Professional Learning based on school-identified needs

    • P–8 Learning Literacies
    • EAL Secondary Network
    • Reading Recovery
    • Collaborative Literacy Learning Communities (CLLC)
    • Reading to Learn

    Literacy Assessment Project (LAP)

    • Assessment Project: three-year project
    • Ongoing Literacy Assessment Project

    Strategic Support Project

    • School Improvement Literacy (SIL): Primary
    • Secondary Literacy Improvement Project (SLIP)
    • National Partnerships – Literacy & Numeracy
    • P–2 Effective Literacy Assessment Project