Last week, at Teach For Australia’s National Inter-cohort Week, TransformEDx held its Innovations in Education Marketplace at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus in Geelong.
The Marketplace was an interactive space for educators and school leaders to engage with organisations that offered a suite of classroom and teacher resources.
Set within a large hall at Deakin University, the Marketplace was attended by seven key education organisations, each displaying a stall for Associates to engage and learn from the variety of resources on offer.
Among those participating was Berry Street, an independent child and family services organisation that showcased an education model of curriculum and classroom strategies for student wellbeing.
Berry Street’s Senior Education Adviser, Tom Brunsell, was delighted to present the organisation’s classroom wellbeing strategies to the Associates:
“Part of our mission is to help change the way people think about our kids. We want to help teachers understand the effect of student’s trauma on their development,” said Tom.
“We are strengthening the Associates capacity to meet the complex psychosocial needs of their students. New Associates often encounter really dysregulated students and their behaviors can be confronting as many have experienced chronic stress from an early age.”
“A lot of the Associates will do the work with us and then go back to their principals and say this is powerful we want out whole school to do this,” Tom said.
In2Science aims to increase student engagement in maths and science by placing university students from STEM fields as “peer mentors” in Year 8 and 9 classes.
“The mentors build a rapport with the high school students and they feel comfortable asking them questions about pursing maths and science at university,” said Ollie.
“We focus specifically on low socioeconomic schools, so for many of the high school students it might be the first time they’ve had a meaningful encounter with a university student,” said Jo.
Maths Pathway is a holistic maths course that moves away from the one-size-fits-all model for learning. As the Associate Director of Learning at Maths Pathway, Michaela is passionate to improve the way maths is taught to students because “it is one of those areas that is underlying so much of what we do”.
“There is so much value in mathematical thinking in professional life – beyond school, beyond university and throughout people’s lives,” she said.
“We are really excited to be at the Innovations in Education Marketplace today to chat with a lot of the Associates and talk to them about what Maths Pathway could look like in their school and how we could support their students,” said Michaela.
The Innovations in Education Marketplace was highly successful, giving Associates the opportunity to connect with leading education organisations in order to improve their teaching and wellbeing practices, use of technology in the classroom and curriculum design.