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Impact for Equity series: How high-quality curriculum can help address educational disadvantage

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2022
Impact for Equity 2022

High quality curriculum as a lever for equity and student success will be on the agenda next week at a free webinar co-hosted by Teach For Australia and Ochre Education.

The online event on December 8 is part of Teach For Australia’s annual ‘Impact for Equity’ series and is open to everyone with an interest in working for educational equity.

“Ochre Education and Teach For Australia are inviting our community of educators and supporters to come and hear more about how systems, schools and teachers are translating the curriculum from the page to the classroom, as a key lever to addressing educational disadvantage,” TFA Director Community and Internal Communications Briannon McLoughlin said.

“Our guest panelists will outline their experiences and discuss how such approaches can be implemented while supporting and strengthening teacher expertise and agency.”

The webinar features:

A keynote presentation from Clare Sealy – Head of Education Improvement, States of Guernsey, UK. Ex head of St Matthias primary, Tower Hamlets, London. Long-time blogger and tweeter on teaching and learning, and Editor of The researchED Guide to The Curriculum.

A panel discussion, featuring system-level, school and teacher perspectives:

Jarrad Stewart-Olsen, Lead Teacher, Teach Well.  Former Head of Science at Aveley College, Perth, a new government secondary school in outer-metropolitan Perth, serving a low socio-economic community which has implemented shared, sequenced curriculum materials to drive consistent, high-quality teaching.

Patrick Ellis, Education Lead at Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn (CECG). Patrick is leading the implementation of CECG’s Catalyst Project, the Diocese’s evidence-based teaching and learning approach. Catalyst includes a strong focus on high quality curriculum and assessment resources to transform students’ lives through learning.

A representative from Serpentine Primary School, a small government school that serves a lower socio-economic community about an hour’s drive from Perth, which has successfully implemented a whole-school curriculum approach and instructional model.

Both Averley College and Serpentine Primary featured as case study schools in the Grattan Institute’s recent report Ending the lesson lottery: How to improve curriculum planning in schools.

“Teach For Australia is delighted to be teaming up with Ochre Education to offer this free webinar as part of our annual Impact for Equity series, and we’re grateful for the generosity of our special guests in sharing their time and experiences” Ms McLoughlin said.

“Teach For Australia’s mission to grow a community of education leaders committed to equity aligns closely with Ochre Education’s work of providing a comprehensive bank of best practice curriculum resources, created by teachers for teachers, with the belief that all children have the right to a quality education.”

Ochre co-CEO Caroline Reed said: “We are excited to work with Teach for Australia to offer this opportunity to hear from leading international and Australian experts about how coherent, rigorous curriculum can drive equity.”

“At Ochre we are supporting teachers to ensure all students have access to a high-quality curriculum, as a vital lever to narrowing attainment gaps. Alongside our comprehensive bank of optional and free resources, we are also giving teachers access to the best thinking and the deepest subject expertise, to consider when developing their curriculum.”

Registration details

Interested but can’t attend? Register at the link above and receive an email link to the recorded seminar later.

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