School Review Professional Learning Delivery
Cambridge Education is delivering professional learning on behalf of the Accountability and Review Division in the Department for principals, leadership teams, SEILs and challenge partners to help them prepare for school review (16 workshops for principals/SEILs/leadership team and four workshops for challenge partners). Cambridge Education uses a blended learning model to deliver this program, i.e., participants engage in pre and post-workshop tasks and activities and there is a half a day face-to-face workshop. Participants can access all workshop materials and resources via the Cambridge Education Learning Management System (CELMS) before and after the workshop. Cambridge Education is also using CELMS for participant registration and the administration of participant feedback survey at the end of the workshops.
Effective Mentoring Program (EMP)
Cambridge Education designed and developed EMP in partnership with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and the Department. EMP is aimed at developing teachers’ skill sets to effectively mentor provisionally registered teachers (PRTs) from both school and early childhood contexts to support them with the process of moving to full teacher registration. We also used a blended learning delivery model and participants can access all workshop materials and resources using CELMS. Cambridge Education and VIT developed the Mentoring Capability Framework (MCF) enabling mentors to measure their capabilities throughout. The inquiry-based approach to both mentors and PRTs’ practice complemented the FISO Improvement Cycle ensuring that the focus remains on improving student outcomes. In 2018-2019, we delivered 50 workshops to over 900 school and early childhood teachers spread across metro and regional areas in Victoria. This year, again, we are going to deliver 50 workshops.
Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Strategy (MYLNS) coaching
As part of the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, the Victorian government is investing $183 million in the MYLNS initiative, commencing in schools from 2019 and funded to end 2022. This initiative will establish a teaching workforce to provide intensive teaching support to secondary students in years 8 to 10 who are at risk of finishing school without the literacy and numeracy skills they need for future work or study. MYLNS teachers will be supported by professional learning and resources to build their capability to provide individualised support to students below the national minimum standards in literacy and numeracy.
Coaching will support MYLNS teachers to deliver direct support to their students and build the capability of their peers to support students through effective teaching strategies that yield the best outcomes for all students.