This year is Maramba Primary School's second year of our collaborative partnership with The University of Melbourne and twenty State, Catholic and Independent schools (rural and metro schools, primary, secondary, P-12 schools and Special schools) and world class researchers through the University Of Melbourne Network Of Schools (UMNOS), to determine high impact approaches and strategies, which will improve teacher practice and student learning.
UMNOS gives Maramba access to ground breaking researchers and leading education theorists, who include internationally acclaimed education researcher John Hattie and literacy expert Misty Adoniou.
“Through the partnership, we are learning from the best of the best. Their keynotes inspire conversations and give us small and achievable techniques which we can implement immediately in our classrooms,” said class teacher Mrs Tanya Male.
Mrs Erminia Foley, has been appointed as the Success Coordinator to undertake this structured, three-year program. As Mrs Foley explains, part of the role is to use the skills and knowledge gained from participating in the Network and then transfer this to Maramba’s own staff, thereby providing further professional development opportunities.
Underpinning the Network is the intense and unswerving belief that students can and will learn when their learning needs are ‘diagnosed’. In this cutting-edge ‘clinical model’, teachers interrogate educational theories and models and provide evidence-based support for new educational theories that can be implemented at member schools. The development model changes our mindsets from achievement, where there are inherently good and bad learners and summative grades are important indicators, to growth, where communication is based around progress and movement recognising that all students can and will grow.
“What we’re all ultimately trying to achieve are solutions to common educational problems, one of the biggest being that students do not have the precise language to explain how they are progressing within their learning. We want to see deep improvement in student learning where students are cognisant of what they need to improve” Mrs Foley said.
The program is still in its infancy at Maramba, but the Network suggests that Australian teachers have all the talent and grit to generate professionally-based solutions to global educational problems.