What is the key to providing the best possible schooling for young Australians?
There are many opinions but it is known that professional learning across all disciplines, governance, and business management contribute to school improvement.
Independent Schools Victoria has been a leader in this field for many years. From 2007 to this year, almost 33,000 education professionals came to 2116 seminars at the Development Centre we established in our West Melbourne headquarters.
Topics covered include literacy, numeracy, languages and other aspects of the curriculum. Seminars cover early years training and services that students need throughout their school life and vocational information for when they are leaving school. We also run seminars on school leadership, governance and management for school board members and principals, business managers and other senior administrators.
We are building on international best practice. We collaborate with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to help senior Principals meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. As Australia’s first Authorised Feuerstein Training Centre, Independent Schools Victoria is providing training to improve thinking skills and problem solving for all learners. In partnership with the Chicago-based Great Books Foundation, we are delivering the Junior Great Books program, an innovative technique for teaching students from Kindergarten to Year 12. We are helping schools to improve efficiency and effectiveness through performance management in a program with the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC).
Our answer to the question, how to provide the best possible schooling for young Australians, is continuing professional learning and by drawing on international best practice.
Visit The Development Centre section of our website to learn more about these exciting projects.