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David Cullen

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: New South Wales Education > General
The Northern Districts Education Centre (Sydney) Churchill Fellowship to research school reform to facilitate the implementation of the Australian curriculum - UK, Ireland, Canada, USA
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Some of these key lessons include:

  • For effective curriculum reform at a system-level there must be a coherent strategy which strongly links central expectations with initiatives and practices at a local level. This strategy must include professional learning for teachers and capacity building for principals and include a narrative which underscores the purposes of the reform.
  • In an effective school curriculum, teachers use learning progressions to ensure high expectations and differentiated learning. Teachers should also design quality assessments informed by the developmental needs of students as determined through the use of learning progressions. To support the use of learning progressions principals must lead the development of a whole school assessment system that provides valid, reliable and consistent data to inform educational decision making.
  • There is a need for a shift school in accountability and improvement processes from an emphasis on ‘test and judge’ to a focus on ‘support and develop’. This shift in emphasis should involve a significant school self-evaluation component which includes a range of evidence and research-based curriculum and student assessment factors.
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