Visible Learning Consultant – I present a range of Visible Learning workshops. I work with teachers and school leaders across Australia to support their practice and pedagogy with a focus on high impact strategies as outlined by the Visible Learning research.
Concept-based Teaching and Learning Trainer – I am a certified Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction trainer delivering Concept-based workshops to teachers.
Senior Educational Consultant EHG – I work with school leaders and teachers running a range of teacher and leadership workshops.
What are the common issues that you help schools with?
I often see a desire by teachers and school leaders to improve student learning outcomes. However, there is often a lack of understanding of teaching and learning pedagogies and how to improve these and as a result improve student learning outcomes.
I also see a lack of a cohesive direction and/or understanding of the current evidence from education research on how to build system capabilities so that all parts are heading in the same direction.
As Professor Hattie states, “There is no way that a system will make an overall difference to student achievement by working one teacher at a time …Instead, the onus needs to be on everyone working collectively to improve student achievement: the teachers, the school leaders, the other adults in the schools (such as teaching aides), the parents (and voters), the policymakers and the students” (2015, p. 5).
I also regularly see that many schools are using a large number of disparate technology systems that often have significant overlap. This creates additional work for the teachers who have to navigate many of these systems, and the downside of this is that the school’s data can become siloed preventing them from accessing live analytics and identifying trends and patterns in their data. The school cannot see the whole picture, which often leads to increased manual processing of data, as the data is moved from one system to another, increasing their workload and pain.
What’s your role at Education Horizons?
Education Horizons has given me the opportunity to step back from my senior leadership role in a school and return to what I have always enjoyed doing – working with adults, but without all the school politics. I primarily work across different parts of the company to deepen the understanding of the teaching and learning context and the complex needs of schools. I also work with the Professional Services team to lead teacher and leadership workshops focused on using systems to improve student learning outcomes.
I have also been able to continue to work with schools both from an IB and VL perspective which has enabled me to stay up to date with the latest educational research and then apply that knowledge to the various Education Horizons products and systems.
What do you love about working with schools?
The opportunity to work in so many different education sectors and locations e.g., independent, government, small, large, faith-based, privately owned (overseas) to government doctrine dictating all aspects of schooling. However, at their heart is the basic teacher-student relationship and the strong desire from teachers to improve student learning outcomes.