Nazareth staff members engage in a wide variety of professional learning to guide their work and to ensure their ongoing knowledge and skill development.
Weekly professional learning team meetings are supplemented by access to external expert professional learning, as well as whole staff professional learning days.
Currently, staff members are engaged in school-based learning programs, programs offered through outside providers and postgraduate degrees in education, leadership and technology.
Literacy Professional Learning Plan for 2019
The Nazareth College Strategic Plan has a goal to embed a culture of excellence and independent learning (from Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020). Bringing about this goal involves ensuring that every teacher is a confident and competent practitioner who demonstrates contemporary learning strategies for personalising learning in their classrooms (from Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020). Teachers therefore need to have opportunities to develop teaching and learning practices that reflect contemporary research and findings.
In the area of Literacy, all teachers have undertaken the “Literacy for Learning” program. English teachers have undertaken the “How Language Works” program. The Literacy Enhancement Group has worked with an external consultant to build their understanding of Literacy demands across the curriculum. In 2019, Literacy Intervention staff will learn how to use Fountas and Pinnell’s Levelled Literacy Intervention kit with selected students. Mainstream students will learn the CARS and STARS strategies and teachers will engage in Professional Learning about these strategies.