An important Centre for Independent Studies event in Melbourne. Overcoming the Odds. A study of Australia’s top performing disadvantaged schools.
Groundbreaking new CIS research recently released has identified the common policies and practices leading to success in disadvantaged primary schools.
Join us for the research launch in Melbourne with report author CIS Research Fellow in education Blaise Joseph, who will be joined by renowned Melbourne school principals Kevin Mackay from Dandenong North Primary School and Victoria Golding from Lyndale Greens Primary School, as they discuss the reasons for why some disadvantaged schools manage to ‘overcome the odds’ and achieve excellent literacy and numeracy results. Moderated by Tom Switzer, CIS Executive Director.
Six common themes were found across the nine schools:
Direct and explicit instruction.
Experienced and autonomous school leadership.
Teacher collaboration and professional learning.
Comprehensive early reading instruction.
These six consistent themes indicate how disadvantaged primary schools could potentially improve significantly, without necessarily requiring more taxpayer funding.