In 2012 the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities introduced the Early Action for Success initiative as an early intervention strategy across around fifty schools. As part of this important project Curran Public School and a hub of four other local schools were granted additional personnel and financial resources. The personnel were in the form of two Instructional Leaders. This role of Instructional Leader – Literacy and Numeracy is to work in close collaboration with principals and teachers in:
*Leading the process of realigning the school plan to clearly describe the shared expectations and targets for improvement in literacy and numeracy outcomes for students in the early years. This process will include the realignment of school resources to focus on evidence-based strategies that build teacher capacity to achieve improved learning outcomes for students.
*Leading the professional learning of teachers through an analysis of the impact of instructional techniques and the improvement that can be achieved through the use of explicit strategies for both assessment and teaching.
*Enhancing the instructional connection between the teacher, the student and the learning content through an explicit and iterative focus on the collection and use of student assessment data and explicit teaching strategies.
*Strengthening the whole school commitment to school improvement through extensive professional learning with the school executive team and aspiring leaders to build leadership density.
*Establishing and strengthening in-school systems for the collaborative process of lesson design, assessment of student work, lesson observation and teacher feedback.
*Leading local decision-making regarding the choice of literacy and numeracy intervention strategies based on the analysis of student learning needs.
The Instructional Leaders appointed to Curran PS are Mark Diamond, formerly the Principal at Lansvale, Green Valley and Ashcroft Public Schools and Nicole Cameron, previously Highly Accomplished Teacher and Relieving Principal Minto Public School and Literacy Numeracy Leader – South Western Sydney. Nicole and Mark were selected to fulfill these very important roles from 2012-2015.
The Instructional Leaders work with schools to co-ordinate the identification of every student in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 who is performing below expected standards in literacy and numeracy and support teachers to tailor interventions to address the identified needs of students.
In January 2014 Mrs Monica Cheung was appointed as an additional Assistant Principal to work across all five schools in the Early Action for Success Hub in Glenfield / Campbelltown.
Monica, Nicole and Mark are an expert team who supplement school resources to support children. They are regulars in classrooms, teacher professional learning sessions and in partnering our school leaders to best develop all staff.
They have been responsible for planning and implementing many professional learning and reflection activities including:-
*L3 Training for Kinder and Stage One
*Data Days – All teachers attend these days of rich professional learning around aspects of literacy and numeracy
*Tracking and Monitoring of students K-6 – with particular focus on At Risk Students
*Explicit Numeracy Teaching
*iPEN – Our Ingleburn Teaching Practices Network
*PaTCH – Parents as Classroom Helpers Training
*Formative Assessment to Drive Quality Teaching and Learning.