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Expert Q&A: Navigating difficult conversations with families
Expert Q&A: Navigating difficult conversations with families

Parents and families are integral members of a school community, and working with them to improve student outcomes is a key part of an educator’s role. In our latest expert Q&A we speak to ACER Research Officer Simone Griggs and colleagues Greta Rollo, who leads the Primary, Early Childhood and Inclusive Research team, and Research Fellow Dr Kellie Picker, about a resource they’re developing to help practitioners build strong partnerships with families, including how to navigate difficult conversations.

Research news: A collaborative approach to coaching in schools
Research news: A collaborative approach to coaching in schools

New research from the United States involving mathematics teacher teams in 4 schools – across a period of 4 years – investigated specific strategies that support a collaborative approach to coaching in schools that are under significant pressure to improve. Find out more in today’s article.

School reports: Communicating progress and achievement
School reports: Communicating progress and achievement

Research shows parents want more frequent communication about their child’s learning, and that communicating both a student’s individual achievement, and learning growth is important. In this article, we speak to one school about their new approach to student reporting.

Helping teachers to design a rubric – a school example
Helping teachers to design a rubric – a school example

‘At Dromana College we had an issue with only a few teachers having the confidence to write a decent rubric…As a school, we therefore came up with our own guidelines on how to construct rubrics for years 7-10.’ In this reader submission, Assessment and Reporting Coordinator Jodi Wilson shares how the Victorian secondary school has been helping teachers to improve their own rubric design skills.

School Improvement Episode 45: Student agency in school transition – research and resources
School Improvement Episode 45: Student agency in school transition – research and resources

Any kind of change can be exciting and sometimes daunting, and moving from primary to secondary school is no different. So, what are the worries and challenges for students, and what would help to make the process easier? In this episode we’re discussing the research behind Life Ed’s Guide to Thrive transition program and how student voice has informed the resources.

Promoting student agency through PBL in STEM
Promoting student agency through PBL in STEM

In the final article of a series about a 3-year Australian research project into Problem Based Learning in school-based STEM education, 2 of the teachers who are co-researchers in the project – Melissa Gatt and Frank Fabri – discuss student agency as a necessary condition for meaningful STEM learning.

Researching education: 5 further readings on reflective practice
Researching education: 5 further readings on reflective practice

What do you understand to be involved in the process of reflective practice? How does the process of reflective practice in Australia compare to an international approach? In this edition of Researching education: 5 further readings, we share 5 readings on the topic of reflective practice.

Infographic: Student perspectives on making school a better place
Infographic: Student perspectives on making school a better place

Almost 14,000 children aged 8-12 responded to the prompt, ‘the world would be better if…’ as part of a project run by South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. In this infographic, we share some of their responses.

Q&A: Making learning visible
Q&A: Making learning visible

ACER’s annual Research Conference kicks off in 2 weeks’ time and this year, Dr Diane DeBacker from the University of Kansas will be delivering the Karmel Oration Keynote, titled ‘Making learning visible: Moving from nouns to verbs’. Here, Dr DeBacker gives Teacher readers a glimpse of what she will be speaking about, and outlines the current state of competency-based education internationally.

Research Q&A: Student voice and agency
Research Q&A: Student voice and agency

‘They’re concerned that adults don’t listen to them … adults also tend to be dismissive of their ideas and insights.’ In this Q&A we speak to Helen Connolly, South Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People, about the Student Voice Postcard initiative.