Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes has earned the praise of a leading Monash University academic for its innovative maths teaching strategies.
In February, at a forum for EMU Professional Learning Leaders (EMU PLLs), the 2020 Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes (CEWF) MAI and EMU data was analysed by Dr Ann Gervasoni (Monash Uni) and other Professional Learning Leaders across Australia. CEO Education Officer and EMU PLL, Melissa Kupkee, is delighted to share that the data paints a very positive picture in relation to the work being carried out by both our students and EMU Specialist Teachers.
“Our most vulnerable stage one students who participated in the EMU intervention program, during 2020, showed accelerated growth beyond the expected national average,” Melissa said.
“Our students are to be congratulated on their success and our EMU specialist teachers are to be congratulated for their dedication and commitment to both Dr Gevasoni’s revolutionary teaching strategies and to their innovative teaching methods during the challenging year of 2020!”
Developed by Associate Professor Ann Gervasoni of Monash University, the EMU Project is a research-based intervention program that focuses on the early years of schooling. It involves intensive 30-minute daily sessions for groups of three children over a period of 10-20 weeks. Not all students grasp the concepts of maths in the same way, or at the same pace and Professor Gervasoni has identified innovative ways to help all kids succeed mathematically.
“The success of this program is much more than just the great data. The increased confidence we see in each student and their willingness to engage in the challenges of difficult tasks is so inspiring and fulfilling for teachers,” Melissa said.
Since 2015, EMU Specialist Teachers across Wilcannia-Forbes schools have been working with targeted groups of students developing their whole number knowledge and skills. Teachers have participated in ongoing professional learning, building their skills through research, professional reading and collegial discussions and have been amazed at the progress of students.
St Ignatius’ Parish School Bourke EMU Specialist Teacher, Hayley Hayman, is excited with her ‘November 2020 data’ and the cumulative growth shown by her students.
“We have had some great success this year, the students have been so enthusiastic, and I am so amazed by their growth,” she said.
Underpinning the program is an accreditation process which ensures that EMU specialist teachers maintain ongoing learning in this essential curriculum area, have the expertise to deliver professional learning to colleagues, and work within a whole school approach to improving learning and teaching for all. Deputy Director of Catholic Education, Mary-Ellen Dempsey, said the dedication and expertise of Education Officer, and EMU PLL, Melissa Kupkee, are to be commended.
“Melissa’s skill and dedication have impacted greatly on the growth of student outcomes and staff professional knowledge. Her work has benefited our school system immensely.”