With the new year well underway, schools and early learning settings across Australia are grappling with the past and present impacts of the pandemic. This challenging context provides an opportunity for instructional leaders to use a strong evidence base to focus upon targeted and manageable actions that support learning and wellbeing.
The impacts of the pandemic on children and young people can be highly variable, with significant differences to be expected across contexts, cohorts and circumstances. Furthermore, there is ongoing potential for additional disruption of learning and development due to isolation requirements for both educators and children who develop Covid-19 or are close contacts of those who do.
This term Evidence for Learning (E4L) is focusing on sharing guidance for educational leaders on strategies that have the most impact, while making the most efficient use of their time. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share a series of ‘evidence for impact’ blogs which examine how educational leaders around Australia are using evidence to support their work in early 2022.
Borrowing the framework from our Guide to Supporting School Planning and Recovery, these blogs will cover various topics related to three aspects of instructional leadership: high-quality teaching, targeted academic support, and wider strategies to support children, young people and families as illustrated in the diagram below.
The series of blogs includes:
- Using evidence for high-impact impact teaching – metacognition: explains why it is more important than ever to create independent learners, and looks at what educational leaders can do to implement effective metacognitive strategies.
- Using evidence for high-impact teaching – upper primary and secondary numeracy: reviews the evidence on high-impact problem solving strategies in mathematics to optimise learning in the context of challenges and opportunities in early 2022.
- Targeted academic support – monitoring and adapting tutoring initiatives in 2022: examines considerations for educational leaders when monitoring and implementing tutoring programs to support student learning in primary and secondary schools.
- Wider strategies: optimising social and emotional learning in primary schools: explores how educational leaders simultaneously support social and emotional learning alongside ‘academic’ content and skills without focussing on one at the expense of the other.
- Using evidence for high-impact teaching – secondary literacy: reviews the evidence on high-impact vocabulary strategies to optimise literacy learning in the context of challenges and opportunities in early 2022.
- Supporting rich conversations with children and families in early learning: explores how educational leaders are navigating opportunities for richer conversations with children and engagement with families amongst the challenges of staff shortages and child absences in early 2022.
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