These grants will enable the College to further strengthen its professional learning practices across a range of disciplines and serves as an affirmation of BBC's leadership in the field of education.
Innovation in Professional Learning and Performance and Development
BBC is taking part in an Action-Research project with leading educators David Loader and Brian Caldwell to develop innovative practice in Professional Learning and Performance and Development. The Innovation Project with AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership) explores the use of student data in informing teaching practice. Teachers look to utilise classroom spaces and technology to improve the ways in which they cater for learning styles and individual needs.
Lighthouse School for Supervision of Pre-Service Teachers
In partnership with AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership), BBC has acted as a Lighthouse School for supervising Pre-Service Teachers, hosting a forum with schools, universities and partner organisations across South-East Queensland. In 2013, our teachers mentored 19 Pre-Service Teachers from five partner universities. We are proud to be part of forming the next generation of educators.
21st Century Learning Initiatives
This grant will be used to fund the development of professional learning teams to increase the emphasis on Science in the Junior School. BBC Junior School staff members will be paired with a Middle or Senior School staff member to work collaboratively to plan, implement and review specific science units.
It is anticipated that the teams will model the kinds of classroom learning that best promotes 21st century skills for students, promoting problem solving, creativity and critical thinking.
ICT and Pedagogy
One staff member from each year level will be selected to lead a team who will explore how effective ICT pedagogies can be integrated into a unit of work. Participants will be invited to contribute to the new BBC Professional Learning magazine, Inspire, which provides a platform for staff to exchange knowledge, resources and ideas.
Action Plan for Gifted
Designed to assist schools in serving the needs of gifted students, the Action Plan for Gifted at BBC will include a series of professional development activities for teachers, parents and students, as well as drawing on staff expertise to ensure greater awareness around teaching gifted and talented boys.
Building Assessment Communities
Selected teachers will attend 'Hub Days' in order to build assessment expertise. The concept is designed to facilitate a conversation about student work in relation to the Australian Curriulum Achievement Standards.