School of Education, Fremantle assists in winning significant grant

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 8-4-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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A consortium of partners, including 16 government primary schools, senior high schools, senior colleges' education support centres, and The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle School of Education has been successful in winning a $50,000 grant through the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program (AGQTP).

A substantial part of the grant is being used to secure the services of internationally acclaimed educator, Dr Barrie Bennett who will offer a 'Train the Trainer' course. Dr Bennett is an Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto Canada, and is renowned for his work on school curricula, instructional change and school improvement.

Teachers and School of Education academics will be involved in sessions exploring the latest research in the areas of teaching and learning. Strategies gleaned from sessions will be incorporated into the School of Education’s units on pedagogy, thus further strengthening our already robust courses.

Assoc Prof Richard Berlach, Acting Dean of the School of Education at Fremantle explains, “The securing of this grant provides an excellent opportunity for both participating schools and Notre Dame to add value to children's educational experience.

“Introducing a cycle of training for teachers has the potential of reaching into many schools throughout the State. Also, by providing a professional development opportunity for staff, they will then be in a better position to refine the cutting-edge pedagogical strategies which are already present in the institution's teacher education courses.

"The School of Education greatly appreciates this partnership with the participating schools, with many of our academic staff showing a keenness to be involved in the training. One of the Objects of the University is 'training for the professions' and this is an excellent opportunity to further this mission. I look forward to what I'm certain will be many positive outcomes of this valuable partnership."

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