Presenter Abstract & Bio
Achieving curriculum excellence
Helen Champion & Natalie Jonas, Curriculum Specialists, The Arts and Health and Physical Education, Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (ACARA)
Conference Focus Area: Cultivating an adaptive, innovative and continuously improving curriculum that empowers students to take the reins of their own learning
Cultivating an adaptive, innovative and continuously improving curriculum that empowers students to take the reins of their own learning requires rigorous and ongoing commitment. In this workshop, ACARA Curriculum Specialists will lead an exploration of the monitoring, evaluation and research phase of ACARA’s curriculum development process.
The workshop will consider findings from stakeholder feedback, the OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 project, and comparisons of the Australian Curriculum with that of other international curricula. There will be opportunities to discuss some of the themes, issues and opportunities that have arisen from this work and to engage with questions about the characteristics of adaptive and innovative curriculum.
BIO: Helen and Natalie are Curriculum Specialists in the ACARA Curriculum team. Helen is the Curriculum Specialist for The Arts and Natalie is Curriculum Specialist for Health and Physical Education and Primary Education. Their work includes curriculum monitoring, engagement with stakeholders, contributing to ACARA's Program of Research and developing resources to support curriculum implementation. Both Helen and Natalie came to ACARA with extensive experience in schools as leaders of curriculum development and professional learning. They share a passion for innovative curriculum design to support the diverse needs of students and teachers in Australia's schools.