Graduate School

of Education

We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 Science of Learning Partnership Initiative are now open.  The 2020 Initiative will focus on supporting schools to develop their students metacognitive skills.

About the 2019 initiative

In 2019, educators will be supported by researchers at the University of Melbourne, engaging in an evidence based cycle of inquiry, using student voice to inform school improvement through evidence based practice, developing teachers and school leaders to understand:
  • Authentic student voice
  • High impact teaching & learning interventions
  • The Science of Learning principles of practice
  • Effective diagnosis & evaluation of teacher practice
  • The principles of implementation science in effectively applying evidence based interventions for the purpose of school improvement

The program will enable schools to quantify and visualise their progress on markers of student voice by facilitating pre- and post- intervention measures and through the provision of diagnostic, evaluation and impact reports. These reports will provide schools with detailed information about their progress over the year, suggestions for further improvement, and documentation of their success.

What we offer

Over the course of the 12-month program, partnership Schools will receive:

Professional Development Programs

4 x 1-day intensive PD programs at The University of Melbourne for up to 5 staff

Online Evening Forums

4 x Online Evening Forums to support goals of the translation of theory into practice

Expert Presentations broadcast to your schools

4 x Online Presentations by voices in education research, broadcast to schools for all staff to access

Whole Staff Professional Learning Session

A whole staff PL session in your school (curriculum day/after school/conference etc.)

Science of Learning Resources

Access to a suite of on-line professional learning resources to support teacher growth

Personalised Support

Ongoing personalised support for each school to support school improvement

Formal Recognition

Formal recognition of their Partnership with the University of Melbourne Science of Learning Partnership Initiative

Support provided for your school:

  • Facilitating pre- and post- test measures of Student Voice to diagnose school improvement needs
  • Provision of Diagnostic, Evaluation, and Impact Reports
  • Learning Leadership Coaching
  • Inter-school networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Learning Science Professional Development Programming

Your Commitment

  • Participate in the formal professional development offerings
  • Conduct pre- and post- tests of Student Voice measures.
  • Network and learn with and from the other schools within the Community of Practice
  • Work with University researchers and academic staff on relevant research-based initiatives
  • Fill out the expression of interest form below and then confirm participation by return of agreement.
  • Pay the $15,000 (ex GST) participatory fee

Our Leadership team

John Hattie

Laureate professor

Luke Mandouit

network director

Irina Grossman

cognitive neuroscientist (PhD)

The 2018 Science of Learning Partnership Schools Initiative connects research and practice, to enhance educational outcomes in Victorian Schools.

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