Capturing the innovations of learning from home

Innovations in education made by schools and teachers while students were learning from home during the pandemic are being collected to retain any improvements.

Image: Menindee Central School ran an at-home cooking challenge, Menindee Kitchen Rules, keeping students engaged and families supported at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Mitchell said she requested the review to capture advances and examples of school innovation to help change education for the better.

"The shift to learning from home was a challenge the entire system met successfully," Ms Mitchell said.

"Everyone from department staff, teachers, principals, parents and students had to adapt. All sorts of solutions to a range of challenges had to be found. I want to make sure that these innovations are recorded and, if appropriate, expanded.

"Great ideas around teaching practices, technology use and partnerships between families and schools blossomed during this time, and it would be a loss not to collect them."

Teachers across the state from both government and non-government schools are encouraged to share their innovative practices developed during COVID-19 to help foster improvement in our schools.

The collection of case studies will be published during Term 3, with the most effective approaches examined in a wider review that will look at key findings for education during the pandemic.

"This is an opportunity for our outstanding teachers who met the challenges of COVID-19 head-on to have their innovative work showcased to benefit students across NSW," Ms Mitchell said.

Teachers and their colleagues are encouraged to submit their Innovative practice by 15 July 2020.

Examples of innovation being sought include:

  • new teaching practices which significantly improved learning outcomes for students
  • student-led initiatives which had great learning outcomes
  • initiatives to support equitable access to high-quality education throughout COVID-19
  • students who thrived in the different learning environments, and how that has been maintained with the return to face to face learning
  • partnerships between families and schools that supported improved learning outcomes for students.
  • Media releases
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