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Real-world maths: ‘The Best Hospital’
Real-world maths: ‘The Best Hospital’

This year’s International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IMMC) required students to measure and choose the ‘best hospital’. Here, Ross Turner explores how teams from Australia approached the task.

Evidence-based school improvement
Evidence-based school improvement

Emeritus Professor Bill Louden from the University of Western Australia presented at Research Conference 2018 in Sydney. His session, titled Evidence-based approaches to school improvement: Kimberley Schools Project outlined the fundamental principles that underpin the thinking behind the project.

Change leading to improvement
Change leading to improvement

Educators across Australia are always trying new ways to improve outcomes for their students. Not all changes result in improvements. Is there a way that we increase the likelihood of a change leading to improvement?

What sort of schools have the best access to teachers?
What sort of schools have the best access to teachers?

One of the main resources in schools is teachers, and in this column Dr Sue Thomson looks at the provision of teachers to advantaged and disadvantaged students in Australia.

Sharing good practice: Gonski and evidence-based practice
Sharing good practice: Gonski and evidence-based practice

In this fortnightly series, Teacher takes a closer look at some of the Gonski recommendations and what they might look like in practice. Today we explore the role of education research and evidence in driving practice and innovation to improve student outcomes.

PIRLS 2016: Russia’s reading success
PIRLS 2016: Russia’s reading success

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) measures Year 4 students’ reading literacy achievement. When the last study cycle was conducted in 2016, students in the Russian Federation outperformed their peers in all 50 participating countries and 11 benchmarking regions.

Helping refugee students to be successful at school
Helping refugee students to be successful at school

Discussions and debate around the education of refugee students can often focus on the challenges and difficulties. Finnish researcher Mervi Kaukko has come to Australia to explore the other side of the story – how are teachers helping students to be successful at school?

Collecting and acting on student feedback
Collecting and acting on student feedback

Student voice has been a core part of staff professional learning at Pakuranga College for several years. Here, two professional learning leaders at the Auckland school reflect on the implementation process and key learnings for teachers.

Supporting schools in conflict-affected countries
Supporting schools in conflict-affected countries

There are still many children who live in a world where even the most basic of school infrastructure does not exist. In her latest column, Julia Gillard shares how the Global Partnership for Education is helping to get infrastructure and supplies to schools in conflict-affected countries – from classroom furniture in Yemen to handwashing stations in Sierra Leone.

Teacher’s bookshelf: I’m the Principal
Teacher’s bookshelf: I’m the Principal

In their new book I’m the Principal, authors Stephen Dinham, Kerry Elliott, Louisa Rennie and Helen Stokes use the Australian Professional Standard for Principals as a framework to consider key aspects and contributors to principal learning, action, influence and identity. In this extract they are exploring what it means to be a principal and the stressors they face.