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Teaching and learning


The Kawana Waters State College community has a strong focus on ensuring the best learning experiences and opportunities are available to all students from Prep to Year 12 and that these assist in preparing them for future success. Australian Curriculum documents outline the required skills, knowledge and understanding students are required to achieve at each year level. 

We acknowledge and understand that students learn and embrace these at their own pace. In order to embrace this, we have adopted a research based framework to ensure we have an unrelenting focus on becoming a High Reliability School (Marzano 2014). This framework aligns with the State Schools Strategy – Every Student Succeeding 2017-2021. A high reliability school is one that is safe and collaborative, has effective teaching in every classroom, and offers a guaranteed and viable curriculum with a standards referenced approach. 

High Reliability Schools Framework – Level 1

Within our safe collaborative culture, our College REDE program is designed for all students and is delivered in a differentiated approach for all students Prep to Year 12, focusing on the College values of Respect, Excellence, Diversity and Enjoyment. Kawana Waters State College is a professional learning community with various Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) which ensures teacher teams and collaborative groups regularly interact to address common issues regarding curriculum, assessment, instruction and the achievement of all students.

High Reliability Schools Framework – Level 2

Teachers embrace The Art and Science of Teaching (ASoT) which is organised into three segments and ten design questions (see link) as the comprehensive pedagogical framework to support and grow teaching practice and ultimately student learning. The ASoT framework provides a common language for the College community to discuss effective teaching and learning and provides a consistent whole school pedagogical practice. It provides processes for professional learning for teachers and procedures to monitor and increase the sustained impact of the practices on everyday teaching and learning. College leaders and teaching staff develop professional growth goals aligned to ASoT and are then encouraged to regularly participate in structured reflective practices to assist them in achieving these goals.

High Reliability Schools Framework – Level 3

Teachers have an unrelenting focus on developing a guaranteed and viable curriculum; ensuring that College curriculum is focused enough that it can be adequately addressed and learned by students in the time available. This is currently being established by all teachers in all learning areas in order to be mapped across all year levels, thereby ensuring all students have the opportunity to learn and engage with the critical content of the curriculum.

High Reliability Schools Framework – Level 4

Our students have opportunity to track and measure their own progress, providing them with clear learning goals and proficiency scales and therefore also engaging them more deeply in their learning. While these are still being developed at Kawana Waters State College, students are embracing the use of these to track their learning within each of the prioritised Australian Curriculum achievement standards.
College leadership teams use Marzano’s High Reliability Schools Framework to reflect on and review their strategic direction and to maintain an unrelenting focus on teaching and learning, and ultimately improved learning for all members of our College community, something of which we are very proud.