The University of Melbourne is enhancing its network of collaborative partnerships with Australian schools for 2019. In addition to opportunities to work at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education with world-class researchers and practitioners, the University of Melbourne Network of Schools (UMNOS) will be extended to include online professional learning modules that support collectively agreed strategies. UMNOS 2019 will combine the actual and the virtual for educators who want to be part of a unique cross-sector network of schools.
I think we have a truly wonderful opportunity to make a difference but we need to do it together. That's the point of the network." Professor John Hattie
New pathways for 2019
We have spent some time thinking about the best way we can assist schools as they prepare students for a radically altered world and workplace. The University of Melbourne is doing this through a sustained three-year focus on collaboration and collective impact. In addition to the proven strategies of networking, we are broadening our offerings in 2019 to include two optional research-based pathways.
Option A – The opportunity to be part of a focus group with a specific emphasis on building collective efficacy. This option will include researching and implementing initiatives that enhance student outcomes.
Option B – For schools interested and ready to explore practical strategies aimed at developing, assessing and recognising student attainment in general capabilities or 21st-century competencies, such as critical thinking, entrepreneurial or enterprise skills, collaborative problems solving, creativity and many more. This option will include research and evaluation of new ways of delivering and credentialing knowledge and skills.
If you are interested in one of these pathways, please indicate your preference within your application.
Be part of the Network
As the University of Melbourne Network of Schools (UMNOS) has been in operation since 2014, you will be joining a network of over 100 very different schools. All of them testify to the power and collective impact of working together and learning from each other. Drawing on the evidence base of the University of Melbourne’s globally recognised researchers such as Laureate Professor John Hattie, Associate Professor Sandra Milligan and Emeritus Professor Stephen Dinham, along with many others, the Network identifies and works on specific points of deep focus. Network schools are guided in their development of a bespoke approach to match the needs of their particular school community.
- Presentations from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s (MGSE) leading researchers and the opportunity to test your thinking with some of our best education thinkers.
- Attendance at the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education, Australia’s leading education faculty.
- Ongoing learning and support throughout the three-year program.
- 4-6 days of face-to-face workshops per year over the three years, (offered over 2 to 3 x 2-day intensives) held at the University of Melbourne, Victoria.
- Tailored online professional learning modules adapted to network needs and latest research.
- Places for leadership team participants in each school to attend the workshops. Online professional learning modules for whole staff, resulting in a whole school professional learning program and strategy.
- Access to a wide network of highly skilled practitioners.
- Online collaboration through Web-based Interactive Learning (WIL), which will enable Network participants access to learning that will help education leaders implement change.
- Engagement with fellow professionals in a congenial and trusting atmosphere. There is plenty of time for corridor chat and teacher talk over coffee and lunch breaks.
- The opportunity to meet and swap ideas with a wide cohort of leaders from very different schools and jurisdictions – regional/metro, cross-sector/special schools.
- Access to MGSE's events including Dean’s lectures and the many special presentations and seminars offered by the faculty.
- Being part of an online learning community via WIL, a web-based tool built around your professional needs.
- Opportunities to showcase your school’s story via MGSE’s monthly podcast Talking Teaching.
- A commitment from key members of your school’s leadership team. We ask schools to identify a team of up to four school leaders (principal, deputies, instructional coach, etc.) for regular and consistent attendance to the three-year program.
- A willingness to be part of a trusted network, which will operate in both an actual and virtual space.
- Working with MGSE experts and networked schools to define the agreed goals identified by your school.
- Providing time for your instructional coach to support the ‘work’ back in your school.
- Collaborating with Network members to pursue agreed outcomes.
- A preparedness to work on specific research projects if taking a research pathway.
- A level of understanding of both face-to-face workshopping and online collaborative learning.
- Developing and sharing dashboards to evaluate Network and school outcomes.
- An annual network fee. Find more information on the UMNOS fees page.
Learn more about UMNOS' fees, roles and membership guidelines on our FAQs page.
At the Network we say – the work is the work
Each participating school appoints an instructional coach from their staff to work with their School leadership team, the Network, and with University of Melbourne colleagues to support implementation of the agreed professional approaches to teaching and learning.
- developing dashboards and other resources that focus on the use of school data
- collaborative processes to support student learning
- developing regular monitoring of all students
- generating and sharing school-based solutions based on internal and external research
- evaluating all school-based implementations and outcomes
- collaborating with teaching and learning leaders in your school to provide relevant professional development on high-impact instructional strategies
- working with teachers to develop an evaluation of interventions
- collection and interpretation of evidence.
‘It's a collaboration not a course’
Evaluation of the effectiveness of the University of Melbourne Network of Schools 2014-17
We'd like to draw your attention to the evaluation of UMNOS undertaken by the Assessment Research Centre (ARC), Melbourne Graduate School of Education, where over ninety schools were involved in the period 2014-17. The report was written by Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young and Dr Nives Nibali.
We are especially grateful to all those UMNOS participants – school leaders, University experts and critical friends – who responded so positively to our requests for evidence.
UMNOS members are drawn from across government, independent and Catholic schools; rural and metropolitan schools; and primary, secondary and P-12 schools. The key criteria are a deep commitment of the school leadership team and the school council or board to leading student learning and instruction, and a clear purpose in wanting to participate in UMNOS.
Alkira Secondary College
Auburn High School
Ave Maria College
Bayside P-12 College
Beenleigh State High School
Bendigo South East College
Bentleigh Secondary College
Brentwood Secondary College
Broadford Primary School
Broadford Secondary College
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
Cobram Secondary College
Cranbourne East Secondary College
Dallas Brooks Community Primary School
Dandenong High School
De La Salle College
Deer Park West Primary School
Drouin Secondary College
Edgars Creek Secondary College
Elisabeth Murdoch College
Elsternwick Primary School
Footscray City College
Footscray North Primary School
Genazzano FCJ College
Gisborne Secondary College
Goulburn Valley Grammar School
Gowrie Street Primary School
Hillsmeade Primary School
Hoppers Crossing Secondary College
Knox Central Primary School & partner school Scoresby Primary School
Korowa Anglican Girls School
Lauriston Girls School
Logan City Special School
Lumen Christi Catholic School
Manorvale Primary School
Maramba Primary School
Maryborough Education Centre
Meadowglen Primary School
Melton West Primary School
Mernda Central College
Mooroopna North Primary School
Mooroopna Primary School
Mooroopna Secondary College
Mordialloc Beach Primary School
Mount Waverley Secondary College
Numurkah Secondary College
Orchard Grove Primary School
Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College
Our Lady of the Southern Cross Primary School
Our Lady's Craigieburn
Pascoe Vale Girls College
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
Penola Catholic College
Rushworth P-12 College
Sacred Heart College
Saint Martin of Tours Primary School
Sandringham East Primary School
Shepparton East Primary School
Shepparton High School
Siena Catholic Primary School
St Albans Heights Primary School
St Brigid's Catholic Learning Community
St John's School, Frankston East
St Joseph's College, Echuca
St Joseph's Primary School
St Peter Julian Eymard School
St Peter's Primary School, Keilor East
St Pius X
St Thomas the Apostle School
St. Dominic's Primary School
St. Francis Xavier Primary School
Sunshine Christian School
Tatura Primary School
Taylors Lakes Secondary College
The Cathedral College
The Grange P-12 College
Vermont Primary School
Wallan Primary School
Wallan Secondary College
Warringa Park School
White Hills Primary School
Whitehorse Primary School
Williamstown High School
Woodville Primary School
Yarra Hills Secondary College
Yea High School
Talk to us about how the University of Melbourne Network of Schools can help you and your school.
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