UMNOS FAQs

  • What is the aim of the Network?

    The purpose of the Network is to collectively impact improving the learning outcomes and experiences of students and to inform, build and use the evidence base of the University of Melbourne.

  • What is the University of Melbourne Network of Schools (UMNOS)?

    The UMNOS is a three-year model which comprises of a Network of about twenty schools each with up to four school members who work together, supported by the University of Melbourne, to enhance student learning outcomes and experiences in their schools. The Network offers an innovative model in which schools work together across sectors and locality to enhance outcomes for all students. The Network draws on a strategic engagement platform based on purposeful collaboration, high impact research and research-informed practice, in a bid to support schools with their core work – improving student learning experiences and outcomes. Through UMNOS, current research findings are tested for practicality, with the research then informed by these learnings about implementation. The core work of the UMNOS is about building relationships around evidence and impact to maximise influence.

  • What is the cost?

    Please see our fees page for full details on annual membership fees.

  • What are the benefits to joining UMNOS?
    • 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 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 your 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.
  • What is the commitment from schools?

    The importance of a school leadership team commitment is in ensuring a whole of support approached, support to build the conditions, structures and capacity to a shared purpose. Leaders who are involved in the learning are more likely to have successful outcomes and sustainable practice beyond the life of the program.

    • 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 from 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 comfort with 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.
  • What’s involved in the research pathway?

    The research pathway includes all the key components of UMNOS with a specific school emphasis on working with MGSE researchers in supporting the development, implementation and evaluation of research questions around a particular area of focus. While UMNOS focus on identifying areas for the work, the research pathway has an emphasis on data collection methods and practices with a focus on dissemination of findings beyond a school context.

  • Who are the Instructional Coaches?

    Each participating school appoints an instructional coach from their staff to work with their School Leadership team, the Network and University of Melbourne colleagues to support implementation of the Network and school's agreed focus. From experience, the instructional coach, formerly the success coordinators role has been a varied one, and up to the school to determine the best fit for their needs. Our research suggests that having a key point of contact in the school and providing release time for your instructional coach to monitor and track progress and support teaching and learning is imperative.

  • Who can join?

    If you are a government, independent or Catholic schools (including special schools), you are eligible to join. 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 the Network.

  • How do I apply?

    Fill in the EOI link below to apply to be part of the 2019 Network. Expressions of interest for 2019 close in late October, schools will be notified in November of the outcome.

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