Jesus Camacho-Morles and Julia Lippold
Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, North Melbourne
Monday 20th May, 5-6:30pm
“When teaching and learning are visible there is a greater likelihood of students reaching higher levels of achievement” (John Hattie).
This session will focus on the nexus between data analytics and EAL student growth. Jesus Camacho-Morles and Julia Lippold will present together on the importance of data collection in measuring students’ growth within the EAL setting. Data analytics is crucial in the “information age” for professionals as well as students. Schools are essentially responsible for using data to inform decisions at the school, class and individual student level. However, what role does the individual EAL teacher play in this? How can we move from simply placing students on the EAL Developmental Continuum as an assessment tool for English language proficiency to evaluating the progress of our students over time? Competence based assessment is only part of the work we should be doing. How do we measure these other student, teacher and school related factors that are associated with educational outcomes of EAL students? In essence, there is a need for collecting reliable and valid evidence as opposed to judgement.
The use of TEAL in conjunction with Jesus’ ‘Learning Growth Estimator’ (an assessment tool that estimates the amount of learning growth achieved by students in a given period, and uses John Hattie’s ‘Visible Learning’ framework for interpretation) will be discussed, as well as examples from data collected in middle years EAL classes at Lauriston Girls’ School over the course of 2018. How this data has been used to inform teaching and curriculum development in the years 7-10 EAL curriculum in 2019 will also be revealed.
This session is designed for secondary school teachers.
Jesus Camacho-Morles is an educationalist who specializes in the use of psychometrics to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of educational programs, institutions, and psycho-pedagogical interventions. He has extensive experience as a teacher, lecturer, and consultant in several key areas, including assessment and evaluation, data visualization, and research methods, and is currently undertaking his Ph.D. in Education Assessment and Evaluation at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. His many other qualifications include a Masters degree in Education and a postgraduate diploma in Research Methods and Diagnosis in Education. Jesus has designed several learning tools having fellow teachers in mind, intending them as easy-to-use tools that would efficiently analyze data on their behalf and provide them with meaningful reports on their teaching efforts and guide them in their future interventions.
Julia is a ‘teacherpreneur’; she is the founder and creator of ‘Zealous English’ – a blog and YouTube channel about middle-years EAL. She holds a BA (Languages) with Honours, a Grad Dip of Education (Sec), a Masters of Public and International Law, and is currently completing a Grad Cert of Literary Classics. She is also the EAL Coordinator (Years 7-12) at Lauriston Girls’ School in Melbourne, where she has had an integral role in establishing the EAL program. She also supports mainstream teachers who have EAL students and delivers staff professional learning workshops. Julia has taught in the New Arrivals and Independent School sectors, and in Korea. She was also a Leading Teacher and International Student Coordinator at Blackburn English Language School. Julia is a VicTESOL Committee Member, an Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA) representative, and is actively involved in the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) EAL curriculum F-10 for the Victorian Schools Consultation Review.