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Insight, based on the science of learning and reading, encompasses the way we teach in every classroom. This teaching approach empowers all educators to help their students grow in knowledge, wisdom and service.

Our Insight Project has one single objective: to improve the learning achievement of every student in our schools. Decades of research now tells us that we improve student learning by helping teachers become even more effective in their daily teaching practice. 

Insight began in 2022 and has presently been embraced by 24 schools of the Archdiocese of Hobart. Led by Executive Director Gerard Gaskin, and Project Lead Jennifer White and her team of proficient educators, the Insight project focuses on improving the three key foundations of teaching and learning:

  1. A comprehensive, knowledge rich Curriculum: that supports student’s growth in learning, knowing and remembering - every day
  2. Cognitive Science (the Science of Learning): Developing our understanding about how people learn; to overcome the limits of working memory in order to maximise student learning and to build long-term memory in all key subjects
  3. High impact Pedagogy: Regular and intensive coaching to assist our educators in actively applying the science of learning as we design highly efficient and effective teaching and learning methods in the classroom

Catholic Education Tasmania is committed to supporting every student to grow in understanding and knowledge. We firmly believe the Insight project will serve the growth of our students as they understand the communal knowledge needed to function and flourish in society and in turn, build on their prior knowledge to respond in critical and creative ways to real world problems and daily life challenges. 

From the beginning of 2023 Catholic educators across Tasmania will study the science of learning and commit themselves to learning specific high impact teaching practices that will improve learning in every subject at every level, in every CET school. 

Insight will also provide educators with high-quality professional development opportunities through:

  1. Instructional Leadership: Coaching and mentoring for Principals and Leaders to support planning and implementation.
  2. High Impact Teaching Practice: Theory, coaching and resources to embed Science of Learning based teaching practice in all classrooms.
  3. Literate Learners for Life: Theory, coaching and resources to embed Science of Reading based teaching practice in all classrooms.


Teaching Matters Summit

Teaching Matters is back and better than ever! The 2024 Summit will be an immersive and enlightening event that explores best practice methodologies for teaching and learning.

We are thrilled to welcome Jan Hasbrouck, leading researcher, educational consultant and author as our headline keynote speaker. Jan joins a host of national and international experts in the Science of Learning for two insightful days of keynotes, workshops, panel discussions and Q&A sessions.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Catholic Education Tasmania acknowledges and deeply respects the Palawa people, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community, and all Elders past and present.

We are committed to learning alongside our students and community in this place, lutruwita, and support the continued sharing of knowledge and Culture.