The Catalyst program is an exciting and ambitious initiative for Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Catalyst aims to improve student academic achievement across the system, through developing excellence in Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment.

The implementation of Catalyst will support the system to achieve two bold goals: every student is a competent reader; and high impact teaching practice is visible in every classroom. 

Around 2,000 teachers in the system are currently engaged in Catalyst through the High Impact Teaching Practice program, the K-2 Literacy program (for K-2 teachers), the provision of high-quality Catalyst Curriculum resources and the Catalyst Assessment program. 

School leaders are supported in implementing Catalyst and building leadership capability through the Instructional Leadership Program.

To improve student outcomes, Catalyst focuses on developing excellence in teacher practice. What teachers do in the classroom is the most important in-school factor for educational success. Students with high performing teachers can achieve greater learning gains year after year than low performing teachers.

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