The South Australian Department for Education is committed to being the best education system in Australia, ensuring that the educational outcomes for children and young people in our state are world-class.
To do this, we need to support our people to be their best, developing expert teachers and quality leaders with the capability to lead learning and achieve growth for every child.
The best systems in Australia and around the world have an institute or academy model to assure the quality of the professional learning and leadership development offerings. Orbis emerged from a process designed to discover how the delivery of exemplary professional learning can elevate our system’s performance.
Let's reflect back on what we set out to achieve:
On April 9, 2019 Orbis Exemplary Learning landed - we delivered a purpose built adult learning facility in Hindmarsh. We engaged The University of Melbourne and Harvard Graduate School of Education to design and deliver our programs in literacy, numeracy and instructional leadership.
Our model is different and that’s what makes our professional learning exemplary. We co-design our programs with our people and with the experts. Our programs are based on contemporary research and best practice.
In 2019, teachers and leaders from every corner of South Australia took part in our pilot programs - from Andamooka to Nangwarry, Ceduna to Renmark - they made the journey to Hindmarsh to engage in our world-class professional learning to improve their practice and the learning outcomes for students.
In our first year, 162 educators from across South Australia took part in our pilot programs: Literacy R-3, Literacy 7-9, Numeracy R-3, Instructional Leadership and the Harvard Leadership for School Excellence program in Sydney.
We have reached many South Australian schools in our inaugural year - from small schools like Tarlee and Koolunga to metro sites like Glenunga International, Mitcham Girls High, Adelaide High School and Linden Park Primary - and the list keeps growing.
We built an elite adult learning facility, engaged world-class providers and enabled teachers to improve their practice.
Our goal was clear - provide exemplary professional learning to South Australian educators. After 300 participant surveys we now know that we achieved this goal in 2019. Our greatest strength was listening to our people - being responsive and curating our learning to suit the needs of every educator in every Orbis program.
Orbis has had huge success in 2019, with overwhelming interest in our program offerings. We’ve added more available places to meet the demand for our exemplary professional learning.
Orbis will continue to focus on fine-tuning our approach, and deliver world-class professional learning to South Australian educators. We're working on new and exciting projects to expand on our exemplary offerings, and in 2020 and 2021 we will: