Congratulations to Genazzano FCJ College on their recent award for Innovative Learning! Here is part of their press release, reproduced from their website with permission
The annual Innovative Schools list recognises schools at the cutting edge of change and innovation in Australia and provides an opportunity to showcase the inspirational initiatives being implemented to deliver quality teaching and learning experiences.
In 2019, Genazzano FCJ College was recognised as an innovative school for the work of the Genazzano Institute of Learning & Brain Sciences; a unique and progressive innovation to promote an understanding of brain function and health for improved learning and living.
Since then the Institute has gone from strength to strength, continuing to support students with different programs and clubs; the Science of Learning program for educators; and events, news and forums to support the broader community to better understand the brain and embrace topics like neurodiversity.
In 2020, the Institute has been recognised for its iLEARN Profiler and Emergence Program. The Profiler is a strength based tool which invites a student view of strengths, challenges, classroom experience, mindset, approach to learning, metacognition, motivation and more.
The tool was developed and piloted by this year and received positive feedback from both staff and students. “I think the survey is useful. I was able to stop and think about how I learn and what I’m good at”, shared a Genazzano student.
The Emergence Program combines exceptional learning opportunities with a new microcredentials platform and a dynamic digital ePortfolio. Students build rich compendiums of skills mastery, knowledge and experience throughout their learning journeys and the portable database allows them to showcase their accomplishments beyond the school.
Principal, Ms Karen Jebb, was delighted the College has been recognised again this year. “I am thrilled that Genazzano has been recognised as an innovative school again in 2020”, she said. “Our Genazzano Institute of Learning & Brain Sciences has continued to deliver new programs focused on improving students’ learning and it is great to see these acknowledged externally”. “Being a leader in learning and innovation to improve student learning outcomes is a key part of the College’s Strategic Plan; and these sorts of programs are evidence we are delivering what we promise”.