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NIC@CIC – Ravenswood School for Girls 11 May 2016

Date: Wednesday, 11th May 2016
Time: 12:00 AM


Following Professor Anthony Bryk’s visit to Sydney and his Master Class in improvement science pursued through networked improvement communities (NIC), the Connected Intelligence Centre hosted three new NIC@CIC events in May and June 2016.

These seminars highlighted the work of three schools who participated in the Master Class and other projects with UTS, focusing on developing students as ‘resilient agents of their own learning’.

Professor Ruth Crick (joint CIC, School of Education & Institute for Sustainable Futures) also highlighted the research evidence behind this work and how it interfaces with practice and the improvement process.

The seminar on 11 May 2016 highlighted the work of a key partner School – Ravenswood School for Girls.

About the Event

Ravenswood School for Girls

In 2015, Ravenswood School for Girls was awarded an AIS Education Research Project Grant which has enabled a partnership with Professor Ruth Crick at UTS. Terrie Jones and Amy Van Arkkels from Ravenswood School for Girls have been designing a whole school innovation focused on empowering students to take responsibility for their own learning. Using the Improvement Science model, the team have engaged with baseline data, co-constructed a definition of the problems and analysed the ‘system’, our School, to better understand how their ‘local conditions’ have contributed to the engagement levels of their students. Using this collective analysis, teachers have developed a range of academic interventions, using the PLAN-DO-STUDY-ACT framework.

Terrie Jones - RavenswoodTerrie Jones

Terrie Jones is currently the Deputy Principal, Head of Learning and Innovation at Ravenswood.  She joined Ravenswood as the Head of Teaching and Learning in January 2010 and previously she was Director of Service-Learning at Abbotsleigh.  She believes in collaborative endeavour and the power of shared and reflective practice.


Amy Van Arkkels - RavenswoodAmy Van Arkkels

Amy Van Arkkels joined Ravenswood in 2015 as the Coordinator Teaching Quality, a new role designed to lead and support teaching staff in their professional learning, practice and accreditation. Prior to this role, Amy was the Head of Teaching and Learning – Middle School at Wenona. Amy is currently working towards a PhD focused on the in-school structures and practices that contribute to early career teachers’ self efficacy.

Who should attend?

  • Teachers and Educators from Sydney schools and communities.
  • Researchers interested in impact and improvement science, data and learning analytics.
  • Policy makers responsible for Learning Futures and transformation at scale.

Why attend?

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of the innovative and pioneering team of Networked Improvement Community in Australia and the UK. You will benefit from examples from practice, make connections to follow up and become part of the CIC community of interest, as well as find links to futher research evidence and opportunities for collaboration.

What is a NIC?

A Networked Improvement Community (NIC) is a community engaged in a process of disciplined enquiry, combined with the use of networks to identify, adapt and successfully scale up promising interventions in education. They bring together researchers and practitioners to accelerate learning in key areas of education – for example the need to develop resilience in learning in students.


Wednesday 11 May, 2016. 4:30-6:30pm


CIC Ideation Studio, Building 22, Ground Floor, 2 Blackfriars Street, Chippendale, Sydney.