Great teachers; effective instruction; every child – essential ingredients for schools: Noel Pearson

Noel Pearson delivers a public lecture on the Good to Great Schools program in
Graduation Square on The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus.

29 May 2015

Delivering a positive education experience in remote Australian classrooms based on quality teaching and effective instruction will ensure student literacy rates increase, according to Indigenous lawyer, academic, land rights activist and founder of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, Noel Pearson.

Mr Pearson delivered a public lecture to more than 200 people in Graduation Square on The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus on Wednesday 20 May 2015. He spoke about Good to Great Schools Australia (GGSA) and the literacy program currently being rolled out in schools across northern Australia, including Western Australia’s Kimberley region. The lecture was co-hosted by Notre Dame, the Kimberley Development Commission and GGSA.

Mr Pearson has spent decades advancing reform on native title, economic development and social policy for his people in Cape York Peninsula. He is Chairman of Good to Great Schools Australia and Cape York Partnership. He intends to devote the next decade of his working life to education reform and is working closely with government and business to form partnerships to advance education opportunities for Australian children.

Good to Great Schools Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that supports school transition from poor to fair; fair to good; good to great. This is achieved using different education techniques, Explicit Direct Instruction and Direct Instruction, to accelerate the performance of students in the classroom.

“The teacher delivering effective instruction to the student; we think that is what schooling is all about. The cornerstone of the relationship between the teacher and the student is effective instruction,” Mr Pearson said during his presentation.

In 2015, a number of remote schools across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland adopted the Good to Great Schools literacy model to improve education and school attendance rates in students.

“The topic of Noel Pearson’s lecture was especially significant to us at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus given our ongoing commitment to reconciliation and improving the lives of the country’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through educational opportunities and the Nulungu Research Institute,” Sally Clark, Acting Head of the Broome Campus, said.

Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093;