Professional Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching
Where will this take me?
The Evidence-Based Teaching philosophy is a progressive way of thinking about education and learning that develops a new class of teacher, and an educator whose ability to evaluate data and draw upon research can make an immediate impact on the learning and development outcomes of their students.
Christine Bellert is an English Coach at St Agatha’s Catholic primary school in Cranbourne. Despite a tumultuous time in her personal life, the 57-year-old has had an insatiable “desire to keep learning.”
In 2012, Christine’s world was turned upside down when her son Michael suffered three strokes after an erupted brain aneurysm. At the time Michael and his wife had only just announced they were pregnant with twins. It was a difficult time for the whole family, explains Christine. The knock-on effect of such heartbreak continued for quite some time, eventually taking its toll on Christine’s career.
“I continued to work as a principal the following year, however by the end of that year I needed to resign my position.”
Fast forward six years and things are looking much brighter. Christine says she’s hopeful about her son’s progress and the future of her grandchildren.
“I am again in a leadership position at a Catholic primary school. My main role is English Coach and I get to work with all staff and students to help improve practice.”
Christine has completed a variety of different courses over the years, her most recent undertaking is the Master of Education in Evidence-Based Teaching at the University of Melbourne which she says, “helps with (her) role and the course enables (her) to use what she’s learning, straight away into (her) practice.”
"Already every unit has enabled me to assist staff and students with making improvements in their learning and teaching."
The overall support from the University of Melbourne throughout her student experience has been exceptional states Christine.
“My interactions with academics from the University of Melbourne has humbled me. Each one of them has been so generous with their time, to ensure I have the best opportunity to learn.”
“If you’re serious about education, you seriously need to be enrolled in this masters course,” adds Christine.