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Dr Jo Osler

Education Officer: Learning and Teaching Secondary Pedagogical Coach

Email: josler@ceosale.catholic.edu.au
Phone: (03) 5622 6647

Diploma of Teaching (Primary); Bachelor of Education; Masters in Teaching. 

Jo is currently working in Secondary Schools as a Pedagogy coach. Her work involves building partnerships with school leaders to develop projects that create the structure, culture and leader/teacher practice to provide new opportunities to explore effective pedagogy.

Jo is also currently involved in Diocesan projects which include: leading the Secondary Literacy Network as part of the Federation University, DOSSPA and Catholic Education Office partnership and coaching the Curriculum Leaders Network to manage and lead Diocesan and school change.

Jo has also worked extensively in Primary schools across the Diocese. Her past work includes shaping and leading the Performance and Development Culture and Learning Cultures initiatives. Key aspects of this work include: building the capacity of school leaders to establish a quality approach to professional learning, incorporating action learning and teacher/leader reflection, building active learning frameworks and identifying and exploring teaching practice and leadership that promotes effective learning.

Jo is committed to challenging and supporting leaders and teachers to develop and extend their own knowledge by exploring the intricacies of practice through a consistent focus on creating active, persistent and engaged learners (leaders, teachers and students). She believes that sharing new learning is an important step in understanding and framing leadership and teaching practice in deeper and more meaningful ways.

Jo has been involved in teacher-research for over twenty years. Her research focus has been to explore ways to promote effective learning in the classroom by encouraging students to take greater responsibility for their learning. Major themes of her research include; building meta-cognitive skills, promoting effective teamwork, building a classroom learning community and identifying the components of rich learning tasks. Jo is currently writing her thesis for her PHD, focusing on building the capacity of school leadership to improve learning and teaching.

Jo has presented her work to a wide range of audiences, both here in Australia and internationally. She is a co-author of a book: Whose Learning Is It?: Developing students as active and responsible learners. (Sense Publishers)