Educational Impact

Jessica Colleu Terradas (JCT) Translating Research Findings into Practice

This year marks the starting point of a new project. I have been awarded a Churchill Fellowship Impact Funding to enhance the outcomes achieved with my Churchill Fellowship. My initiative aims to create measurable and positive change in Australian schools by helping secondary teachers about how they can effectively support older struggling readers.

A series of eight online training modules will be released in July. Stay tuned and connect with me.

About Me

As the Senior Officer Teaching and Learning Literacy and instructional coach in Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Education, I contribute to the implementation of Catalyst, a system-wide education approach to teaching and learning. Prior to this, I worked in the Literacy Guarantee Unit for the South Australian Education Department.

In 2022, I travelled to the USA, England and France where I met with leading experts to investigate effective literacy screening and instructional practices to support struggling adolescents as part of my Churchill Fellowship.

 

My work was nationally recognised in 2019 with a Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award in recognition of my success in improving literacy and numeracy outcomes in at-risk students from Years 7 to 10. I led state-wide networking opportunities for educators and am now starting a PhD at the Australian Catholic University, studying literacy in adolescent students, under the main supervision of Professor Anne Castles.

 

I continue to be instrumental in advancing the awareness, understanding and use of evidence‐based instruction to prevent low literacy failures across the state and beyond. And most importantly, no matter what I do, I work to make a difference.

Winston Churchill Fellowship

In 2020, I was awarded the Dorothy and Brian Wilson Churchill Fellowship which has been a life-changing experience. I travelled for eight-weeks overseas in France, UK, Belgium and the US and met with international experts to learn more about language and literacy screening and effective intervention practices to support older struggling readers in schools. Read my report and connect with me.

High-quality online training modules for secondary teachers about how to support struggling readers.

Eight online quality-assured training modules will be released in Semester 2 (2024), aiming to upskill the literacy knowledge and classroom practices of in-service secondary teachers and provide schools with specific, practical guidance about how to help older struggling students catch up. This on-demand professional learning package for individual teachers or professional learning groups will provide an overview of adolescent literacy and why some students have difficulty with reading so educators can enhance their ability to address the diverse needs of older struggling readers.

The Winston Churchill Impact Funding Program is fully sponsoring this initiative. If you are interested, fill in our form and I will let you know once the modules are released.

Come and join me at the next event, and mingle with like-minded educators. I will be attending and presenting at most events listed below.

My education journey in numbers

200+

Professional Learning opportunities offered in multiple settings: schools, partnerships, state, national and international conferences.

1 Award ($45,000)

From The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award, Schools Plus (2019).

Worked in 4 States

and Territories across multiple education sectors.

In 7 Years

improved literacy outcomes for 250+ at-risk adolescents at Como Secondary College.

$28,000 Scholarship

The Dorothy and Bryan Wilson Churchill Fellowship (2020).

Over 150+ Schools

assisted and supported.

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