Jim Sturgiss



Member since
25/10/2015

Jim Sturgiss

Aligning practice for better outcomes.

Improving outcomes through aligned teaching practice synergies.

Jim is an educational researcher and independent educational consultant. A recipient of the NSW PTC Distinguished Service Award for leadership in delivering targeted professional learning to teachers, he works with schools to align assessment, reporting and learning practice. He has been a DoE Senior Assessment Advisor where he developed many statewide assessments, (ESSA, SNAP, ELLA, BST) and as Coordinator: Analytics where he developed reports to schools for statewide assessments and NAPLAN.

Selected NSW Department of Education and Communities appointments
2015                            Analytics, Systems and Development Coordinator 
2012 – 2013                School Assessment Design and Development Acting Coordinator (ESSA)
2007 – 2010                Head Teacher Science, Newtown High School of Performing Arts
2004 – 2005                Senior Assessment Officer, Computer Skills Assessment (CSA6)
2004                            Test Development Officer, Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP)
2000 – 2004                Head Teacher Science, Concord High School 
1998 – 2000                Senior Assessment Officer, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA)

Teaching Qualifications
1993 – 1997                M.Ed. (Hons) University of New England (Thesis: Literacy & learning in Science) 
1979                            Dip. Ed. University of Wollongong
1976 – 1978                B.Sc. University of Wollongong (Majors in Chemistry and Bioenergetics)

Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Take the stress out of report time and improve feedback to students by aligning learning, assessment and reporting.
Target Audience
Secondary teachers 7-12
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Communicating Scientifically - its more than just the words. Learn how science-specific critical literacy is an analytical tool that will empower your students.
Target Audience
NSW Science teachers 7-12
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Use SMART to analyse your school's VALID Science results. Use the Quality Teaching Framework to design better lessons to address identified student learning needs.
Target Audience
Science teachers 7-10
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
“The most important single factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows. Ascertain this and teach accordingly.” David Ausubel 1968
Target Audience
Secondary teachers – the course focuses on the use of BOSTES Stage 4 Course Performance Descriptors (CPDs)
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Graphs can be engaging tools to differentiate student performance. Learn how syllabus standards relate to student graphing. Learn to use SOLO taxonomy to differentiate ...
Target Audience
Science 7-12 teachers
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Collaborate to design and share an assessment task that: • contains a description, criteria and rubric • has direct links to the syllabus • has direct links to the C...
Target Audience
Secondary teachers
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Value what you teach, assess what you value. Improve the efficacy of your teaching practice by aligning learning, assessment and reporting through the Course Performa...
Target Audience
Secondary teachers
6 reviews
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Fed up with checklist learning? Use Google docs to collaboratively create a flexible, 3-dimensional faculty program that is developmentally based, integrates assessment...
Target Audience
Secondary teachers
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Want to learn more about fair tests in science but were afraid to ask? In this course you will interrogate the curriculum for "Science Inquiry Skills" demands, research...
Target Audience
Stage 2 and 3 Primary teachers
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Interrogate the syllabus for "Working Scientifically" demands, analyse your school's Science results on SMART, & design an assessment to differentiate student performan...
Target Audience
Stage 4 and 5 Science teachers
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Use SOLO taxonomy to create open, engaging and accessible questions that produce differentiated student responses.
Target Audience
Science 7-10 teachers
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Make a better test: Learn how to write effective MCQs from a professional test designer.
Target Audience
Science teachers K-12
6 reviews
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Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Regular writing of extended tasks is key to improving learning outcomes. Learn to empower students through the explicit instruction and feedback in writing explanations...
Target Audience
Teachers of Science Years 3 -12
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