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)

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Communicating Scientifically
by michelle winata on 26/04/2019

The content was very applicable to how we need to teach content and made me evaluate how I get students to develop skills.

Communicating Scientifically
by Cindy Tang on 26/04/2019

Enjoyed the use of the online websites for communication and accessibility. Would prefer more samples of Q1/responses and scaffolded resources. Enjoyed the discussions.

Communicating Scientifically
by Sarah Simpson on 26/04/2019

Very useful analysis of key syllabus terminology. Good to discuss with fellow teachers.

Communicating Scientifically
26/04/2019

Relevant and useful.

Write a better test: the art and science of writing MCQs.
14/04/2019

Answered some questions for more setting MCQs.

Write a better test: the art and science of writing MCQs.
14/04/2019

Informative, relevant.

Write a better test: the art and science of writing MCQs.
14/04/2019

It was very informative.

Writing Science / Face to Face
14/04/2019

Very good. A bit rushed. Greater emphasis on Stage 6 would have been beneficial.

Writing Science / Face to Face
14/04/2019

It was good to align my understanding of learning effort with the UI etc. idea.

Writing Science / Face to Face
14/04/2019

Jim was clear and helpful when we asked questions. He also addressed many strategies today.

Writing Science / Face to Face
14/04/2019

It took me a little while to get my head around the direction but by the afternoon session I felt I could take a new way of doing this back at work. Jim is very easy to work with

Killer Depth Studies and SRPs
by Manuela Fuchs on 10/01/2019

Well presented, exellent info, great organisation. Excellent to go home with a finished Depth Study

Killer Depth Studies and SRPs
by Daniela Payne on 10/01/2019

Great practical tools to make use of straight away. Communication was excellent

Killer Depth Studies and SRPs
10/01/2019

It was very useful to apply what we had covered in the morning in the afternoon to plannning a depty study. A goal at a time.

Killer Depth Studies and SRPs
10/01/2019

Plenty of resources procided on site. Plenty of examples given

Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies
by Jade Wallis on 08/01/2019

Excellent sharing of resources. All online accessable for later and could refer to while going. Excellent time for programming wich teacher never have enough time for.

Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies
08/01/2019

Relaxed presentation style, ample time and assistance. This course came at a great time. I will be using the resouces with my collegues

Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies
by lindy virtue on 08/01/2019

AMAZING! Learnt more today than days of meetings and programming. Jim makes everything clear , both for teachers and kids. All enquiry based learning.

Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies
by Talia Gusen on 08/01/2019

Wonderful ideas and great collaboration! Very helpful and gives a much better idea of how to structure Stage 6 programs.

Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies
by Lauren Rawling on 08/01/2019

Jim was excellent with providing examples and outlining various pedagogical methods. I got a lot out of this course and found it interesting and very helpful!