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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Planning for inquiry learning
03/07/2018

It gave a better understanding of how to plan for inquiry learning with overdoing it with paperwork. Good use of ICTA to help present the course.

Planning for inquiry learning
by Katrina Avery on 03/07/2018

Jim had a lot of interesting knowledge he could share with us. He made extra effort to look at the syllabus with me.

Planning for inquiry learning
by Julie Worrad on 03/07/2018

Great ideas to take back to school and implement – particularly program content.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by Belinda McKeown on 03/07/2018

Great ideas. Nice small group. Presenter excellent and helped with 1-1 help and great ideas which will really change my teaching for the better.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
by Anne De Fraine on 03/07/2018

Excellent opportunity for discussion and working on actual tasks.

Write a better test: Extended Response Tasks
03/07/2018

Very useful course.

Writing Science
by Alison Brown on 03/07/2018

Jim was great. Even though the rest of the group were high school teachers, he ensured I was involved and I found the day very productive and will use this in my science teaching.

Writing Science
03/07/2018

Great course that provided excellent insight into literacy and resources to improve this

Writing Science
by Malcolm Stokes on 03/07/2018

The presentation moved at a good pace. Knowledge of subject by Jim was extensive. I need to work more on formatting responses with SOLO particularly.

Writing Science
by Malcolm Stokes on 03/07/2018

The presentation moved at a good pace. Knowledge of subject by Jim was extensive. I need to work more on formatting responses with SOLO particularly.

Writing Science
03/07/2018

Knowledgeable presenter,
supportive,
provides good feedback,
very informative,
good resources & structure,
SOLO information and breaking down writing tasks was excellent

Writing Science
03/07/2018

Lots of shared resources to assist with building vital skills for communicating, particularly in examinations. More “hands on” would have been more stimulating, however, time the usual issue for the volume of content.

Writing Science
03/07/2018

Well presented with clear instruction and terminology. The group tasks and applying of the content was really helpful! Being able to discuss the concepts with other teachers was an added bonus.

Writing Science
by Adrian O'Shea on 03/07/2018

Great Presentation, ideas, sharing tasks and resources

Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies
by Lee Liao on 10/04/2018

Clear and helpful.

Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies
10/04/2018

I would have liked more resources to share. But it was very insightful.

Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies
10/04/2018
Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies
by Alpana Dhingra on 10/04/2018

Sample rubrics for Depth Studies along with student work samples were great.

Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies
10/04/2018

The Programming was not as valuable, to me, as the Depth Study session. I would have liked more time on it.

Stage 6 Science Programming & Depth Studies
10/04/2018

Good insight into new Stage 6 syllabus (depth studies + programming in particular). Also working scientifically.