“In her role as lead teacher for the implementation of the new Queensland Certificate of Education, Kirsti has led approximately 300 staff to understand and strategically implement the biggest reform to Queensland curriculum and assessment in 40 years.” – Janelle Ambrose, Head of School, Brisbane School of Distance Education (BrisbaneSDE).
Kirsti Ellerton has garnered a reputation for collaboration, innovation, curriculum leadership and support of both fellow teachers and students while working as Head of Senior Implementation at BrisbaneSDE.
A teacher for 24 years, Kirsti came to BrisbaneSDE in 2012 to implement a subject she still teaches today, Philosophy and Reason.
In collaboration with other teachers, Kirsti also designed short courses in critical thinking skills, delivered through the BrisbaneSDE IMPACT centre, a unit that supports schools across the state in targeted skill areas. These courses have received thousands of enrolments and led to improved quantitative outcomes in class assessments and across several NAPLAN domains.
Kirsti is a firm believer in the value of teacher collaboration, and has devoted her efforts toward bringing teachers together in multiple contexts.
At a subject level, she founded the Queensland Philosophy Teachers Network, to provide a forum for collaboration and professional development for Philosophy and Reason teachers from all school sectors.
At a school level, Kirsti has been instrumental in providing strategies for BrisbaneSDE teachers across the school during the implementation of the new QCE. Recognising the value of professional conversations between teachers regardless of their respective subject areas, Kirsti has facilitated cross-faculty discussions about assessment design, and the common elements that unite the new senior syllabuses
“Kirsti is a rare breed of person who is genuinely excited about assessment design and is able to apply her analytical skills to examining assessment and student responses across a range of subject areas,” Janelle says.
At an inter-school level, Kirsti’s initiative ‘The Collaboration Hub’ is now a network of more than ten schools across Brisbane whose teachers meet regularly to collaborate on planning and assessment design for the new QCE. She has also been a leader in the Aspiring Thinkers Network, a joint project between the University of Queensland and the IMPACT centre. This network includes teachers in over 120 schools in Queensland.
Congratulations Kirsti on your nomination.