What is Catalyst?

Informed by the Science of Learning and Science of Reading, Catalyst develops excellent Principals, Leadership Teams and Teachers in all Catholic Education Canberra and Goulburn (CECG) schools through evidence-based professional learning programs and resources.

Catalyst provides support for schools through high quality resources


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How we teach


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Discover the research behind Catalyst

Hear from leading education experts, and learn more about the foundational research that informs our teaching approach.

Catalyst Knowledge Pack for Teachers

A curated suite of articles, podcasts and webinars that provides teachers with core knowledge about the research that underpins Catalyst.


Schooling and the Public Sphere – Why Knowledge Matters with E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

E.D. Hirsch, Jr. discusses why knowledge matters and how it applies in the American education context.


Evidence in Education with Jenny Donovan

A discussion on the research Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) are doing to understand education improvement.


The Knowledge Gap with Natalie Wexler

Renowned scholar, Natalie Wexler, discusses the Knowledge Gap and the implications a lack of equity can have on student learning.


What does Catalyst mean for me?

Latest news

Catalyst featured in national Science of Learning event

Jun 2022

Catalyst continues to gain national interest, featuring in a national education event hosted by the Primary Focus, Crowther Centre and Knowledge Society.

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Catalyst showcased to Catholic Education Tasmania

Jun 2022

Catalyst has earned national interest and recognition, with Catholic Education Tasmania (CET) visiting schools in the Archdiocese to learn more about the program.

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A day in Miss Temple’s year 3/4 classroom

Jun 2022

Experience a day in the life of Miss Temple's Year 3/4 class at St Thomas More's Primary School, Campbell ACT.

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Schools participate in Catalyst Professional Learning to commence Term 2

Jun 2022

The start of Term 2 for 2022 saw many schools in the Archdiocese participate in Catalyst professional learning.

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Catholic Education office staff engage in Catalyst workshop

May 2022

On Friday, 6 May, about 70 staff from Catholic Education participated in a Catalyst workshop.

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    • I have been privileged to be a part of a team endeavouring to create a suite of resources to raise the effectiveness of teaching mathematics. We are eagerly awaiting each meeting and coming closer to producing a finished resource that will minimise the need for endless searches.
      Brad BrownYear 2 Teacher
      Ss Peter & Paul Parish Primary School - Goulburn
    • This curated suite of Math Resources will help guide and support time poor classroom teachers. We want to be learning and teaching Mathematics, using teacher and student materials that we are confident are of a high educational quality.
      Narelle McFarlanePrimary Coordinator and Year 2 Teacher
      Holy Spirit Primary School - Nicholls
    • The staff at St Mary’s are excited to be taking part in professional learning that aligns with our prior experience and knowledge. The professional learning has been engaging, practical and relevant.
      Sarah LowePrincipal
      St Mary’s Primary School - Crookwell
    • I’ve seen a significant growth in student knowledge and deep understanding of the literacy concepts within my Stage 1 classroom. Student engagement is high due to the fast pace of delivery, visual scaffolds, and multisensory movement to embed concepts being taught.
      Jenny SmithCoordinator and Stage One Teacher
      St Bernard’s Primary School - Batemans Bay
    • Our journey at Sacred Heart has set us on a focused path to improving students’ outcomes for reading and writing. We were also seeking common language across the school around the science of reading - we are now well on our way!
      Janica MorellaLearning Support
      Sacred Heart, Pearce

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