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


What we teach


How we teach


How we know

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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

Teachers and Leaders commence Term 3 with Catalyst Professional Learning

Aug 2022

Teachers continue to engage in Catalyst professional learning with expert presenters - including Dr Lorraine Hammond, Teach Well and CogLearn.

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Education HQ features CECG’s teaching approach

Aug 2022

Author, Sarah Duggan, spoke with CECG Director Ross Fox to learn more about CECG's teaching approach, which is based on the Science of Learning.

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Sharing our Catalyst journey with Catholic Education Tasmania

Jul 2022

CECG teachers and leader's across the system share the impact Catalyst has had on their teaching practice and their students with Catholic Education Tasmania executives.

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Canberra Times highlights leading education approach at CECG schools

Jul 2022

Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn’s approach to teaching and learning has been featured in the Canberra Times, highlighting a positive impact on student learning and engagement in the classroom as key benefits. 

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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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    • I love teaching in this way allows children to be their best self, which makes you feel good as a teacher and you just want to keep building them up which is then building you up. What we are doing in schools at the moment is bringing out the best in everyone. Providing structure, routine and confidence. I learn so much from watching others, to then have others come into my class to observe my lessons and watch me, I am so open share and collaborate and build each other up, that is the best thing about this Catalyst Journey
      Monique George Year 3/4 Teacher
      St Thomas the Apostle Kambah
    • 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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