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.


Catalyst in Numbers

Since its launch in 2020, Catalyst has had a wide-reaching impact across all our schools with

Principals engaged in professional learning
Teachers engaged in Online Units and Professional Learning sessions
Teachers engaged in High Impact Teaching Practice, with all schools participating
Teachers trained in evidence-based whole class Literacy Instruction
Schools using evidence-based literacy intervention across K-12
Schools implementing The Writing Revolution

What does Catalyst mean for me?

Latest news

St Bernard’s journey to implementing evidence-based practice

Jan 2023

Learn about the positive impact evidence-based teaching practice is having at St Bernard's Primary School, Batemans Bay NSW.

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St Bernard’s Batemans Bay Catalyst journey featured in Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 2022

On a visit to the school, journalist Lucy Carroll, experienced high impact teaching practice and explicit instruction in Rebecca Brady's kindergarten classroom.

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Educators build on their high impact teaching practice over school holiday break

Oct 2022

Teachers from Canberra Goulburn, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia, dedicated three days of their school holidays to participate in a High Impact Teaching Practice Intensive Program.

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NSW Premier Perrottet endorses Catalyst

Oct 2022

Catalyst has garnered great interest and acclamation from schools and systems nationwide and, most recently, it has also attracted the attention of the NSW State Government.

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Learning from the Experts – MultiLit in the classroom

Oct 2022

Representatives from MultiLit visited 12 schools in ACT and NSW over two days with the purpose of observing and providing feedback on the practical classroom application of the MultiLit program.

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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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