What is Catalyst?

Catalyst encompasses the teaching and learning approach of Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn. Informed by the Science of Learning and Science of Reading, Catalyst delivers excellent learning experiences for students through evidence-based teaching practice and high-quality resources.

Pillars of teaching and learning


What we teach


How we teach


How we know

Discover the research behind Catalyst

Explore readings, videos and podcasts that have shaped and informed the Catalyst teaching approach.

Catalyst Knowledge Pack 1.0

A suite of resources and readings that will give you a greater understanding of the foundational research and theories that underpin the Catalyst program


Catalyst Knowledge Pack for Teachers

Specifically designed for teachers, Knowledge Pack 2.0 is a collection of research on the core knowledge underpinning Catalyst.


Science of Learning Presentation by Lorraine Hammond

Watch Lorraine Hammond’s presentation on the Science of Learning


Science of Reading Presentation by Pamela Snow

Watch Pamela Snow’s presentation on the Science of Reading


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?

The latest from Catalyst

Registrations open for Teaching Matters National Science of Learning Summit

Mar 2023

Catholic Education Canberra & Goulburn are delighted to be co-hosting the first Teaching Matters National Science of Learning Summit, 2-4 April in Hobart alongside Catholic Education Tasmania.

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Catalyst featured in Science of Teaching & Learning Australia Conference

Feb 2023

CECG were delighted to speak about Catalyst at the second Science of Teaching & Learning Australia: Leading Change event held in Sydney.

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Daisy Christodoulou supports Catalyst’s Science of Reading Approach

Feb 2023

CECG were delighted to have Daisy Christodoulou present on the Principles of Assessment and Comparative Judgement.

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Inspiring our educators through Faith in Learning, CECG System Day 2023

Feb 2023

Over 2,300 educators from across the Archdiocese gathered to hear from 25 national and internationally recognised education leaders at the annual System Day.

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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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Tags: In the Classroom
    • This way of teaching has made our lessons more engaging. We are reminded of past content through daily reviews so I am able to remember and recall information a lot better. By going back to past content and reminding us of these concepts we don’t forget it and I am able to better recall that information.
      Year 9 Student
    • The class is very engaging and I feel comfortable contributing to class discussions because of the environment of the classroom and the teaching style of my teacher.
      Year 12 Student
    • 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. 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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