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The science of learning meets the art of teaching
Welcome to Shaping Minds, where everything we do is evidence-based. We are teachers and leaders who have spent more than a decade improving student outcomes by focusing on high-impact teaching. What constitutes impactful teaching for us can be answered by asking some important questions about our instruction…
Does it have substantial evidence to support it?
Does it measurably benefit all students?
Can it be used efficiently in the classroom?
We are an organisation focused entirely on supporting teachers and school leaders to maximise outcomes for their students. We advocate for evidence-based practices that have been vetted by extensive research in the Educational and Cognitive Sciences, but importantly — if they don’t work in a diverse everyday classroom, then we won’t use them.
Led by teachers with genuine experience improving schools
Strong links to Cognitive Science
Curriculum & teaching Resources
Instructional Coaching for both teachers and coaches
School visits for coaching and teacher demonstrations
Shaping Minds combine the science of learning with the art of teaching to provide evidence-based professional learning, instructional coaching, curriculum expertise, and customised teaching resources for schools in a diverse range of contexts. Jordan O’Sullivan, Jared Bussell and Brooke Wardana have been supporting teachers, schools, and systems all over Australia for a decade. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with a range of schools and educational organisations including Fogarty EDvance, the Kimberley Schools Project, Department of Justice, Learning Difficulties Australia, Teach for Australia, the Knowledge Society, Catholic Education, and were the original Master Teachers for the philanthropist-backed Teach-Well Masterclass initiative.
Our signature Research to Impact course includes demonstrations at your school, face-to-face coaching, quality resources, and workshops that can be delivered live or via our online course.
Having achieved whole-school improvement in both metro and regional settings, The team at Shaping Minds understand the complexities inherent to teaching. Our success stems from investing deeply in connecting schools with validated, research-driven practices and providing long-term pragmatic support for those teachers implementing them. The team has deep roots in W.A. and feel strongly about supporting schools in both metro and regional areas. This includes delivering professional learning workshops in rural and remote locations and ensuring that our most isolated educators get access to quality professional learning and support.
Some of the organisations and schools that we have worked with
Read more about some of the work we do…
Embarking on an epic 3 year journey with the Fremantle schools in the Riverside Network to embed high impact teaching in every classroom. Featuring classroom demonstrations, face-to-face coaching, and ongoing support for teachers and leaders doing the hard work in schools.
Shaping Minds partners with Catholic Education Tasmania on an ambitious 3 year project to embed High-Impact Teaching Strategies in all of their classrooms. Our team of expert teachers travel to Tassie to run Teaching Intensives that include face-to-face coaching.
Shaping Minds partners with the Karratha Education Network to deliver professional learning and instructional coaching for most of the schools in and around Karratha.
How we worked with Dr Hammond to support evidence-based teaching at Banksia HIll Detention Centre – Western Australia’s last juvenile prison that lives under a cloud of controversy. Our experiences teaching the young inmates there, and the lasting effect it had on us.
Joining forces with our brilliant friend Glenn Fahey from the Centre for Independent Studies to research whether Initial Teacher Education institutions are actually following the evidence. Sadly, the answer is no.
Shaping Minds teams up with Dr Hammond and the Department of Education Western Australia to help train the expert coaches for the much anticipated Kimberley Schools Project.
When a cluster of small country schools decides to join forces to implement the Science of Learning – suddenly they had a whole heap of big school energy.
Shaping Minds partners with Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn to support schools in the largest education initiative every seen in Australia.
Education company focused on evidence-based practices.
The science of learning meets the art of teaching.