Corowa South principal improving education results
Karen Kissell, Principal of Corowa South Public School, was recently nominated and attended the 2018 Premier’s Awards for Public Service.
Karen Kissell was a finalist in the individual category for improving education results. The state-wide award recognises initiatives, innovations or improvements that increase the number of NSW students in the top two NAPLAN bands.
Karen championed the ‘Bump It Up’ initiative which was a strategy developed in response to the Premier’s priority for an 8 per cent increase in NAPLAN results by 2019.
NAPLAN is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken every year in the second full week in May.
Karen was instrumental in ensuring that the school exceeded their 2019 target by achieving 30 per cent of students in the top two bands, for two years in a row and by 2017.
Karen has worked collaboratively with principals and schools across the Albury /Hume networks to share quality teaching approaches and close analysis of students’ individual learning to improve students’ learning achievements.
“I am extremely proud of my teaching team’s achievements and feel very privileged to be nominated as a 2018 Premier’s Award finalist,” Ms Kissell said.
“My teachers are exemplary in their confidence and expertise in analysing students’ individual learning needs through a formative assessment approach linked to explicit learning actions.”
Karen has received congratulations for this prestigious award from the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier for NSW, Mr Rob Stokes, NSW Minister for Education, Dr Brad Russell, Albury Director Education Leadership and Ms Sue Lowe, Hume Director Education Leadership.
Karen is pictured with Dr Brad Russell and the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW.