Knox Peter FitzSimons (Snr) Harvard Teacher Scholarship


Knox Technology and Applied Studies teacher Mr Matt Stephens has won the inaugural Knox Peter FitzSimons (Snr) Teacher Scholarship to study at Harvard University for his outstanding series of modules exploring the field of ‘Mind, Brain and Education’ research.

Last year teachers from Knox were invited to design and submit a series of Professional Learning Modules to inspire and engage other Knox teachers, with the prize of a week long course at Harvard Graduate School of Education on offer for the best submission. The program has been generously supported by the FitzSimons family in honour of Knox Old Boy Peter FitzSimons (Snr)

Mr Stephens was announced as the winner of the prize at the school staff meeting held last Friday and will travel to Harvard University at the end of Term 1.

Matt’s winning entry, which is linked to the Australian Professional Teaching Standards, demonstrates how recent research into the physiology and function of the brain can have significant impacts on students’ learning.

“Every Senior School teacher at Knox meets together each fortnight to collaborate, share ideas and engage in a broad range of exciting Professional Development activities. This is ‘Our Time To Learn’ and reflects Knox as a learning organisation,” says Director of Professional Enhancement Glenn McLachlan.

"During these workshops teachers are empowered to choose and engage in a broad range of research, professional readings and modules developed by their colleagues, such as the work submitted by Matt,” said Glenn.

Knox has a comprehensive professional learning program to promote quality teaching, including an ‘Instructional Rounds’ program where teachers observe their colleagues to reflect on and adapt their own professional practice.