Jim Sturgiss separates from the NSW Department of Education

Jim Sturgiss with Eric Jamieson, Director, High Performance, receives the NSW Department of Education "Service to Students" medal on his last day with the Department after 36 years continuous service.

Curriculum vitae
Teaching Qualifications

1993 – 1997 M.Ed. (Hons) University of New England (Thesis: Literacy & learning in Science)

1979 Dip. Ed. University of Wollongong

1976 – 1978 B.Sc. University of Wollongong (Majors in Chemistry and Bioenergetics)

Selected Department of Education and Communities (DEC) appointments

2015 – Jan 2016 PEO Analytics, Systems and Development Coordinator

2013 – 2014 SEO2 Assessment and Development Advisor

2012 – 2013 A/PEO Acting School Assessment Design and Development Coordinator

2011 – 2013 SEO2 Senior Assessment Officer, Essential Secondary Science Assessment (ESSA)

2007 – 2010 Head Teacher Science, Newtown High School of Performing Arts

2004 – 2005 SEO2 Senior Assessment Officer, Computer Skills Assessment (CSA6)

2004 SEO1 Test Development Officer, Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP)

2000 – 2004 Head Teacher Science, Concord High School

1998 – 2000 SEO2 Senior Assessment Officer, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA)

1980 – 1997 Science Teacher: Fairfield Boys, Fairfield High, Marrickville High, Macarthur Girls High, Homebush Boys

Board of Studies Appointments

2000 – 2004 Pilot marker and Judge – Chemistry

1997 – 1998 Senior marker – Chemistry

1986 – 1996 Marker and Pilot marker – Chemistry

Science Teachers’ Association of NSW (STANSW)

2009 – 2015 Director

1980 – Present Member

Professional Teachers’ Council of NSW (PTC)

2014- present Director

2013 –present Member: Professional Learning Committee (Chair in 2015)

Selection of BOSTES approved courses created

MyPL@Edu Online - Science: Differentiating written student responses (Proficiency)

Lismore Diocese – Aligning Learning, Assessment and reporting (Proficiency)

STANSW Online on demand - Towards a Critical Literacy in Science education (Proficiency)

STANSW Online on demand - Designing and creating effective teaching strategies (Proficiency)

STANSW Online on demand - Writing contextualised objective assessments (Proficiency)

STANSW Online on demand - Senior Secondary Science HSC Marking Experience (Proficiency)

STANSW External data and the received curriculum (Lead)

STANSW – UNSW Collaboration Communication Science (Highly Accomplished)

Selected Publications

2013, ESL team teaching in Science: Science Education News Vol 64

2011, Literacy and the science world view: Science Education News Vol 60

2010, What do children’s stories and HSC Physics have in common? Science Education News Vol 59

2004, Designing effective multiple-choice questions - the experience of NSW statewide testing

2003, Designing numeracy extended response items: MANSW Conference paper

1997, Teaching Literacy in Year 7 Science: (with others) NSW DSE Curriculum Directorate

1996, Evaluation of a literacy and learning program in the science classroom: UNE, Thesis

1995, Literacy in Science Education: Australian Science Teachers’ Journal Volume 41 Number 3

1994, Literacy in the Science Classroom: ASERA Conference paper

Selected presentations I have designed and facilitated:

2015, STANSW Meet the marker (Convenor)

2015, Differentiation of student performance in Physics using graphs: STANSW

2013, Literacy demands of science: NSW ESL Conference

2013, Team teaching in science: AIS ESL teachers’ workshop

2013, Designing effective online assessments on moodle: CONASTA

2013, Assessment as, of, and for learning: DEC Secondary Science Adobe Connect Series

2013, Unpacking the new K-6 Science syllabus: STANSW


2015 UNSW School of medicine – Standards Based Assessment

2014, Australian College of Physical Education - a New Science Education Degree

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