All About Catherine

Catherine Nash is the founding consultant of All About Writers.

 

Catherine began her teaching career in London and then Italy, before landing in New York as a founding teacher with a public charter school in Brooklyn. Here she taught marginalised children as part of a school reform movement, successfully closing the achievement gap between children in the poorest and richest parts of the state. From the classroom, Catherine moved into a network-wide role supporting teachers with writing, which involved everything from curriculum research and implementation, to new staff training for 100+ teachers each year. Catherine worked within schools to model, mentor and coach teachers, and created curriculum support materials that were used across the network. She also benefitted from being close to the Teachers College at Columbia University, developing her own expertise and skills through the Reading and Writing Project, the home of the writing workshop model of teaching.

 

Upon returning to Australia, Catherine spent happy years volunteering with the Story Factory in Sydney, gaining a Master of Education at UNSW, and establishing All About Writers. Since retuming home to Canberra in 2018, she is happily back in the classroom while also consulting and coaching in primary schools in and around Canberra. And she LOVES it. Catherine has continued to develop her own teaching practice as a proud and active member of the ALEA ACT Local Council. She has also dived head first into the wonderful world of English orthography, learning from leaders in the field from around the world. As part of this, Catherine developed a cross-sectoral word inquiry collaboration who were proud recipients of an ALEA Research Grant in 2020 to study the impact of this pedagogy on spelling and vocabulary in student writing.

After a tricky couple of years, Catherine is back in business with lots of exciting things happening at All About Writers. Hopefully you'll be a part of it, too.

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Testimonials

Feedback, 2022
TQI

A very impressive PL with hands on experiences aimed at ensuring we use the strategies and techniques shown throughout the PL in our own classrooms.

Feedback, 2022
Principal

This PL was extremely useful and informative for our staff. Catherine is very knowledgable and supported us to continue our journey towards increased outcomes for students in writing.

Feedback, 2022
TQI 

This PL was brilliant, relevant, timely, and definitely challenged me to try new techniques to improve student outcomes in writing.

Feedback, 2020
TQI

Really love your workshops. love that you put us in the shoes of our students and help us to fly.

Feedback, 2022
TQI

The writing PL was very valuable in setting goals for each lesson and for implementing strategies that may support writers to become more engaged.

Feedback, 2022
TQI

Some great ideas that have been tried and proven to work in the classroom.

Feedback, 2019

Classroom Teacher

Loved it! You were engaging and I thought your ideas were relevant and targeted.

Feedback, 2019
TQI

It was an excellent way to get excited and engaged in the writing process within the classroom. 

Anne, 2020

Principal

Teachers and children are thrilled with the improved level of engagement and creativity in their writing!

Susan, 2019

Classroom Teacher

I got so much out of the sessions with so many practical suggestions.

Feedback, 2020

Classroom Teacher

Thank you for your dynamic energy and interactive presentation.

Feedback, 2019

Classroom Teacher

Modelling and engaging in the actual lesson was fantastic! Love it!! Can't wait for the other courses.

Feedback, 2019
TQI

The presenter, Catherine, was highly engaging, could articulately respond to questions and provide specific advice. I would highly recommend her courses.

Tim, 2017

Assistant Principal

I credit the opportunity I have to present at a systemic level (about effective writing pedagogy) to the time you spent to develop my skills, knowledge and new found passion for writing.

Ernie, 2018

Assistant Principal

Well you certainly received some positive feedback from the staff! It must be pleasing to see the growth in the staff and enjoy such success when delivering the writing program. You made what I thought was going to be difficult look easy.

Craig, 2017
Mission Control, Sydney Story Factory

Catherine Nash, one of the star volunteers at the Sydney Story Factory, has run almost 25 professional development sessions for our volunteer base over the past four years, tackling topics as diverse as the fundamentals of writing to engaging disengaged students. Her workshops are always very well attended and received, with many volunteers signing up multiple times. As a workshop leader she is well organised, professional, incredibly friendly, has a great sense of humour and above all provides the perfect information in a fun and interactive way that is remembered. We can't recommend her services highly enough.