Capability Squads

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Capability Squads add value to your students’ U2B Booster programs.

Participation ensures that your staff:

  • understand the skills and strategies their students are learning via our U2B Booster programs
  • plan how they can support the transfer of these skills and strategies to general classroom learning
  • access digital learning resources created or located by our team that can be used with any student
  • collaborate with our specialist teachers and other participating educators across the state

Free membership

Capability Squad registration and membership is free as follows:

  • Reading Squad – free and exclusive access during the rounds that your students participate in Mind Reader or Comprehend IT
  • Writing Squad – free and exclusive access during the rounds that your students participate in Just Write
  • Numeracy Squad – free and exclusive access during the rounds that your students participate in Solve IT, See IT or Measure IT

Squad members can include class teachers of participating students and other relevant staff such as a HOC, Coach, Master Teacher, STLaN, Librarian, Teacher-Aide, Principal, etc.

NB: Squad members will receive a PD certificate aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL) recognising the number of hours involved.



​How it works

  • Log in to 5 x 30 minute web conference sessions on a fortnightly basis
  • Access squad resources and web conference recordings on-demand via elearn.eq.edu.au
  • Communicate and collaborate with your IMPACT Centre Squad Leader and other squad members as required

NB: Live participation is highly recommended but staff can access recordings and resources if they cannot attend the live session.


​Proposed programs

Reading Squad – Round 1, 2018 (Rounds 2-3 follow a similar pattern)

January SFDs and Term 1, Week 1

Multiple Sessions

Induction to Capability Squads. What to expect, how to prepare your students and how to make the most of the opportunity.

Term 1, Week 3

Wed 3:20-3:50pm

Overview of Mind Reader and Comprehend IT, SCORE process, links to QAR and other strategies.

Term 1, Week 5

Wed 3:20-3:50pm

Before-reading phase - skim and scan, connect and question, organise your thinking.

Term 1, Week 7

Wed 3:20-3:50pm

During-reading and after-reading phases – read and reflect, be the expert.

Term 2, Week 2

Wed 3:20-3:50pm

Review strategies and resources, apply strategies to SCORE texts that can be modified for class use.
Writing Squad – Round 1, 2018 (Rounds 2-3 follow a similar pattern)

January SFDs or Term 1, Week 1

Multiple Sessions

Induction to Capability Squads. What to expect, how to prepare your students and how to make the most of the opportunity.

Term 1, Week 3

Thu 3:20-3:50pm

Overview of Just Write, planning challenge, reflect on the demands of the task, eLearn resources.

Term 1, Week 5

Thu 3:20-3:50pm

Planning on-demand writing, pros and cons of templates, effective feedback on student planning.

Term 1, Week 7

Thu 3:20-3:50pm

Writing on-demand, effective feedback on theme, structure, cohesion and character development.

Term 2, Week 2

Thu 3:20-3:50pm

Editing phase – how to provide effective feedback on description, sentence structure and vocabulary.
Numeracy Squad – Round 1, 2018 (Round 2-3 follow a similar pattern)

January SFDs & Term 1, Week 1

Multiple Sessions

Induction to Capability Squads. What to expect, how to prepare your students and how to make the most of the opportunity.

Term 1, Week 3

Wed 3:20-3:50pm

Overview of Solve IT, prior knowledge of problem-solving approaches, calculating vs operating.

Term 1, Week 5

Wed 3:20-3:50pm

Polya's See-Plan-Do-Check approach to problem solving, literacy demands, using the thinkboard.

Term 1, Week 7

Wed 3:20-3:50pm

Strategies for problems involving the 4 operations – routine/non-routine, single/multi-step.

Term 2, Week 2

Wed 3:20-3:50pm

Strategies for problems involving 2D/3D shapes – routine/non-routine, single/multi-step.




Squad feedback

Capability Squads are a great way to improve our teachers’ knowledge of how to teach reading. It gives us a deeper understanding of the content of the student program.

Reading Squad - 2017

The online squads have been a flexible way of delivering PD in our school. Teachers have been able to do it in the comfort of their own classroom or office. It has been good for teachers to use the technology and not only learn about the content of the writing course but feel more confident learning online.

Writing Squad - 2017

There is a lot of opportunity to discuss different ways that teachers are teaching a particular subject. We took new resources and new ideas away from the Numeracy Squad and think it has been quite useful.

Numeracy Squad - 2017

Last updated 13 December 2017