Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) is a network of 162 primary and secondary schools, four early care centers, 11,000 staff members, and 74,000 students spread across Western Australia. As a central part of the region’s education landscape for more than 150 years, CEWA works to empower every student to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world through diverse academic programs and learning pathways.
In 2017, CEWA began work on a sweeping digital transformation initiative. Dubbed LEADing Lights, the initiative was designed to enhance communication and collaboration among CEWA schools, teachers, and students. “One of the things we aspired to create was a strong sense of equity, both in terms of access to modern learning solutions and to a wide range of learning experiences for students and staff,” says Dr. Ed Simons, Director of Governance, Strategy, and Digital Technology at CEWA. For the most remote schools within the system, some of which only have a dozen or so students, delivering a learning experience similar to schools with numerous specialized teachers and programs represents a steep technical challenge.
To meet this challenge, CEWA started by providing all staff and students with a single credential that allowed them to access tools and services within its platform. As part of its digital transformation, CEWA chose Microsoft Office 365 as its core set of productivity and collaboration tools. These tools provide staff and students with best-in-class features that have made communication and collaboration across the system easy, efficient, and scalable.