Developing and Sustaining a Culture of Professional Learning within the SchoolVictoria Shanghai Academy, Hong KongMay 25-26, 2019
Essential Learning Question: How can school leaders develop and nurture a strong culture of professional learning within the school community?
Goal: Participants will explore a range of strategies to develop a more effective internal training model for their staff. Participants will leave with practical tools and a range of options to develop their own internal professional learning models for the following school year.
Target Audiences: This workshop is intended for those who implement and/or support a professional development program: Professional Development Coordinators, Heads of department, School Leaders and Administrators, Curriculum Coordinators.
“Most professional development experiences fail to affect what teachers do in the classroom each day. Traditional professional development provides no shortages of strategies and resources. Yet, these approaches fall short of improving instruction for three primary reasons: 1) Teachers have little say in what they learn; 2) Transferring learning from training to the classroom is difficult; 3) There are few opportunities to practice and refine strategies.” (Grimm, Kaufman, Doty, “Rethinking Classroom Observation, ASCD May 2014)
- Participants will explore a range of strategies for internal professional learning
- Participants will explore links between operational goals, professional learning, evaluation, and professional learning communities
- Participants will share and receive feedback from peers in the field
- Participants will draft an action plan for their school
- Participants will identify opportunities to collaborate on learning events and share costs
Participants should have in mind operational or strategic goals for their school for the coming year, particularly those that focus on student learning and wellbeing, but also any operational changes that will require teacher training or reinforcement. Participants are asked to bring the following:
- Staff development plan for the current academic year
- Staff development plan for the next academic year
- Operational / strategic goals for the next year, particularly those that focus on student learning and wellbeing
None of the above need to be formal or final versions; drafts, notes and working documents will be invaluable during the training in applying learning to your own school.
Barbara (Bob) Justham is a UK-based education consultant and also works with the University of Sunderland in teacher training and with NOVUS, the UK’s leading provider of prison education. She taught in schools for 17 years, including a decade in China, during which time her favourite role was whole-school responsibility for staff development. She has also been Director of Studies and held middle leadership posts in both academic and pastoral teams. Barbara has particular interests in developing leadership at all levels, leveraging coaching across the school, empowering student voice, classroom-based action research and excellence in provision for EAL learners. Once upon a time she was a geologist and she still takes any opportunity to travel and climb mountains.
|8:15 - 9:00||Keynote: The Role and Responsibilities|
- Michael Iannini
|Michael Iannini will present on the 3 predominate organizational strategies International Schools use to Identify, Plan, Execute and Review (IPER) Professional Development and how these strategies impact both the full-time and part-time ‘PD Coordinator’ to successfully provision effective PD. Michael will additional share the importance of maintaining and staying connected to professional networks and lead participants in drafting a Professional Inquiry that they will reflect on over the course of the 2-days.|
|9:00 - 11:00||Evaluating Impact - Barbara Justham||We all know that we should ‘begin with the end in mind’ (Covey), and that knowing what we want to achieve is vital in planning how we will get there. But actually measuring the impact of our CPD is a challenge. In this session Barbara Justham will share strategies for evaluating what the impact actually was from all the activity we generate and participants will consider how this applies to their own schools in the year ahead. It is our hope that this will lead to more robust planning over the rest of the conference - and perhaps to convincing colleagues that the extra time and money we ask for would be well spent!|
|11:00 - 11:15||Break|
|11:15 - 12:00||Case Study - Assessing impact at our school||Participants will be surveyed in advance of the workshop to identify strategies for assessing impact in their school and those results will be shared. Additionally, some participants may volunteer to give 10-15 minute presentations in addition to what they share in the survey.|
|12:00 - 13:00||Lunch|
|13:00 - 15:00||Developing and Nurturing a Culture of Learners - Renee Rehfeldt||A wealth of information is available that reminds us that job-embedded, ongoing professional learning will have the greatest impact on student learning and school culture. The weekend conference is not transformative. How do we develop an internal, school-driven, professional learning program? Join us as we explore the range of options available and discuss which may fit our school culture and support sustained professional learning.|
|15:00 - 15:15||Break|
|15:15 - 16:30||Peer Coaching and Reflection||Participants will be grouped based on their Professional Inquiry and breakout into separate workshop rooms. A workshop facilitator will help moderate an exploration of the inquiries. Time will also be used for participants to engage in collaborative planning.|
|8:30 - 10:00||Turning Observation into PD |
- Barbara Justham
|Most schools have some kind of observation programme already in place. This session will examine how the work we are already doing can be leveraged to provide greater opportunities for teacher reflection, learning and growth. Barbara Justham will lead participants in assessing their current system and putting together a plan that draws on models of best observation practice as well as elements of coaching, teacher challenges, research on motivation and student voice.|
|10:00 - 10:15||Break|
|10:15 - 11:00||Case Study - Gamifying PD||Richard Greaves will present on how Victoria Shanghai Academy has gamified PD to increase peer lesson observation and feedback. Richard will also lead participants in recreating this strategy for their schools.|
|11:00 - 12:00||Customized Learning Communities - One Size does not fit all (Part 1) - Renee Rehfeldt||Collaboration is key to moving a school forward. Increasingly, it is at the heart of our work – nurturing authentic collaboration with meaningful outcomes. There are varied models and opinions on how to organize learning communities. How does a school decide which model is best? Many schools will find that an integrated approach, drawing aspects from each to suit their culture and needs is key. Join us as we unpack professional learning community models and data protocols to understand the components of each and how they can work together in support of student learning and wellbeing.|
|12:00 - 13:00||Lunch|
|13:00 - 14:15||Customized Learning - One Size does not fit all (Part 2) - Renee Rehfeldt||In Part 2 of this presentation, we will address how Evaluation can be supported through the interweaving of learning communities and internal professional learning within a school.|
|14:15 - 15:00||Case Study - Professional Growth and Evaluation||A school case study on how to encourage Middle Leaders to be accountable for the Professional Growth and Evaluation of teachers within their teams will be given. Participants will be facilitated in assessing their own goal setting and evaluation practices, in particular who ‘owns’ those process and how effective have they been.|
|15:00 - 15:15||Break|
|15:15 - 16:30||Market Place||We will finish the conference with a high energy peer sharing speed dating session. Whether you work full time on CPD or struggle to squeeze team development into your middle leader responsibilities, we have all done, read about or seen moments when teacher learning really happened. It can be anything, from a school-wide programme that worked better than you’d expected, something you’ve seen a colleague lead in their team, or just a phrase that you’ve found makes teachers more receptive to receiving feedback. Please bring one example with you and be ready to pick up loads of ‘quick wins’ from your peers.|
If you are planning to stay at this hotel, please download and complete this hotel reservation form and email to Mr. Joe Chan at the above email address.
Notes with hotel reservation:
You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the workshop).
Transportation will not be provided during the workshop days. You and/or your colleague who registered the workshop will receive a notification email approximately a week before the conference with workshop information and direction to the host school.