Developing and Sustaining a Culture of Professional Learning within the School
Victoria Shanghai Academy
May 25-26, 2019

Workshop Outline

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, 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)

Teachers prefer professional development that is: relevant to their context, helps them plan and improve their instruction, is teacher-driven, includes hands-on strategies applicable to their classrooms, is highly interactive, is sustained over time, and recognizes that teachers are professionals with valuable insights.

(Perkins, “7 Characteristics of Great Professional Development”, teachthought, Aug 29, 2017)

This workshop theme is born from the belief that we need to make the most of the expertise we have in house, and share this learning; the old models of sending people on courses to ‘tick the PD box’ doesn’t wash any more in terms of impact or value for money. Hence our focus for the workshop – ‘What can we do with what we already have’?

Many experts agree that authentic learning experience is just as important for teacher development as it is for student learning. Additionally, research supports that job-embedded and sustained professional learning matters and makes an impact on student learning.

A model of internal professional learning can be crafted in such a way that teachers have options and opportunities to explore passions while also addressing known student and school learning needs. Teacher agency, including choice, voice and ownership, can empower and sustain an internal professional development program for a school.

As school leaders, our role is to find ways we can both support and nurture those new to their role, but also challenge and stretch the experienced, professional educator. An internal professional learning program can become the catalyst of change or a meaningful component of sustaining a change.

Workshop Outcomes:
  1. Participants will explore a range of strategies for internal professional learning
  2. Participants will explore links between operational goals, professional learning, evaluation, and professional learning communities
  3. Participants will share and receive feedback from peers in the field
  4. Participants will draft an action plan for their school
  5. Participants will identify opportunities to collaborate on learning events and share costs

Participant Preparation
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. None of the above need to be in their final versions; bring drafts of these goals or action plans to consider throughout the course of the training.

Participants are also asked to share their any events or speakers they have, or are considering to, planned for next school year so that other participants can inquire about cost sharing opportunities.


A detailed agenda will be posted in February. We are currently finalizing the order of presentations.

Speaker Bios

Information will be available soon.

2-Day Agenda

A detailed agenda will be posted in February.

Host School

Victoria Shanghai Academy
19 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
+(852) 3402 1000
Contact: Michael Iannini - Michael(at)

Hotel Reservation

This school has recommended the following hotel:

Ovolo Southside Hotel
Address: 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Southside, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3460 8100
Contact Joe Chan before April 24, 2019 to ensure reserving one of the rooms we have blocked for this workshop -

Room Rate:
Mini Queen Room: HK$950 +10% per room per night for single occupancy

Inclusive of:
* Free daily breakfast
* Free in-room wifi
* Free daily in-room replenished mini bar
* Free 24 hours drinks and snack in Komune Lounge
* Free happy hour from 17.00-19.00 in Komune Lounge
* Free access to 24 hour gym
* Free self-laundry
* Free local calls

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.

Register Here!