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.