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  • Introduce ourselves why we are here- moral purposeCollaboratiomMutual Learning


  • 1. Leading Professional Learning: Challenges and Possibilities Dr. Keith Eades District Transformation Coach
  • 2. This interactive session will • Explore the relationship between leadership, school improvement and professional learning • Introduce a model of Professional Learning Communities • Investigate the barriers to collaborative ways of working
  • 3. How do we ensure success for all students in all settings?…
  • 4. Old v New Reform (Harris, forthcoming) Old New  Standardization  Professionalisation  Punitive  Developmental  Compensates for poor  Advocates effective     practice Control Reductionist Focus on Failure De-Professionalization     practice Empowerment Expansionist Emphasis on success Professional Collaboration
  • 5. Drivers (Fullan 2011) ‘Wrong’ ‘Right’  Accountability  Capacity Building  Individual teacher and  Group Solutions leadership quality  Technology  Instruction  Fragmented Strategies  Integrated or systemic strategies
  • 6. Mc Kinsey How the world's most improved school systems keep getting better’ 2013
  • 7. The Most Powerful Levers  Leadership Capacity  Teacher Quality
  • 8. School Improvement  Does not occur without some change in leadership or leadership practice
  • 9. Leadership: What we Know  Leadership is the key lever of high organizational performance.  Successful organizations have widely and carefully distributed leadership.  Effective leaders grow and support other leaders
  • 10. FIVE DIMENSIONS OF EFFECTIVE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP (Robinson, 2008) 0.42 1. Establishing Goals and Expectations 0.31 2. Resourcing Strategically 3. Planning, Coordinating and Evaluating Teaching and the Curriculum 0.42 4. Promoting and Participating in Teacher Learning and Development 0.84 5. Ensuring an Orderly and Supportive Environment 0.27 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 Effect Size 0.7 0.8 0.9 1
  • 11. Leadership Matters So Leadership Matters
  • 12. But  What type of school leadership transforms organizational performance and outcomes?
  • 13. But What Type of Leadership?  Transformational  Instructional  Distributed  Strategic  System 13
  • 14. So we know What is important and what to focus upon But how do we make it happen?
  • 15. Effective Leadership is Distributed and Collaborative
  • 16. Distributed Leadership is concerned with (Harris, 2008)  Building leadership capacityinter-relationships that build leadership
  • 17. Distributed Leadership in context (Harris, 2006) • Leadership shifts according to need • Collaborative teams formed for specific purposes • Team membership changes according to task, roles and expertise.. •
  • 18. Pause and Reflect  How far is leadership distributed or collaborative in your school/district?
  • 19. Research suggests that professional development is most effective when:  it addresses the concrete, everyday challenges involved in teaching and learning  Does not focus on abstract educational principles or teaching methods taken out of context. Professional Learning in the Learning Profession: A Status Report on Teacher Development in the United States and Abroad Darling Hammond et al 2009 NSDC
  • 20. Professional Learning Communities in Action
  • 21. What’s in a name?  Communities of Practice  Professional Learning Communities  Collaborative Learning circles  Communities of Interest  Professional Learning Teams
  • 22. Professional Learning Communities as • A mechanism for distributing leadership • An infrastructure for change • A platform for professional learning
  • 23. Connecting Professional Learning  Working together on the barriers to learning through collective inquiry, joint decision-making and problemsolving.
  • 24. Professional collaboration Collaborative practice is about teachers and school leaders working together to develop effective instructional practices, studying what actually works in classroom, and doing so with rigorous attention to detail and with a commitment to not only improving one’s own practice but that of others as well.
  • 25. Professional Learning Communities PLCs engage in processes of inquiry in order to improve student outcomes. Through using evidence from school self evaluation, including data and teacher assessments, members of the PLC identify the strengths and needs of a group of pupils and then determine the strategies and skills needed to improve outcomes.
  • 26. Characteristics of a PLC Data informed Distributed Leadership Focused on Learner Needs Experiment with Pedagogy / Instruction Inquiry driven- outcomes lead to change in practice and improved learner outcomes
  • 27. School Priorities Effective Professional Learning aligns with school improvement priorities and goals.
  • 28. Effective PL addresses school improvement priorities in context School Priorities Professional Learning Student Learning
  • 29. PLCs  You do not DO PLCs once a week or once a term. Being part of a PLC is an on going process where teachers work collaboratively in cycles of collective enquiry / action research to achieve better results for the students they teach
  • 30. Without stones, there is no arch. Marco Polo
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