Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Professional Engagement

6   Engage in professional learning

6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs

Graduate Proficient Highly Accomplished Lead
Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in identifying professional learning needs. Use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and advice from colleagues to identify and plan professional learning needs. Analyse the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to plan personal professional development goals, support colleagues to identify and achieve personal development goals and pre-service teachers to improve classroom practice. Use comprehensive knowledge of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to plan and lead the development of professional learning policies and programs that address the professional learning needs of colleagues and pre-service teachers.

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

Graduate Proficient Highly Accomplished Lead
Understand the relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers. Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities. Plan for professional learning by accessing and critiquing relevant research, engage in high quality targeted opportunities to improve practice and offer quality placements for pre-service teachers where applicable. Initiate collaborative relationships to expand professional learning opportunities, engage in research, and provide quality opportunities and placements for pre-service teachers.

6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice

Graduate Proficient Highly Accomplished Lead
Seek and apply constructive feedback from supervisors and teachers to improve teaching practices. Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice. Initiate and engage in professional discussions with colleagues in a range of forums to evaluate practice directed at improving professional knowledge and practice, and the educational outcomes of students. Implement professional dialogue within the school or professional learning network(s) that is informed by feedback, analysis of current research and practice to improve the educational outcomes of students.

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

Graduate Proficient Highly Accomplished Lead
Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for continued professional learning and the implications for improved student learning. Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs.
Engage with colleagues to evaluate the effectiveness of teacher professional learning activities to address student learning needs.
Advocate, participate in and lead strategies to support high-quality professional learning opportunities for colleagues that focus on improved student learning.