Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Guided professional learning

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher describes the contributive leadership model that is used in her school. The staff conduct action research and inquiry as part of their professional learning. They explore innovation and interdisciplinarity in a science and mathematics curriculum. Each staff member has a personal professional learning plan. During a professional learning meeting, a staff member reports on team teaching and the inquiry learning surrounding it. Student feedback is a key part of the evaluations of teaching and learning methods.

Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.3
Engage with colleagues and improve practice
Career stage
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.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.6
Evaluate and improve teaching programs
Career stage
Conduct regular reviews of teaching and learning programs using multiple sources of evidence including: student assessment data, curriculum documents, teaching practices and feedback from parents/ carers, students and colleagues.
Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.4
Apply professional learning and improve student learning
Career stage
Advocate, participate in and lead strategies to support high-quality professional learning opportunities for colleagues that focus on improved student learning.
  1. How can you support colleagues to contribute to a culture of professional learning?
  2. What evaluative processes might you use to lead colleagues in improving teaching and learning?
  3. What sort of active research and inquiry could be conducted within teaching and learning in your school?
The Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS)
South Australia
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Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
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The Australian Science and Mathematics School has a specific focus on science and mathematics education, while at the same time embedding other curriculum areas such as the humanities into that learning. It is located on the Flinders University campus. The teacher is the Director of Professional Learning.

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AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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