Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

A collaborative professional learning community

About this Illustration of Practice

The school leadership and teachers from three schools in Shepparton Victoria discuss their collaborative professional learning community. The PLC provides a mechanism to draw numeracy leaders together from each school to work with a math consultant. Informed by their work with the consultant the numeracy leaders trial new activities in their own classrooms and then plan and run professional learning sessions for the teachers from all three schools. The sessions introduce teachers to the trialed activities and provide support and advice for them in introducing the activities into their classrooms.

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.
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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. What opportunities are there for collaborative professional learning in your context?
  2. What frameworks need to be in place to ensure that collaborative professional learning positively impacts teacher development and student learning?
  3. What type of leadership models best support collaborative professional learning?
St. Georges Road Primary School
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St Georges Road Primary School services a culturally and linguistically diverse community. The educational program prioritises Literacy, Numeracy, learning to learn and ICT. As part of their drive to build strong, respectful partnerships within their community, the school has teamed up with two other local schools, Gowrie St Primary School and Wilmot Road Primary School, to establish a Professional Learning Community. The PLC provides a collaborative platform for the schools to access outside consultants and to plan and conduct professional learning that positively impacts teachers across each of the schools.  

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