Loretta is also a member of the Leadership Team, providing input into the implementation of the school improvement plan through leading one of the school’s professional learning communities (PLC), coaching teachers and undertaking classroom observations.
She is involved in leading teaching and learning, developing herself and others, and engaging and working with the community – all Professional Practices that are described in the Australian Professional Standard for Principals (Principal Standard).
Loretta starts her day in the classroom with her Year 5 students, a class that she shares with another teacher. Today’s lesson on social skills is from a program that focuses on students learning about how their body works and how to regulate emotions.
As an experienced teacher, Loretta constantly looks for ways to improve teaching across the school to improve student engagement and results. Having identified the need to better support students to develop social skills, she researched and selected the program they are now trialling with all Year 3 and Year 5 classes.
By experimenting with new approaches and programs, Loretta demonstrates her capacity to take on board new ideas to lead teaching and learning across the school and provide practical guidance to her colleagues.
Since starting the program, Loretta and her colleagues have seen changes in students’ behaviour, with many now better able to identify, express and regulate their emotions.