School Leadership eCollection

Linking effective professional learning with effective teaching practice

Cole, P - AITSL

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This background report was commissioned by AITSL to outline what constitutes effective professional learning and to provide practical advice to schools about how to implement professional learning processes that are most likely to result in improving teaching practices and improving student learning outcomes.

The author has adopted this focus as it is the professional learning policies and practices within and across schools that largely determine whether or not teachers engage in relevant and powerful  professional learning; professional learning opportunities are provided for all staff; and all staff are actively engaged in activities that help to grow their professional knowledge and practice. They also determine whether or not professional learning produces improvements and consistency in teaching practice; enhances teachers’ sense of efficacy; and ultimately improves students’ engagement and learning achievement.  [Introduction]

This research informed the development of resources in AITSL’s Teacher Toolkit.