Improving Teacher Professional Learning

Get the most from your professional development

What you told us
Professional learning templates
Video case studies
Research and evidence
HQPL infographic Your 7 top insights about professional learning 2,215 survey responses Explore 90 70 50 30 10 After professional learning 76% a wanted to changesomething in their teaching of leaders are involved in the professional learning of their school Only 100% 70% 90% 50% 30% 10% Common barriers to accessing professional learning Casual and relief teachers Early childhoodteachers Rural and remote teachers Isolation Time Common to Rural and remote teachers AND Early childhood teachers is the shortage of Casual relief teachers 64% undertook 4 or more activities 27% of casual or relief teachers reported - no activities - isolation from PL Professional learning undertaken by teachers Top 4 approaches to professional learning Attended course in person 28% Professional reading 13% Online learning 12% Professional conversations 12% Effective alternatives to "going to a course". Professional learning focused on Content and subject 34% Assessment 33% Student learning and teaching 15% Considerations for professional learning selection Matched my development needs Suited the learning needs of my students It would give me practical things to try Teacher Activities that contribute to school's needs and aims Ensure all teachers are undertaking quality PL Teachers preferto take PL activities together School leader 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
HQPL infographic Your 7 top insights about professional learning 2,215 responses Explore 90% 70% 50% 30% 10% After professional learning 76% a wanted to changesomething in their teaching of leaders are involved inthe professional learning of theirschool Only 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% Common barriers to professional learning Casual and relief teachers Early childhood teachers Rural andremoteteachers Isolation Time Common to Rural and remote teachers AND Early childhood teachers is the shortage of Casual relief teachers Professional learningundertaken by teachers 64% undertook 4 or more activities 27% of casual or relief teachers reported - no activities - isolation from PL Top 4 forms to professional learning Attended course in person 28% Professional reading 13% Online learning 12% Professional conversations 12% Effective alternatives to "going to a course". Professional learning focused on Content and subject 34% Assessment 33% Student learning and teaching 15% Considerations for professional learning selection Matched my development needs Suited the learning needs of my students It would give me practical things to try Teacher Activities that contribute to school's needs and aims Ensure all teachers are undertaking quality PL Teachers preferto take PL activities together School leader 5 of 7

Creating a whole-school approach to professional learning

Professional learning follows the journey of a continuous learning cycle, whether you are a teacher or a school leader.

Professional learning cycle HIGH QUALITY PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CYCLE Identify professional learning need Select and undertake learning Apply and refine learning Evaluate overall impact Stage 1 Stage 4 Stage 3 Stage 2
HQPL learning cycle PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CYCLE Identify professional learning need Stage 1 Select and undertake learning Stage 2 Apply and refine learning Stage 3 Evaluate overall impact Stage 4 HIGH QUALITY

Professional learning is high quality when it is

relevant Relevant
collaborative Collaborative
future-focused_1 Future-focused

Resources for teachers

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    Use the High Quality Professional Learning Cycle to plan your learning for the year.

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Resources for leaders

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    Use Enabling the High Quality Professional Learning Cycle to reflect on the staff learning culture in your school/service.

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    Read the Enabling High Quality Professional Learning - practical guide to understand your role in supporting teachers through the four stages of the ongoing professional learning process.

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    Encourage staff to use the High Quality Professional Learning Cycle to support their professional learning and supplement their P&D conversations.

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Video case studies

Explore a range of approaches to implementing a culture of high quality professional learning as part of the everyday life of your school.

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Evidence base

2018 Findings report

Exploring the opportunities and challenges of teacher professional learning in the early childhood, casual/relief and rural/remote teaching contexts

2017 Summary findings report

Uncovering the current state of professional learning for teachers

Learn more about enabling professional learning

The importance and characteristics of high quality professional learning

Find out more about what a high quality professional learning culture and effective professional learning look like with the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders.

Whole-school performance and development culture

The Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework highlights what is required to build a successful professional growth culture, and implement the essential elements of an effective performance and development approach.
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