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Developing Communities of Learning

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Welcome

‘Developing Communities of Learning’ is an exciting and responsive programme. It aims to support leaders in primary and secondary sectors who require professional input and ideas about developing effective learning communities.

At the end of this course it is intended that participants will be able to:

  • Effectively lead change within and across schools
  • Analyse and use a range of evidence, including student achievement data, to establish challenges for each community of learning
  • Develop interpersonal skills in discussion, dialogue, debate and negotiation
  • Enact the features of an effective professional learning community
  • Coach a range of teachers, including conducting observations and giving feedback/feed forward
  • Lead teachers in how to engage with teaching as inquiry
  • Engage in processes of self-review and build evaluative capability across each community of learning

 

Who should attend?    

This course is designed for leaders in the primary and secondary sectors who are beginning to form Communities of Learning

 

Auckland Programme

Programme dates

This programme will begin on 2 May 2017, with a total of 6 sessions every 3 weeks on Tuesday's (except school holidays), from 2-6pm at Kohia Centre, University of Auckland.

Programme facilitators

Martin Turner  

  • Martin is currently a Contract Leader for the national Leadership and Assessment contract delivered across three Ministry regions, and has leadership oversight for 16 facilitators in various parts of the country. Martin has a background in school leadership having been a principal for 11 years before joining the University of Auckland as a Rural Schools Adviser, and then a Leadership facilitator, prior to his current role.

Dr Camilla Highfield

  • Camilla is the Director of Professional Learning and Development at the Faculty of Education. This role involves her leading three key business units with over 100 staff, to deliver high quality professional learning and development to educators in New Zealand schools.

These programmes also include a number of guest speakers:

  • Dr Linda Bendikson, Director Centre for Educational Leadership
  • Dr Camilla Highfield, Director Professional Learning and Development
  • Dr Aaron Wilson, Lecturer Wolf  Fisher Research Centre
  • Gayle McIlraith, Co Project Director – Literacy CPL, Team Solutions

Programme overview   

Topics include:

  • Leading change
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Open to learning conversations
  • Goal setting
  • Leading inquiry
  • Cultural and relational pedagogy
  • Coaching teachers and reviewing progress

The programme will be adapted to meet participants’ needs and facilitators will be responsive to feedback. Participants will have ample opportunity for interaction and collaboration.

Stages of COL

Focus for session 

Affirm and plan (before MOA)

  • Collecting and analysing student achievement data 
  • Picking out the challenges  (3-5 challenges)
  • Developing a plan
  • Theory of improvement
  • Leading change
  • Features of an effective professional learning community
  • Data collection and analysis, including student achievement data, student, teacher, whanau and community voice within and accross schools (2 sessions)
  • Monitoring progress within and across schools
  • Teaching as Inquiry/ Spiral of inquiry
  • Monitoring progress within and across schools
  • Open to Learning Conversations
  • Goal setting

Implement the plan 

  • Estabilish an operating structure
  • Teaching as inquiry
  • Coaching

Training the across community and within community teachers in facilitating professional learning and development and coaching (2 sessions)

  • Ways to monitor progress within and across schools
  • Become familiar with MOE policy documents: Ka Hikitia, PEP, Success for all, ELLs involving whanau, community and business
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Monitoring culturally responsive progress within and across schools

Monitor and share, Review and refine

  • Establish checkpoints
  • Modify as needed
  • Develop own instruments of accountability
  • The process of self-review and modification at an individual and community level

At the end of this course it is intended that participants will be able to:

  • Effectively lead change within and across schools
  • Analyse and use a range of evidence, including student achievement data, to establish challenges for each community of learning
  • Develop interpersonal skills in discussion, dialogue, debate and negotiation
  • Enact the features of an effective professional learning community
  • Coach a range of teachers, including conducting observations and giving feedback/feed forward
  • Lead teachers in how to engage with teaching as inquiry
  • Engage in processes of self-review and build evaluative capability across each community of learning

 

Programme fees:

$750 per participant.

Enrolment here:

Developing Communities of Learning