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Professional growth cycles

The Teaching Council has recently announced the removal of performance appraisal. Participation in a professional growth cycle is now the requirement for all teachers in order to gain/maintain teacher certification.

We provide a range of services to support the development and implementation of professional growth cycles that makes a positive difference to outcomes for children in meaningful and manageable ways.  The core components are detailed below and you can choose those that are relevant to your setting and mix them together to customise a professional learning solution that best meets your needs. 

System review and cycle development

Face to face consultation – $180 per hour          Email/phone/Skype consultation – $100 per hour

A facilitator will review your current appraisal system and make recommendations for establishing a professional growth cycle that supports practice improvements and better outcomes for children. Optional email feedback is available to support you to further refine your system and documents. The initial consultation typically takes 1-2 hours.

 

 Roll out and implementation

2 hour in-centre session – $599         3 hour in-centre session – $849

Once your new professional growth cycle has been developed, one of our facilitators can support the implementation of it in your centre.

This work can be customised to your requirements but might include whole team sessions outlining the purpose and ethos of professional growth, teachers’ role in the growth cycle, working to upskill leaders in their role in the process and supporting goal-setting or the identification of appropriate foci of inquiry.

Understanding the Standards for the Teaching Profession

2 hour in-centre session – $599

Facilitators will work with you to create a common understanding of the Standards for the Teaching Profession and what meeting and using the them looks like in your context.

This will result in a “quality practice” document that forms the basis of professional growth and performance management systems. We will work with you to clarify how best to identify and use evidence in ways that contribute to enhanced teaching and learning. 

Inquiry – the centrepiece of professional growth

2 hour in-centre session – $599          3 hour in-centre session – $849

This 2 or 3 hour session situates teacher inquiry as the centrepiece of  the professional growth cycle. It supports teachers to identify an appropriate focus for inquiry and to develop an inquiry question that has enhanced outcomes for children at its heart. We use a simple, easy to grasp model to frame inquiry.

Your facilitator will work with teachers to plan individual inquiries that will enable them to improve practice and to evidence all six of the Standards for the Teaching Profession in authentic, meaningful and manageable ways.

The leaders’ role in the professional growth cycle

2 hour in-centre session – $599          3 hour in-centre session – $849

This workshop is designed for those with a responsibility for leading the teaching and/or leadership practice of others.

We can support you, either as an individual or in a group context, to build the skills and confidence you need to be an effective leader of teachers’ professional growth therefore directly contributing to improved outcomes for children. Content is customised to the needs of the individual or group and may include:

  • developing skills to effectively observe teaching practice
  • giving feedback that contributes to positive shifts in practice
  • learning how to assess practice, referencing the Standards for the Teaching Profession
  • building skills for leading growth-focused conversations that evaluate teacher effectiveness
  • developing your capability to support teachers’ articulation of their practice and decision-making
  • advancing your ability to have courageous conversations
  • helping you keep the focus on what really makes a difference