Professional Learning Communities

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ACT Public Schools ensure students are at the centre of our work. Our schools are vibrant learning environments for both students and teachers. Professional Learning Communities in our schools drive the culture for teachers to work and learn collaboratively to improve all students’ achievement.

Principles of Professional Learning Communities (adapted from Timperley 2018)

  • Are strongly led, planned and supported
  • Are linked and coherent, taking place over time
  • Are focused on empowering educators to address needs related to their learners
  • Use processes of reflection and inquiry
  • Use multiple sources of evidence throughout
  • Are respectful and challenging
  • Exist in a culture of collaboration
  • Are accountable for impact
  • Build actionable knowledge and skills

Helen Timperley Spiral of Inquiry Presentation

Helen Timperley and the Spiral of Inquiry – an overview

Primary- Video A - Applying the phases of the Spiral of Inquiry in a primary teacher professional learning community: Scanning, Focusing, Developing a Hunch phases.

Primary- Video B Applying the phases of the Spiral of Inquiry in a primary teacher professional learning community: Learning, Taking Action, Checking phases.

Secondary - Video A Applying the phases of the Spiral of Inquiry in a secondary teacher professional learning community: Scanning, Focusing, Developing a Hunch phases.

Secondary - Video B Applying the phases of the Spiral of Inquiry in a secondary teacher professional learning community: Learning, Taking Action, Checking phases.

Effective Professional Conversations - Helen Timperley

Helen Timperley, Professor of Education at the University of Auckland, has undertaken a literature review examining the research on professional conversations in schools.

Enablers for effective professional conversations placemat Helen Timperley pdf iocn (126kb)

Coaching Conversation - A School Improvement Branch Strengthening Leadership Capability series

Professional Learning Community Vignette – A secondary science PLC

A pedagogical framework outlines the expectations for teaching and learning within a school. It promotes consistency of practice and supports teachers to know what the teaching and learning looks like within a school. Each ACT public school will develop and implement a pedagogical framework, to ensure high quality, evidence-based teaching practices focused on success for every student.

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