With the recent release of the Australian Governments (DEEWR) National School Improvement Tool schools across Australia now have a guiding document to assist them improve the quality of teaching and learning within their school.
Based on findings from international research on the practices of highly effective schools and school leaders, the National School Improvement Tool assists schools to review and reflect on their efforts to improve the quality of classroom teaching and learning.
It consists of the following nine inter-related ‘domains’:
- An Explicit Improvement Agenda
- Analysis and Discussion of Data
- A Culture That Promotes Learning
- Targeted Use of School Resources
- An Expert Teaching Team
- Systematic Curriculum Delivery
- Differentiated Teaching and Learning
- Effective Pedagogical Practices
- School-Community Partnerships
The fifth domain “An Expert Teaching Team “ is described as:
The school has found ways to build a school-wide, professional team of highly able teachers,
including teachers who take an active leadership role beyond the classroom. Strong
procedures are in place to encourage a school-wide, shared responsibility for student
learning and success, and to encourage the development of a culture of continuous
professional improvement that includes classroom-based learning, mentoring and coaching
A school which is judged as outstanding in this domain would have the following characteristics.
The teaching staff of the school are experts in the fields in which they teach and have very high levels ofpedagogical knowledge and skill, including expert knowledge of evidence-based teaching strategies.
Teachers and school leaders take personal and collective responsibility for improving student learning and wellbeing, working together and learning from each other’s practices. The sharing and showcasing of best practice are common. In team meetings there is an emphasis on the joint analysis of student work and on teaching strategies for improving student learning. Teachers collaboratively plan, deliver and review the effectiveness of lessons.
School leaders place a very high priority on the ongoing professional learning of all staff and on the development of a school-wide, self-reflective culture focused on improving classroom teaching.
School leaders participate in professional learning activities, learning alongside teachers, and the school supports teachers to continue formal study and celebrates professional success.
As schools utilise the National School Improvement Tool to assess themselves and look for support to improve their practices they might like to consider some of our products and services for professional learning including our Digital User Groups and See, Share, Shape the Future Conferences.
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Teachers can participate in face to face courses or online webinars on the effective use of technology to enhance learning. Courses in the use of Apple iPads, SMART Boards, and Video Conferencing are delivered regularly by our Education Consultants. You can find our course catalogue here http://www.seeshareshape.com.au/shape/TrainingAcademy/default.aspx
School teams can also engage in professional learning using our 21st century professional learning tool iRIS Connect which enables teaching teams to view and share practice in an efficient and effective way. Teaching Teams can also showcase best practice by storing these videos in the “shared library “.
Our video conferencing events include SMARTIE Classes where our Education Consultants model practices by teaching your students via video conference. A range of experts, authors can also be brought to your school to inspire students through our video conferencing excursion and festivals. Our projects engage students in deep collaborative learning for a term. Find out more here