“Nationally and Internationally, there is unequivocal evidence that the quality of teaching is the most significant in-school factor affecting student outcomes.” (Australian Teacher and Performance Development Framework, AITSL, 2012)
In 2016, I authored a News story outlining the College’s Performance and Development Framework for teachers, LearningEDGE (Engage, Develop, Grow, Enrich) which was designed to enable teachers to focus on improving their teaching in order to improve student outcomes. The framework comprises the following elements:
Engage – genuine commitment and engagement in professional learning through the appraisal process
Develop – wanting to build/evolve teaching skills and understandings
Grow – growing own capabilities (through the support of colleagues) via observations and feedback focused on classroom teaching
Enrich – taking own teaching/professional standards to the next level.
Having worked with this initial iteration of LearningEDGE it was time to review the framework. On Monday of Week One this term, 13 groups of 8 – 10 teachers got together in focus groups to contribute to the review process. It was the first time we had been able to have that many people face-to-face for many months and it was just fabulous to see and hear the rich interactions that were taking place on both campuses.
Whilst the review is far from complete there was one key theme which consistently emerged from all groups “We want to work together even more!” – collaborate more, team teach, set common goals, work on passion projects together, mentor and observe each other and support each other with the analysis of data. If COVID-19 and soc@home has taught us anything, it has taught us the importance of “being in this together”! I look forward to seeing how the ‘new’ LearningEDGE will support teachers’ growth and development and the improvement of student outcomes.
“Learning from a teacher who has stopped learning is like drinking from a stagnant pond.” – Indonesian Proverb
Head of Professional Learning, Research & Innovation