DEC Scan Journal : Volume 33 Issue 4
2014 Volume 33, Issue 4 21 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews The most powerful professional learning came about due to the combination of some of these features. A specific set referred to by Hannon (2014) was personalised, intensive and informal. The learning experience was focused on the individual, in short, sharp bursts with no specific program structure. Some of the most innovative examples were the combination of collaborative, self-directed and informal. These were less structured and regulated, and engaged a community of educators in social media and online environments where they learn and develop their practice together. Developing a culture for capacity building As capacity building is about developing knowledge, skills and attitudes and the application of these for the individual, it is important that the environment of the individual enables this to happen. The culture of a school and subgroups within schools, for example, faculties or in the case of a teacher librarian, the library, should be empowering to the individual. An empowering culture for teachers is one where individual learning for all is the central tenet and this is openly acknowledged and actively sought by the whole school community. An individual or organisational learning culture is based on four attributes: • Demonstrable ability to create, communicate and enact a clear vision based on the school context. • A shared belief and empowerment that drives a growth mindset and has an atmosphere in which ownership and delegation thrive. • Use of a continuous improvement model where expectations are based on individual coaching and mentoring as a part of the professional learning model. • Understanding and use of outcomes based thinking, inquiry and monitoring of the context and changes as appropriate. Accountability, consistency and shared leadership are core to the delivery of results (Progress International n.d.). Establishing a framework An active learning culture in a school will use or base professional growth decisions on the Australian teacher performance and development framework (the framework) (AITSL 2012). This provides a matrix for the individual, school or section of a school to use as a lifelong and continual improvement process. The following is a top level overview of the framework that should form the core purpose for building a learning culture within the school: Focus on student outcomes Teacher improvement is based on student improvement and therefore student outcomes. Valerie Hannon: Global trends in professional learning and performance and development Centre of Excellence: What is a learning organisation?
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