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Transforming Professional Practice

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Transforming professional practiceWe are seeing a radical shift in the role of ‘educator’ and what it means to inspire others to learn. Previously, teaching has been siloed in classrooms and regarded as a combination of dispensing knowledge and sorting out academically inclined students from others. Professional learning has been restricted to set times and topics selected by leadership teams.

In a networked world, professional practice is driven by every educator, based on what their learners need to thrive. The educators of tomorrow make connections across the curriculum and community, harness local and global networks online, and adopt fluid, adaptive ways of working so they can deliberately create environments in which all learners belong and have a strong sense of well-being.

Focus questions:
  • How do we create cultures and spaces to foster innovation from the ground up? How can we see professional learning as a way to redesign and reimagine learning?
  • How do we create a culture of collaboration within and between learning organisations and with our communities? What is to be gained by having multiple voices contributing to learning conversations?
  • What are the belief systems and pedagogies that guide your practice? What  frameworks, models and metrics do you use to inform you and help you identify key insights to drive meaningful conversations and actions?
  • What evidence are you using to identify gaps and challenges in your professional practice? What research informs the way you can address challenges, and support ‘next level’ practice in a sustainable way?
  • How does professional learning in your organisation deliberately include all voices? How do you take advantage of informal, as well as formal, opportunities for learning?
  • What opportunities are there for each of us to harness networks to extend our own learning? What resources, communities, peer groups and events can you draw on to complement your personal growth?

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