This research project has been supported by AITSL. Working with Professor Alma Harris and Dr Michelle Jones St Paul’s School was looking at replacing the traditional, transactional meeting schedule with a framework that would allow for a shift in culture to meet both the academic and pastoral goals of the school’s strategic plan.
Through AITSL Disciplined Collaboration in Professional Learning Project professional learning circles with approximately 10-12 teachers per group were created. These collaborative groups meet once a month and comprise of colleagues that span the K-12 continuum, all learning areas and also the spectrum of leadership, from new-in-service teachers to experienced leaders.
The project was/is a deliberate effort to encourage K-12 thinking and share ideas and practices and engage in student-centred dialogue. Thus far, professional learning circles have unpacked complexity learning, designing and reviewing assessment rubrics, exploring and supporting collaborative cultural change and grappling with Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of Teamwork in order to frame collaboration.