Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) School Improvement Inquiry Learning Partnership

4 Day Program

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This initiative aims to build leadership capacity to support the implementation of the Professional Learning Communities model as a school improvement approach.

The primary outcome is to embed the three big ideas and four pillars of Professional Learning Communities both within and between schools. This will be achieved through building the leadership capacity of middle tier leaders, Principals and their teams to implement the PLC model with consistency and fidelity. This work compliments and aligns with other improvement frameworks, such as NSIT, Data Wise and the inquiry cycle.

The network program will be spaced over one to three years (subject to review) and developed in partnership with the PLI, School Improvement Team and our 2020 PLC professional learning providers. The partnership will seek to develop, build and share the collective capacity of leaders in and across schools and will be supported through professional learning, mentoring, networked collaboration and peer coaching. Central to the development of this work is the notion of; weaving not stacking our system priorities. Inquiry coaches will support shared learning through ongoing, context specific coaching to build coherence.

The PLC Inquiry Coach will collaborate with schools throughout the year and the program will include a mixture of face to face professional learning (4 days in 2020), school visits, networking and site-specific coaching. Schools accepted into this initiative must attend as a leadership team, participate in collaborative leadership summits which explore school improvement priorities and actions and must be willing to sharing their school data. Part of the work for 2020 will be to develop a shared implementation developmental continuum.

The program will develop the collective capacity of leaders to impact the outcomes and culture of their school and our system by:

• Taking a developmental approach to change

• Grounding all decisions in evidence

• Building shared commitments and relationships to sustain change.

Standard 1 – Know students and how they learn

Standard 2 – Know content and how to teach it

Standard 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Standard 5 – Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning

Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning


Leading teaching and learning

Developing self and others

Leading improvement, innovation and change.

This program is one of three opportunities through the Principal Expertise Professional Learning Model. Schools will be eligible to participate in one of these initiatives only. The three initiatives are:-

  • Data Wise School Improvement Inquiry Learning Partnership
  • Professional Learning Communities School Improvement Inquiry Learning Partnership
  • Inquiry as a Powerful Pedagogy for Student Learning

PLCs Inquiry Learning Partnership is open to all schools. Schools accepted into this initiative must attend as a leadership team alongside the Principal.

Application for this program is via an Expression of Interest (EOI) selection process. Please use the form below for all application material.

The application timeline is as follows:

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: COB 5 December 2019
  • SUCCESSFUL SELECTION: It is anticipated that successful schools will be advised by 13 December 2019

Applications are to be submitted online via the PLI website using the form provided.

Selection Criteria:

Schools’ selection will be based on demonstrated need and readiness for inquiry.

Selection panel – Principal Expertise Oversight Group (representatives from Learning Services School Improvement Team and the Professional Learning Institute)

Applications must:

  • address the following four questions –
  1. What are your School Improvement Plan’s priorities and how do they relate to the 3 big ideas and 4 critical questions of a PLC? (250 word limit)
  2. Please describe how you have implemented structures to support the development of an effective collaborative culture. Be specific: What structures? Who is involved? How often? How long? Who leads it? (250 word limit)
  3. Please give the roles and responsibilities of each member of your leadership team and how you expect they will contribute to the collaborative work in the coming year. (250 word limit)
  4. What professional learning opportunities have you and your team participated in with a specific PLC focus?
  • complete the Building Collaborative School Cultures Self-Assessment.

EOI form for PLC Inquiry Learning Partnership

Building Collaborative School Cultures Self-Assessment

4 Day Program  – 1 Full Day per Term

Other network dates and commitments will be collaboratively developed and negotiated in the early phase of the work.

Workshop 1: This Workshop will now be offered Online – Details TBA

Workshop 2: This Workshop will now be offered Online – Details TBA

Workshop 3: Thursday 27 August 2020 – venue tba

Workshop 4:  tba; venue tba