Data Wise School Improvement Inquiry Learning Partnership

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This initiative aims to build leadership capacity to implement improvement strategies underpinned by an inquiry cycle.

The program will guide Principals and their teams through the Data Wise Improvement Model using a coaching approach. In 2020 the program will build on from the 2018-2019 pilot project. The Inquiry Coach will collaborate with five schools from January 2020 through to the end of the year. The program will include a mixture of face to face professional learning (4 days total), school visits and site specific coaching.

Teams accepted into this initiative must attend the Harvard Data Wise Leadership Institute in Melbourne in January 2020. It is a requirement to send a team of three (3). The PLI will support the course registration cost of one team member from each school, with the school funding the remaining two places and all associated travel costs.

Prior to the first professional learning workshops successful teams will be expected to complete a leadership inquiry overview and Data Wise MOOC.

Participants will develop a deeper understanding of:

  • the Data Wise Improvement Process
  • how to develop high-functioning inquiry teams and foster a supportive culture of improvement
  • a range of inquiry protocols
  • whole-school implementation of data inquiry cycles.


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 Inquiry Learning Partnership
  • Inquiry as a Powerful Pedagogy for Student Learning

Data Wise is open to all schools. The Principal is required to participate and it is strongly recommended that some or all of the instructional leadership team participate 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: 11.00am, 31 October 2019
  • SUCCESSFUL SELECTION: Successful schools will be advised by COB 1 November 2019

Online applications are to be submitted 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. Please outline how this initiative connects to your existing School Improvement processes and describe how you anticipate participating in this program will help deepen your work. (250 word limit)
  2. Please describe how you have engaged to date in using data to improve learning and teaching. Be specific: What data sources do you use? Who is involved? How do they use it? (250 word limit)
  3. Please give the roles and responsibilities of each member of your team and state how you expect they will contribute to the team’s work in the coming year. Provide the rationale for why these team members were chosen to work together. (250 word limit)
  4. Is this a team that works together currently? Have they worked together before? What is the plan for ensuring that this team will have time to meet together in the coming year to work on improvement? (250 word limit).

EOI Data Wise Initiative

Data Wise Info sheet

4 Day Program – 9:00am – 3:30pm

Day 1: Thursday 27 February – Tramsheds, Launceston

Day 2: Wednesday 6 May – Professional Learning Institute, Hobart

Day 3: Tuesday 28 July –  Tramsheds, Launceston

Day4: Wednesday 21 October – Professional Learning Institute, Hobart