Hawker Brownlow Education

Gavin Grift and Colin Sloper will be presenting at the
16th Annual Thinking & Learning Conference in Melbourne.

Professional Learning Communities

The Professional Learning Communities process is supported by research and endorsed by educational researchers at all levels as our best hope for sustained, substantive improvement. But what is a professional learning community? In this one-day institute, Gavin Grift and Colin Sloper, who recently revised Learning by Doing for the Australian context, will outline the three big ideas that drive the PLC concept, offer practical strategies for bringing those ideas to life and share collective learning from schools throughout Australia that are using those ideas to have a profound impact on student and adult learning.

Session 1: PLCs: What They Are and What They Aren’t
Learn how to shift teachers’ beliefs and mindsets to those underpinned by “high levels of learning for all”.
Discover why professional learning communities are becoming the highly regarded method for ensuring sustained school and system improvement.
Explore ways to start or enhance your PLC journey.
Session 2: Developing High Levels of Collaboration
Discover the specific work undertaken by collaborative teams in a PLC.
Learn strategies to ensure teams function at high levels of effectiveness.
Plan a sample authentic STEM unit.
Session 3: 12 Actions to Guide the Work of Collaborative Teams
Learn how the actions required for teams to answer the critical PLC questions.
Discover the true work and focus of high-performing collaborative teams.


Professional Learning Communities - Voices from the Field:
A Complete Professional Learning Resource for Schools

Professional Learning Communities - Voices from the Field is the perfect guide for any leadership team, collaborative team or educator looking to transform their school into a professional learning community. This multimedia professional learning package presents a series of in-depth interviews and meetings with teachers, leaders and other stakeholders as they discuss the key ideas of professional learning communities, providing invaluable insight into the PLC process from real educators who do the work every day. With the accompanying videos, you will observe how becoming a professional learning community has not only improved both the school and the school community, but also the professional outcomes of its own educators and the students they serve.