Are you in a situation where your school is discussing the theory of best practice, but struggling with the implementation process?
The implementation, and maintenance of a school’s pedagogical framework is a large task and one where adequate support of school leaders and teachers is vital if professional engagement and growth is to occur.
Schools must be strategic in how effective teaching strategies and/or pedagogical frameworks are presented to their staff. Many schools go about the implementation in less than effective ways and do not consider what is the best way to engage and support teachers in professional learning that transfers to teaching practice.
CPD 4 Teachers supports schools and their teachers in the implementation of pedagogical frameworks with an ongoing co-creation coaching partnership. Together they develop an ‘action plan’ with ‘a checklist of actions’ at the various phases of implementation. This plan clearly outlines defined actions that the Principal, Deputy Head and Curriculum Leaders must undertake if they are to be successful in achieving a school wide pedagogical approach.
We have had the pleasure of working with Lisa Mac Dermott over the past few years. We engaged Lisa to work with our entire staff to plan and deliver an understanding of our chosen pedagogical framework and strategies to teach thinking skills for our Prep-12 staff. Over this time she has coached around 80 of our teaching staff and Leadership Team.
Lisa brings years of her own classroom experience and pedagogical leadership, which gives her credibility with teachers and teacher leaders. She is able to adapt to a school environment and meet the needs of both academic departments and individual teachers. Staff come away from her sessions enthusiastic and ready to implement strategies for their students. I highly recommend Lisa’s work and we will continue to engage her in future years.
Glenn McConville – Head of School, Xavier College Hervey Bay
Lisa worked with our staff over a two year period to implement a whole school pedagogical framework and to coach staff to write the new Australian Curriculum units of work using the framework. My staff found Lisa to an exceptional knowledge of all curriculum areas that allowed her to lead them through this challenging process; one of Lisa’s great strengths in this is that she does not do the writing for the staff but rather effectively coaches them to develop their own skills and confidence. I have found her modelling of this process to our curriculum middle leaders to be very effective in further developing their leadership skills also.
Cathy O’Kane – Deputy Principal