Meeting 2 May 22nd

PLT Reference Group Minutes 22.05.09

Present: Jill, Heather O, Heather R, Helen, Cindi, Kim, Anne, Delene, Leanne, John

Instructional Rounds of Education
  • John gave a summary of the text
  • He will distribute a written summary
  • Networks – groups of 6-8 people
  • Differs from our plan for PLT’s in that it doesn’t specifically link into using data as a focus
  • Getting away from the land of nice – holding people to account
  • PLTs should be compiled of teachers from varying experience levels
  • Promotes co-leaders / co-facilitation
  • Includes clearly defined roles

Apology from Julie
· Still waiting for a plane at Mildura

Plan for today
· Working in teams to go through the information we have collected on the Wiki

What do we need at the end of the project?
  • Handbook / toolbox
    • Summary of main components
    • Extended / Alternative
    • A snapshot, succinct
    • Based on information already on wiki
    • Proformas
  • Organisational Elements of the document
    • Live links to theory, literature, documents
  • Summary of Components
    • Suggested timeline / outline of how the
    • Triads - focus strictly on student outcomes
    • PLT about the professional development required for teachers to meet students needs
  • Scenario - Exemplar Model
  • List of things schools could trial / implement
    • blogs
  • Training
    • Leadership
  • Presentation
    • Use E5 framework to organise
      • Engage, Explore, Explain. Elaborate, Evaluate

Discussion Points re Wiki Content
  • Needs to be succinct and in line

Purpose Statement
  • Need to mention the purpose of the PLT – focussing on
  • Points to be teased out
  • Possibly combine similar points

Theory Base
  • Triangle Diagram - student, teacher, content
    • Short explanation of the theory behind each area
    • Extended explanation available via a link
  • Close links to current theory promoted DEECD initiatives
    • E5, Literacy Framework
    • Hill Crevola Model; Vygotski – Scaffolding to achieve next level;
  • Need to include purpose of Triad – to share / analyse / focus on student data
  • Aim, Structure, Operation, Tools / Resources - Include a diagram
  • Protocols
    • developing agreed norms – Cindi to check Maureen O’Rourke’s resources
    • there are several protocols already on the wiki
  • Triads to meet weekly

  • Need to include purpose of PLT – to provide the professional learning required by teachers to ensure triads can operate effectively
  • We need to clearly define the role of the PLT
  • Effective training of PLT leaders is paramount
  • PLTs discuss the teaching strategies used to bring about the changes in student outcomes
    • What did you do?
    • Why did you do that?
    • What change did that bring about?
  • May have a coaching component
  • Identify different tools / protocols that are required
  • Needs to include the ‘challenge’ component
  • PLTs to meet once a term

Recommended Texts
  • Michael Absalum’s ‘Clarity in the Classroom’

Collaborative Work


discussion about the difference between the PLTs and Triads.
PLTs about teacher learning- about teacher practise, the language of challenge,
There is a clear leader, it's about the professional learning of the teachers
meet less often. The PLT will set in place the membership and process of the triads.
they provide peer accountablity - they develop a culture of challenge
Triads come to the PLT to share what they have been working on. discussions around teacher practice, ways we have made a difference. we need to make a connection between student improvement and student improvement.
What did you do and why did you do that and what impact did it have on the student learning and what do you do now.
Julie- the PLT are focussing on the rich conversations in the PLT bringing together the triads

which level do we look at student work-
the triad is about the teacher professional development-
the students work

Triads are about student learning and student work - student artifacts, looking at evidence. the triad teachers might visit classrooms but it is not a pre requisite. Triads are an equal team of teachers sharing their student artifacts. they will discuss

Julie- the goal of the triad is about meeting the needs of teachers.
it draws on student evidence

Julie- example of Kennington- there are 4 triads operating but they all work together in a PLT where they take a shared responsibility for the learning of all students. that would use evidence and data to drive the direction.
the critical thing is let's keep it simple and managable.

frequency of meeting: triads meeting regular - and PLTs a once a term
visits to classrooms are observation, reflection and learning from each other

another idea is to have a resource for principals- frequently asked questions. how to start, how to sustain.
no need for guidelines on how to spend
this is owned by the school, everything has to be simple
the ownership is with the principal not the region
it will be up to the schools to decide what they want to focus on.

can we tell a story or a case study