PROGRAM OVERVIEW: A Whole School Approach


The Triads Professional Learning Model is a whole school approach to establish a "culture of challenge" for improved instruction and student outcomes. It strongly supports and embraces the principles of the Effective School Model, the Seven Principles of Highly Effective Professional Learning, the school's Performance and Development Culture, the goals of the School's Strategic Plan and Regional Literacy and Numeracy strategies. It embeds the principle that all teachers are teachers of literacy and numeracy.

The school leadership team is responsible for presenting the Triad Professional Learning model to their staff (with a regional representative present) to explain the supportive practice that will form the ongoing function for an effective teaching and learning culture in the school.

The model is focused around what students
do, say, make and write and teachers working together to observe, review and plan strategies to address identified

Aims

· To establish a whole school approach for improved instruction.
· To establish a "culture of challenge" as distinct from a "culture of sharing".
· To use data as evidence to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes.

Structure
· Teachers work together in teams of three, called Triads.
· Triads come together to form Professional Learning Teams
· All members of the school's Leadership Team have a role.

The Work of Whole School Improvement
· The model is focused around what students do, say, make and write
· Explicit instruction is central to shifting learning- the task predicts performance.
· "A Problem of Practice" can be identified and addressed at the school level.
· Establishing a culture of challenge based on observable behaviours and data.
· Planning actions to move student learning.

Data and Evidence
· Student work, observable behaviours, data and teacher practice form the basis of this model.
· All students are to be assessed, once a term, in literacy using On Demand Adaptive Reading or Writing and in numeracy using, On Demand Number. Students in the lower grades are assessed using ‘Assess Now’ and English Online.
· The use of other assessment tools may be used to assist in developing student learning plans.

Getting Started
The Principal and Leadership Team are responsible for establishing a common understanding of the Triads concept with all staff.

· scheduling meetings and observations
· setting agreed norms and using protocols
· observing what teachers do and say and what students do, say, make and write
· using data and other forms of evidence to make non judgmental observations, review the evidence and plan strategies for the next stage of learning.
· Explicit instruction is central to shifting learning- the task predicts performance.
· "A Problem of Practice" can be identified and addressed at the school level.
· Establishing a culture of challenge based on observable behaviours and data.
· Planning actions to move student learning.