Staff Professional Learning

STAFF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Change is certainly a process and not an event! At St Mary Magdalen’s change is transformative over time as we respond to the needs of our community.

In education, school staff: Teachers and Educational Support Staff continue to learn about more effective ways to help students to learn.

At St Mary Magdalen’s we believe that teachers are more effective when they collaborate and accept collective responsibility for student progress. Students learn better when they work as individuals as well as together, when they can understand their learning goals and identify how they are going to achieve them.

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As we nurture open hearts and curious minds, we embed the following characteristics into our learning environments:

  • learning is life-long and life-wide (we learn from all kinds of experiences);
  • critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration skills are all part of day to day learning;
  • the learning environment is a safe place for risk-taking in learning;
  • every student needs to and can experience and celebrate their successes;
  • a growth mindset helps students to learn from mistakes;
  • being able to give and receive quality feedback is an important skill;
  • evidence provided by regular assessments enable teachers to focus on the individual learning needs of each student/ students are actively involved in knowing about their learning;
  • capabilities and talents are to be identified and fostered;
  • parents are partners in the learning relationship.
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Professional Learning at St Mary Magdalen’s recognises the need for teachers to be engaged in continuous reflective practice. That is why we have a variety of ways of professional learning but all strategies are linked to our Long Term Strategic Plan and Annual Action Plans.

Teachers learn by:

  • going to formal and informal courses, conferences and networks to connect with the broader educational community. The expectation is that new knowledge and skills are shared at the school level.
  • engaging in whole school initiatives like our ReLATE program professional learning and our ongoing Maths professional development of in-house coaching.
  • engaging in team strategies – attending courses and regular reflective planning sessions.
  • working with school leaders in curriculum to develop student learning and data interpretation.