Aligning professional learning, performance management and effective teaching

Aligning professional learning, performance management and effective teaching

Presented by Mr. Peter Cole
 Registration is closed for this event


August 30, 2013
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Brunton Avenue


$220.00   (inc GST)

Cost includes program materials, a light lunch and afternoon tea.


As parking in the area is mainly 1 and 2 hour,it is advisable for participants to use public transport. CSE is a 5 minute walk from trams and trains.


This program will explore the processes and content of effective professional learning so that links between effective professional learning and effective teaching practice are made.

It will draw on recent writings about the relative effectiveness of various teaching practices and techniques to illustrate how teaching models derived from this research provide a structure for teacher planning, classroom practice and professional learning.  It will also explore the limitations of the common practice of developing teachers’ professional learning plans as part of an annual teacher review process.  And provide suggestions for modifying teacher review processes so that they are more closely connected with a school’s improvement agenda are provided. The overall intent of this program will be to illustrate how a school can significantly improve its effectiveness by strengthening the alignment between its professional learning, performance management and teaching practices and processes.



Performance management, professional learning and effective teaching should be aligned to produce a powerful and integrated model for significantly lifting the performance of a school. This program will explore how this might be done by addressing questions such as:

  • Why is there poor transference between professional learning and improved classroom practice?
  • What are the characteristics of effective professional learning?
  • How is a strong professional learning culture developed?
  • What are the characteristics of effective teaching practice?
  • How can effective professional learning practice be coupled with effective teaching practice?
  • Where does teacher performance appraisal and feedback fit into the picture?

Peter will draw on findings by teaching effectiveness researchers such as Hattie (Visible Learning), Lemov (Teach Like a Champion) and Joyce and Weill (Models of Teaching) and evaluators of professional learning effectiveness to explore how a school’s professional learning policies and processes can respond to this effectiveness research.  The key take away from the program will be a model of professional learning that produces coherent and sustained improvement in classroom practice.

The program will incorporate a variety of media including mini-lectures, video clips, group activities, and discussion.  The workshop is designed for school leaders, members of school leadership teams and professional learning/development managers in Government, Catholic and Independent primary and secondary schools.



Peter Cole has over 25 years experience working in education as a Secondary Teacher, Curriculum Consultant, Policy Analyst, Program Manager and Senior Executive within the Ministry of Education (Vic). Prior to leaving the Ministry Peter was the manager of Training and Development. In 1996 Peter formed his own consultancy business and has continued to work in the education sector within Australia and overseas. His consultancy work has primarily been concerned with state-wide policy and program review and advice, curriculum resource development, teacher recruitment and leadership training. 

Peter is the author of the CSE papers, ‘Professional Development: a great way to avoid change’ (2004) and ‘Leadership and professional learning: Forty actions leaders can take to improve professional learning’ (2005).  He also recently authored ‘Professional Learning that Works: A guide for teachers and school leaders’ for AITSL.


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