Professional learning opportunities for learning specialists

Register for courses starting in July 2022 to learn about modelling best-practice teaching and professional learning

Four free professional learning courses are available for learning specialists and aspiring learning specialists, beginning in July 2022:

  • Modelling exemplary teaching practice and professional learning
  • Professional observations for professional learning
  • Coaching for influence program (core program) 
  • Coaching for influence program (advanced program).

As places are limited, we will prioritise course registration for learning specialists. We encourage aspiring learning specialists to complete a registration to express their interest and we will let them know if a place is available.

We recommend registering for only one of these courses at a time, due to the time commitment each course involves and their concurrent scheduling in Term 3.

Modelling exemplary teaching practice and professional learning

This course explores the roles and responsibilities of learning specialists as instructional leaders. It is interactive and hands-on, so you can build your knowledge, skills and capabilities to:

  • understand a variety of research-based practices to support teaching and learning in real classroom contexts
  • develop a culture of professionalism by modelling reflective practice and how to give feedback
  • understand adult learning principles and how to apply them in professional learning opportunities with, and for, colleagues.

Event details

Date: from Monday 18 July to Friday 28 October 2022 (10 weeks)
Time: various times
Platform: online
Cost: free.

For more information and to register, refer to Modelling exemplary teaching practice and professional learning. Registrations close 5 pm Wednesday 1 June 2022.

Professional observations for professional learning

This course explores the roles and responsibilities of learning specialists as instructional leaders. It will help you build your knowledge, skills and capabilities so you can:

  • show you have a high level of expertise in teaching and learning practice
  • model, observe and reflect on teaching practice
  • observe teaching practice, collaborate with peers and provide evidence-based feedback and professional learning.

Event details

Date: from Monday 18 July to Friday 28 October 2022 (10 weeks)
Time: various times
Platform: online
Cost: free.

For more information and to register, refer to Professional observations for professional learning. Registrations close 5 pm Wednesday 1 June 2022.

Coaching for influence program (core)

This program will boost your confidence and ability to coach and mentor school colleagues.

You will learn a range of strategies to build your knowledge beyond the traditional Goal-Reality-Options-Will (GROW) model.

A specialist coach will demonstrate each strategy before giving you the chance to practise them with your peers. This will help you apply them to problems of practice at your school.

The program runs for around 21 hours of learning over terms 3 and 4, as well as time spent on discussion board activity.

Event details

Date: Tuesday 19 July (1:30 pm to 3:30 pm) to early Term 4
Time: various times
Platform: online
Cost: free.

For more information and to register, refer to the Coaching for influence core program. Registrations close midnight Friday 17 June 2022.

Coaching for influence program (advanced)

Current learning specialists who have previously completed the core program from 2019 onwards can take part in the advanced program.

You will receive personalised support from a professional coach to improve your coaching and mentoring skills, including issues you may face when coaching and mentoring colleagues.

The advanced program replaces the previous Coaching for influence enhancement program.

Event details

Dates: flexible according to times that work best for you in 2022
Duration: 5 one-hour sessions
Platform: online
Cost: free.

For more information and to register, refer to the Coaching for influence advanced program. Registrations close midnight Friday 17 June 2022.

Find out more

For further enquiries, contact the Design and Implementation team by email: professional.practice@education.vic.gov.au