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Aligned Action: the value of a definition of learning is a Course

Aligned Action: the value of a definition of learning

Oct 20 - Nov 4, 2021

$300 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Thursday 21 October 2021, 3.30 pm to 5.00pm

Delivery mode

Online - a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are currently in, or aspiring to, leadership of teaching and learning.


A definition of learning, or guiding statements on learning, explain the community's vision of what learning is and what it should look like in action.

Self-reflection and a shared understanding about what learning should achieve and what it should provide students, fully engages a school community in providing learning opportunities appropriate to the stated goals of the school.

Creating clarity  and a shared understanding, ensures no one is left to interpret ‘learning’ through their own experiences and interests. This interpretation contributes to conflict and lack of clarity in decision making as well as implementation of learning.  However, once everyone has agreed on what they want good learning to look like in their school, all Board members, leaders, teachers, students and parents know what should be happening, and everyone’s energy is directed towards the same goals.

This provides synergy and great potential for student achievement.

"...instead of debating the merits of blended or personalized learning or differentiated instruction, every teacher, principal, student, parent, and community member needs to first understand what learning looks like within their school. Without this shared understanding, none of the other terms carry actionable meaning." Professor Stephen Heppel

 This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Curriculum framework                 
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes                                   

Key takeaways               

  • clarity in a definition/statements of learning for your school
  • shared understanding about how to use the definition to guide everyday learning
  • ways of linking policy, procedures and learning structures to the definition
  • links between evaluation of teacher and student achievement/learning with the definition
  • a process for evaluating the success of your school's vision of learning

Presenter information

Dr Darlene Fisher                  

Dr Darlene J Fisher has worked for 35+ years as a leader and teacher in day and boarding schools in Australia, Oman, Thailand, India, Turkey, UK and the USA. Her Doctorate in Education from Bath University UK focuses on the impact of culture on effective leadership practices. In addition she holds an MA from St Andrews University and studied education initially at Monash University, Melbourne. Darlene’s recent work includes International Accreditation Leader for NEASC. Previously she was Chief Learning Officer at ECIS, with responsibility for developing and presenting teacher and leader professional development. She has worked with teacher training for Cambridge (CIE) and ECIS, as well as mentoring heads of school and consulting on curricula and teacher development across Asia, Middle East and Europe. Recent work includes collaborating on the professional development for aspiring and experienced school leaders for the IB, ‘The Essentials of International Leadership’. Her work includes curriculum design, workshop leader training, teacher and leader development as well as workshop facilitation. Her focus on education provides opportunities to enable and empower teachers and leaders to be most effective in helping students reach beyond the average, to engage their agency in creating a more sustainable world.



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