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Teachers as architects of learning

Starts May 14, 2020

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Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 12 August (day one), Monday 7 September (day two) 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm


Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne


This learning event is right for you if you are looking for a way to build a culture that centres on growing teacher practice in a collaborative and evidence-based way whilst supporting the autonomy of teachers to commit to strengthening their own teaching practice


Teachers taking charge of their own practice (with support) is the key to improving learning in schools. However, in an accountability driven education system this remains one of the largest challenges for schools.  

This two-day action learning experience draws from the pioneering and influential work of Gavin Grift and Clare Major’s, Teachers as Architects of Learning. Teachers explore what has shaped their current practice and make sense of what this might mean for their ongoing instructional growth and one another’s. They explore how to consciously commit to building teaching wisdom, reduce the gap between what they teach with what students actually learn, delve deeper into how their beliefs about learning can both limit and strengthen their practice and commit to deliberate practice.  They also learn what approaches and skills are required to support someone else to deliberately develop their teaching practice.

The days are structured through the following lens:

Day 1: Understanding and Identifying

Day 2: Reflecting and Refining

Testimonials from Curtain Education Partnership Action Learning Program, Perth 2019

“I have definitely changed practice and will continue to refer back to it.”

“Very inspiring PL - thanks so much. Would love to run this with whole staff.  Thanks so much for helping me to push out to my growth edge.”

“Question and answers session at the end of the day. Perfect setup to continue with partner back at the school. Love you practice what you preach. Well done to you both. Thank you!”

Key takeaways                

  • identification of the area/s for growth in our teaching practice through the exploration of up to 100 evidence-based teaching and learning approaches
  • deep understanding of how to become a student of your own teaching practice
  • skills to base instructional decisions on the impact they have on learning
  • understanding and application of professional conversations with colleagues that truly grow their teaching practice
  • a model for genuinely creating a school wide culture of teacher development
  • tools and strategies needed to genuinely build teaching efficacy in others

Presenter information

Gavin Grift                         

Gavin Grift is the Founder and CEO of Grift Education. Gavin’s passion, commitment, humour and highly engaging style have made him one of Australia’s most in-demand presenters. Through his keynotes, seminars, and coaching services, Gavin connects with national and international audiences on how to cultivate authentic collaboration, build success in others and genuinely commit to reflective practice. His belief in the development of defined professional autonomy for educators both challenge and connect the head and heart of his audiences.

Gavin is co-author of numerous articles and best-selling books and has held numerous Education Leadership positions in a variety of contexts.

Janelle McGann               

Janelle McGann is a global educator with over twenty-five years’ experience in both public and private schools in Australia, Ireland and the US. As a teacher, leader, consultant and lecturer, Janelle understands the demands of a changing educational landscape for teachers and leaders.

Janelle facilitates workshops and institutes with teachers, leaders and brings to this her wealth of experience from working at the middle school, senior school and tertiary level. Janelle has a passionate interest in learning; supporting teachers and leaders in developing systems which nurture the human spirit of individuals and organisations and the students they serve.