Colin Sloper

Colin Sloper has been a teacher, assistant principal and principal in government schools for the past 35 years. In the course of his career he has been involved in the establishment of five new state government schools, including his time as principal of Pakenham Springs Primary School in Victoria. Because of his leadership and collaborative work with the school community, Pakenham Springs became the first recognised model of a professional learning community (PLC) in Australia.

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  1. Building staff commitment to the PLC at Work Process
    The key element of successfully transforming a school into a high performing PLC is the development of educator commitment to the process.  In this session participants will explore practical ways of moving staff from compliance (‘we do this because we are told to’ to commitment (‘we do this because we believe in it’). In this session Colin will draw from the practical activities in the resource “Voices from the Field” to demonstrate how staff understanding and commitment can be built and extended.  Learn More
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  2. 12 Key Actions to Guide the Work of Collaborative Teams
    The Professional Learning Communities process is supported by research and endorsed by educational researchers at all levels as our best hope for sustained, substantive improvement. But what is the real work of the collaborative team in a professional learning community? In this session, Gavin and Colin will share their learnings from over the last ten years of taking the PLC research and making it a reality in schools. Learn More
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  3. Shape School Structures for PLC Success
    The transformation from school to PLC demands significant attention to structures – the organisational elements that make up a school – since structures support schools to run efficiently. Learn the structures necessary in a high performing PLC to ensure there is not a misalignment between the stated mission of the school and the actions that educators can actually take to achieve high levels of learning for all. Learn More
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  4. 11 Fundamental Components Required to Transform a School into a Professional Learning Community
    In a high-performing professional learning community the collaborative teams are the engines of school improvement. Collaborative teams are only able to work at increasingly higher levels of productivity and impact when the whole school culture and structures support and nurture their work. Schools that have successful, productive and impactful collaborative teams nurture them in a schoolwide environment where there is an alignment of purpose and priority. In this session Colin will outline the 11 foundational components that school leaders must attend to as their school transforms into a PLC. These 11 foundational components ensure that the work of collaborative teams is supported by the professional learning community culture created. Learn More
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  5. 11 Key Actions to Guide the Work of Collaborative Teams – Formed on the Basis of a Common Learning Issue
    Many teachers in a Professional Learning Community struggle to form teams based on the common content that they share. If schools are unable to form teams that address the four critical PLC at Work® questions because of their context, it is imperative that when organising alternative team structures in their school that school leaders at least ask the pivotal question, ‘Do team members have a shared responsibility for working together in ways that enhance students’ learning?’ (DuFour et al., 2018). When this question guides the formation of collaborative teams who don’t share the delivery of common content, it ensures that the focus of the collaborative teams formed remains on the impact team member’s individual and collective endeavours have on student learning through changes they make to their teaching practice. This practical session will outline the 11 actions that guide the work of collaborative teams formed on the basis of working collectively to solve a common learning issue. Learn More
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  6. 12 Key Actions to Guide the Work of Collaborative Teams – Formed on the Basis of the Common Content They Teach
    The Professional Learning Communities process is supported by research and endorsed by educational researchers at all levels as our best hope for sustained, substantive improvement. But what is the real work of the collaborative team in a professional learning community? In this session Colin will share his learnings from over the last ten years of taking the PLC research and making it a reality in schools. Learn about the 12 key actions collaborative teams must take to truly transform student learning and discover the real work collaborative teams engage in to improve student learning. Leave the session with a 'blueprint' for collaborative teams to use in their ongoing efforts to transform learning for students and educators back at school. Learn More
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