You may wish to start the year with a Foundations of Teaching Sprints workshops that will be offered in Calgary and Edmonton as part of the ATA Agile Leadership Network professional learning series. This collaborative professional learning approach offers an opportunity to build teacher and team efficacy for teacher learning and continuous practice improvement.
Teaching Sprints provides a simple, effective and field-tested approach to support your teachers in continually enhancing their practice. Teaching Sprints is a flexible organisational routine that supports robust teacher professional learning. It consists of three phases: Prepare, Sprint and Review. During ‘Prepare’, teams engage in rich dialogue about student learning and consider relevant research to identify precise focus for improvement work. They then go into the ‘Sprint’ phase, where they test out their new learning through short, manageable cycles of teaching in the classroom. A Teaching Sprint ends with explicit ‘Review’: analysis of the evidence of student learning, and consideration of how to transfer new pedagogical knowledge and skills into future practice. Engagement in Teaching Sprints supports the adoption of evidence-informed practices and enables educators to collectively plan, act and evaluate their impact. The approach is aligned with the existing research evidence into the features of effective teacher professional learning and the science of behaviour change.
With Teaching Sprints, the mantra is: “If it doesn’t work for teachers, it doesn’t work.” The Teaching Sprints process has been designed to be simple, relevant and manageable for already overloaded teachers and their leaders. Most of all, it is designed to be adaptable to your school context and focused on the challenges specific to your classrooms and learners.
School leadership teams, working together, can take the small steps that add up to enormous gains in teacher efficacy and expertise. This dynamic 1-day workshop will provide district level leaders, school leaders, and teacher leaders with a thorough understanding of the Teaching Sprints approach that will allow you to get started with Teaching Sprints in your school community.
This program is designed to
- Examine the importance of enhancing adaptive teaching expertise and the need for schools to support teachers to engage in deliberate practice
- Provide a systematic overview of the Teaching Sprints approach to collaborative teacher learning and practice improvement
- Upskill leaders to understand each phase of the Teaching Sprints process
- Show how robust and relevant research evidence can be used to inform practice improvement efforts
- Give practical guidance on how to successfully implement Teaching Sprints within their unique educational context
- Demonstrate how to connect the Teaching Sprints process with teacher, team and school-level plans for improvement
Who is this program for?
- School and teacher leaders who would like an in-depth overview of the Teaching Sprints approach.