Undertaking a Learn Implement Share course as a Team is the ultimate way to gain the most benefit. The Team approach enables multiple teachers from a school to progress through a course together, enjoy the usual benefits afforded to individual course participants yet also gain from on-site, in-person teacher collaboration with colleagues.
What is a Team? A Team is four-or-more teachers from the same department, undertaking a course simultaneously.
A Team Leader - usually the Department Head - supports and encourages the teachers.
Teachers, including the Team Leader, progress through the content individually, with 24/7 access.
The Team Leader helps foster collaboration between teachers as they progress through the course.
Team members support each other as they create resources and plan, implement and share their experiences.
The course facilitator supports the Team Leader as well as the individual teachers.
School Leader's exert pedagogical influence through Team
The Team Approach provides an ideal opportunity for School Leaders to affect the pedagogy of their staff by assuming a leadership role in the course.
The same advantage applies to Community of Schools Coordinators/Consultants.
Additional advantages of the Team Approach
One major advantage arises from the sharing of ideas both informally (e.g. over coffee) and formally, during meetings.
It is recommended to hold between one and three meetings during the final half of the course.
Related to the above, collegial development occurs through the sharing of implementation experiences.
Support for Team Leaders
All Team Leaders are supported by the course facilitator via email and phone, Skype or Zoom. The larger the Team, the greater the level of support.
The price for all courses is $AU495 pp. GST applies to Aus/NZ. A 4% bank fee applies outside of Aus/NZ)
1. The typical TEAM approach A school leader enrols into a course as the TEAM Leader along with 3+ teachers. TEAM members usually access the course information individually and progress according to a pre-agreed timeline. However, some TEAMs prefer to hold 'progress sessions' in school time, progressing through the content collectively. Either way, a great deal of spontaneous teacher collaboration, discussion and sharing occur in the staff room and over coffee. The TEAM Leader helps to ensure the quieter members are brought into these informal discussions and offers encouragement and support. At appropriate times (during the second half of the course) the TEAM Leader runs some formal sessions to foster more structured teacher collaboration, sharing and planning of implementations. All the while, the course facilitator gives input by responding to online submissions.
2. Delegating a teacher as TEAM Leader The above scenario can occur where the School Leader may or may not be part of the TEAM and delegates the TEAM Leader role to one of the members of the TEAM.
3. Community of Schools TEAMs A Community of Schools Coordinator may decide that one or more courses are ideal for the Community of Schools. The Coordinator, in conjunction with the presenter, establishes the individual school-based TEAMs, and appoints a TEAM Leader for each school. The coordinator assumes an oversight role while each school TEAM runs according to Approach #1, above.
4. Community of Schools TEAMs with the consultant as TEAM Leader The TEAM approach can be ideal in a situation where a school consultant has the task to exercise pedagogical change in a small number of schools within a local geographical area. The consultant, in conjunction with the facilitator, is able to play an active online facilitation role and run the formal, collaborative meetings for each school as per Approach #1. In other words, it is possible for a Community of Schools consultant to 'adopt' a Learn Implement Share course 'as their own' to develop the teachers from his or her schools.
5. Multi-Departmental change With courses such as the 'Engaged Learning Environment' and the 'Collaborative Online Units' courses - which are applicable to all school learning areas (subjects), multiple TEAMS could be formed within one course across different school departments. Each TEAM would run as per Approach #1, and a School Leader would oversee the whole school program on-site. The course presenter provides online facilitation as per usual. The ideal course for this is the school-wide version of 'Create An Engaged Learning Environment'.
Video testimonial from a TEAM leader
This course has certainly let me think over what I am doing. It reaffirmed that I was going along just fine in some areas. The course has been great for discussions on a professional development level in the staffroom. Using ideas from the course has been enlightening as we spoke openly about what we were doing. It has been a joy to come to school with Brett and Prue to find out what their next set of ideas were.
Louise Horsburgh, EWS St Catherine's Catholic College, July 2015