Following on from 2016-2017’s topic, ‘Taking a Critical Look at Educational Research and Its Applications’, this year starts off by focusing on action research, reminding educators that creating a change in practice will have a positive impact on student learning, achieving the ultimate collective goal.
Following a review of last year’s work, which supported Lead Data Team (LDT) members to become confident consumers of research by developing healthy skepticism and discovering how to adapt finding into practice, team members get the opportunity to put their learning into practice. By conducting their own action research project in their respective settings, participants’ new knowledge and skills come to life.
By making a connection between professional learning & student success in the first of this year’s seminars, participants further develop their rationale for carrying out action research on the impact of professional development. In order to achieve this, participants take part in a number of activities to:
Explore the rationale for carrying out Professional development.
Build & solidify the foundation of the LEAD team into a network by getting to know each other & the respective organisation.
Revisit the process of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), including group norms.
By the end of the two day seminar, participants will have solidified their action research plan, including their chosen evidence; program of implementation; details of data collection & driving questions; their SIG; & their individual plan.