Leadership for Teacher Learning with Emeritus Professor Dylan Wiliam Brisbane 2019
Date: Friday 30 August 2019
Location: Hilton, 190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane, 4000
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Leadership for Teacher Learning with Emeritus Professor Dylan Wiliam is a special extension workshop specifically for educators who attended Dylan’s 2018 Embedding Formative Assessment event. Leadership for Teacher Learning builds on key learnings already discussed and further explores Dylan’s thoughts on the essence of effective teacher leadership — stopping people doing good things, to give them time to do even better things.
There is now substantial evidence that there is a ‘knowing-doing’ gap in education. The problem is not that we do not know how to improve schools. The problem is implementing what is known to work in more classrooms. This is why approaches based on ‘sharing good practice’ have been relatively ineffective. Teachers do not lack knowledge — rather they lack support in putting into practice changes in what they do in their classrooms, and this requires time. This is a particular problem in education because almost everything that teachers do in classrooms benefits their students. We cannot therefore create extra time by stopping teachers doing bad things—they aren’t doing any. The essence of effective teacher leadership is stopping people doing good things, to give them time to do even better things.