A culture of learning
I believe that schools are better places when everyone involved is a learner. This design project has been created with the intention of moving my school towards a culture of ongoing and meaningful professional development, and ultimately developing adaptive expertise. Schools in British Columbia are currently adjusting to the latest revised curriculum and developing mechanisms for teachers to shift their teaching practices to match the new requirements is a necessity. Change is constant in schools and this project has been developed to assist my school in tackling this challenge. The literature on professional development and professional learning communities provided the basis for the design of the project. The literature combined with my current school’s context was used to develop an action plan that provides a map to develop a culture of professional learning. The action plan is designed for a vice-principal or principal to use as a guide to work with staff to shift towards a model of teacher inquiry as professional development. The end goal of the action plan is to develop a culture of professional learning that is supported by leadership, collaboration and inquiry.