Introduction to Learning Sprints
for Leaders

1-Day Program

If schools are to lift the learning outcomes of diverse students we must invest in developing the individual and collective expertise of your teachers. Learning Sprints provides a simple, effective and field-tested approach to supporting your teachers to continually enhance their practice.

Learning Sprints is an organisational routine that can support the adoption of evidence-informed practices and develop the collective efficacy of teacher teams. The approach is aligned with the existing research evidence into the features of effective teacher professional learning and the science of behaviour change.  It has been designed to be simple, relevant and manageable for already overloaded teachers and their leaders.

Benefits Learning Sprints include:

  • Support every educator to continually enhance their professional practices
  • Develop high-trust teacher teams that take collective action and help each other improve
  • Embed the use of research-informed practice and evaluate impact through formative assessment
  • Accelerate momentum through engaging in short, focused cycles of impactful work
  • Gain more impact from the collaboration time you already have available
  • Support educators to collectively plan, act and evaluate their impact

Who is this Program For?

This program is designed for anyone in a school or system leadership role, including principals, senior leaders, team leaders and lead teachers, who would like to learn more about the benefits and process of the Learning Sprint method. We strongly encourage the participation of school teams.

Participant Requirement

It is strongly recommended that each school participating in Learning Sprints has a committed team of leaders and teachers practicing the processes and present at the workshops.

This team should include the principal, senior leaders and a group of teachers.

“Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.”
— Professor Dylan Wiliam

Our Approach

The Learning Sprint Method

Learning Sprint Method

    Program Options

    Foundations of Learning Sprints

    1-DAY PROGRAM

    In this dynamic foundational session, you will come to understand the key methodologies of Learning Sprints and become equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to immediately begin applying the process in your school context.

    • Explore the challenge of ensuring all teachers are continually enhancing their practice to lift learner outcomes
    • Connect the design of Learning Sprints to the research based on effective professional learning, and the emerging science of teacher expertise
    • Understand the core Learning Sprints process and build confidence in using the tools and protocols
    • Explore how Learning Sprints has been implemented across different educational settings
    • Plan to test out Learning Sprints in your local context

     

    A fantastic tool that will help guide my upper grades through a data to informed practice approach to their teaching and learning.
    This program has really given me a frame work for thinking through and developing strategic ways in which to improve student learning.
    I left feeling motivated to make some change, and have clarity about my direction. I feel that the focus on improving learning by improving teaching will help me rebuild and revisit the floor of practice in my teams and in turn build collective efficacy.

    Learning Sprints Into Action

    2-DAY PROGRAM

    Learning Sprints into Action is an intensive program which combines two separate in-person full day workshops, with embedded implementation work within your school. This action-orientated program is designed for school teams who are ready to master the Learning Sprints process and take the steps necessary to embed it into their school.

    Program Overview

    • Day 1 – Foundations of Learning Sprints
    • Day 2 – Learning Sprints into Action

    School teams will build confidence in the Learning Sprints approach and plan how to systematically test out the approach with a select few groups of teachers. Teams will explore how to overcome potential challenges that may emerge and consider how to create a high-trust culture for rapid learning.

    During this session teams will:

    • Identify the focus for improvement in terms of student learning outcomes
    • Build confidence in leading teams through the Learning Sprints process
    • Practice using the online tools and protocols to increase the effectiveness of collaboration time
    • Underscore the critical importance of building a culture of trust, non-judgmentalism and respect when asking teachers to engage in challenging professional learning
    • Create a concise plan of action which can be put into practice immediately

    Collective Impact Program

    3-DAY PROGRAM

    The Collective Impact Program combines three separate workshop days including the Foundations of Learning Sprints, Learning Sprints into Action, and Embedding Learning Sprints.

    Program Overview

    • Day 1 – Foundations of Learning Sprints
    • Day 2 – Learning Sprints into Action
    • Day 3 – Embedding Learning Sprints

    The Embedding Learning Sprints workshop is designed to provide the support, accountability and inspiration necessary to impact Learning Sprints as a powerful organisational routine in your school.

    We focus on reviewing your current implementation efforts and planning for the next steps. Teams will build further mastery in the Learning Sprints tools and resources and consider how to build the capacity of other teachers and leaders in the process.

    During this session teams will:

    • Reflect on lessons learned so far and identify the implementation challenges
    • Identify how to enable the effective use of evidence and external expertise throughout the Sprints process
    • Work on how to implement Learning Sprints successfully into their unique school context
    • Develop the capacity to create effective teacher teams and support the development of collective efficacy
    • Continuously review progress and adapt the method for success in their unique context

    Leading Learning Sprints e-Course

    ONLINE VIDEO COURSE

    Build confidence in applying the sprints process with these online short videos. A great way to support the sprints work you're already doing, or become familiar with the process.

     


    What teachers say...


    This is the best keynote session we have ever had. Someone from our profession with great knowledge providing relevant information.
    Hit the nail on the head!! Have already implemented at least one of his suggestions into our GVC planning.
    Clear practices that can be implemented that support the journey that we are already on.
    A fantastic tool that will help guide my upper grades through a data to inform practice approach to their teaching and learning.
    Best professional learning have been to for leadership.
    (This program is) useful and achievable, will make an impact on student outcomes.
    This program contained so many pragmatic examples that identified some of the ways that I could apply myself to the important and not so important educational work.
    I believe that this training will help us to change our entire leadership model and use of PLC time in our school.
    I left feeling motivated to make some change, and have clarity about my direction. I feel that
    the focus on improving learning by improving teaching will help me rebuild and revisit the floor of practice in my teams and in turn build collective efficacy.
    This process is practical and manageable. One of the most difficult things to do is gain staff buy-in when trying to implement change and improvement. This process will ensure quick success in a focused area, which promotes motivation to continue using the process.
    Well researched, detailed and relevant professional development. Works in very well with where our school is heading. Powerful!
    Practical, great presenter, relevant and better than anything else I am doing.
    The program was great – it was the best, most practical professional development day I’ve been to in ages! Working with “sprints” with our teachers has been very successful and I look forward to moving from implementing the “prototype Sprint” to the real deal.
    I love how this process can fit within current work to accelerate learning.
    This is a realistic program to improve student achievement – it helps teachers focus on improving all students in their class within their class, without having to “add on” another program.
    I found the most valuable part of the program was that it provides a means of getting to the really challenging aspects of teaching in a team context. It means we can address the “hard stuff” that teachers avoid or sometimes cannot identify. It helped us create a clear plan of future action.
    The Learning Sprints Program has given our Middle Leaders both skills and confidence to lead their teams to rapidly improve student learning outcomes.
    The practicality and manageability level of the Sprints process is the best part of the program. The rationale behind it fits so well with the messy complexity of teaching. It helps change the focus from teaching practice to student outcomes through effective practice.
    This is a real framework to allow teachers to have data conversations that are deep and meaningful leading into improved outcomes for all students.
    Outstanding - aligned perfectly!! Glad to be part of a school that is clearly moving in the right direction.
    Hugely valuable and motivating.
    This is the best session we have ever had. Someone from our profession with great knowledge providing relevant information.
    Fantastic, an easy to understand and implement way of making the most impact in a specific focus area.
    Easy to implement as it keeps goals small and therefore achievable. This process is collaborative and will not be an extra burden on staff.
    This program has really given me a frame work for thinking through and developing strategic ways in which to improve student learning.
    The Improvement Sprints program has enabled me to be able to lead teachers to look at obstacles in a way that breaks them into smaller
    chunks that can be solved quickly and move to the next part quickly.
    This program has helped make me focus more framing problems worth solving and not getting stuck on the work that doesn’t make a serious impact upon children’s learning.
    Integrating the Sprint model is a very doable task that will impact most of my interactions with teachers.
    Ease and simplicity, teachers can use this!
    A relevant and clear presentation that provides high quality resources for followup back at our school and system office.
    An engaging presentation with relevant information and tools that can be used tomorrow to improve leader effectiveness and student advancement.
    I really appreciate the structure of the program and the time for exploring and then ‘diving deep’ to talk, share and draw on the collective knowledge of the group. I love the model – it’s probably the most logical, sensible and ‘doable’ approach I’ve seen to improvement – the missing piece.
    This program is valuable because of its ability to be applied to all contexts. It’s a short, achievable and effective process.
    The Improvement Sprints into Action program is not an add on. It is doable, achievable and manageable. Sprints is about improving student outcomes, using quality evidence to drive improvement and build collaboration in teams with the same small focus.
    This program provides a clear goal and process for a new master teacher.
    The Sprints method is a quick way to use evidence in a faster way to see student improvement. There is no extra work on teachers. It’s about collecting data and proving outcomes, but is much quicker and more effective.
    This program provides a tool for teachers to have a very explicit process to leading outcomes for students at the forefront with their peers.
    I walked away with a plan to take back to school, scaled at a level that will enable students to develop a skill across a short period of time.
    The Improvement Sprints into Action program is very relevant to my work. It’s very practical and has given me a clear process and tools to implement immediately.