Learning Sprints

Welcome to the future of collaborative, embedded professional learning and development.

About Learning Sprints

If we are to lift the learning outcomes of diverse students we must invest in developing the individual and collective expertise of teachers. While in recent years there has been much effort and investment in teacher collaboration and professional learning, educators are still struggling to translate this into improvements in teacher practice.

Learning Sprints provides a simple, effective and field-tested approach to support your teachers  in continually enhancing their practice.

Learning Sprints is an organisational routine that supports robust teacher team learning. It consists of three phases: Prepare, Sprint and Review. During ‘Prepare’, teams engage in rich dialogue about student learning and consider relevant research to identify a precise focus for improvement work. They then go into the ‘Sprint’ phase, where they test out their new learning through short, manageable cycles of teaching in the classroom. A Learning Sprint ends with explicit ‘Review’: analysis of the evidence of student progress, and consideration of how to transfer new pedagogical knowledge and skills into future practice.

The Learning Sprint Process

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PREPARE

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SPRINT

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REVIEW

Engagement in Learning Sprints supports the adoption of evidence-informed practices and enables educators to collectively plan, act and evaluate their impact . The approach is aligned with the existing research evidence into the features of effective teacher professional learning and the science of behaviour change.

At Agile Schools, our mantra is “If it doesn’t work for teachers, it doesn’t work”. The Learning Sprints process has been designed to be simple, relevant and manageable for already overloaded teachers and their leaders. Most of all, it is designed to be be adaptable to your school context and focused on the challenges specific to your classrooms and learners.

The Benefits of Learning Sprints

The Learning Sprints approach is a simple yet powerful teacher learning and continuous practice improvement process.

Through Learning Sprints, educators can;

  • Better identify and address their students’ most pressing learning needs

  • Make more effective use of available team collaboration time, supported by clear tools and protocols

  • Benefit from more relevant, job embedded professional learning that focuses on practical teaching and learning challenges in their classrooms

  • More effectively share and spread best practices

  • Better adopt and embed the use of research-informed practice and evaluate their impact through formative assessment

  • Deepen their pedagogical content knowledge and be inspired to continually improve

  • Build trust within and across teacher teams and take collective action to help each other to improve

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

Program Options

Foundations of Learning Sprints

1-DAY PROGRAM

This dynamic 1-day workshop provides system, school and teacher leaders with a thorough understanding of the Learning Sprints approach. Participants will be introduced to the Learning Sprints process and toolkit, and leave equipped with the knowledge of what makes for successful school implementation.

Our program begins with online prior learning through access to our Learning Sprints video course, tools and downloadable templates. The intensive in-person workshop will help to apply and embed this new learning so participants feel confident to apply it within their own unique context.

THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO:

  • Provide teams with an overview of the Learning Sprints approach to enhancing teacher team learning and embedding practice improvement

  • Introduce teams to the Learning Sprints tools, to help teams to:
    - better target learners and outcomes based on data
    - analyse the reasons why students aren’t making progress
    - design evidence-informed approaches to support student engagement and progress
    - assess the impact of their practice improvements

  • Provide leaders with practical strategies and a clear checklist of steps to successful implementation of Learning Sprints within their unique educational context

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

System, School and Teacher Leaders who would like an initial overview of the Learning Sprints approach

 

This program has helped me focus more on framing problems worth solving and not getting stuck on the work that doesn’t make a serious impact upon children’s learning
It’s very practical and has given me a clear process and tools to implement immediately
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 ‘do-able’ approach I’ve seen to improvement – the missing piece
 

Leading Learning Sprints

2-DAY PROGRAM

Building on the 1-day Foundations of Learning Sprints Program, this highly practical 2-day Program provides senior, middle and teacher leaders with the practical knowledge and tools to confidently lead Learning Sprints with their teacher teams.

Participants will connect the design of the Learning Sprints process to the research literature on effective professional learning, developing teacher expertise, and behavioural change. They will also explore real-life examples of how Learning Sprints has been implemented across different educational settings, plan and run their first prototype Sprint, and engage in peer review and feedback to share learning and solve common challenges.

Participants in this program will become members of the the Agile Schools community and benefit from ongoing support through our newsletter, online communities and peer check-ins.

THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO

  • Equip leaders to implement Learning Sprints in their school context

  • Guide leaders to identify the focus for teacher learning, based on evidence of where students are facing key challenges

  • Enable team leaders to plan and run their first Learning Sprints

  • Provide a deeper knowledge of how to use the Learning Sprints tools to help teams to:
    - better target learners and outcomes based on data
    - analyse the reasons why students aren’t making progress
    - design evidence-informed approaches to support student engagement and progress
    - assess the impact of their practice improvements

  • Introduce leading research on effective professional learning, teacher expertise and behaviour change, and show how to apply it to school improvement work

  • Show how Learning Sprints has been implemented across different educational settings

  • Connect participants with ongoing support through the Agile Schools community


WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
School, Middle and Teacher Leaders who want to develop the capability to lead the implementation of Learning Sprints in their school.

 

Bespoke Program Solutions

For school systems or districts considering Learning Sprints in the context of a large number of schools or educators, or the implementation of specific teaching and learning strategies, we have bespoke program solutions available. A member of the Agile Schools team would be happy to discuss your needs with you

Please contact support@agileschools.com to set up a conversation and explore what options might best meet the needs of your system or community of schools.

 

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What teachers say...


Wow! What an awesome journey we are now on. I found the day very valuable as did my team. It was good to have it with our Community of Schools as we are similar but have our unique needs which Sprints is perfectly suited towards.
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.
Inspiring, clear, explicit, doable. I have a much better understanding of how to implement Sprints and believe it will have an impact on teacher learning and developing our expertise.
Practical, simple ways to look at improving teacher expertise and student learning.
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.
A useful set of tools relevant to a variety of years/settings. Good pedagogical practice. I can begin small then grow, it is completely relevant to me and my work place.
I love the idea of improving the efficacy of teachers and the change of long-term learning.