“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell
Below you will find behind-the-scenes examples of coaching and professional learning that supports the advancement of inclusive schooling.
Loren has captured these vignettes of experience through her collaboration with educators and colleagues from right across Australia.
Professional Development: Whole School Approach to Support Student Learning
Loren created and co-delivered a full day professional development on a Whole School Approach to Support Student Learning. Throughout the day Principals, Class Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists and Advisory Teachers engaged in learning and collaboration around a multi-tier system of supports, effective use of support services, utilising an inquiry cycle to respond to challenges of practice, and planning inclusive learning experiences.
Community of Practice: Inclusive School Communities
Loren is currently consulting with a project coordinated by JFA Purple Orange in South Australia. The project brings together schools in a Community of Practice centered on inclusive school reform. Loren delivered professional learning to the group on shared beliefs and understandings about inclusive education, what inclusive schooling looks like in practice, and how it can be achieved through scalable and sustainable implementation.
Loren hosted a group of 10 schools who are involved in the project at the High School where she works. The schools came to experience first hand the implementation of an inclusive schooling model. They engaged with school leaders, teachers and students to hear about how inclusive school reform as transformed to being an entire way of thinking and doing across all aspects of the school. The group also had the opportunity to visit classrooms.
Loren’s consultation with the group continues through delivery of further professional learning, coaching, and representation on the steering committee.
Professional Development: Curriculum Alignment and Access for All Learners
Loren presented two sessions to a Catholic Education diocese on the inclusive application of the Australian Curriculum. The sessions centred on the three-dimensional design of the Australian Curriculum, and how this can be utilised in partnership with a curriculum alignment process to open up age-equivalent curriculum for all learners. Emphasis was placed on including students who access supplementary, substantial and extensive levels of adjustment in the regular curriculum and general education classroom.
Professional development: workshops and webinars
Loren has created and delivered a number of workshops and webinars on topics covering differentiated and explicit teaching, Co-teaching, data-informed decision making and monitoring, and planning for personalised learning and supports.