One initiative, broad impact.
Quality Teaching Rounds is an approach to teacher professional development applicable to every grade, subject and stage of teachers’ careers. It requires minimal external input while producing rapid positive effects on teachers, their students and their schools.
Quality Teaching Rounds traditionally starts with two teachers (or leaders) per school attending a two-day QTR workshop.
Those teachers then join two more teachers back at school to form a professional learning community. Over a period of weeks, they observe each other teaching a whole lesson which they analyse and discuss using the QT Model to collaboratively refine their practice. Completing a ‘set of Rounds’ means the process is repeated on separate days until all four teachers have taught an observed lesson. Those teachers can then form new PLCs with other teachers to lead them through the process and ‘ripple’ QTR across a school.
Our research shows that participating teachers significantly improve the quality of teaching and experience enhanced morale, collaboration, self and collective efficacy, and a stronger school culture focused on teaching and learning. Most importantly, we have gold standard randomised controlled trial evidence of impact on student achievement — two months’ greater growth in mathematics and one month in reading compared with a matched control group.
Alternatively, teachers can engage with the Quality Teaching Model through our one-day workshop QT: Enhancing Assessment Practice. We recognise that student learning is shaped by what happens in their classrooms as well as the assessment tasks used to determine their understanding and progress. Using the assessment practice guide, this workshop examines assessment practice and implications for schools through interactive learning opportunities.
Since 2019, more than 3,500 teachers from almost 1,300 Australian schools have participated in a QTR workshop, impacting at least 400,000 students.