What is the Teacher Development Schools initiative?
The Teacher Development Schools (TDSs) initiative acknowledges teachers learn best from other teachers. The aim of the TDS continues to be building a shared professional understanding and capacity to improve what happens in classrooms. The TDS will deliver practical, school-based professional learning opportunities for teachers and school leaders to learn directly from the successful practices of others. This will enable expertise to be applied and shared across schools and the system.
In 2018–2019, TDSs provide professional learning to best meet the needs and context of teachers across schools, networks and regions.
What support can Ashdale Primary School provide?
Ashdale Primary School is a TDS for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Digital Technologies. We can offer individualised Professional Learning to staff at DoE schools.
Special Educational Needs
Ashdale Primary School has a Response to Intervention (RTI) approach to ensuring all students have access to high quality learning. We have implemented the ABLEWA to provide quality teaching and learning programs for students with disability and how this links into the Reporting to Parents: Special Educational Needs.
Ashdale Primary can assist in:
- understanding the Response to Intervention and how this links with NCCD
- completing an ABLESWA assessment
- translating the findings from the ABLESWA assessment into a working document
- understanding the Reporting to Parents: Special Educational Needs (RTP:SEN)
- building capacity of staff to work with students with special educational needs
Ashdale Primary School has been a TDS for Digital Technologies and it is embedded in our teaching practices across the school. We can offer schools Professional Learning to:
- unpack the Digital Technologies curriculum
- provide assistance to schools in whole-school implementation
- provide small group- specific support in building capacity of staff to understand, plan, teach and report in Digital Technologies.
Message from the Principal
A Professional Learning Community (PLC) approach is the cornerstone to Ashdale Primary School. Our Business Plan is built upon the three ‘big ideas’ of PLC; Learning, Results and Collaboration. This learning component for staff is especially important.
The Teacher Development Schools (TDS) initiative has been a driver of this concept at Ashdale Primary School since becoming a TDS in 2014. Ashdale Primary School staff have taken the roles of both participant and provider of Professional Learning. This has created an intertwined relationship between self-development and capacity building of key individuals in the school. Staff now see the need to develop and hence, become learners themselves.
Since the school has taken on TDS, there has been further reflection by teachers to advance their own personal status. We have had five teachers apply for Level Three status with three passing all five competencies with another two banking three competencies. Prior to this year, there were only two Level Three teachers in a large Level Six school. All five above mentioned teachers have been involved, at some level, with the TDS project.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Ashdale Primary School has adopted a Response to Intervention approach. Initially, Ashdale Primary School was a trial school of the ABLES Program in 2015. In 2016, ABLESWA was used with tier three students, specifically, students with disabilities. As we have progressed with using this tool, we are now addressing the needs of tier three students, without disabilities, to create meaningful and data-driven documented plans. These plans are created in consultation with staff, parents and other support agencies, to provide PL and build the capacity of staff. Ashdale Primary School is currently in the third year of implementation of ABLEWA.
Staff are clear about the targets, have evidence-based strategies and use the additional support time effectively. We now have data to demonstrate progress of students accessing curriculum outcomes from Stage A of the ABLEWA curriculum, through to year 6.
As Ashdale Primary School is a large school, we currently have 45 students with a disability and/or additional learning needs, involved in the ABLEWA program. This puts Ashdale Primary School in a good position to support others, in a role outside of our school.
Ashdale Cluster and Ashdale Primary School have a reputation for their progressive use of technologies in curriculum, particularly in STEM and integrated technology, with the one-to-one devices accessed by learners at our school.
Having a whole-school approach in the digital technologies, specifically in the processes and production skills and knowledge and understandings has enabled Ashdale Primary to teach the learners of the twenty first century. Ashdale Primary School is currently hosting demonstration lessons in this learning area and would like the opportunity to extend this learning.
How do I access support from Ashdale Primary School for Special Education Needs or Digital Technology?
There are two ways of accessing support from Ashdale Primary School.
- Attend an event initiated by Ashdale Primary School. Professional Learning Events are available through PLis https://plis.det.wa.edu.au/homepage.aspx
Join our Connect page Western Australian Curriculum Ashdale Primary School TDS as we advertise upcoming event there.
To request an individualised Professional Learning event, you will need to complete an online Request for Support direct from the webpage (you will need a DoE login to access).
How do I find out more about TDS?
For general enquiries about TDS contact: TDS.firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the link to find more information about TDS http://det.wa.edu.au/curriculumsupport/primary/detcms/navigation/teacher-development-schools/?app-id=401
How can I find out more about the ABLEWA?
Visit the SCSA site to find many resources to support your understanding of the assessment tool to design quality learning programs