An online program for teachers and instructional leaders who want to make lasting improvements to practice.
Responsive teachers operate from a deep understanding of how people learn. They teach with clarity and precision, drawing on a repertoire of formative assessment techniques to adjust instruction in real time, and in response to the students in front of them. Whether you want to enhance your own classroom practice or develop the capacity of others, this is a program that offers the right balance of theory, challenge and action.
Term 1 (2021) is now fully booked.
Grow your expertise, with good people beside you.
This program brings together diverse teachers and leaders who share a drive to improve practice. Over 10 weeks, you'll benefit from:
A sequence of 4 interactive online workshops with Bron
Opt-in small group coaching conversations (on Zoom)
Manageable, structured opportunities to apply learning in the context of your own work
Tools and protocols to support you
Recordings of all live workshops, and materials to review in your own time
High quality live workshops
Structured opportunities to apply learning
Opt-in small group coaching
Downloadable tools to support you
What you will learn
Engage with the current science of learning
Develop a strong mental model for learning: what is it, and how is it catalysed?
Consider the core differences between novices and experts - why don't they think the same, and what does it mean for our teaching?
Explore the importance of attention and the limits of working memory: what are the ramifications?
Explore important findings from cognitive science research, and draw out implications for classroom practice
Get clarity on the practices that are worth developing in light of the best available evidence
Develop responsive teaching techniques
Explore explicit and responsive principles of instruction
Expand your repertoire of short-cycle formative assessment techniques - the actual practices that allow you to be more responsive in the classroom
Reflect on existing instructional habits; what do we do that sometimes impedes good instruction?
Determine a clear focus for your own improvement, or the professional growth of your staff - sessions tailored to meet the needs of teachers and leaders
Use structured opportunities to put new knowledge to action, and get support along the way
Designed and delivered by a respected teacher in the field
Bronwyn Ryrie Jones is a career teacher and teacher educator. She teaches at a leading university in Melbourne (Australia), where she lectures in a range of core pedagogy and assessment subjects in Masters of Teaching programs.
Bron has worked with thousands of teachers and leaders, developing aspects of instruction and assessment practice; she consults widely with schools (private, public and Catholic sectors), departments of education, professional associations and institutes of educational leadership.
Bron is currently on family leave from her teaching and coaching position at Banyule Primary School in Melbourne.
Sample of clients
What do teachers and leaders say about working with Bron?
Deputy Principal, Literacy Leader
"Bron seamlessly bridges theory and practice. She's an exceptional teacher and a brilliant person to work with."
"Bron makes connections and builds trust immediately. My staff were lining up to work with her."
Leader Curriculum & Pedagogy
“Bron respects your professionalism by focusing on knowledge worth knowing - no fads, no fluff."
Who should apply?
Responsive Teaching in Action is a professional program for primary or secondary school teachers, and instructional leaders (e.g. Learning Specialists and Assistant Principals). It will suit practitioners who:
want to actively participate in a professional program
want to deepen their knowledge of the science of learning
are open-minded and ready to critically review practices
want to develop aspects of responsive teaching or lead others through meaningful improvement work
have a willingness to share ideas and expertise
1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development of students
1.2 Understand how students learn
3.3 Use teaching strategies
3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs
4.1 Support student participation
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
7.4 Engage with professional learning networks
This program is aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.