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Designing Effective Professional Learning

About the program

This two-day program focuses on designing and delivering effective professional learning for school staff. Participants will:

  • review theory of how adults learn
  • explore the four roles of the staff developer
  • consider optimum ways to facilitate adult learning through interactive processes
  • explore the characteristics of effective professional learning
  • use a framework to design a short group presentation demonstrating the skills developed.

Learning intention

By the end of this program, it is intended that participants will have sufficient skills to design effective professional learning programs for people and teams within their school.


Who will benefit?

Those who have a role in designing, presenting or facilitating professional learning will find the program beneficial.

This program is enhanced when school teams attend together or when a staff member attends with at least one other person from their school. This provides the opportunity for a coaching action plan that can be implemented beyond the professional learning workshop. School teams will be invited to work together and with individuals from other schools as they develop their professional learning design and facilitation skills. 

Success criteria

By the end of the program, it is expected that participants will be able to: consider the needs of adult learners in designing and delivering professional learning

  • transfer a range of facilitation strategies into professional learning design
  • identify the four roles of the staff developer and apply these understandings with a focus on the designer role
  • use a research based training design framework.

About the facilitators

There are a number of Department of Education facilitators for this program who have extensive experience in the design and facilitation of professional learning.


Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals

  • Developing self and others

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

  • 6. Engage in professional learning

    Two-day program

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Dates and time

There are no current intakes for this program.






Institute for Professional Learning   
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street

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On the day

  • Programs start at 8.30am. Tea and coffee are available from 7.45am.
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.
  • Wifi connection is available.


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA. We co-locate with the Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).



Please note the Institute does not have on-site parking available:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F at the Institute.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to enrol

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email




Designing Effective Professional Learning

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