The Power of Collaborative Expertise
Presented by Douglas Fisher

Keeping student learning at the forefront of professional learning communities requires that we also recognise the vital role that teachers and leaders play in the equation of teaching and learning. This means that PLCs must take on two additional challenges: maximising individual expertise, while harnessing the power of collaborative expertise that can be developed with peers. It is critical that we go beyond the examination of student learning and examine teacher learning as well.

Building upon prevailing PLC methodology, the workshop is designed to consider ways of refreshing current collaborative structures and support teachers’ decision making in the context of individual and collective efficacy, expectations, equity, and the activation of own learning.

Participants will walk away with an evidence-based framework and practical tools and strategies to support:

  • Planning and implementation in support of student learning
  • Professional development intentionally designed for teacher agency over their learning
  • Cycles of assessment, reflection, and decisions that lead to greater impact
  • Monitoring collaborative impact on teacher and student learning


Douglas Fisher is a Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. He is co-founder and continues to be a teacher-leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer Award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design.

Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher may be the two most prolific authors in the area of K-12 literacy education, with a following that includes tens of thousands of teachers and administrators. Across their more-than-a-dozen titles, they've addressed everything from how to raise rigor in reading, structure lessons with learning goals in mind, to how to implement formative assessment. Most recently, Douglas and Nancy coauthored with John Hattie, Visible Learning for Literacy, K-12, Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, K-5, and Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, 6-12. Few educators can match Douglas's breadth of expertise.


Cost: $495 p/p
Combine and Save: $655 p/p
Receive a discount when you combine your registration with a new ACEL membership – normally $195.


Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 20th November 2019
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Venue: Rydges On Swanston, 701 Swanston Street Carlton, VIC, 3053
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