CLARITY LEARNING SUITE (CLS)
with Lyn Sharratt
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How will CLARITY Learning Suite be offered? To individuals, to groups from the same school or network, to groups from the same system?
Individuals will be able to register, certainly, however the work within the Suite will be more rewarding to those who undertake it together in school teams, network leadership groups, etc. People who register will learn in Cohorts which could be comprised of people from the same school, network, system and many others as well. Individuals will be placed into cohorts and through the Members Profile area, be given opportunities to work with others in similar situations – to optimize the learning potential for everyone.
What does registration cost?
The registration fee for individuals or groups up to 5 people is $AUD 990 plus GST per person for each person up to 5.
Registration for groups of 6 to 10 people from the same school or network is $AUD 920 plus GST per person, for each person in the entire group up to 10.
Registration for groups of 11 to 20 people from the same school or network is $AUD875 per person plus GST, for each person in the entire group up to 20.
Group pricing for more than 20 people from the same school, network or system is available upon request.
When can I register?
The opening date for registration in Cohort 1 will be announced October 2, 2020. There are only a limited number of places available for Cohort 1.
How long will I have to wait for the next cohort to start?
There is no waiting. Individual and group registrations have been happening so rapidly, that we have made it possible to register and start right away. If you register with a group, you can work within that group as your learning group. If you register as an individual, you may wish to work alone or you may go to the Members Forum and seek another person with a similar school profile who wishes to have a partner with whom to work.
How large is each Cohort?
While technology makes large Cohorts possible, limiting Cohort size enables the CLS team to maximise the experience for every registrant.
I want to work by myself because the school is so small and no one else seems as keen as me. Can I do that? Can I do CLARITY Learning Suite on my own?
Yes, you can choose to do CLS on your own. Because teaching and leading depend on social or interpersonal skills and processes, most people would benefit from working within a group on CLS. We recognize that isn’t always possible, so certainly you can work alone on CLS. Or, once you are registered, you can go to the Members Forum and seek a partner or partners with whom to work.
Is it only open to leadership teams?
CLS is for everyone from first year teacher to system director. CLS is a whole system, network, and school approach; leadership teams in schools, networks and systems are encouraged to sign up.
Everyone has a leadership role at some time at some level. Everyone has a teaching role at some time during their current position role. Everyone has a learner role. CLS is about “CLARITY: What matters most in learning, teaching and leading.” This is the title of Lyn Sharratt’s book which is the text for the Suite, and it is the underlying rationale for the CLS.
There are 12 modules shown on the website claritylearningsuite.com and I want to get into the Assessment and Instruction elements as quickly as I can. Do I have to work through all the Modules in lock step?
That’s a good question! Modules 1, 2 &3 are the Foundation Modules for CLS and need to be completed first so that participants become familiar with the structure and format of CLS. After completion of these Modules, participants may choose to move through the remaining Modules in sequence or design their own learning journey through CLS as the Modules are uploaded for use. This flexibility enables participants to personalize their own Professional Learning. Most people and learning teams would benefit from following the course as it is laid out, however, you have a choice.
If I do the Modules out of order, will I still get my certificates of Module completion and my Certificate of Achievement for finishing all CLS Modules?
Yes, all your work will be tracked automatically at the end of each session. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of each Module acknowledging the estimated time spent to complete each Module. This documentation is available to each registered participant.
I am interested in doing graduate studies in education. Can I really get credit toward a Master’s degree for completion of CLS?
Yes, when you complete CLS and few extra assignments taught by Lyn Sharratt and Acting Associate Dean, Tania Leach, from University of South Queensland, you will receive one course credit within the Master of Education (Educational Leadership) Program at the University of Southern Queensland.
How long will it take me to complete the CLARITY Learning Suite?
CLS is comprised of 12 modules each of which has between 2 and 8 sessions. Each session takes about an hour to complete. A Learning Leader will be determined for each learning group and that Learning Leader may determine the precise length of program for that learning group in collaboration with the group.
If my cohort or study group hasn’t completed the full CLS 12 modules within a school year can we continue?
Your registration permits you to work on the program with your learning group for up to 2 calendar years. You can finish the work and return to refer to the web material you have made notes in, continue to work with Members you have met, or continue to have discussions with your team during that 2 years.
Those who have completed CLS in two years will become Learning Members. Following the two years, Learning Members will be eligible to register annually for the continuing Learning Member program of blogs, webinars, new study materials etc. that the CLS Team will provide to Learning Members only.
Is there a limit to the number of staff from my school who can register?
There is no limit to the number of staff who can register for a Cohort. Because CLS is an online professional learning suite for teachers and leaders, the group may determine the most opportune and effective time for PL. It maybe faculty, network, staff or system meeting times. In essence whatever works for this cohort of learners. The design of CLS allows for leaders and teachers to take control over the pace and implementation of their own PL. There are no replacement staff required, there are no travel costs associated with CLS.
My first language is not English. I am not certain I can function in English entirely in CLS. What can I do about that?
That’s another really good and very important question because there are so many people in education who speak multiple languages. First, the claritylearningsuite.com website is translatable into many languages. Video Captioning in English is a significant feature that has been built into the CLS. The main presentation videos in all modules and sessions have English subtitles which are being translated and then fully adapted by native speakers into other languages, as required.
What is the text or reading for the course?
CLS is a suite of learning opportunities rather than a course. The text is Lyn Sharratt’s text “CLARITY: What matters most in learning teaching and leading” (Corwin, 2019). You can buy it through the ACEL website now or when you register for CLS. Every session will have readings from CLARITY, from the Resources tab of the Clarity Learning Suite site, and from elsewhere on the internet.
Other than the text CLARITY, what other resources are required?
Every participant will require a laptop or tablet they can use to access the internet, on which they can write notes and reflections, and through which they can access other Members for rich discussion and sharing of their learning.