Teacher Learning Groups

Teacher Learning Groups is a New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) initiative being piloted in 2013.

TLG image from I&O 2012Following a review of the PPTA professional conference, Executive decided to support professional activities that are more teacher directed, locally connected, on-going and based on good evidence for what helps teachers to learn.

Download pdf Information about the Teacher Learning Groups and the facilitation role

TLG image from CSD days 2009

The reasons for PPTA establishing Teacher Learning Groups are to:

  • provide an opportunity for teachers to have funded, collaborative professional learning that is broader and more self-directed than much of what is currently available
  • connect PPTA with what  teachers care about "“ discussions about teaching and learning

TLG image from CSD days 2009The choice of the three facilitators will be made by PPTA based on:

  • The likely interest in their chosen topic
  • The relevance to secondary teachers of their proposed topic
  • The facilitator's professional credibility and aptitudes for the role.

Examples of the types of topic that could be explored by the groups include:

  • Teaching in open-plan modern learning environments
  • Use of a particular technology for enhancing student engagement and achievement
  • A cross/inter curricular inquiry
  • A focus on building safe and peaceful classrooms "“ e.g. a particular restorative practice approach

TLG image from I&O 2010

The purpose of each group is determined by the participants, but these are envisaged as encompassing methods and approaches such as:

  • Action research
  • Professional conversations
  • Book study groups
  • Subject or theme based inquiries

The groups will be funded for a small amount of teacher release (half-days) and some venue costs and catering.

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