Research opportunities for schools

Quality Teaching Rounds - Queensland pilot study

The Queensland Department of Education has partnered with the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre at the University of Newcastle to test the implementation of Quality Teaching Rounds in the state.

Quality Teaching Rounds is a ground-breaking approach to professional development underpinned by more than 15 years of research, with demonstrated positive effects on student achievement, the quality of teaching, teacher morale and school culture.

Teachers and leaders engage in a powerful collaborative process, using the lens of the Quality Teaching model which addresses core principles of teaching. Given its applicability to all forms of teaching, all subject areas and all learning stages, the Quality Teaching model is complementary to the pedagogical approaches being used across QLD schools.

Following participation in a two-day workshop, teachers will be able to confidently implement Quality Teaching Rounds in small professional learning communities. In these groups, teachers across all career stages, subject areas and year levels, are empowered to refine their practice in a way that ensures ongoing improvement.

All schools in Metropolitan and South East regions are invited to participate in this exciting research opportunity commencing in Term 3 or 4, 2020, with up to $10,000 teacher release per school. To be eligible, schools must have four teachers willing to participate in Quality Teaching Rounds as a Professional Learning Community.

If you are interested in participating in the research, please email our Project Manager
(Skye Gibson, qtr-qld@newcastle.edu.au) for further information. As numbers are limited, interested schools are encouraged to get in touch as soon as possible.

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Recruiting now for two studies in NSW

1. Impact of QTR on student outcomes (2021)

Eligible schools: NSW primary and central schools, with four teachers willing to participate (at least one of whom is on Stage 2 and new to QTR), can include networks of schools.

Funding for teacher release: $10K-$20K depending on random group allocation.

2. Impact of QTR digital (2021) – supporting small and remote schools

Conducted entirely online, the successfully pilot tested QTR Digital connects teachers from any location in Australia to participate in QTR.

Eligible schools: Small schools (less than 8 teachers) or rural/remote schools, with one or two teachers willing to participate (Stages 2 – 5 and must be new to QTR), stable internet required.

Funding for teacher release: $3K per teacher

If you are interested in participating in either of these studies, please email qtr@newcastle.edu.au

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