An evidence-informed, collaborative professional learning resource for teacher leaders and other leaders working within and across schools

Mixed media product
May 2018
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  • Publisher
    UCL IOE Press
  • Published
    31st May 2018
  • ISBN 9781782772453
  • Language English
  • Pages 100 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.25"

Catalyst is designed to support and promote the change, professional learning and development of groups of teacher leaders, both within and across schools. It consists of:
- a set of 32 Research Findings flashcards
- a set of 16 Professional Learning flashcards
- a Facilitator's Guide

Catalyst is designed for schools in all contexts and across all student age groups. It is for use by and with middle leaders and other teacher leaders within and across schools, and the senior leaders who support teacher/middle leaders. Middle leaders have a formal role, with responsibilities for a subject, cross-curricular aspect of teaching and learning, social development of students, or for a stage or phase of schooling. Teacher leaders are informal leaders. Teaching is central for them, but they also choose to play a collaborative role in leading change and supporting the professional learning of colleagues in their school and other schools.

Catalyst can also be used by:

- senior leaders, for refreshment, reinvigoration and to further develop their capabilities
- senior leadership teams, to audit their own situation
- headteachers/principals interested in creating a supportive culture
- leaders supporting all colleagues across/in other schools
- colleagues involved in specific improvement programs with an interest in change
- facilitators of leadership development, especially teacher/middle leadership.

"This ingenious game-like yet evidence-informed professional conversation-starter will help both challenge and deepen leaders' thinking and develop their strategies, while making the business of becoming a better leader playful rather than pompous or ponderous."

Dr Andy Hargreaves, Research Professor, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, and President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement

"This unique resource will be highly useful to every professional learning educator. The research findings are insightful and the format of the Catalyst materials will allow users in many parts of the world to place important and evidence-informed ideas into their school change practices."

Dr Judy Halbert and Dr Linda Kaser, Co-authors of Spirals of Inquiry, and British Columbia network leaders, Canada

"Original, eye-catching, mind-engaging, practice-improving and brim full of professional learning practices which we know work well. The Catalyst cards are the perfect catalyst for professional growth and in turn the development of more capable learners."

Professor Bill Lucas, Director, Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester

"An innovative professional learning resource that supports and enables leaders to engage colleagues with evidence-informed practice. Highly recommended!"

Professor Dame Alison Peacock, The Chartered College of Teaching

Louise Stoll

Louise Stoll is Professor of Professional Learning at the UCL Institute of Education, and an international consultant.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor is the Strategic PD Program Leader in the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the UCL Institute of Education.

Karen Spence-Thomas

Karen Spence-Thomas is a Program Leader in the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the UCL Institute of Education.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown is Professor of Education in the University of Portsmouth’s School of Education and Childhood Studies.