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Director’s message - VDEI’s Portfolio Approach to Professional Learning

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By Dr Jill Duncan
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Victoria practises the 70-20-10 model of professional development, which suggests that 70 per cent of professional learning occurs informally within a work environment, 20 per cent occurs through other people within the work environment, and 10 precent occurs through formal training[1]. VDEI translates this model into a practical portfolio approach, which is a modern blended professional learning framework. The portfolio approach suggests that professional learning occurs from new experience, from interaction with others, and from formal courses.[2]
With the Portfolio approach to professional learning at its core and in addition to formal lectures, seminars, and workshops, VDEI will soon be offering funded opportunities for Victorian practitioners to undertake interstate peer observation of teaching, online auditory-verbal mentoring, and Auslan pedagogical practice coaching for teachers of the deaf.
All professional learning requires a manager who is focused and effective in making things happen for their team. With this in mind, VDEI will endeavour to assist managers within the Deaf Education sector to think strategically about professional learning opportunities via this portfolio approach. VDEI is planning a 2015 Leaders in Deaf Education Summit, followed by a series of learning opportunities for managers in deaf education.
Additional information regarding interstate peer observation of teaching, auditory-verbal mentoring, Auslan pedagogical coaching, and leadership in deaf education will be forthcoming soon.

[1] Michael Lombardo and Robert Eichinger created the 70:20:10 Learning and Development Model based on research conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership.
[2] Rabin, R. (2014). Blended learning for leadership: The CCL approach. Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.