This report was completed by the Innovation Unit on behalf of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). It set out to discover innovative practice in professional learning and performance and development in new or transformational sectors including, but not limited to, education. Based on an extensive ‘horizon scan’ of more than 50 cross-sectoral organisations (including education, arts, technology, business, and health), the report identifies five global trends in innovative approaches to professional learning: Integrated, Immersive, Design-led, Market-led and Open.

For each of these trends the report identifies a spectrum of practices from ‘almost/already here’ to ‘next wave’ and ‘on the horizon’, providing illustrative examples for implementation in the education sector. This scan offers insight into the processes that successful and innovative organisations use to support professional growth. These findings encourage all educators, policy makers, system administrators and professional learning providers to go beyond what is currently known. They provide stimulus to consider new and different ways of engaging and supporting educators’ growth, while retaining the best of current practice.

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