Research to Practice Initiative: Spiral of Inquiry


The AISNSW Research to Practice Initiative is designed to support classroom teachers and schools in being at the forefront of embedding evidence-based practice in teaching and learning to ensure student achievement of the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes essential for them to succeed in and beyond their schooling.

Research to Practice is a long-term partnership between AISNSW and school teams. Using the Spiral of Inquiry framework for collaborative inquiry, together with the latest evidence in effective teaching and learning, teams engage with a dedicated AISNSW consultant and work together to improve the experience of their students in an identified Learning Area through analysing information collected about their students and about current classroom pedagogy, followed by the development and implementation of new professional learning and actions.

Research to Practice 2021 Invitation


Research to Practice

If you are interested in learning more please contact Sue Pike or Philippa Miller.

Complete an Expression of Interest for 2021.

How does it work?

Schools commit to a 12-18 month partnership with AISNSW, beginning at the commencement of a school term.

As part of the partnership, schools will nominate a team of teachers who, together with the ongoing, tailored support of AISNSW consultants, will:

  • be introduced to the Spiral of Inquiry framework and its key phases of implementation
  • use the initial phases of the framework to identify an area of focus specific to the school’s needs
  • design professional learning to support the school in exploring and implementing the latest research in curriculum and pedagogy in the area of focus
  • evaluate the impact of this professional learning upon student learning outcomes
  • have the opportunity to present findings from their involvement in the initiative at an AISNSW event

Research to Practice reflects a co-contribution model whereby schools contribute $6000 for the length of the project and commit to releasing their team of teachers as appropriate for their active participation.  In return, AISNSW provides consultancy support and access to quality resources and professional learning.

Transform research into practice

Use current research to inquire into existing practice in teaching and learning and identify areas for quality improvement.

Focus on learners

Keep students at the centre of the inquiry; “What is going on for our learners?”, “How do we know?”, “Why does it matter?”

Promote teacher collaboration

Develop collective agency through teaching teams working as professional learning communities, with regular, ongoing support from AISNSW.