Lane Clark Workshop Series

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What professional learning does Lane offer?

Lane provides a number of professional learning services and resources including: keynote presentations, an in-school workshop series, bespoke workshops, small group expert clinics, an action research program, FREE support for teachers between workshops, in-class modelling, ongoing support for leaders, support for parents and consultation services.

Keynote presentations

Lane’s reputation as a dynamic, engaging and inspiring keynote presenter is well earned. Lane has spoken at numerous international, national and regional conferences, challenging the beliefs and practices of her audiences, promoting deep reflection and offering insightful and innovative possibilities for growth and change.

Lane has provided powerful and engaging keynote presentations on a host of focus areas which include:

  • the explicit teaching and infusion of real thinking and real learning
  • inquiry based learning
  • learning how to learn
  • technology as a tool to enhance thinking and learning
  • student self-assessment and evaluation
  • portfolio based assessment
  • curriculum unpacking for rigorous instruction
  • curriculum planning and design
  • differentiation
  • building cognitive capacity
  • latest research and best practice

While Lane can provide keynote focus topics, she works closely with conference organizers to design a presentation that meets the needs of conference delegates.  Lane is most often invited to speak at education conferences but has also shared her thinking with business leaders who wish to better understand how thinking and learning be promoted strategically within their organizations.

Should you wish to secure Lane’s services as a keynote presenter at your next conference, contact us at

In-school workshop series

The Lane Clark Workshop Series is an approach to teacher professional in-service, which recognizes, promotes and builds upon developmental learning. Because this approach represents a fundamental shift in curriculum design and delivery, its successful implementation and more important, the sustainment of new practices are more likely to occur after participants develop both a cognitive and emotional commitment to the approach. Consequently, the Lane Clark Workshop Series offers a multi-staged program with a single entry point. The purpose of the two-day introductory seminar, where thinking and learning meet™, is to share the general philosophy of Lane’s work as well as the research that underpins the approach. Participants can make an educated decision with regard to further in-service. It also introduces the foundational knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for rigorous and substantive pedagogical change.  Each workshop to follow increases in complexity and depth as it builds on the understandings and practices previously gained within the workshop series. Participants ‘own’ their professional growth and development as they determine their journey along the continuum. The complete series offers NINE workshops.

Bespoke workshops

Once teachers have developed the foundational knowledge and skills associated with Lane’s real thinking.real learning pedagogical approach, she works closely with senior leaders to design continuing professional learning experiences that support and promote further growth and development.

Action research program

Lane has developed a 13 module action-research program that teachers are invited to work through.  Each module of the program involves timely, relevant readings, personal reflection, and specific learning tasks that enable and empower teachers to change their practice through a guided developmental approach.  This is the perfect complement to Lane’s workshops.

FREE support for teachers after workshops

Lane offers substantive free support following her workshops.  She invites teachers to email her directly with questions as they arise; she provides access to the ‘get connected’ section of this website where teachers engage in a learning community.  They can download dozens of thinking tools that include: information organisers, task cards for immersion, criteria, planners and learning process models for student use.  Teachers can also upload their own organisers etc. for sharing amongst the Lane Clark Community.  Within the ‘get connected’ aspect of Lane’s site, teachers can also ‘find a colleague’ to work with on joint planning; they can connect their students to others who are also engaged in the real thinking and learning approach.

Lane provides workshop participants with supporting powerpoint presentations to guide them in further developing their knowledge and understanding of key tools and strategies shared during workshop sessions; and provides worked examples completed by students so that teachers can ‘see’ what the learning looks likes prior to implementing new tools and strategies with their learners.

Lane also offers more intensive personalized planning assistance for a fee. For more information on this service, contact us at

In-class modelling

Lane is available to model her tools and strategies within classrooms should teachers feel they would benefit from ‘seeing it in action’. Again, this option is made available to schools at any time after full participation in the foundation workshop, ‘where thinking and learning meet’. To get the most out of this type of experience, teachers need to know and understand to some degree what they are being immersed in. It is also important that teachers have the skills to complete the learning opportunity initiated by Lane, with their students.

Support for leaders

Given the role that leaders play in the successful implementation, but more importantly, sustainment of pedagogical change, Lane takes her support of leaders very seriously.  Lane offers Leadership Network Days, where leaders from a diversity of schools, across regions, join together to learn from one another and with each other.  While the focus of these days change in accordance to group need, past sessions have focused on the deepening and broadening of pedagogical knowledge and understanding associated with a real thinking, real learning school.  Leaders have explored the relationship between staff member capacity and the ability to change; and have developed an action plan to unleash the personal energy of all staff members in accordance to their capacity.  Lane has introduced leaders to powerful change research and guided them in the practical application of this new knowledge.  Most importantly, these days have provided the opportunity for leaders to connect with other leaders to form the relationships necessary to grow as a community of change agents.

Support for parents

Community support is critical if a school is to be successful in evolving its approach to teaching and learning, assessment and evaluation.  Consequently, Lane provides FREE parent presentations to schools that have committed to this change journey.  During these parent sessions, Lane outlines the research that underpins the need to change the way teachers teach and the way learners learn.  She also shares examples of the thinking and learning tools in action so that parents can see the power of this learning approach for their children.


Lane offers consultation services in which she can provide advice, guidance and support to education institutions to help develop pedagogical practice, curriculum design and instruction, assessment and evaluation approaches that foster quality learning.  Lane works directly with organizations to challenge and develop their current thinking and practice. Through meetings with senior leaders, classroom teachers, students and parents; curriculum reviews; and classroom practice audits, Lane provides objective evaluation, information, guidance and support so that your organization can maximize its potential as an exemplary place for teaching and learning.