The Micro-skills for managing behaviour grew from the introduction of the 6-20 day suspension possibility introduced to Queensland state schools in 1997. Christine Richmond and her team on the Gold Coast developed the Micro-skills in 1995 and Christine was asked to take the package and present it around the state in a train-the-trainer mode in 1996.
The education department, as it was known then, wanted to ensure Queensland teachers were utilising a variety of positive supportive strategies in relation to effective learning and teaching to ensure few students as possible would be accessing the soon to be introduced suspension possibility. People attending the training were representative of the various regions about the state and were to share the strategies amongst their colleagues in the schools they were responsible to. Over the years, the emphasis has not moved away from the benefits of the Micro-skills but those initially trained may well have moved on.
The Next Stage
Mark Davidson, a Senior Project Officer for Managing Behaviour at Cairns and Cape District has been presenting the Micro-skills since he first saw them in 1996. He has since presented to over 15 000 teachers across the state and continues to present the Micro-skills (now The Essential Skills for Classroom Management) on a very regular basis. He has rewritten the Essential Skills to include other theorists and new approaches but the original focus for each is still the emphasis of each presentation.
Mark strongly believes the Essential Skills for managing behaviour are the core strategies for effective relationship building between teacher and student. The teacher will also increase the time they spend delivering curriculum and decrease the time they spend managing behaviour when properly utilising the strategies.
Classroom Profiling Evolves
In 1997, to support the Micro-skills workshop, Mark created a coaching methodology (Classroom Profiling) to ensure a greater opportunity exists for transfer of skills and knowledge into practice. Classroom Profiling is a voluntary process, which enables a teacher to reflect upon the effective teaching and learning strategies they employ in their room. Through a reflection session and with comparative data, a teacher is then able to make decisions about their practice with knowledge and make the necessary adjustments to what they do in their teaching.
The Profiler is invited back over time and is able to successfully coach the teacher to help ensure the teacher is doing the best they can for the students in their care. The Micro-skills for managing behaviour and Classroom Profiling assist with the continuous development of creating and maintaining a supportive school environment for all schools.
Classroom Profiling moved over to the Flexible Learning Centre to begin 2007. Many adjustments are necessary whenever change occurs and unfortunately, this also led to Janine Wick’s position being dissolved. As a result and extra demand for my work on developing ESCM and SWPBS across our region, Classroom Profiling has been put to the back of the jobs list due to increase work demands and less staff to achieve this. The result of the independent evaluation has led to the beginning of Regional Classroom Profiling Training. In semester 2 2007 training will occur to train 2 Profilers in most regions to enable them to train people in their region to become Regional Classroom Profilers.
22 People were trained across the state to become Regional Classroom Profiling Trainers (RCPT) in 3 day training. Their job is to present 3 day training in Classroom Profiling in their regions at least once a term. Very few presented in 2007 as many did not feel adequately trained or resourced to do so. Not all were already Classroom Profilers which made the training very challenging.
In 2008 Advanced Classroom Profiling (ACP) is with me based at ISSU working for Tagai State College and Western Cape College. I presented two 3 day trainings for Tagai. With regions now offering their own trainings it is likely that the demand for my full 10 day training ACP will diminish. One group (Group 27) did complete their ACP training and another is planned to finish 2009. Two refresher courses were presented, one in Cairns and one on the Sunshine Coast.
Two refresher courses occurred, one in Cairns and one at Hervey Bay. One ACP training was completed (Group 28) and another will be finished 2010. Several CP trainings occurred about the state but certainly not one a term by each pair of RCPT’s as originally planned. November sees an ‘upgrade training’ for those trained as CP to become an ACP in Toowoomba.
Two refresher courses occurred, one in Cairns and one at Toowoomba. ACP training for Group 29 was finished and Group 30 (Northern Area Peninsula College & Tagai State College), Group 31 (Catholic Education) and Group 32 (Cairns) being completed in 2011. CP trainings were done about the state.
Training is now in a 7 day format and 6 if participants have completed ESCM training.
Mark Davidson was allocated a Band 5 position to support the growth of the work we do. It was based in in Cairns. The role was primarily to support teachers working in schools with indigenous students.
The following are trainings that were completed:
Three refresher courses, one in Cairns, one in Bundaberg at Thabeban SS and one on Thursday Island. Group 32 completed their training in February. Bundaberg 1, a 3 day Classroom Profiling training was presented prior to the refresher.
Another three day training was presented in Brisbane for Catholic Education. Group 33 was Tagai State College and Northern Area Peninsula College. Group 34 was Mt Isa and Group 35 was at Taabinga SS in Kingaroy.
Mark Davidson presented 4, three day Upgrade trainings, one at Doomadgee, Mareeba, Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg. There were also two 3 day Regional Classroom Profiling Trainings, one at Murrumba Downs and one in Mt Isa. Some training DVDs were also filmed during the year.
A band 5 position described above was duplicated in the Townsville area based at NQISSU. The role was to support schools with Indigenous students in and around the Northern region. The Band 5 position in the Far North continued to concentrate on supporting schools in the Cape and Torres Strait.
The following trainings occurred: Advanced Classroom Profiling in Cairns, Townsville, Mareeba and Moranbah. Upgrade to Advanced Classroom Profiler occurred at Urangan, Kingaroy, Gladstone,
Cairns, Marsden and Townsville. Classroom Profiling Trainings occurred at Marsden, Gladstone, Macau and Cairns. Regional Classroom Profiling Training occurred at Cairns, Emerald, Kingaroy, Townsville and Moranbah.
Many workshops and profiling blocks occurred.
The band 5 roles in Townsville and Cairns were re-evaluated by our Director and were upgraded to band 6 positions. The Dubai training did not eventuate but all other proposed trainings occurred in 2012. There has been an identified need to upgrade RCPT to become Advanced Classroom Profiling Trainers (ACPT). At this stage there is only Mark Davidson, Janine Wicks and Lauren Kinchela.
To become an ACPT the RCPT will have presented several trainings and have done many profiles. The trainees will need to organise an Upgrade training which Mark Davidson will attend and evaluate. Should they successfully present the training then Mark Davidson will recognise their skills and allocate them the title of Advanced Classroom Profiling Trainer.
As an ACPT they will be able to present their own Advanced Classroom Profiling Training as well as Upgrade trainings for those who have completed Classroom Profiling. This year trainings for this have been proposed by Steven Sanderson (Townsville), Danielle Willard (Gladstone), Nichola Lister (Bundaberg), Susan Leiter (Mt Isa) and Warren Wintour (Kingaroy).
Classroom Profiling trainings presented by Mark Davidson are proposed for Cairns. Lauren presented Classroom Profiling training at Bamaga for NPAC. ACP trainings presented by me were proposed for Cairns, Bowen, Ashgrove cluster of schools in Brisbane and Gulf cluster of schools in Normanton. Lauren presented ACP training at Ipswich. Upgrades were proposed for Gladstone, Bundaberg, Mt Isa, Doomadgee and Kingaroy. RCPT are proposed for Cairns. Refresher courses were held at Hervey Bay and Brisbane. Lauren held a refresher in Cairns and Steven presented one in Townsville. Many workshops and profiling blocks had occurred during the year.
ISSU was regionalised at the end of 2013. The only regions to maintain any Profiling positions were Far North and Northern.
By the end of 2013 we increased the number of ACPT to 12; Mark Davidson, Lauren Kinchela (moved to Moree on leave), Janine Wicks, Steven Sanderson (Townsville), Danielle Willard (Gladstone), Nichola Lister (Bundaberg), Warren Wintour (Wide Bay Darling Downs SW), Nicola Worthington and Janet Thomson (Sunshine Coast), Susan Leiter (Mt Isa), Ian Christie and Ann Byers (Hervey Bay).
At the beginning of 2014, there were 135 RCPT who had trained in excess of 1000 Classroom Profilers, 722 Advanced Classroom Profilers. Mark had trained 205 Classroom Profilers. He presented 35 refreshers with 633 Profilers in attendance since 2001.
Trainings that have been scheduled for Mark this year include: 2 x CP in Cairns, 2x CP in Brisbane and one in Port Keats NT. ACP is planned for Yeppoon SHS. Refreshers have been planned for Cairns, Brisbane, Mt Isa and Gladstone. Upgrades trainings to Advanced in Cairns and Brisbane have also been planned for this year. Profiling is to occur at Monto SHS and Eidsvold SS. Many workshops are also planned and a return to Macau in August has been planned. A supervision to become ACPT is planned for Bowen.
Everything except for the upgrade to ACPT for Bowen occurred.
The sheets are now in colour and have quite a bit of extra information.
Semester 2 2014 Mark Davidson had to leave ISSU and was fortunate enough to move to Redlynch
State College. The other imperative that was created was that he had to fund his position as well as an
Administrative Officers position. This significantly increased his workload along with the loss of the Classroom Profiling website on the 20th December 2013 when the Professional Learning Communities website was dismantled which meant his support for those trained was not able to continue to the degree he used to. This led to Janet Thomson and Nicola Worthington organising a meeting for the 9th
September on the Sunshine Coast to discuss the continuation of Classroom Profiling without Mark Davidson leading it due to his extra work commitments. It was decided to create a working party who would look into the development of the Queensland Classroom Profiling Association. Nichola Lister was voted in to lead the working party to its formation, hopefully in 2015.
At the beginning of this year there were 1222 people trained to various levels.
Classroom Profilers: 301
Advanced Classroom Profilers: 769
Regional Classroom Profiling Trainers: 170
Advanced Classroom Profiling Trainers: 012
Refresher Courses: 038 with 683 attendees
The following occurred this year:
- Profiling at Monto SHS, Mt Isa, Mornington Island and St Joseph’s Primary school
- Classroom Profiling twice in Brisbane, twice in Cairns, twice in Darwin, Moranbah, Glenden and Normanton.
- Advanced Classroom Profiling on the Gold Coast.
- Upgrade to Advanced Classroom Profiling in twice in Brisbane, Cairns, NPAC, APY Lands SA and Tasmania.
- Regional Classroom Profiling Training in Cairns, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Brisbane, APY Lands SA, Sunshine Coast and Tasmania.
- A supervision to become ACPT occurred in Bowen (Tim Close and Carolyn McCarty) and Cairns (Kathy Street).
- A supervision to become Train the Trainer (this is to present RCPT) occurred in Bundaberg (Nichola Lister).
The Classroom Profiling Association (CPA) had its AGM on the 31st August 2015. The executive comprised of:
President Nichola Lister, Co Vice Presidents Richard Nash and Nicola Worthington, Secretary Janet Thomson, Treasurer Mark Davidson.
Executive Members: Bruce Mouland, Tom Wakely, Pete Keen,
Michelle Cubis, Derek Ranclaud, Warren Wintour
The CPA is now to set the direction for Classroom Profiling.
At the beginning of this year Mark Davidson had trained 1368 people to various levels.
Classroom Profilers: 340
Advanced Classroom Profilers: 795
Regional Classroom Profiling Trainers: 218
Advanced Classroom Profiling Trainers: 014
Train The Trainers: 001
Refresher Courses: 042 with 729 attendees
The following occurred this year:
- Classroom Profiling Trainings at Emerald, Mackay, Longreach, Mornington Island, Ernabella in northern SA, Brisbane, Walgett in NSW, Ipswich and twice in Cairns and Rockhampton.
- Upgrade to Advanced CP at Brisbane, Cairns, Moranbah, Mackay and twice at Cooktown. Regional Classroom Profiling Training (RCPT) at Brisbane, Bowen, Cooktown, Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Bundaberg and Urangan.
- Classroom Profiling refreshers occurred in Bundaberg, Agnes Waters, Mt Isa, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast.
- Mark profiled and reported data for Woorabinda SS, Cairns West SS, Mt Morgan SHS and Emerald SHS
- A supervision to become ACPT occurred in Brisbane for Michelle Cubis and Pete Keen who were supervised by Janet Thomson and in Cairns for Jill McPherson supervised by Mark Davidson.
- A supervision to become Train the Trainer (this is to present RCPT) occurred on the Sunshine Coast (Janet Thomson), Bowen (Caroline McCarty), Townsville (Steven Sanderson) and Urangan (Ian Christie).
The Classroom Profiling Association (CPA) had its AGM on the 28th July 2016. The Executive comprised of:
President: Pete Keen, Co Vice Presidents Michelle Cubis and Tom Wakely, Secretary Linda Bray, Treasurer Mark Davidson.
Board Members: Richard Nash, Janet Thomson, Derek Ranclaud.
At the beginning of this year Mark Davidson had trained 1624 people to various levels.
Classroom Profilers: 506
Advanced Classroom Profilers: 844
Regional Classroom Profiling Trainers: 267
Advanced Classroom Profiling Trainers: 009
Train The Trainers: 006
Refresher Courses: 047 with 853 attendees
The following have been booked for 2017:
- Classroom Profiling Trainings at Cairns, Rockhampton, and twice in Adelaide.
- Upgrades to Advanced Classroom Profiling trainings in APY Lands (Umuwa SA), Cairns, Adelaide and Rockhampton.
- Regional Classroom Profiling Training (RCPT) in Brisbane, Ipswich and Cairns.
- A supervision to become ACPT in APY Lands for Mark Ames, Moranbah for Anthony Edwards, Mornington Island for Allanna Barnard, Mackay for Jackie Newman and Brisbane for Bill and Marian Schneid all to be supervised by Mark Davidson.
- A supervision to become Train the Trainer (this is to present RCPT) in Brisbane for Mark Ames, Moranbah for Anthony Edwards and Gladstone for Danielle Willard.
- Profiling in schools for Mark Davidson has been booked for St Michael’s and Bwgcolman on Palm Island, Woorabinda SS, Cairns West, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cairns, Cooktown SS, Emerald SHS, Alexandra Bay SS and Clermont SHS.
- Refresher courses have been booked for Cairns, Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg.
At the beginning of this year Mark Davidson had trained 1738 people to various levels.
Classroom Profiler Level 1 (CP Level 1): 555
Classroom Profiler Level 2 (CP Level 2): 893
Classroom Profiler Instructor Level 1 (CPI Level 1): 295
Classroom Profiler Instructor Level 2 (CPI Level 2): 16
Classroom Profiler Instructor Level 3 (CPI Level 3): 8
Refresher Courses: 50 with 906 attendees
The following occurred this year:
CP Level 1 in Brisbane (Woodcrest State College and Harris Fields SS), Cairns (Redlynch State College), Gold Coast (Palm Beach Currumbin SHS), Townsville X 2 (Ignatius Park College)
CP Level 2 in Cooktown SS and Cairns (Redlynch State College), Townsville (Ignatius Park College), Gold Coast (Palm Beach Currumbin SHS)
CPI Level 1 in Cairns (Redlynch State College)
An accreditation to become CPI Level 2 in Cairns (Cairns West SS) – Denny Ottone
An accreditation to become CPI Level 3 in Mackay – Anthony Edward and in Emerald – Terri Weatherley and Rachelle Wilcox and Bowen – Tim Close to co-present CPI Level 1 training
Profiling in schools for Mark Davidson was done and reported back to Bwgcolman on Palm Island (February and August), Woorabinda SS, Kowanyama SS (February and October), Miallo SS, Cairns West SS, Swan Reach Area School in SA, Charters Towers SHS, Cooktown SS, Bloomfield River SS, Rossville SS, Atherton SHS, Northern Peninsula Area College, Dysart SHS, Dysart SS, Our Lady Help of Christians Cairns, Aurukun SS and Pormpuraaw SS (September and October).
Refresher courses Mackay, Brisbane, Yeppoon and Sunshine Coast.
The Classroom Profiling Association (CPA) had its AGM on the 11th October 2018.
The Executive comprised of:
President: Pete Keen
Vice President: Michelle Cubis
Vice President: Janet Thomson
Secretary: Linda Bray
Treasurer: Lisa Wiki
Board Members: Warren Wintour, Nichola Lister, Stanley Vipen, Richard Nash, Simone Kay, Derek Ranclaud, Simon Wilson and Veronica Sherwood
At the beginning of this year Mark Davidson had trained 1867 people to various levels.
Classroom Profiler Level 1 (CP Level 1): 636
Classroom Profiler Level 2 (CP Level 2): 918
Classroom Profiler Instructor Level 1 (CPI Level 1): 319
Classroom Profiler Instructor Level 2 (CPI Level 2): 9
Classroom Profiler Instructor Level 3 (CPI Level 3): 12
Refresher Courses: 54 with 980 attendees
I will be on Long Service Leave until Semester 2 2019.
The following bookings have been made:
CP Level 1 in Brisbane (Harris Fields SS), Cairns (Redlynch State College)
CP Level 2 in Cairns (Redlynch State College)
CPI Level 1 in Cairns (Cairns West SS), Gold Coast (Palm-Beach-Currumbin SHS) and Townsville (Ignatius Park College)
An accreditation to become CPI Level 3 in Cairns (Denny Ottone)
Profiling in schools for Mark Davidson has been booked for Atherton SHS, Our Lady Help of Christians Cairns, Dysart SHS, Bwgcolman on Palm Island, Kowanyama SS, Clermont SHS, Cairns West SS and Dysart SS.
- will endeavour to continue to present trainings each year in Classroom Profiling and Advanced Classroom Profiling.
- will look to offer upgrades for CP to become ‘Advanced Classroom Profilers’ to those trained in the 3 day model set by State.
- will endeavour to increase Regional Classroom Profiling Training (CPI Level 1) across the state.
- will continue to supervise RCPT to become Advanced Classroom Profiling Trainers (CPI Level 2 and 3).
With the increase of CPI Level 1 and CPI Level 2 Mark Davidson will look to reduce refresher course presented by me to every 2nd year and encourage CPI Level 1 and CPI Level 2 and 3 to present refresher courses to those whom they have trained. He will look to supervise CPI Level 2 to become CPI Level 3 which means they will be able to present CPI Level 1.
The Classroom Profiling Association will continue to develop to shape and steer Classroom Profiling.