Exciting times continue at AITSL as our eNews returns after the school break with the launch of our new Supervising Preservice Teachers online modules. We are also announcing a variety of workshops in the areas of Certification and Local Leadership â€“ great ways to get involved with our work! Of course, donâ€™t forget to watch our latest Illustration of Practice for great ideas on building and incorporating student feedback.
As always, we encourage you to share our newsletter with your networks so that colleagues can also explore AITSL's many initiatives.
AITSL CEO Margery Evansâ€™ latest blog addresses the importance of student voices as partners in our mission to have the best teachers and school leaders in every school across the country. Read now and join the discussion.
AITSL recently released the Supervising Preservice Teachers professional learning program. These four online modules aim to support those who supervise preservice teachers and enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of quality delivery, supervision and assessment of professional experience. For more information or to register for free, visit the Supervising Preservice Teachers page on our Learning Centre.
Knox Grammar School has used the Australian Teacher Performance & Development Frameworkto underpin its whole-school REAP observation process. REAP (Reflection, Evaluation & Action Planning) is the platform for the ongoing cycle of professional learning that occurs for all teachers at the school. Knox has developed a performance & development culture that supports teacher collaboration, encourages leadership, values feedback and research centred on peer observation and the use of recording lessons to develop high impact instructional practices to improve student outcomes.
In June we will have an exciting opportunity for school leaders and/or leadership teams to work with visiting international educational experts who have been involved in AITSL's Local Leadership program. The full day, small group workshops will have a practitioner focus and draw on the expertise and research of these foremost educationalists, including:
Prof Alma Harris and Dr Michelle Jones - Distributed leadership in your school â€“ 21 June
As part of the 2012 Australian Awards for Outstanding Teaching and School Leadership, AITSL is supporting the journey of six winners undertaking professional learning sabbaticals across Australia and around the globe. The award winners are working with leading educators, academics and policy makers in particular areas of professional interest to them. Rebecca Andrews, the Australian Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, has just returned from researching and observing the Early Learning pedagogies of Reggio Emilia. Follow Rebeccaâ€™s journey and those of other award winners and share in their truly unique professional learning experiences.
AITSL will be facilitating teacher workshops in late May to assist in the development of support materials for the Certification of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers in Australia. We look forward to sharing examples of teacher practice with the wider professional community and are excited to meet with these groups of dedicated teachers.
An illustrative diagram has been developed to assist teachers who intend to apply for certification. The â€œvisual representation of a collection of evidence for certificationâ€ diagram is intended to support teachers as they build their evidence collections for Stage 1 of the certification process. You can view the diagram on the certification website.
The Certification Assessor Training Program is continuing, with face-to-face workshops held for assessors in Western Australia last week. It has been great to experience firsthand the enthusiasm and professionalism of our assessors. If you are interested in participating in the next round of assessor training, please contact the certifying authority in your jurisdiction or sector.
"Australia's schools, and the education they provide, must and can improve. The evidence is well established that teaching quality is crucial. Students who are taught by the best teachers can outperform by 50 per cent those who are taught by less-competent educators". Read more from AITSL Board Chair Tony Mackay in this opinion piece recently published in The Age newspaper.