Throughout the Teach For Australia two year program, Associates are guided by a support network of experienced teachers, teaching professionals and leadership coaches with whom they develop close working relationships.
We employ Teaching and Leadership Advisors (TLAs), who support Associates in line with the Teach For Australia Leadership Development Program.
TLAs are qualified and experienced teachers and leaders with expertise in instructional coaching. TLAs typically visit Associates and make classroom observations once every two to three weeks, and coordinate and align Associate support between key individuals such as principals, SAMs and in-school mentors.
Our partner university, Deakin University, provides Associates with direct support via a school-academic mentor (SAM).
SAMs work with Associates to ensure that pedagogical development obtained via the Master of Teaching (Secondary) translates into practise and, ultimately, student outcomes.
In-school mentors play an integral role in supporting Associates throughout the two year program. They support Associate integration into the school community as well as supporting the work of Associates through lesson planning, observation and feedback. The in-school mentor role spans the two year program, however, the intensity and nature of the role changes from year to year.
In-school mentors are selected by the partner schools. We work closely with partner schools and employing authorities to ensure arrangements that enable effective mentoring are made.
We build a cohort community by bringing Associates together for a range of social and mission focused events and activities during the pre-program period, the Initial Intensive, subsequent intensive programs and regional meetings.
Sustained through virtual platforms, Associates develop vital connections with one another.
In the second year of the program, Associates have the opportunity to pair with a Leadership Coach from a specific line of work, for example, school, government, business or social-enterprise. Leadership coaches help Associates reflect upon classroom experience, identify key areas of personal development and determine, clarify and articulate plans for leadership beyond the two year program.