The experience of teaching in low socioeconomic communities ingrains in Associates a lifetime commitment to address educational disadvantage. Teach For Australia enables the network of Alumni to continue to collaborate to effect change.
“My two years as an Associate gave me the experience and skills needed to take that next step in my career within education. It’s thanks to the support, leadership development an coaching from Teach For Australia that in just my third year of teaching I was able to take on a Lead Teacher role in the Northern Territory.
I strongly believe that education is one of the most powerful tools we have to fight inequality in Australia. Teach For Australia instilled in me a passion to be working on the front line of disadvantage.” – Ashley Duggan, Cohort 2013 Associate, Lead Teacher for the Faculty of English and Humanities, Katherine High School, Northern Territory
As of 2017, 65 per cent of Alumni remain in teaching, with over half in school leadership roles, including one principal, one campus principal, two acting principals and one acting assistant principal.
Of those not currently teaching, 78 per cent of Alumni plan to return to teaching throughout their career.
“Teach For Australia challenged me to take seriously the social impact that schools and educators have the power to make. As a result, I am driven, challenged and supported by an ongoing community to make as much of a difference as possible in each individual to ensure that they have the best possible future of their choosing.” – Michael Briggs-Miller, Cohort 2010 Associate, Principal, Warracknabeal Secondary College, Victoria
In 2016 we launched Teach To Lead, a program that equips teachers with the skills to successfully navigate the challenging transition from classroom teacher to school leader.
The two-year program is open to all teachers who are in leadership roles at schools serving low socioeconomic communities, with over 60 per cent of Fellows coming from non-Teach For Australia pathways.
In 2017, 31 Fellows joined the program from across six states and territories, a 94% increase in just one year.
All 2016 Fellows indicated that the program has improved their leadership performance and more than any other professional activity.