Following a successful eight year partnership, Teach For Australia and the ACT Directorate of Education have reached a decision not to partner in 2019.
Melodie Potts Rosevear, CEO and Founder of Teach For Australia, said there is 100% commitment among the Directorate, ACU and TFA to continue to support the current Associates through their completion of the program, and to the existing Alumni community in the ACT, who together have had vast success in reducing educational disadvantage in the region.
“Teach For Australia is very proud of what we have achieved in the ACT, where we have made a significant contribution to reducing educational disadvantage over the past eight years, and will continue to support the active Associate and Alumni community in the region.”
The ACT Directorate acknowledges the positive collaboration throughout the partnership, and said: “It is evident that the approach taken to attract high performing graduates from other disciplines to the teaching profession has contributed to positive learning outcomes in ACT public secondary schools.”
Teach For Australia celebrates the success of the ACT community of Associates and Alumni to date – 76% of which remain teaching and leading schools today. Others are contributing to the cause of educational inequity more broadly across the education sector.
The decision to end the partnership comes at a time when TFA have been reflecting on the sustainable future of placing Associates in the ACT due to declining placements in the region, based on the complex nature of low SES distribution, relative advantage in the region and a lack of a significant teacher shortage across ACT schools.
“Our growth strategy is to partner with jurisdictions across Australia, placing our Associates in schools that are experiencing the most disadvantage. 2019 will be our largest intake of Associates yet, with growth in teacher placements across VIC, WA, NT and TAS – with nearly half in regional and remote communities,” Melodie Potts Rosevear said.
ACT was the second jurisdiction to partner with the organisation, beginning in 2011. To date we have placed 57 Associates across 15 schools in the ACT, notably in hard-to-fill STEM subjects. This important work has been able to impact over 9,000 students in the region.
Alumni have been recognised for their success, including Igraine (Iggy) Lim who won “ACT New Educator of the Year Award” in TFA’s first ACT cohort. Alumnus Alpha Cheng was also recently named an “ACT Young Australian of the Year Nominee” in 2017, as a humanitarian and advocate for inclusion and understanding across cultures and backgrounds in the face of exceptional circumstances.
Territory Manager Leonie Krieger said she is proud of the thriving ACT community of current Associates and Alumni.
“It is a privilege to work with the TFA Associates and partner schools here in the ACT. What truly inspires me is their commitment to providing students meaningful learning experiences, which extends far beyond simple academic pursuits. Numerous Associates have developed extra-curricular STEM clubs, and our local TFA Alumni are incredibly generous in supporting the professional development of the current ACT Associates. The ongoing successes and creativity of all the ACT Associates is testament to TFA’s commitment to providing equitable and inspiring learning experiences for all ACT students,” Ms Krieger said.