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Development programs for teachers

For over a decade, Teach For Australia has offered leading development programs to many levels of teachers working in schools facing educational disadvantage.

Our newest program, the Future Leaders Program, supports early career teachers in regional and remote schools, by developing the next generation of school leaders in those communities and improving access to high quality teaching and learning.

Our programs

  • Future Leaders Program:

    A one-year program for teachers working in regional and remote schools facing educational disadvantage to prepare them for school leadership roles

  • Teach To Lead:

    Not offered in 2021. A one-year program for teachers with formal leadership roles in schools serving low socioeconomic communities to improve and accelerate their leadership capabilities

  • Mentor Development Program:
    Offered only to partner schools, who have hired Associate teacher through our Leadership Development Program. Comprehensive two-year training program designed to build best-practice and knowledge for effective mentoring of early career teachers

01 Future Leaders Program

The Future Leaders Program allows schools to build leadership capacity among their teachers, to ensure they are equipped to deal with today’s educational challenges, specifically tailored to regional and remote contexts.

  • Participants build skills in leading initiatives, developing their capacity to influence and setting goals that align with your school and community that focus on improving student outcomes.
  • Participants receive tools and resources that can be shared across their school.
  • Personal leadership coaches will support participants to consolidate skills, challenge mindsets and help achieve program outcomes.
  • Participants are introduced to a network of other talented and passionate educators to share ideas and best practice.

To ensure that each school gets maximum value from the Future Leaders Program, senior school leaders are asked to:

  • Endorse each applicant during the selection process, confirming their suitability for the program.
  • Ensure each participant’s key accountabilities are clear.
  • Provide feedback on each participant’s skills and performance.
  • Participate in activities to evaluate and continuously improve the Future Leaders Program.

For the 2021 cohort, full scholarship will be offered to all participants; schools will be offered stipends to allow for time release.

Schools are asked to support with up to five days time release for each participant over the course of the program (total across one-year program). The intensive program workshops will be conducted during both school holidays or weekends and term time to ensure a balance for participants and schools.

02 Teach to Lead

Please note that Teach To Lead is not being offered in 2021.

Teach To Lead is a selective leadership development program for teachers with formal leadership roles in schools and is not exclusive to Teach For Australia Alumni. It accelerates the development of emerging leaders within schools serving low socioeconomic communities, to improve student and school outcomes.

Benefits for schools

Teach To Lead provides participants with tools and support to maximise Fellows’ impact on students:

  • Participants work towards goals for their team and students that align with their schools’ strategic priorities.
  • Participants receive tools and resources that can be shared across their school.
  • Participants learn to effectively coach other teachers, and drive a culture of improvement.
  • Participants are introduced to a network of other talented school leaders who share ideas and best practice.
  • Key program sessions are open to additional teachers from their school to attend.

Eligibility

Teach To Lead works exclusively with primary and secondary schools serving low socioeconomic communities across Australia.

Primarily, this is defined as schools having an ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) of below 1000. In each state and territory, additional measures may be considered in order to determine eligibility, based on guidance from the relevant Department of Education.

School involvement and cost

To ensure that each school gets maximum value from Teach To Lead, senior school leaders are asked to:

  • Endorse each applicant during the selection process, confirming their suitability for the program.
  • Ensure each participant’s leadership role and key accountabilities are clear.
  • Provide feedback on each participant’s skills and performance.
  • Participate in activities to evaluate and continuously improve the Teach To Lead program.

Schools are asked to make a contribution of $1500 excluding GST to total program costs, as well as fund some time release (up to 4 days total).

Release time will be used for face to face learning sessions, as well as coordinated school visits and opportunities for shadowing other leaders. Wherever possible, face-to-face learning sessions will be held during school holidays or on Saturdays.

Contact

Teach To Lead is not running in 2021 while we focus on our new Future Leaders Program but we may run the program within schools on request.

If you are interested in bringing contextualised professional development for a group of leaders at your school, we do encourage you to get in touch.

03 Mentor Development Program

Teach For Australia is committed to our vision of an Australia where all children, regardless of background, attain an excellent education.

We believe that high quality mentoring of early career teachers is a key component in achieving this mission.

To find out more about our Mentor Development Program, please click on the link below.