There are many opportunities for teachers to access professional learning including seminars and workshops, post-graduate qualifications and online learning. The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) requires all registered teachers to engage in professional learning as a condition of ongoing registration. The requirements are outlined on the VIT website.
Independent Schools Victoria offers a broad range of professional learning programs including briefings, seminars, workshops and training related to Curriculum – Pedagogy (including Arts Education and ICT), Literacy (and EAL), Numeracy, Languages, Early Years, Student Services and Vocational Services.
Australian Government funding supports additional school-based professional learning programs through Australian Government Quality Teaching Program (AGQTP) and customised programs for groups of schools, or individual schools supported by Students First
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has developed a range of professional learning resources available through their website or through Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Of note are:
Curriculum Planning Professional Learning
The AusVELS curriculum planning portal offers school leadership a range of resources to support planning and documenting a comprehensive school-wide curriculum.
The teaching and learning program is the school-based plan for delivering this common set of knowledge and skills in ways that best utilise local resources, expertise and contexts. Schools have flexibility in the design of their teaching and learning program. Flexibility enables schools to develop particular specialisations, areas of expertise and innovation, while ensuring the mandated AusVELS curriculum is delivered. Although the resource speaks about AusVELS, it is equally valuable for schools using the Australian Curriculum.
The Insight Assessment Portal is being developed to provide information and advice grounded in research from around the world about the role of assessment and in particular feedback in improving children’s progress and achievement in learning.
Assessment is the ongoing process of gathering, analysing, interpreting and using data about learners' progress and achievement to improve learning.
Practitioners use assessment data to inform and modify their practice to help learners from birth to 18 years to advance and make progress in their learning and development.
This site presents information, advice and ideas about effective assessment practices and in the near future it will provide easy access to online assessment tools and analytics tools.
Assessment Professional Learning Modules
These Assessment Professional Learning Modules developed by DEECD aim to assist teachers to:
- understand the Assessment Advice and assessment principles, including the distinctions between, and importance of:
- Assessment of learning
- Assessment for learning
- Assessment as learning and how these impact on learning and pedagogy.
- audit ways in which they currently incorporate the Assessment Advice into their practice
- design assessment tasks that monitor students’ progress towards the achievement of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards
- design assessment processes that provide feedback into teaching programs to improve student learning
- make more consistent teacher judgments about student learning using the Standards.
The modules have been designed as a flexible resource that can be tailored to meet the needs of individual schools.
Principles of Learning and Teaching (PoLT) Professional Learning
PoLT Online Professional Learning Resource
The Principles of Learning and Teaching articulate six principles that can be used by schools, teams of teachers and individuals to reflect on practice and support professional dialogue to strengthen pedagogical practices.
The PoLT online resource developed by DEECD focuses primarily on extending teacher knowledge and supporting the development of skills to be implemented within individual classrooms. This resource is flexible in that it can be used by individual teachers or in facilitated groups. The PoLT online Professional Learning Resource is structured around ‘Guiding Questions' based on the key themes of each of the components. The other sections of the Resource support teachers to explore theory and develop strategies which will assist them in considering and addressing the guiding questions and themes within their own classrooms.
The e5 Instructional Model
This resource is a reference point for school leaders and teachers to develop a deeper understanding of what constitutes high quality teacher practice in the classroom. Support materials include the model itself, using the model, getting started with the model and more.
eLearning refers to the exploration and integration of a broad range of information and communication technologies (ICT) into learning and teaching to improve student learning outcomes. These new learning environments may be interactive or accessed online from home or in the community. The inclusion of eLearning in the curriculum enhances a school's learning and teaching program and gives students new and valuable learning experiences.
Literacy and Numeracy
For all Victorian students to have the best opportunities possible, it is essential for educators and schools to maintain and extend a focus on literacy and numeracy education as the foundation for success in all other areas. To this end, DEECD has developed a series of new initiatives and resources that demonstrate this strong commitment and will support ongoing improvement in the literacy and numeracy outcomes of all Victorian students. Resources include:
- Key Characteristics of Effective Literacy Teaching
- Key Characteristics of Effective Numeracy Teaching.
More information about professional learning can be found at VCAA website.
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