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.
The Victorian Government Department of Education and Training (Vic DET) 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 Curriculum Planning Resource 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 Australian Curriculum is delivered. Although the resource speaks about AusVELS, it is equally valuable for schools using the Australian Curriculum and/or the Victorian Curriculum.
The Insight Assess 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 DET 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.
Resources for Schools: Literacy and Numeracy
Vic DET provides a range of free resources to support schools with whole-school approaches to literacy and numeracy improvement that are embedded within the school’s strategic improvement and accountability plan. It supports leadership-driven planning and improvement through explicitly and actively connecting whole-school improvement through evidenced-based approaches including:
- using data to inform whole school and classroom planning, teaching and assessment
- supporting a collaborative approach to teacher capacity building including structured classroom observations and feedback
- engaging parents and the community in understanding the importance of literacy and numeracy to successful student learning outcomes.