Teacher quality is a cornerstone of our professional learning programs that are based on research in Australia and overseas, the experience and knowledge of our staff and the leadership of Member Schools.
It was in 2003, and not for the first time, that the renowned education researcher, the late Dr Ken Rowe said:
…findings from the related local and international evidence-based research indicate that ‘what matters most’ is quality teachers and teaching, supported by strategic teacher professional development.
A decade later, and again not for the first time, Professor Stephen Dinham said in September 2014, ‘there is a need to ensure that those entering teaching are of the highest quality and that teachers are well trained and supported over their careers’.
Professor Dinham is Chairman of the Australian College of Educators and Chair of Teacher Education and Director of Learning and Teaching at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education.
The message is becoming well understood in the continuing discussion about education standards in Australia. The Commonwealth Minister for Education, Mr Pyne, has made teacher quality one of the four pillars of the government’s Students First policy. The Labor Opposition’s Shadow Minister for Education, Ms Ellis, has spoken of the need to recognise the importance and dedication of teachers.
Our professional learning opportunities meet the needs of teachers, learning assistants, principals, school leaders and managers. Programs that we run with our partners can provide options for post graduate qualifications.
We continually develop programs to support leaders, aspiring leaders and educators working for school improvement in the areas of teaching, learning, leadership and accountability.