Our Leadership Development Program is a formative experience that ingrains in Associates a lifetime commitment to addressing educational disadvantage.
Through the two-year program, Associates build the knowledge, skills and mindsets that they need to have a positive impact on students and schools.
The program includes:
All of our Associates are allocated a dedicated Teaching and Leadership Adviser for two years who, through rigorous coaching, provide targeted guidance on the development of Associates’ teaching practice as well as pastoral care to maintain their wellbeing.
Our university partner staff support and supervise Associates through their degree, providing guidance to their progress within the profession and ensuring academic success.
Associates are also part of a national network of teachers and leaders who all want to end educational disadvantage. Peer relationships create a collegial network, sharing best practice, offering emotional support and reinforcing their commitment.
According to a three year independent evaluation by the Australian Council of Educational Research completed in 2013, 100 per cent of principals surveyed indicated that they had benefited from the program and agreed that the employment-based nature of the Teach For Australia model is an effective way to train teachers.
“My vision is for every student, of all levels of ability, to want and therefore strive to realise every ounce of potential they have. Having gone to an ‘underprivileged’ school myself, I understand the difficulties faced by students in an environment where it is tough to be really ambitious when perhaps others around you are not striving as hard as you are.
I feel one of my greatest strengths as a teacher is my ability to motivate my students to work harder than anyone else, and insist that they dream big and strive to achieve their best. It is something I insist upon, regardless of the student.” – Shaun Isbister, Cohort 2010 Associate, Leading Teacher Pathways and Transitions, Mill Park Secondary College