Associates facilitate rapid growth in student outcomes and help students to experience increased access to opportunity by expanding their horizons and encouraging them to pursue never-before-considered pathways to ensure that they have real choices for their futures.
In addition to their work with their individual classes, Associates are focused on school-wide improvements. They take initiative throughout their school communities in a number of ways including joining school improvement teams, leading extracurricular activities, mentoring other teachers, organising study tours and starting subject study clubs.
As such, 100 per cent of principals surveyed this year indicated that they have benefited from the Teach For Australia program, with Maisie Floyd, Principal of Tennant Creek High School, Northern Territory, stating,
Last year, Teach For Australia received funding from the Eureka Benevolent Foundation to support the design and implementation of the Impact Measurement Project (IMP), devised to improve the way that teacher effectiveness is understood and measured.
Through the IMP, we are moving beyond tracking program outputs such as Associate characteristics, leadership positions and program retention to measuring program outcomes such as student academic results, wellbeing, aspirations and broader school impact. The support from Eureka Benevolent Foundation has ensured that this important project could be implemented.
Teach For Australia is creating a pipeline of highly effective teachers and leaders for communities of high need. Leadership is already strongly emerging, with approximately 50 per cent of Associates taking on positions of leadership in their second year of teaching. Additionally, 94 per cent of Associates teach for at least two years, with 80 per cent teaching for at least three years.
Overall, more than three-quarters of Teach For Australia Alumni are currently working in the education sector, 60 per cent teaching. Our Alumni are beginning to make their mark as government and political leaders and social entrepreneurs, including Alumna Sonia Loudon (Cohort 2013) who founded Boundless. Teach For Australia fosters Alumni leadership to drive reform and innovation in education beyond the classroom.
In 2015, we launched EdFelllows in partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians and Learning First. As Australia’s first teacher policy fellowship, EdFellows develops the policy and advocacy skills of early-career teachers. In order to close the education gap, we believe that the work of teachers should be at the heart of education policy reform. The first cohort of fellows completed the program late this year.