Early Career Teachers Course

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2017 Dates and Venues

Day 1 : Fri 17th March - Taronga Zoo

Day 2 : Mon 5th June - Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Day 3 : Mon 4th September - ANSTO, Lucas Heights

Day 4: Mon 27th November - Notre Dame, Sydney Campus


Project Background

Research firmly establishes the significance that beginning teachers place upon the support provided by their more experienced colleagues and the importance of quality professional development in the successful induction into teaching. Undertaken for the first time in 2005 as a professional learning event by STANSW, feedback from teachers in the course indicated that it was highly valued in assisting them to increase their teaching expertise and skills.
The course also provides opportunities for early career teachers to discuss current issues in education. It enables participants to form partnerships and alliances that will enhance excellence in teaching and learning.

The program assists early career teachers achieve the competencies at Proficient Teacher Level. The course provides 20 hours of professional development throughout the year.

Target Outcome(s)/Benefits/Performance indicators

As a result of participating in the Early Career Professional Learning Program, teachers will:

•      establish a mentoring relationship with an experienced teacher outside their own school
•      increase their knowledge and understanding throughout the year of teaching, learning and assessment  practices
•      increase the range of strategies they use in the management and delivery of curriculum


A mentoring program that is regularly monitored will be set up between each of the participants and experienced teachers.

Workshops from experienced teachers designed for early teachers that focus on each of the following:

•    Coping with reality – identification of issues
•    Online mentoring
•    Classroom management strategies
•    Catering for individual needs of students (differentiation in the lab)
•    Managing scientific investigations
•    Parent-teacher interviews – tips and techniques
•    Useful resources
•    Using/writing  teaching programs
•    Integrating Science and Technology
•    ICT for student learning
•    Assessment and Reporting
•    Awareness of procedures related to the setting and marking of external examinations
•    Resource sharing
•    Developing scientific literacy and numeracy
•    Becoming an experienced teacher
•    Child protection & WWCC
•    Self reflection and Evaluation
•    Career Pathways and Planning PD
•    ePortfolio design

Day 1: 17th March - Taronga Zoo
presenters:  Nikki Bodel (Taronga Zoo), Margaret Shepherd (CEO), Gina Grant (AIS), Kelly Hollis (Rosebank College)

Taronga Zoo welcome and tour

Morning tea 10:30

NESA and accreditation
Child protection & WWCC
Portfolio for keeping evidence, Planning PD

Lunch with special guests HSC Study Lab 12:30 – 13:15

What do we want to achieve, Reality Bites
Meet the Parents, Relationships and reports!

Day 2: 5th June - Notre Dame
Presenters: Trish Stockbridge (ACU), Margaret Shepherd

Assessment & Reporting

Morning tea 10:30

Interpreting the Syllabus for Effective Programming & Implementation

Lunch 12:30 – 13:15

Programming & Reporting , Planning scope & sequence to inform reporting
Evaluation ~ Where to go from here

Day 3: 4th September - ANSTO
Presenters: Margaret Shepherd, Gina Grant

Managing the Investigative Classroom, Sharing some great investigations,  STEM ideas ,

Morning tea 10:30

Sharing Resources & Use of ICT

Lunch 12:30 – 13:15

TOUR of the ANSTO Facilities
HSC Setting & Marking

Day 4:  27th November - Notre Dame
Presenters:  Kevin Watson (Notre Dame), Trish Stockbridge, Margaret Shepherd

Implementing the current Stage 6 syllabus

Morning tea 10:30

Literacy and numeracy in Science vs scientifically literate and numerate

Lunch 12:30 – 13:15

Being an Effective Teacher
Assessment - using Course Performance Descriptors



Completing STANSW Early Career Teachers FULL COURSE will contribute 20 hours of  NESA Registered PD addressing Standards from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher.  DISCLAIMER : Please be advised that individual sessions have not been accredited.




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