Navigating the First Years: Early Career Teacher and Mentor Program

18th February, 2021 @ 3:45 pm


18/02/2021 - 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

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Carefully designed induction processes enable early career teachers to successfully navigate their first years. Effectiveness of induction programs increase as the range of supports and strategies provided increase, with the best induction programs including practice-focused mentoring, leadership contact, participation in collaborative networks, targeted professional learning, observation and reflection on teaching, practical information and time allocation.

Of all the induction strategies available, practice-focused mentoring, by one or more expert colleagues, is particularly powerful in supporting the transition of a teacher from the Graduate to Proficient career stage.

The 2021 program is intentionally aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. It will provide ongoing professional learning, growth and support to the early career teacher, in addition to specific sessions that will equip their mentor to build rigour into this important role. Participants will be asked to set goals and actions to complete between sessions.

These two streams of professional activity will be carefully designed to foster an ongoing professional relationship between the early career teacher and mentor and will blend face to face learning with videoconferencing through the use of Zoom.


  1. Early career teachers will feel supported and successful in:
    • establishing positive learning environments
    • the crafting and implementation of effective teaching and
    • their identity and participation as professionals in their school community
    • gathering evidence of their practice aligned to the Proficient career stage to meet the requirements for full registration with the SA TRB.
  1. Mentors will grow in their mentoring skills and confidence to support and guide their ECT and may align their practice to the Highly Accomplished or Lead career stage.
  2. Reciprocal professional relationships will grow between the early career teacher and their mentor.


Target audience:  Early Career Teachers (ECTs) in their first 1 – 3 years of teaching, and the ECT’s school-based mentor

Delivery mode: face to face and Zoom

Early Career Teachers: 1 after school Zoom session, 4.5 face to face sessions
Mentors: 3 after school Zoom sessions, 1.5 face to face sessions

Mary Pickett, AISSA
Lynda Secombe, AISSA


By registering for this program Early Career Teachers and their Mentors are committing to attending the following sessions in 2021:

Early Career Teacher strand Mentor strand
Workshop 1: Zoom

Details: 18 February, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm


Workshop 1: Zoom

Details: 18 February, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm


Workshop 2: face to face

Details: 25 February, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm


Workshop 2: face to face

Details: 25 February, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm


Workshop 3: face to face

Details: 19 March, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm


Workshop 3: Zoom

Details: 11 March 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm


Workshop 4: face to face

Details: 28 May, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm


Workshop 4: Zoom

Details: 3 June, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm


Workshop 5: face to face

Details: 9 August, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm





Workshop 6: face to face (half day)

Details: 10 September, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Workshop 5: face to face (half day)

Details: 10 September, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Download a copy of the schedule.

Early career teachers must register themselves in this series and add the details of their mentor to the online booking form.


For the face to face components:

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions the AISSA is required to enforce set limits on the number of attendees for this event based on social distancing and maximum density rules.  To secure your place please complete the registration as attendance at the AISSA office without a confirmed place may result in being turned away if the event is at capacity.

For the Zoom components:

Please see the AISSA’s Video Conferencing Collection Notice and Video Conferencing Privacy Disclosure Statement for information about the AISSA’s collection of personal information through video conferencing.

For registration enquiries please contact Emily Metelmann.

There is no on-site parking available.  For parking options please refer to the parking map.  Tram stop #1 Greenhill Road is a 6-minute walk away.


Bookings are closed for this event.