Navigating the First Years: Early Career and Mentor Teacher Program

26th May, 2023 @ 9:00 am


26/05/2023 - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


The quality of support early career teachers receive is critical in helping them cope with the demands of the job, build morale and increase their knowledge (Buchanan et al, 2013). Additionally, supporting experienced teachers to deliver practice-focused mentoring will increase the likelihood that early career teachers will have the most positive experience of induction (AITSL).

This program will bring early career teachers and their mentor together over three days during terms 2 and 3. There will be opportunities for collaborative learning with invited guests:

  • Ben Calleja, Growth Coaching International, on building reciprocal and dialogical relationships
  • Bill Hansberry, Hansberry Educational Consulting, supporting the development of positive student relationships and learning environments
  • Uncle John Lochowiak, developing our confidence to grow our cultural capacity
  • AISSA Education Team members, exploring enacting curriculum frameworks including the new EYLF, the Australian Curriculum v.9 and teaching and learning in the senior years.

Break out groups will facilitate skill building and the sharing of experiences. Referencing the four areas AITSL identify as critical to successful induction – Professional Practices; Professional Identity; Wellbeing; and Orientation, early career and mentor teacher teams will have opportunity to discuss and plan for building personal wellbeing, positive learning environments and teacher impact. Most of all, this program presents an invaluable opportunity for reciprocal professional relationships to grow and flourish.

This is a series. By registering you are committing to attending the following sessions:

26 May, 9.00am – 3.30pm
29 June, 9.00am – 3.30pm
22 September, 9.00am – 3.30pm

Audience: early career teachers in their first 1 – 3 years of teaching and the early career teachers school-based mentors

Delivery mode: face to face

Presenters: Lynda Secombe, Senior Educational Consultant, AISSA, Desiree Gilbert, Senior Educational Consultant, AISSA, Ben Calleja, Growth Coaching International, Bill Hansberry, Hansberry Educational Consulting, and Uncle John Lochoviak

For registration enquiries please contact Emily Metelmann.

Registrations for this series can be made by completing the Expression of Interest.  Early career teachers are required to include their mentor’s information in the Expression of Interest.