Navigating the First Years: Setting up Early Career Teachers for Success, session 5 of 5

11th September, 2020 @ 9:30 am


11/09/2020 - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Successful early career teacher induction occurs within a collaborative school culture, in addition to intentional and contextual processes that support the professional practices, professional identity and well being of the early career teacher.  Regular access to mentoring is a key component of induction, benefitting both the early career teacher and their mentor.

Navigating the First Years will scaffold both the early career teacher and their mentor’s experiences in this rewarding endeavour. Through regular professional learning over the year, each early career teacher will receive ongoing support focused on establishing positive relationships and learning environments, as the foundation for effective learning.  Exploration of their pedagogical toolbox aims to link effective teaching strategies and the architecture of a lesson.

An essential component is the school assigned mentor – who will work alongside their early career teacher as they journey from Graduate to Proficient.  The thoughtful pairing of mentor and early career teacher by schools sets them up for success. Mentors will be supported in this important role through attendance at one professional learning day along with video conferencing opportunities.

‘Induction is most effective where there is a strong culture of collaboration and professional growth and where effective processes are in place for all teachers to give and receive feedback on, and evidence about, performance and be challenged and supported to learn.’ AITSL 2016

Program Outline

Workshop 1: Welcome to the profession, beginning the journey from graduate to proficient
Workshop 2: Maximising the mentor – mentee relationship
Workshop 3: Building positive student relationships and environments for learning
Workshop 4: Connecting the pedagogical toolbox with the architecture of a lesson
Workshop 5: Professional collaboration – proficiency and beyond

Early Career Teachers participate in the entire series.
Mentor teachers attend Workshop 2 and then receive support throughout the year via Zoom video conferencing.

Registration for this five-day series will incur a fee of $550.00 plus GST per participant.  Participants are required to register for all sessions in the series and may not attend single days:

Dates and times
Friday 28 February, 9.30am to 3.30pm
Monday 16 March, 9.30am to 3.30pm
Friday 29 May, 9.30am to 3.30pm
Friday 7 August, 9.30am to 3.30pm
Friday 11 September, 9.30am to 3.30pm


Target Group

Independent school primary and secondary teachers in their first three years of teaching.



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. 


This program is full.  For 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.