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ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference - Margo Pickworth & Jenny Uther - What are the implications and challenges of the new Australian Professional Standards for Teachers for those practicing in the school library context? Jenny and Margo have both completed the higher level of accreditation in NSW and will share their experiences of the unique learning and leadership opportunities that the challenge of teacher accreditation can present.

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  • 1. TLS AS LEADERS: ARE YOU A HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED TEACHER LIBRARIAN? M AR G O P I C K W O R T H AN D J E N N Y U T H E R ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013
  • 2. Overview ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 2 What are the implications and challenges of the new Professional standards for Teachers for those practicing in the school library context? Jenny and Margo have both completed the higher level of accreditation in NSW and will share their experience of the unique learning and leadership opportunities that the challenge of teacher accreditation can present.
  • 3. Becoming Miss Bennett, or… A highly accomplished teacher librarian ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 3
  • 4. Is Elizabeth Bennett highly accomplished? ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 4 Pianoforte – 2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sing, draw, dance – 1.5 Differentiate across the full range of abilities Speak French and German – 6.2 Engage in professional learning Cover screens – 3.3 Use teaching strategies Air, manner, tone of voice – 7.1 Maintain high ethical standards Reading – 1.2 Expand understanding of how students learn using research and workplace knowledge
  • 5. National certification for teachers from 2013 ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 5 Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (aitsl): 3 Domains divided into 7 Standards divided into 37 Focus areas At 4 career stages: Graduate (mandatory) Proficient (mandatory) Highly accomplished Lead
  • 6. Our experience ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 6 Accredited 2012 at Highly Accomplished level for for teachers in NSW & ACT by NSW Institute of teachers Similar process to the aistl national process Rigorousness An advantage to have been through accreditation at other career stages, particularly in NSW
  • 7. Considering certification at Highly Accomplished level? ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 7
  • 8. aitsl Highly Accomplished descriptors ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 8
  • 9. Why go there? ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 9 Reflection on practice A growth mind-set Recognition of teachers librarians and their practice Model to our colleagues and students Future national development and performance culture
  • 10. Practice publicly Pioneer/pave Present/publish Personify/promote Some “p” thoughts! A few pointers! ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 10
  • 11. Why is certification at HA a ‘best fit’ for teacher librarians? ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 11 Ours is a culture of: Collaborative and supportive practice Continued professional learning Innovation in ICT
  • 12. What else is needed? A willingness to... ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 12 Share leadership Find others to go there with you! Open up your teaching space(s) Write emails!
  • 13. What are the Challenges? ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 13 In being supported by your school/employer In managing the workload of the actual process Language of the standards In addressing some of the focus areas, eg Standard 5 – Assessing and Reporting Working with your state institute Cost Dealing with rejection!!
  • 14. Is it right for you? http://www.selfassessment.aitsl.edu.au ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 14
  • 15. The ‘triangulation’ of evidence ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 15 Documentary Observation Referee
  • 16. Standard and descriptor ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 16 1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students “Select from a flexible and effective repertoire of teaching strategies to suit the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students.”
  • 17. Evidence for 1.1 ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 17 Wide reading program for English classes Years 7- 10 Notes from English faculty meeting detailing differentiated learning activities eg. HSC English presentation, junior and senior writers’ workshops, author visits, Write a Book in a Day event, excursion to Sydney Writers Festival
  • 18. Standard and descriptor ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 18 4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically “Model, and support colleagues to develop strategies to promote the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in teaching and learning.”
  • 19. Evidence for 4.5 ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 19 Lesson observation notes made by a colleague during a library class on student digital footprints Collaboratively planned lesson regarding an assessment task demonstrating guidelines around plagiarism, academic honesty and referencing conventions
  • 20. Standard and descriptor ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 20 6.3 Engage with colleagues to improve practice “Initiate and engage in professional discussions with colleagues in a range of forums to evaluate practice directed at improving professional knowledge and practice, and the educational outcomes of students.”
  • 21. Evidence for 6.3 ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 21 ASLA presentation acceptance email Blog contribution on developing school Enrichment Policy JSHAA certificate of leadership position International Boys School Coalition certificate indicating participation in collaborative Action Research project
  • 22. Standard and descriptor ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 22 7.3 Engage with the parents/carers “Demonstrate responsiveness in all communications with parents/carers about their children’s learning and well-being.”
  • 23. Evidence for 7.3 ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 23 Parent booklist distributed on parent info evening Parent ppt for Information session Parent letter inviting parents to assist with Reading groups program School newsletter contribution Xmas suggested bookgiving list for parents in the school newsletter
  • 24. What’s your evidence? ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference 2013 24 2.2 Content selection and organisation: “Exhibit innovative practice in the selection and organisation of content and delivery of learning and teaching programs.” 3.4 Select and use resources: “Assist colleagues to create, select and use a wide range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.” 5.4 Interpret student data: “Work with colleagues to use data from internal and external student assessments for evaluating learning and teaching, identifying interventions and modifying teaching practice.” 4.4 Maintain student safety: “Initiate and take responsibility for implementing current school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements to ensure student wellbeing and safety.”
  • 25. Questions?? Margo Pickworth mpickworth@shore.nsw.edu.au Jenny Uther juther@monte.nsw.edu.au