it’s a cold reality that wherea child is born in australiadetermines the qualityof their schooling andprospects for life.Live in the wrong postcode and quartile4, compared to 42% year6. That’s the equivalent of a 7/10you’re behind the educational from the top quartile5 permanent American recession.eight ball straightaway. Tragically, Educational inequity is real. It’s Back home, the number of kidsyou’ll fall further behind as the happening here, it’s happening who give up and drop out of highterms and years go by. now and it’s preventing school every two years could fill• If you live in a low-income Australia’s children living the the MCG7. The facts are urgent community, by Year 9 you’ll lives they could and should. and confronting and leave us, indigenous students be two to three learning as citizens and human beings, Fail basic It limits the choices they can years behind your highest- with a clear choice. make, the jobs they can get income peers1• If you’re indigenous, you’ll and the income they can earn. It weakens the families they We can reject responsibility and leave accidents of demography literacy tests2 most likely fail basic literary are a part of and the and geography to plot the tests (7 out of 10 do)2 communities they live in. future of tens of thousands• If you live in a very remote region, more than half (51%) of your classmates won’t It even diminishes the prospects of the children they themselves are yet to have. of Australian children. Or we can believe that change is possible, and that we can be only 15% of university students come meet minimum Year 9 part of that change. from the lowest SES (socio- Educational disadvantage reading standards3 economic status) quartile 4 undermines entire countries too. Are you up for it?• Only 15% of university students In the United States, a McKinsey come from the lowest SES & Co study puts the cost to that (socio-economic status) country at US$500 billion each
teach For australia is amovement of committedindividuals who can foreseea country where all childrenhave excellent educationalopportunities.It is a simple yet radical aim. It’s an ambitious goal. But After the two years, as Alumni,Radical, because it requires combine your determination you’ll have opportunities to risechange from every level with the tools we provide, and to positions of influence across As an Associate, youof society. we believe you can do it. Whilst a spectrum of sectors. Some become part of a lifelong,Such change must be led by you teach, you will also earn will stay on in the classroom as global movement of morepeople impassioned by social your Postgraduate Diploma in teachers while others will take than 20,000 leaders.justice and the belief that all Teaching from some of the best on leadership roles in business, Competent, passionate,children can learn. People, academics in the country. law, government, education socially aware peopleperhaps, like you. And as you learn to teach, and social policy. just like you, who share you also learn to lead. You’ll As an Associate, you become part a powerful commonTeach For Australia recruits take part in our pioneering of a lifelong, global movement experience and a single,outstanding graduates from Leadership Development of more than 20,000 leaders. ambitious goal.non-Education disciplines Program, receiving training, Competent, passionate, sociallyand prepares them to teach coaching and networking aware people just like you,in some of our most opportunities that increase who share a powerful commondisadvantaged high schools. your impact inside and experience and a single,Over the two-year program beyond the classroom. ambitious goal.our teachers (called ‘Associates’)work together to tackle educationalinequity student-by-student,and class-by-class.
From socrates and Plato todumbledore and harry Potter,the story of the transformationalteacher and the student has beencontinuously told and retold.This story shows the teacher A concurring study concluded Similarly, a study by theas leader. The teacher with an that a high performing teacher University of Manchesterambitious vision for the student could lift a student more positively correlates the number A CALDER study inthat is realised through careful than 50 percentiles over three of Teach First (UK) participants the United States foundcultivation and investment years (compared to a low in a school with significantlyin that student. In this story, performing teacher)9. improved student outcomes11. that Teach For Americathe teacher plans purposefully, Associates have 3 times In other words, the keys Education is the key to theteaches with verve and efficacy to addressing educational advancement of any society, the effect on studentand continuously reflects upon achievement as teachers disadvantage are not donations, but the quality of an educationand improves his or her workto achieve outcomes. new buildings or the latest system cannot exceed the quality with 3 or more years’ laptops, but passion, imagination of its teachers. By becoming experience10.Evidence now tells us this and the relentless pursuit the transformational teacheris the right approach for real- of excellence. we believe you can be, we believeworld results. you can also be a real part So as a Teach For Australia of the solution.A 2008 meta-study of 80 million Associate, can you becomestudents around the world one of these transformational(directed by Melbourne Graduate teachers? The evidence says ‘yes’.School of Education’s Professor A CALDER study in the UnitedJohn Hattie) found ‘positive States found that Teach Forteacher-student interaction’ to America Associates havebe the single most important 3 times the effect on studentfactor in better learning8. achievement as teachers with 3 or more years’ experience10.
the leadership skills youdevelop within the classroomcan take you far beyond it.As an Associate, you’re given Alumni from our affiliatedopportunities for professional organisations overseas havedevelopment, to network gone on to set up charities, write “Successful people in “This is a program thatwith your peers and to access books, explore the creative arts engineering and IT need prepares top graduatesinfluential supporters. and have outstanding careers more than excellent technical to succeed whilst doing in law, medicine, commerce knowledge; they need great something that matters.As the accompanying testimonials and other pursuits. Many choose interpersonal skills, passion Our support for Teach Forshow, our partners recognise to remain in education as teachers and top leadership qualities. Australia will give us accessand value the extraordinary and leaders, or take on roles in We search for graduates to proven leaders, thinkersleadership required to be an setting education policy. who are passionate about and communicators.”Associate. If you already have an their work and feel theiremployment offer, or prefer the Most importantly, Alumni -Tom Von oerTzen, ideas have the potential recruiTing ParTner andsecurity of having one, there are continue to be engaged with to change the world. managing direcTor,a growing number of prestigious the mission, building on a These are the exact qualities the boston consulting grouPgraduate employers with deferral movement that will one dayprograms already in place. ensure all children will have that Teach For Australia an excellent education. Associates exhibit.”Whether you decide to continue -alan noble,teaching, or aspire to a career engineering direcTor,in business, social policy or googleelsewhere, Teach For Australiahelps develop the skills and buildthe support you need to excel.
teach in a disadvantagedsecondary school for twoyears, with ongoing support,mentoring and training.Your journey begins with an Of course, you’re fully paidin-residence, six week intensive – for the work you do and giventhe first of many you’ll undertake time release for professional There’s an extensivewith our partner, the University development and study. support network:of Melbourne’s Graduate School There’s an extensive support Training and Leadershipof Education. Once complete,it’s straight into the classroom. network: Training and Leadership Advisors, university Advisors, university specialists specialists and in-schoolParticipating schools are located and in-school mentors – mentors – experiencedacross several states and experienced teachers with theterritories, in rural, remote and skills and capacity to support teachers with the skillsmetropolitan settings. you along your journey. and capacity to supportWhile some scope is given to At the end of your two-year you along your journey.personal preference, demand commitment you’ll be anfor your particular skills and exceptional teacher andpassion is the key determinant leader. You’ll have also earnedfor school selection. This may a Postgraduate Diploma inmean that your school is not Teaching. And believe us,close to home. We encourage you will have earned it!you to be flexible and openabout this.
it’s a tough gig at times,but you’re never alone.By the time you finish your initial Farther afield, you’ll find that Teach First, in the Unitedsix-week intensive you’ll have you’re now part of a global Kingdom, is ranked 7th in theformed bonds and friendships network spanning 18 countries, Times High Fliers Top 100 One in ten of all Ivywith your fellow Associates, called Teach For All. Like Teach Graduate Recruiters. Theysome of which will last a lifetime. For Australia, each of these currently have over 800 teachers League graduates affiliate organisations enlists in five regions and close to 1,000 apply to the TeachYou’ll likely be in a school andregion with other Associates, their most promising future Alumni who have completed For America program. leaders to expand educational the program, over 40 per centgetting together to plan, reflect opportunity. of whom are already in schooland socialise. leadership roles. Teach For America is the oldestYou’ll be in regular contact with with two decades of experience, Elsewhere, from Chile to China,Teach For Australia, and build over 7,000 teachers in the Bulgaria to Brazil, India todeep relationships with your classroom and 28,000 alumni Argentina, thousands of globalTraining and Leadership Advisor who continue to engage with Associates and Alumni are thereand in-school mentor. the mission. One in ten of all Ivy to cheer you, challenge you and League graduates apply to the share the ambition. Teach For America program.
07 current associatesiWan Walters Iwan studied a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) at the all my pre-existing hopes and expectations. My professional University of Melbourne. Iwan and personal experiences2010 associaTe is an Associate in regional have validated my decision Victoria and is currently in his to become involved in the Teach second year of teaching. The For Australia program and“I have been inspired by the first twelve months have been to live and work in a rural area.realisation that investment in a pleasant surprise. I am very grateful to havestudents as learners and people “My experiences as a beginning had these experiences and teacher and as a Teach For to be involved with Teachcan result in sustained and Australia Associate have been For Australia.”quantifiable personal growth overwhelmingly positive and enjoyable. While challenging,and academic progress.” they have been exciting, rewarding and have surpassed
katy Fernandez Katy studied a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and then a Master 20 kids in a Friday afternoon, I can handle a boardroom of Media Practice (both at The and I can handle whatever2011 associaTe University of Sydney). She is next for my career. was also the president of the In terms of the program and Student Union at the University“I feel really privileged to of Sydney from 2006-2007. the skill set it offers the opportunity is three-fold. It’sbe a part of this group of This year, she’s teaching Visual not only the opportunity toindividuals who all want Arts and Media Studies in the make a difference, but toto make change happen… Western Metropolitan Region develop as a leader in the of Melbourne. classroom and as a leader into make that practical whatever I choose to do next.” “I think the skills that you learndifference in the lives of in the classroom are transferableyoung people.” to any sector, so I feel confident that if I can handle a group of
there’s no “ideal” candidateprofile. We simply look forleaders who have the qualitiesto create change. in theclassroom and beyond.In 2010, fewer than 10% of We look for evidence ofapplicants were successful in the following;becoming an Associate. • Leadership and achievement In 2010, fewer thanPartly because our selection 10% of applicants were • Resilience and a relishprocess is very rigorous and for challenge successful in becomingpartly because the stakes are too an Associate.high to admit anyone other than • Strong critical thinking skillsthe highest-quality candidates. • Superior organisational andThe success of Teach For motivational abilityAustralia’s mission depends • The ability to communicateentirely on the integrity, and work with people frompassion and commitment a variety of backgroundsof the person in front ofeach classroom. • Humility and an openness to learn from othersConsequently, we seek leaderswho will have a wider impact on Think you tick these boxes?the students they serve and the Then turn the page to find outcommunities they’re a part of. how to apply!
like our program,the teach For australiaapplication process isintense but rewarding.Got you interested? Brilliant. We’ll take the most outstanding applicants from this stageFirst step is to talk to us oncampus, visit our website or (including you, hopefully) and work to match you to aPPly noW:do the old-fashioned thingand call us up for a chat. a school where your passion, Visit teachforaustralia.org for details knowledge and leadership skills are most needed. and application dates.When you’re ready, go to ourwebsite and submit an online If you’re successful from here,application. You’ll need to provide congratulations!some information about yourbackground, education and why You’ve just joined the mostyou want to take part. ambitious leadership program in Australia.The next step is a phone interviewwhere you’ll speak directly with aTeach For Australia staff member.If that goes well, you’ll beinvited to attend a SelectionDay where there’ll be moreinterviews, a group case study,a teaching lesson and a problemsolving activity.
endnotes teachforaustralia.org1. Program For International Student Assessment (PISA) 20092. NAPLAN 20093. NAPLAN 20094. Measuring the Socio-Economic Status of Higher Education Students, DEEWR, 20095. DEEWR Higher Education Statistics Collection, 2007 and ABS SEIFA 20066. The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools, McKinsey & Company 20097. ABS, Schools Australia, 20088. Making learning Visible - John Hattie. Auckland University, 20099. Source: Sanders & Rivers; McKinsey; OECD; Lankford, Loeb, & Wyckoff, 200210. Making a Difference? The Effects of Teach For America in High School, CALDER, Urban Institute 200911. Maximum Impact Evaluation: The impact of Teach First teachers in schools, University of Manchester 2010 Supported by the Australian Government