Australian Professional Standards for Teachers


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  • Presenter NotesThis slide highlights what will be covered in the 30 minute presentation.
  • Presenter NotesAustralian Professional Standards for Teachers animation – 6.36minThis is an engaging introduction to the presentation providing participants with a broad understanding about the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Standards).This animation describes what the Standards are and why they have been developed.
  • Presenter NotesThe Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians commits Australia to ambitious goals for education. We have agreed that all young Australians should become successful learners as well as confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens. How is it possible to ensure that all our students achieve success? The answer is good teaching. If there is one area of agreement in Australian education, it is this: good teachers generate good learning. This is the starting point for the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Standards). They are based on the belief that every young Australian must gain the benefit of a high quality education, and that good teaching is an essential element for that result. They represent a national commitment to achieving the highest possible level of teacher quality so each young Australian can gain the best possible education. Equity is built in, not an add on, and the Standards make a contribution to the critical goal in the Melbourne Declaration: ‘Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence’. Equity in education consists mainly in doing whatever is required to ensure that each child achieves the best education of which he or she is capable. It is for this reason, the Standards are intended for every teacher of every student. The classroom teacher is the key audience for these Standards.Why? Because it is in the quality of every classroom teacher that the quality of an education system lives. The quality of an education system lives and breathes in the endeavours and quality of every classroom teacher.So, supporting teachers to plan and manage their career path from initial training, induction and early experience through to the heights of the profession is vital. The Standards are intended to play a key role in supporting teachers. They provide a map of that progression from Graduate through Proficient and Highly Accomplished to Lead teacher. They will help teachers work out what they need to learn in order to become the kinds of teachers that students need. As teachers progress through their careers, they expand their capacity and take on new roles. Some move into formal leadership roles. Others exercise peer leadership, and the Standards define the contribution our Highly Accomplished and Lead teachers make to improving teaching and student learning, strengthening the profession and enhancing community relationships. The Standards also articulate the personal skills needed by our best teachers: skills in collaboration, modeling, influencing, coaching, mentoring and supporting. Those teachers who are at the peak of the profession are our best resource in delivering on our most ambitious goals for young Australians.
  • Presenter NotesOrganisation of the StandardsThe Australian Professional Standards for Teachers comprise seven Standards which outline what teachers should know and be able to do. The Standards are interconnected, interdependent and overlapping.The Standards are grouped into three domains of teaching: Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement. In practice, teaching draws on aspects of all three domains.Click to the next slide to drill down into the focus areas and descriptors of the Standards
  • Presenter NotesOrganisation of the Standards (cont)Click to reveal the key elements of the Standards (5 arrows in total will appear)Within each Standard, focus areas provide further illustration of teaching knowledge, practice and professional engagement. These are then separated into Descriptors at four professional career stages: Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead.The focus areas and descriptors identify the components of quality teaching at each career stage. They constitute agreed characteristics of the complex process of teaching. An effective teacher is able to integrate and apply knowledge, practice and professional engagement as outlined in the descriptors to create teaching environments in which learning is valued.Illustrations of Practice show what the Standard looks like at a particular career stage. They maybe a video demonstrating a particular focus area (Dynamic Illustration), or an annotated lesson plan or unit of work (Static Illustration) or a combination of both.
  • Presenter NotesVideo – This video explains the online resources available to support the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.Video length: 3.00min
  • Presenter NotesThis is a graphical representation of the Standards. If you click on this page arrows (6 in total) will appear to highlight the key aspects to the infographhic. This is available as a PDF printout.
  • Presenter NotesSocial media is becoming an effective medium to connect, share and collaborate with educators within Australia and all over the world through professional learning networks (PLNs) and communities of practice. Connect tonight, record questions on twitter, make comments on facebook.
  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

    1. 1. Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Australian Professional Standards for Teachers Unpacking the Standards
    2. 2. • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Standards)• Standards animation (video)• Purpose of the Standards• Organisation of the Standards• Resources to support the Standards• The Standards infographic
    3. 3. Click to play
    4. 4. Dual purpose: • improvement • career progressionMap progression: • Graduate • Proficient • Highly Accomplished • Lead
    5. 5. Focus Area DomainThe Standard Descriptor Illustrations of practice
    6. 6. What are the Standards? What do the What do the Standards look Standards say like in practice? about each career stage?How will theStandards be How will AITSLused? use the Standards?What are peoplesaying about theStandards?
    7. 7. iTunes U > Australian Institute for Teaching and School