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1 Presentation by Dr. Carolyn Broadbent, School of Education ACT, Australian Catholic University, Canberra and Members of the AJCPTA AJCPTA: A national focus for professional teacher development

2 The Australian Joint Council of Professional Teaching Associations (AJCPTA) is a federation of state and territory joint councils of teacher professional associations representing over teachers. Presentation by C. Broadbent and members of the AJCPTA AJCPTA

3  Outlines  Outlines the common objectives of the AJCPTA  Showcases  Showcases a number of successful AJCPTA initiatives, including the Leaders Study Tours, National Values Education Framework Projects, and AGQTP projects such as the Building Curriculum Area Leadership Project.  Discusses  Discusses the nature and focus of the projects and highlights the value and relevance of these projects to improving professional teacher development.  Draws on past experiences and identifies future directions. This presentation: Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions

4  AJCPTA provides a national voice for Australian teachers from all sectors and levels of education.  It takes a leading role in building and strengthening partnerships that respond to national agendas, enhance the profile of the profession and further the work of member professional associations.  The variety of its professional activities provides a rich calendar of learning experiences for teachers throughout the year.  AJCPTA facilitates networking, communication and sharing of resources between member associations. Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions

5 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Teaching Australia Sponsored Study Tours The AJCPTA in partnership with Teaching Australia conducts international professional development for school leaders and leading teachers. International professional development Teaching Australia subsidises the participation of teachers in this professional development. For whom? To build collaborative networks; to establish strategic partnerships; and, to strengthen research efforts through professional associations. Objectives

6 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions ICT & Learning Australian Council for Computers in Education Study Tour to New Zealand and the United States, Ms Janet Cochrane (Qld) Issues in Education Investigating the issues, challenges and possibilities in the mainstream education and Indigenous communities (UK, Canada), Mr Charles Morgan (NT) Professional Development Professional Learning for all teachers – Learning from innovative models, Ms Lorraine Hodgson (NT) Science Teachers Association of Ontario Conference, Ms Sue Wilson (ACT) Teaching Australia Sponsored Study Tours

7 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Teaching Australia Sponsored Study Tours Australian Council for Computers in Education Study Tour to New Zealand and the United States, Ms Janet Cochrane The anticipated outcomes were to:  Further develop links with a view to consideration of AJCPTA becoming an international affiliate with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).  Explore the professional association structures in New Zealand and their affiliations.  Further explore the international affiliate structure of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  Explore opportunities for AJCPTA to begin using ICT more effectively to: enhance support of the member associations and boards; and promote the use of ICT in education. Australian Council for Computers in Education Study Tour to New Zealand and the United States, Ms Janet Cochrane The anticipated outcomes were to:  Further develop links with a view to consideration of AJCPTA becoming an international affiliate with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).  Explore the professional association structures in New Zealand and their affiliations.  Further explore the international affiliate structure of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  Explore opportunities for AJCPTA to begin using ICT more effectively to: enhance support of the member associations and boards; and promote the use of ICT in education.

8 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Teaching Australia Sponsored Study Tours Investigating the issues, challenges and possibilities in mainstream education and Indigenous communities (UK, Canada), Mr Charles Morgan Main purposes of the tour:  Investigate the issues, challenges and possibilities facing professional teaching associations in the UK, including: The provision of professional learning and the use of web- based resources for communication and pedagogical support; Strategies to support early career teachers and build leadership capacity; succession planning; Productive partnerships between professional teaching associations, government bodies, universities and other agencies.  Investigate an innovative pre-service teacher education program for Indigenous teachers working in isolated communities in Ontario, Canada. Investigating the issues, challenges and possibilities in mainstream education and Indigenous communities (UK, Canada), Mr Charles Morgan Main purposes of the tour:  Investigate the issues, challenges and possibilities facing professional teaching associations in the UK, including: The provision of professional learning and the use of web- based resources for communication and pedagogical support; Strategies to support early career teachers and build leadership capacity; succession planning; Productive partnerships between professional teaching associations, government bodies, universities and other agencies.  Investigate an innovative pre-service teacher education program for Indigenous teachers working in isolated communities in Ontario, Canada.

9 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Teaching Australia Sponsored Study Tours Professional Learning for all teachers – Learning from innovative models, Ms Lorraine Hodgson  This project sought to establish links with entities that provide professional learning opportunities for teachers in the United Kingdom. These entities use innovative ways to meet the wide professional learning needs of teachers. These entities are Teachers Net, and Teachers TV.  Key message: There appeared to be a strong connection between what was happening in schools in relation to professional development and the resources being provided by the system agencies and the government. The messages about the role of professional development were clear and the obligations well articulated at all levels. Some of this clarity was due to there being a National Curriculum for all students. Professional Learning for all teachers – Learning from innovative models, Ms Lorraine Hodgson  This project sought to establish links with entities that provide professional learning opportunities for teachers in the United Kingdom. These entities use innovative ways to meet the wide professional learning needs of teachers. These entities are Teachers Net, and Teachers TV.  Key message: There appeared to be a strong connection between what was happening in schools in relation to professional development and the resources being provided by the system agencies and the government. The messages about the role of professional development were clear and the obligations well articulated at all levels. Some of this clarity was due to there being a National Curriculum for all students.

10 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Teaching Australia Sponsored Study Tours Science Teachers Association of Ontario Conference, Ms Sue Wilson  The Ontario study tour aimed to investigate and inform the AJCPTA and Teaching Australia about the strategies used by professional teaching associations to support teachers in disciplines where teacher shortages exist, such as Mathematics and Science.  The project involved investigating ongoing research efforts, particularly the use of professional standards in mathematics and science, and how relationships might be developed between the professional associations. Science Teachers Association of Ontario Conference, Ms Sue Wilson  The Ontario study tour aimed to investigate and inform the AJCPTA and Teaching Australia about the strategies used by professional teaching associations to support teachers in disciplines where teacher shortages exist, such as Mathematics and Science.  The project involved investigating ongoing research efforts, particularly the use of professional standards in mathematics and science, and how relationships might be developed between the professional associations.

11 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Values Education The Hon. Dr Brendan Nelson, former Minister for Education, Science and Training, announced Australian Government funding in the 2004 budget to support values education in Australian schools through a number of initiatives over four years (2004– 2008). These included: Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stages 1 & 2 Values Education Forums in every school the Values Education website curriculum and professional learning resources national activities, including partnership projects with parents, principals, teachers and teacher educators and a national forum. Underpinning the Values Education programme is The National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools (2003). The AJCPTA’s state and territory joint councils have been involved in raising the awareness of the Values Education Program and the work of the Australian Government in this area. The Hon. Dr Brendan Nelson, former Minister for Education, Science and Training, announced Australian Government funding in the 2004 budget to support values education in Australian schools through a number of initiatives over four years (2004– 2008). These included: Values Education Good Practice Schools Project – Stages 1 & 2 Values Education Forums in every school the Values Education website curriculum and professional learning resources national activities, including partnership projects with parents, principals, teachers and teacher educators and a national forum. Underpinning the Values Education programme is The National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools (2003). The AJCPTA’s state and territory joint councils have been involved in raising the awareness of the Values Education Program and the work of the Australian Government in this area.

12 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Supporting Indigenous Education Links to EDNA resources  Cuddie Cuddie sharing traditional culture around the world Cuddie-cuddie is a global school project aimed to share and promote traditional and ancient cultures from around the world. Using Video Conferencing, the project shares the Indigenous Culture to schools in NSW, Queensland and overseas; and Elders are able to pass on traditional Dreaming stories from their local area.  Sydney Aboriginal rock engravings This site gives location, images and descriptions of significant Aboriginal rock engravings in the Sydney region, mostly from the Eora, Darug and Darkinjung peoples.  Australian Aboriginal astronomy This website provides a number of articles giving specific examples of Aboriginal astronomy. It includes, for example: The emu in the sky; Sun, moon and eclipses; Calendars; Banumbirr, and the Morning Star Ceremony. Links to EDNA resources  Cuddie Cuddie sharing traditional culture around the world Cuddie-cuddie is a global school project aimed to share and promote traditional and ancient cultures from around the world. Using Video Conferencing, the project shares the Indigenous Culture to schools in NSW, Queensland and overseas; and Elders are able to pass on traditional Dreaming stories from their local area.  Sydney Aboriginal rock engravings This site gives location, images and descriptions of significant Aboriginal rock engravings in the Sydney region, mostly from the Eora, Darug and Darkinjung peoples.  Australian Aboriginal astronomy This website provides a number of articles giving specific examples of Aboriginal astronomy. It includes, for example: The emu in the sky; Sun, moon and eclipses; Calendars; Banumbirr, and the Morning Star Ceremony.

13 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions NSW Professional Development The Professional Teachers Council NSW (PTC) has been endorsed as a provider of continuing professional development by the NSW Institute of Teachers. The PTC has an umbrella endorsement for its member associations. Standards for primary teaching Teaching Australia is currently working with AJCPTA to develop the first specialist standards of accomplishment for primary teaching in Australia. PTC NSW will be facilitating one of the consultation activities to give primary teachers and principals the opportunity to provide comment on the draft standards. This professional engagement is essential to the quality and validity of the standards.

14 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Queensland Cultural Awareness Gateway The JCQTA Cultural Awareness gateway provides links to people and resources to facilitate a greater understanding of Indigenous cultures, history and protocols to enable improved community engagement, as well as a better understanding of the teaching and learning issues for Indigenous students. Our website On the JCQTA website you can find links to: Indigenous Education and Training Alliance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Learning and Engagement centre The Learning Place online courses- teaching Indigenous students

15 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions South Australia Projects Values Education in South Australia: Many perspectives, common goals Web 2.0 Tools Consumer and Financial Literacy - AG-QTP Project Australian Awards for Excellence in Teaching Advanced Primary Teaching Standards - A national project to describe excellence in primary teaching

16 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Tasmania AGQTP: Building Curriculum Area Leadership This activity is an initiative of the Network of Education Associations of Tasmania(NEAT). In 2009, NEAT received a small AGQTP grant to gather information and advice on key areas of need from curriculum area leaders in government, independent and Catholic schools. Objectives It is intended that the information gathered will be used to develop a comprehensive support program for curriculum area leaders in The findings highlight serious challenges that must be addressed by policy makers and school leaders if their efforts to improve student learning outcomes are to be successful.

17 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Victoria Values Education The Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria, together with the AJCPTA, participates in a National Values Education Partnership with the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Objectives The Statement of Requirement for this National Partnership Project states "that all Australian school students acquire the knowledge and skills to participate effectively in society and employment in a globalised economy." The CPTAV facilitates the development of strategies for teachers to support student wellbeing, youth engagement, resilience and Civics and Citizenship Education.

18 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Northern Territory NTJCPTA The Northern Territory Joint Council of Professional Teaching Associations is a Territory based lead educational organisation to which professional teaching associations can belong. There are over 20 associations that are members of the NTJCPTA. What’s Happening Promoting Australia-wide professional learning events Stories, Places, Spaces: literacy and identity Conference Surfing the wave of change: Australian Science Teachers' Assoc Quality Curriculum For All: Australian Assoc Special Education

19 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Western Australia Values Education The Professional Teaching Council of Western Australia (PTCWA) has been part of the successful Australian Joint Council of Professional Teaching Associations (AJCPTA) National Values Education Framework Project Stage 1 and Stage 2.

20 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions ACT COACTEA Values in Action: Linking People, Cultures & Communities for a Sustainable Future The Conference was a joint initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and ACT Department of Education (DET), under the Values Education Forums program, and COACTEA in partnership with AJCPTA, Teaching Australia and ACU National. The Small Grants program COACTEA has supported member associations to provide quality professional learning activities. Invitations to submit a brief proposal for funding on the appropriate proforma were distributed to members through the COACTEA newsletter. Supported projects include: The Canberra Mathematics Association to engage keynote speakers, Ann and John Baker, in professional learning activities.

21 Our Experiences

22 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Funding Essential to support future initiatives Networking, Communication & Sharing International, national and local networks to strengthen the profession and build community Building Community Partnerships To support the professional learning of teachers To improve students’ learning To learn from each other through the exchange of resources

23 Common Objectives AJCPTA Initiatives Future Directions Funding It is expected It is expected that in the coming years education will continue to experience significant change, including new policy initiatives that will impact on teachers, teacher education and members of the wider educational community. It is therefore essential that strong links are maintained between the AJCPTA and its member associations to ensure teachers’ views are well represented at the national and international level. The funding received by the AJCPTA has facilitated quality professional learning initiatives and collaboration across systems and sectors at the local level. While 2010 will bring new challenges and changes to government Agendas, there is optimism that new opportunities will emerge for increased participation across the profession.

24 ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Summary  The AJCPTA plays an important role in building a professional community for teachers, students and members of the wider community.  Strong international, national and local partnerships are essential for the growth of the profession.  Learning together enhances the educational outcomes for all.


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