The 3 elements that make Professional Development impactful
Learning doesn’t stop once we graduate from higher education and enter the workforce, if anything this is where learning really takes place.
Learning doesn’t stop once we graduate from higher education and enter the workforce, if anything this is where learning really takes place. At any organisation there should be on-the-job training, mentoring and ongoing professional development opportunities to create a team of highly trained and confident experts.
This is especially true at schools where students rely heavily on their teachers to use best practice in the classroom and equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed outside of school.
Professional Development provides teachers with the most effective teaching techniques, resources, and the chance to advance their careers. It also keeps the school community up to date with the newest education research so the most relevant strategies can be considered for implementation. These benefits all lead to increased motivation levels as participants feel empowered and prepared to take on their future in teaching. As a result, we can see enhanced teacher quality, which research suggests improves learning outcomes for students.
Teachers in Australia are expected to complete around 20 hours of PD each year but it can be hard to know which sessions will yield the greatest results and offer proven practices that will support student growth.
Finding the right PD opportunity that aligns with every need a teacher has can be challenging. There are so many courses available online and in-person that promise results, but it’s not until the session is complete that you realise you have only scratched the surface of what you want to achieve.
That’s why it’s important to look for PD that delivers all the essential elements plus offers networking with like minded teachers, a range of workshops so your experience can be personalised, counts for multiple PD hours, and enables teachers to confidently walk away with strategies and classwork to implement with students.
This year’s Path Teacher Conference has all of this on offer. We are bringing together teachers from all around Australia to take part in meaningful PD to support the success of students using the Maths Pathway Model. We believe the best way to improve growth in students is to provide teachers with every resource and piece of knowledge they need to be successful in the classroom.
We are thrilled to have Dr Caty Morris and Michelle Coulthard from ATSIMA (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance) joining us to discuss what is culturally responsive mathematics education (CRME) for First Nations Australian students? And share what are the classroom resources, the teaching learning processes, and the mathematics curriculum content that contribute to CRME in Australia?
In addition to our session with ATSIMA we have over 10 workshops where teachers can discover best practice pedagogy, refine their skills on Mini-lessons and Rich Tasks and access tangible resources to take back to the classroom. To learn more about what’s on offer at Path22 and to see the full list of workshops, click here.
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