South Australian Professional Development and Learning

Professional Learning in SA.

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Professional learning is a component of the nationally consistent approach to teacher registration

From the 2013 teachers in South Australia who wish to renew their Registration or Provisional Registration must undertake hours of professional learning (PL) within their three-year term of registration referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

The Teacher Registration Board of South Australia defines professional learning as any planned and/or unplanned experiences in which teachers engage both within their work time and their own time to continually build their capacities as professionals. The learning must be one in which teachers further their professional growth.  (Looks like the stamp collecting conference won't count).

The guiding principles to determine whether PL meets professional growth will be the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

On application to renew, teachers will self-declare whether they have engaged in appropriate PL and MUST  keep a record and the details of all activities undertaken. Applicants must keep evidence to verify the declaration made at renewal.  The Board may refuse an application which fails to satisfy the PL requirement but a teacher may request a review of the decision.

The Board respects a teacher’s decisions to choose from a broad range of professional learning opportunities that support their individual plans for professional growth, meet the needs of the profession or equip them to support the learning of children and students now or in the future.

The approach taken by the Board is intended to provide sufficient flexibility to be inclusive of the range of employment and geographic contexts of teachers holding (full) Registration or Provisional Registration in South Australia.

The Board understands that employing authorities may require a teacher to complete specific types of professional learning. Such professional learning will be recognised for registration purposes as long as it is referenced by the teacher to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Of particular importance to relief teachers is the Professional Learning examples used in the table below.

Professional Learning Examples

 

1.  Online learning/ pod cast/e-learning, Intranet – based or multimedia learning etc

Professional Learning Evidence Required.

Annotated logs of online learning, records of involvement i.e. registration confirmations or ‘certificates’ of involvement, reports, journals, diaries, summaries, commentaries, records of discussion groups, Blogs, Internet forums

Is the PL recognised for registration purposes?

Yes – with clear connections to the Standards

2. Conferences, workshops, seminars

Professional Learning Evidence Required.

Notes relating to reflections, readings, presentations, workshops, group activities, follow-up, evaluations, attendance or participation certificates

Is the PL recognised for registration purposes?

Yes – with clear connections to the Standards

3. Mentoring and coaching

Professional Learning Evidence Required.

Diary or journal notes, notes relating to formal meetings, reflections on the process or reading done in conjunction with the mentoring process. Evidence of any specific mentor or coaching training

Is the PL recognised for registration purposes?

Yes – when the focus is on the PL for you as the registered teacher and is clearly connected to the Standards

4. Professional reading/listening/viewing

Professional Learning Evidence Required.

Written reflections, analysis, evaluation, certificates of participation in professional reading/listening/viewing networks

Is the PL recognised for registration purposes?

Yes - when the focus is on PL for you as the registered teacher and is clearly connected to the Standards
No - when reading/listening/viewing is considered core to teachers’ work e.g. curriculum documents, information for use with learners as part of preparation and planning etc.

 It is simply not adequate to sign up for Professional Develop opportunities without completing a Learning Log and identifying the section of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to which it applies.

Keep a summary record of the PL undertaken. CLICK HERE for a sample template.

South Australia provide a Teachers' Portal website  for teachers to list their professional learning on-line.

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