The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership has released the National Professional Standards for Teachers, ” a public statement of what constitutes teacher quality.” I believe this not only provides a definition for teacher quality, but also an excellent framework for teachers to inform and plan their journey as educators and as life-long learners. As such I aim to structure my teaching and my own professional learning around the following standards as outlined on the AITSL website:
|Professional Knowledge||Refer to the Standard at each career stage|
The National Professional Standards encourage teachers and other educators to engage in reflective practice with the aim of constantly reviewing and improving professional performance. With four defined career stages (Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead), they provide a continuum along which teachers can assess their work so far, and determine what steps they need to take to reach the next stage of their career.
In the last three years, I have been working with the National Professional Standards and AITSL to set and achieve goals for the improvement of my teaching practice. I have also been involved in the Leading Curriculum Change modules and the Supervising Preservice Teacher professional development offered online by AITSL.
The Australian Council of TESOL Associations has also brought out a series of elaborations on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers specifically for EAL/D teachers to use in their work. These are extremely useful and can be found here.