AITSL have published an agenda of implementation priorities following the TEMAG report. A dedicated website to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) http://www.aitsl.edu.au/initial-teacher-education/ite-reform and a summary can be found here: http://www.aitsl.edu.au/initial-teacher-education/ite-reform-an-overview.
AITSL have also published a white paper and is inviting feedback on 3 key questions: http://www.aitsl.edu.au/initial-teacher-education/ite-reform-strengthened-accreditation/ite-reform-what-is-classroom-ready?utm_source=AITSL+eNews+Updates&utm_campaign=ac507b8f90-AITSL_eNews_update_August8_26_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_72de9f2d1b-ac507b8f90-82859681&mc_cid=ac507b8f90&mc_eid=273c485092.
This paper is intended to stimulate discussion on how teacher education programs in Australia can demonstrate their impact on school student learning. Evidence of impact is central to the approach to accreditation outlined in the Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers (Action Now) report, and the Australian Government’s response to it. The response highlights that better quality assurance of teacher education programs is essential to ensure every program is preparing classroom ready teachers with the skills they need to make a positive impact on school student learning. This paper builds on the strengths of the current national approach to accreditation of initial teacher education, and the work of states and territories in an effort to help Australia’s teachers be their best. It proposes three questions for consideration:
1. Which of the proposed components of evidence of impact would convince you about the quality of initial teacher education programs?
2. What components of evidence of impact should be mandatory, and which should be optional?
3. What evidence of impact could initial teacher education providers feasibly collect?
The paper is intended to promote discussion of these important questions as a basis for developing an approach to accrediting initial teacher education programs that is based on an assessment of their impact. Have your say. You can submit your answers to the questions here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRRQYQZ
The survey closes on September 11, 5 pm AEST.