ACSA Webinars
School & curriculum leadership 11

Michael Smith, Deputy principal - Teaching Excellence, Marsden State High School, QLD 

Mentoring and supporting early career teachers to improve retention rates 

Wednesday 19 August 2020 7-8pm AEST

   Presenter bio

Having a strong mentoring program is critical for the development and retention of early career teachers. With a teaching shortage of potentially 60,000 teachers nationally in the next few years combined with attrition rates of beginning teachers in some studies sitting around 40% in their first five years of teaching, schools need to ensure their mentoring programs are supportive and meet the needs of their teachers.

This webinar will look at the core components of a quality mentoring program to support and develop an early career teacher through practical and creative ideas that can be adapted to most school contexts.

The first couple of years, especially the first year of teaching, is often the hardest and most draining of a teacher's career. There are few jobs where on your first day on the job, after graduating from your university degree, you are instantly responsible for the outcomes, performance and data of at least 25 other people.


(from this link you will have the option to register for this session alone or more than one in this topic)

Why you should attend:
Whether a beginning teacher or a school leader, you should attend to build your knowledge on what mentoring can look like whether you are the one being mentored, the one doing the mentoring or the one leading the mentor program.

What you will learn:
Key elements within a mentoring program

AITSL Standards addressed:
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1
However the webinar will provide ideas on how a beginning teacher program can cover all AITSL teaching standards.