Full course description
Date and time
Wednesday 5 August 2020, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Wednesday 26 August 2020, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Online - a zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event
This learning event is right for you if you are an experienced teacher who is ready to share your professional knowledge and experience. This is a members only event.
Over 70% of beginning teachers have reported that having a supportive mentor in the first few years of teaching has influenced their decision to remain in the profession.
Mentors assist new teachers to adapt to the new school climate and help establish their professional identity. They can influence the beginning teacher’s professional behaviour, help to shape their beliefs and professional values and, most importantly, set them on a path of continual reflection and improvement to produce highly effective practitioners.
Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) has partnered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) to develop a mentor training course that will support mentors to undertake their duties, develop their human leadership capabilities and provide guidance on how to support their mentee through the VIT’s inquiry process.
The course will run over two days, with Day 1 on Wednesday August 5 2020 and Day 2 on Wednesday August 26 2020. Each session will run from 10.00 am until 2.00 pm, with an hour break for lunch.
Participants will need to attend both course days to be considered by VIT as a trained mentor for the purposes of sitting on a workplace panel.
The course is interactive and will be delivered via Zoom (Links to an external site.). Teachers should ensure they have access to a computer with video and audio capability.
The ISV/VIT Mentoring workshops will:
- Cover the role of the mentor in the induction process
- Explore requirements for applications by provisionally registered teachers for (full) registration
- Explore the requirements of the inquiry
- Make links to your role in the application process
- Explore the practice of mentoring and how mentoring can support beginning teachers to improve their teaching practice.
Linda Blakis is a Principal Practitioner with VIT.
After a highly competitive recruitment selection process, Linda joined VIT in February 2019 to take on the newly created Principal Practitioner role. This role works across many branches to build a strong connection between VIT and the teaching profession.
A trained secondary teacher, Linda has worked predominantly in the northern growth corridor of Melbourne, and was Assistant Principal of a large P-12 school before taking up the VIT appointment.
Linda is passionate about teaching and the importance of investing in teachers, who she sees as our state’s most important professional group.
Hannah Galloway is a Senior Professional Practice Officer at the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Shortly after finishing Arts / Law at Deakin University and being admitted to practice as a lawyer, Hannah made a career change and studied a Masters of Teaching at the University of Melbourne. She worked for a number of years as a Secondary School teacher in independent and government schools prior to joining VIT in 2017.
A key part of Hannah’s role at VIT is to assist teachers to meet and maintain professional standards. She works closely with pre-service, graduate and mentor teachers to support their professional practice and professional learning.
Hannah is currently leading a review of the Victorian Teaching Profession’s Code of Conduct which provides guidance to Victorian teachers and the community about the expected professional and personal conduct of teachers.
Matt is originally from Western Australia where he studied multidisciplinary science (Environmental Science and Aquaculture) and moved to Victoria in 1996. He graduated from Ballarat Uni (Federation Uni now) in 2005 and began his life as a primary school teacher working for 13 years in State and Catholic primary schools. Matt started with VIT in mid-2019, joining the Professional Practice team with a strong desire to increase the support for Provisionally Registered Teachers and their mentors across the school and early childhood education systems, he sees the mentoring and induction process as vital for beginning teachers and the VIT inquiry is only a small snapshot of part of this process. Matt has two young children and he wants to make sure that in the coming years they have the best teachers they can.