Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Professional learning networks

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher describes a teacher exchange she has organised with a New Zealand school to share resources, ideas and programs. The program aims to facilitate professional learning opportunities for staff in both schools. An outcome of the visit by the teachers from the school in Rotorua is an exchange of ideas and experiences about the impact of technologies on traditional school libraries and their use by students for learning. The teachers discuss student blogging and the effect that a blogging program implemented in the New Zealand school has had on student achievement and engagement.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Exhibit exemplary practice and lead colleagues to plan, implement and review the effectiveness of their learning and teaching programs to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills.
Other descriptors
Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.4
Apply professional learning and improve student learning
Career stage
Advocate, participate in and lead strategies to support high-quality professional learning opportunities for colleagues that focus on improved student learning.
  1. What strategies have you implemented to expand professional learning opportunities for your colleagues?
  2. What professional networks could you establish to support continuous knowledge building in your own school context?
Mount Alvernia College
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Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
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Mount Alvernia College in Brisbane is an independent Catholic school for girls. The school has an enrolment of approximately 700 girls. The teacher is the Coordinator for Teaching and Learning. The Teacher Exchange Program with the school in Rotorua was initiated through the Middle Years of Schooling Association (MYSA) of which the teacher is a member. Planning for the ‘exchange’ involved high level planning for an extended period between both schools.

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Middle Years of Schooling Association (MYSA)

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