Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Engaging in professional dialogue

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher, who is the editor of the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling, describes its role in providing Australian and New Zealand schools with research and data about best practice in teaching and learning. She outlines how she uses the ideas within the journal to support professional learning at her school.  This includes using research and case studies from the journal to improve and develop teaching programs in her school. She also reflects on how her role as journal editor plays a key part in her own professional development.

Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.3
Engage with colleagues and improve practice
Career stage
Implement professional dialogue within the school or professional learning network(s) that is informed by feedback, analysis of current research and practice to improve the educational outcomes of students.
Other descriptors
Standard 7
Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Focus area 7.4
Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities
Career stage
Take a leadership role in professional and community networks and support the involvement of colleagues in external learning opportunities.
  1. How do you stimulate and support professional dialogue in your school context?
  2. What are the benefits of being involved with a professional network for yourself, your colleagues and your school?
Mount Alvernia College
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Mount Alvernia College is an independent Catholic school catering for girls at years 8–12.  The college has an enrolment of 700 girls. The teacher is the coordinator for teaching and learning at years 8–10 at the college. The generic term ‘the middle years of schooling’ although used throughout the Australian states and territories will have a different meaning for teachers depending on its application to particular year levels within a particular state or territory.

Content provider
Middle Years of Schooling Association (MYSA)

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