Welcome to the 2019 school year! It’s a privilege to bring you this edition of AITSL Mail in my role as Acting CEO. Having been at AITSL since the beginning – more than nine years now! – I’m incredibly passionate about supporting the profession and ensuring teachers and school leaders are getting the support and resources that help have a lasting and positive impact on students.

A warm welcome too to any beginning teachers. It’s an exciting time as you take your first steps into classrooms and start leading students. If you’re just starting out, you’ll love our My Induction App, which you can download from the AITSL website. It gives you free support during the first few years of your career, including some sage advice from a range of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers (HALTs).

For those who missed it, I’m thrilled to let you know that certified Lead Teacher from ACT Glynis Steward was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours for outstanding public service to education. From everyone at AITSL, congratulations Glynis! Witnessing a revered teacher like you receive such a prestigious award on the national stage helps to elevate the status of the whole profession in the eyes of the community. That’s good news for current and future teachers who are charged with inspiring students across the country.

I’m feeling inspired myself about seizing the opportunities we have in front of us to further support and promote excellence in the profession. This includes creating more resources for teachers to illustrate their positive impact on students, finding out what type of high-quality professional learning (HQPL) is most useful for teachers who want to grow and flourish, and making it easier for school leaders to access and apply practices that will grow the capacity of their teaching workforces.

A sincere thank you to everyone who provided AITSL with feedback during the HQPL consultation process late last year; we’ll be sharing the results of this work later in 2019.

To every reader of AITSL Mail, new and old, welcome back from your summer holidays – let’s make this year one to remember.

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