Teaching & Learning Term 2 Week 6

Our Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery- Let your Light Shine (Matthew 5:16) inspires our faith and learning community to Challenge, Collaborate, Create and Celebrate who we are and what we seek to achieve.  Our InspirED Inspiring Early Career Teachers program that commenced this year is one program that the College provides to articulate this vision. It provides Early Career Teachers (ECTs) a sense of connectedness to the Newman College community; building a sense of belonging underpinned by Marist values and collective desire to improve student outcomes. InspirED encompasses Domain 3 of the ACER School Improvement Tool, Promoting a Culture of Learning.

InspirED aims to support early career teachers in their growth and development, providing mentorship and coaching in collaboration with targeted, evidence-based workshops encompassing the four areas of Professional Practices, Professional Identity, Wellbeing, and Orientation, providing opportunities for reflection and networking with other ECTs alongside experienced teachers and leaders. The program aims to support ECTs to gain full registration with TRBWA, develop their professional identity and skillset, and ensure Newman College is an employer of choice for ECTs, leading to improved student outcomes.

In 2024, our ECTs have enjoyed targeted professional development sessions that have covered a wide range of topics, including classroom management, difficult conversations, recording important student information, and developing portfolios. We are excited about our upcoming session in the Marist Way, which will be facilitated by Andrew Watson. These professional development opportunities, which are a key part of the InspirED program, run alongside regular breakfasts with the Executive Team to network, strengthen relationships, and celebrate achievements. First-year teachers also have cyclic meetings with the Leader of Support and Pedagogy to establish a relationship that supports and encourages professional learning, discussing challenges, goals, and celebrations.

Newman College is proud of its unique InspirED program and looks forward to supporting our ECTs into the future.