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ECU’s teacher residency program leading the field in education

Friday, 01 October 2010


ECU’s teacher residency program is leading the field in education after being recently selected by the Department of Education (DEEWR) to be part of a national promotional campaign for the Smarter Schools; National Partnerships program.

The Program is a government initiative that provides funding to states and territories to improve teacher quality, boost literacy and numeracy and raise achievement in disadvantaged school communities.

Launched in July 2009, and spearheaded by Associate Professor Tim McDonald, ECU’s teacher residency program was implemented as a result of the funding, with the aim to give student teachers more intensive and extended hands on experience in schools. This school-based program is supplemented with classes that are delivered by ECU lecturers to build links between theory and practice in teaching, with the aim to create teachers who are more resilient and school ready.  

To highlight the success of the program, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, (Engagement, Equity and Indigenous), Professor Brenda Cherednichenko; Head of the School of Education, Professor Christine Ure and ECU student teacher, Ms Zoe Williams were interviewed by representatives from DEEWR at Majella Primary School to discuss the leading work the University is doing in teacher education.

Professor Cherednichenko says being selected by DEEWR to be part of this campaign is a prime example of the success of the teacher residency program.

“ECU has an ongoing dedication to work with communities to ensure the best learning opportunities for our students, and the teacher residency program is a strong example of this.”

The footage of the interview will be showcased at a special event, run by the Australian Government in October, which highlights the national success of the Smarter Schools; National Partnerships program.

For more information on the Smarter Schools: National Partnerships program, visit the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website.

For more information on studying teaching at ECU visit the School of Education website.


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