As part of the Federal Government's Summer School for Teachers initiative, ECU has partnered with the University of Wollongong, the University of New England and the Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA) to design and run the four integrated components of the course - Leading the Way in Literacy and Numeracy; Current Research and Emergent Issues; Leadership for School Change and a School-based Project.
"As WA's leading provider of teachers we are glad to support all teachers' professional development," said Professor Greg Robson, Head of ECU's School of Education.
"This program will provide Australia's leading teachers with enhanced skills and abilities, and ultimately, our students and schools will benefit," he said.
The teachers participating in the programme are all accomplished practitioners and it is expected that they will return to their schools and apply their learning to their own work and share their newly acquired knowledge and skills with colleagues.
Throughout January, just over 1,000 of Australia's talented teachers will participate in 10-day residential Summer Schools at six locations across Australia in the priority areas of Literacy and Numeracy, English, Science, Mathematics and Australian History. The focus of the Summer Schools is on pedagogy, leadership and subject specific content. Participants have been selected through a competitive national application process, with 113 Western Australian teachers taking part in the program.
The costs of travel, accommodation and meals for Summer School participants are being met by the Commonwealth Government. In addition, a $5,000 taxable bonus will be paid to teachers who successfully complete a Summer School. The Summer Schools meet teacher registration authority professional learning standards and provide the option for participants to gain recognition toward higher qualifications.
Participating teachers will have opportunities to continue networking with each other, share their expertise and skills with colleagues in their schools and engage in a school-based project aimed at increasing effectiveness and expertise at the school level.
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Commencing today, 75 teachers from across Australia will go back to school to take part in Literacy and Numeracy Summer School at Edith Cowan University (ECU).