Home' Independence : Independence Vol 35 No 1 May 2010 Contents Master
Effectively ‘networked’ schools use
emerging digital technologies, to reach
beyond their local communities to provide
the best educational opportunities for
School leaders and leadership teams.
When and where
May-June 2010 in locations around Australia.
Registrations open March.
Explores practices, implications and possibilities for
networking within and beyond the school community
and how it impacts on student engagement and
Participants will be challenged to consider how to
apply this knowledge to further shape teaching and
learning in ways that are relevant and engaging for
students in 21st century schools.
Classes will be facilitated by Professor Mike Gaffney,
with case study presentations by leading principals.
Available on the AITSL website.
Master Classes are free of charge.
AITSL will undertake and engage with international
research and innovative developments in best practice
relating both to national standards and to professional
development for principals, teachers and school leaders
based on standards frameworks.
Drawing on the National Standards, the Institute will
administer annual national awards for teachers and school
leaders, the Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence.
These peak national awards celebrate teaching and its
contribution to our nation, by recognising the pivotal role of
the teaching profession in delivering high quality education
for young Australians.
The new Chair of AITSL is Tony Mackay, Executive Director of the Centre
for Strategic Education and Deputy Chair of ACARA. Tony has widespread
expertise and experience in the fields of school leadership, improvement
and innovation, and professional development in Australia and overseas. He
will play a crucial role in driving the new Institute to maximise its positive
impact on Australian education.
Statement from the Chair...
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School
Leadership (AITSL) came into being 1 January 2010.
The Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood
Development and Youth Affairs (MCEEDCYA),
announced in September 2009 the establishment
of AITSL to provide national leadership for the
Commonwealth, state and territory governments in
promoting excellence in the profession of teaching
and school leadership.
The Institute will be co-located in Melbourne and Brisbane
and will build and expand on the valuable contribution
Teaching Australia made to schooling in Australia.
The incoming Board, chaired by Tony Mackay, will
include nominees from all jurisdictions and a range of
key stakeholders including the Catholic and Independent
education sectors, education unions and professional
The Institute’s role will be to:
• develop and maintain rigorous national standards for
teaching and school leadership
• implement an agreed system of national accreditation of
teachers based on these standards
• foster and drive high quality professional development
for teachers and school leaders through professional
standards, professional learning and a national
approach to the accreditation of pre-service teacher
• undertake and engage with international research and
innovative developments in best practice
• administer annual national awards for teachers and
• work collaboratively with government and non-
government school systems, and key stakeholders
including professional associations and education
unions, teacher educators and ACARA
• fulfil the role of assessing authority under the Migration
Regulations 1994 for the purposes of skilled migration to
Australia as a pre-primary, primary or secondary school
A national focus
Council of Australian Government (COAG) reforms
have identified teacher quality as a significant driver in
improving education outcomes. The National Partnership
on Improving Teacher Quality, agreed to by states and
territories and the Commonwealth, is a coordinated
national approach to target critical points in the teacher
‘lifecycle’ to attract, train, support and retain quality
teachers and leaders in schools and classrooms. It will
provide a platform for raising student performance and will
also support other school reforms targeting disadvantaged
school communities and literacy and numeracy outcomes.
AITSL will provide national leadership through the
development of National Professional Standards for
teachers and school leaders and the implementation of
consistent national processes and principles to support
teachers and leaders to achieve and maintain these
As a key element and priority of the National Partnership
on Improving Teacher Quality, the Institute will develop
and maintain rigorous national professional standards for
teaching and school leadership and implement an agreed
system of national accreditation of teachers based on
The National Standards for teachers will outline what
teachers know and do at four levels across the domains
of professional knowledge, professional practice and
professional engagement. This in turn will provide an
architecture within which generic, specialist and subject-
area standards can be developed.
Another key priority for AITSL will be to provide national
leadership in the professional development of teachers
and school leaders against the National Standards, in
order to achieve improved education outcomes. The
Institute will develop programs to empower school leaders
with strategies that support excellence in teaching in their
schools and create a new generation of leaders to manage
and develop 21st century schools.
The Institute will also develop a national framework and
quality assurance process for professional development,
based on the National Standards, for programs developed
by the Institute as well as those developed by states and
Promoting excellence in
teaching and school leadership
The Institute will work to advance excellence in teaching
and learning, and will help ensure that young Australians
have the highest quality principals and teachers in their
schools and classrooms, providing them with a world-class
As a national body driving innovation and transformational
change that will support new standards of excellence, the
Institute will continue to effectively engage and collaborate
strongly with the profession across all jurisdictions and
Further information about the role and activities of
AITSL is available at www.aitsl.edu.au
The current commitment to implementing national curriculum, assessment and
reporting has increased the focus on achieving national consistency in quality
teaching and school leadership. From 2010, AITSL will focus on fostering and
maintaining excellence in teaching and learning and will work to ensure that
all students across Australia have the highest quality principals and teachers in
their schools and classrooms delivering world-class education.
The implementation of new National Professional Standards will provide
consistent national processes and principles to underpin quality teaching
and school leadership and an agreed system of national accreditation of
teachers based on these standards. The National Standards will guide reform
in the areas of teacher registration, accreditation of pre-service teacher
education courses and accreditation of teachers at the graduate, proficient,
highly accomplished and lead teacher levels. It will also underpin professional
These reforms will encourage mobility of the teaching workforce and will
increase public confidence in the professionalism of teachers by providing a
nationally agreed quality assurance mechanism demonstrating that Australian
teachers and school leaders have the required competencies to be effective
Working collaboratively across jurisdictions and sectors and through
engagement with the profession and key education stakeholders, AITSL will
seek to drive innovation and transformational change, and create new levels
of teacher professionalism. AITSL will build on the scope of work undertaken
by Teaching Australia and create a truly national approach to standards and
professional development for teachers and school leaders.
Australian Institute for
Teaching and School Leadership Limited (AITSL)
1800 337 872
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