Collaborating to Improve the Status of Teachers
The forum on 29 March 2019 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was the start of what we hope will be an ongoing, collaborative, national effort to improve the status of teachers.
The event brought together almost 200 participants and speakers the political parties, media, governments, unions, peak education bodies, school leaders, teacher education students, teachers, youth advocates, think tank researchers as well as branding, social and behaviour change experts – a cross-disciplinary combination essential to bringing fresh thinking to this complex issue.
In Your Face
Would be and current teacher education students, and early career teachers on reactions to them choosing to teach.
To see the individual student/early career teacher clips, click here.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger
Henrietta Cook (Education Editor, The Age), Misha Ketchell (Editor, The Conversation) and moderator Ian Henderson (Senior Journalist and former ABC Newsreader) share their perspectives on media coverage of teaching and teachers
Thinking Outside the (School) Square
A cross-disciplinary panel of Adam Ferrier (Thinkerbell), Simon Goff (Purpose), Jan Owen AM (Foundation for Young Australians), Liam Smith (BehaviourWorks) and moderator Leslie Falkiner-Rose (ACDE), discuss the ways to improve public perceptions of teachers and teaching.
Like ACDE, many of those attending the event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground are greatly concerned by the continuing drop in teacher education applications while primary school student numbers are rising and many in the aging teacher workforce approach retirement.
We know how important it is to attract the best possible candidates to teach the students, who are our nation’s future, and also avoid a shortage of teachers.
However, we know that there is no silver bullet or quick-fix solution. We need a long-term, national strategy that works on many levels.
Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan; Shadow Minister for Schools, Andrew Giles, and Greens Senator for Victoria, Janet Rice.
Where To From Here?
Representatives from education organisations – Tony Cook (Department of Education, Queensland), Peter Goss (Grattan Institute), Correna Haythorpe (Australian Education Union), Keith Heggart (Independent Education Union of Australia – NSW/ACT Branch), Donna Pendergast (Queensland Deans of Education), Mike Teece (Universities Australia) and chair Professor Tania Aspland (ACDE President) – propose key actions to improving the status of teachers.
There will be many more videos and podcasts posted here shortly so watch this space!