This time of the year is always a good time to think about professional development you can engage in to make sure you get the 20 hours you need for next year’s VIT CRT registration. There are plenty of ways you can catch up on PD now, while things are slow.
The Teacher Learning Network, better known as TLN, provides high quality professional development for ongoing, fixed term and casual relief teachers in early childhood, primary and secondary settings. Their PDs focus on best practices and are delivered by current classroom teachers. Courses are available either in person or online. In addition, the TLN produces the acclaimed TLN Journal and other books that can be used for informal professional development towards your VIT registration.
The Inclusive Practices Program is a joint venture between the Victorian state government and TLN to deliver free, online professional development for Victorian teachers. It assists those who teach refugee and immigrant students, or those from disadvantaged or low socio-economic status backgrounds. Experienced teachers and experts are connected with teachers across Victoria who wish to improve the intercultural capabilities of their students. Teachers can choose to do individual courses, however if they commit to completing at least 15 courses and submitting an action plan, they will be able to achieve a Professional Certificate in Inclusive Practices, conferred by the Teacher Learning Network.
CRTPD offers Victorian CRTs free access to professional development catered to assist with their VIT registration requirements. These PDs can be accessed via webinars, on demand courses, regional conferences and comprehensive learning programs.
Graduate Teacher Learning Series connects graduate teachers – whether they’re working in ongoing, fixed term or casual relief positions – with the right people and the right resources at the right time. Participants will hear how experienced teachers manage their classrooms to get the best out of their students and also hear stories from graduate teachers from 2018 and 2019 about the challenges and excitement of being a teacher.
Of course, there are also the four CRT conferences run by TLN and sponsored by the AEU and the IEU. These are day-long conferences that allow CRTs to learn from teaching professionals and experts on a variety of topics. These conferences can be attended in person or online. The first conference of 2020 – our annual Kickstarter Conference – will be held in the first week of Term 1.
I hope the last few weeks of the year are good ones. It’s been a pleasure to work with and support all our fabulous CRT members through 2019.