Mentoring Program

SASTA Mentoring Program

Mentoring early career science teachers

SASTA would like to invite you to be part of a new and exciting program that supports both experienced and early career teachers. In 2019 SASTA will be initiating a mentoring program that connects early career science teachers with teachers that are certified as Highly Accomplished or Lead or those working towards this certification.

To register an Expression of Interest in being a mentor, click here.

To read more about the importance and personal benefits of mentoring, click more information below.

Why is mentoring important?

“After decades of assuming that teachers teach alone and get better only through their own individual trial and error, there is increasing commitment to the idea that all teachers are more effective when they can learn from and be supported by a strong community of colleagues” (Hargreaves & Fullan, 2000, p. 2).

Mentoring helps to nurture early career teachers in the beginning stages of their professional growth and is a key strategy of induction. New teachers can experience a range of benefits from quality mentoring relationships including emotional support, increased confidence, improved self-reflection. These benefits provide a strong foundation for mentees to begin growing as teachers and to become increasingly effective in the classroom.  

Why would I be part of this program? What are the benefits to mentors?

As well as the personal satisfaction of sharing their skills and experience with a willing learner, being involved inmentoring also provides some tangible benefits that can reward mentors professionally.

Mentoring is a valuable means of engaging in reflective, critical practice and referenced in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) as supporting and or leading colleagues. Mentoring can evidence descriptors in the Highly Accomplished Teacher (HAT) and Lead Teacher (LT) career stages and be used to satisfy criteria needed to gain certification at HAT or LT levels. 

What is expected of mentors?

It is important to SASTA that any mentoring provided is of high quality and beneficial to both Mentor and Mentee. Mentors will be asked to complete a free one-day training designed specifically to help them gain the skills needed to guide and support early career teachers as they move from the Graduate to Proficient stages of the APST.

SASTA will work with the mentor to match them to a suitable early career teacher. The support offered by the mentor will then be negotiated within this partnership and supported by SASTA.

Various forms of support could include:

  • School visits and observations
  • Modelling lessons
  • Online support via email, Facetime, webinars
  • Goal setting aligned with standards of quality teaching
  • Technical and emotional support
  • Evidence about and assessment of practices.