SASTA Mentor Program
SASTA Mentor Program
Would you like some support from an expert teacher of science?
SASTA has launched a mentoring program in 2019 and is seeking expressions of interest from SASTA members (personal or corporate) who would like to be supported in their professional work by a dedicated mentor teacher.
The program may assist in guiding and supporting early career science teachers, and/or teachers new to teaching science (may have been teaching for a number of years but have science as part of a new role).
The program aims to assist mentees in moving from the graduate to the proficient career stage of the Teacher Standards. In addition, mentoring professional partnerships can provide a pathway for teachers to develop a greater depth and breadth of teacher knowledge and professional learning to enable them to respond effectively to the schools’ and students’ priorities.
We invite expressions of interest from SASTA members who are:
- Early career primary classroom teachers that teach science as part of their learning program
- Primary specialist science teachers that are new to the career or new to this role
- Early career secondary science teachers
- Teachers that are new to teaching secondary science
Each mentoring relationship will respond to the unique needs of the mentor and mentee; however the overall focus of the mentoring is on teaching and learning and therefore the process of learning design is fundamental to this work. Mentors will be tasked with providing teachers with explicit curriculum materials and contemporary pedagogical strategies to enable them to successfully plan using the Australian Curriculum: Science and/or the SACE. In addition, the mentor may provide short-term practical advice and emotional support. They may help cultivate skills and habits that enable mentees to learn in and from their practice.
Various forms of support could include; observations, school visits, modelling, online interaction. The nature of the mentor-mentee relationship will be negotiated within the professional partnership and supported by SASTA. SASTA will facilitate this collaboration as much as possible by providing financial support for travel and teacher release.
Mentees will be selected on suitability, need and availability of a mentor that pairs effectively with them.
Please note: limited places are available for 2019.