professional development [n.]
professional development may be used in reference to a wide variety of specialised training, formal
education, or advanced professional learning intended to help administrators, teachers, and other educators improve their
professional knowledge, competence, skill, and effectiveness.
New ! The Glossary of Education Reform
Professional Development is an integral component of teacher development. At best, it is a process that works individually with the strengths and needs of a specific teacher to create higher capability and understanding. Continuing or Continuous Professional Development, Staff Development and Mentoring are other common terms used in this area.
Information can be accessed using either the page number boxes above or the links that follow.
This page looks at other Australian information. It has sections on Leadership Development, resources, programs and associations.
The First Page looks at Professional Development information from all Australian states & territories.
Workshops, many having world renowned speakers. Part of the ACER Institute.
- Apple Teacher
‘The Apple Teacher professional learning program is now available free of charge to Australian educators. Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning’.
- Asia EdNet
‘A national collaborative project for all educators interested in studies of Asia and Asian languages’.
- Australian Arts Alive - Teacher PD
‘Professional Development sessions can align with student workshops or be undertaken as a separate element’.
- ALIA Training
Australian Library and Information Association. Includes MyPD.
- Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
‘Provides national leadership for the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership’.
- 21st Century Education
- AITSL Video Channel
Includes an extensive range of videos on multiple topics. These are usually of a few minutes length and include those listed here.
- Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
Illustrations of Practice - by career stage. ‘Showcases teaching practice from across Australia at the four career stages of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers’.
- Framework Animation
‘Introduces the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework and outlines the characteristics and components of an effective culture and cycle’.
- Global trends in professional learning and performance and development [Valerie Hannon]
Research, Insight, Support, Performance and Development Framework, Charter, more.
- Professional Learning - Adam Smith and Frederick
‘About the importance of individual teacher responsibility in identifying professional learning needs’.
- Professional Learning Animation [AITSL]
Approximately 3½ min..
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Teaching Teachers for the Future
‘Aimed at enabling all pre-service teachers at early, middle and senior levels to become proficient in the use of ICT in education’.
- The Essential Guide to Professional Learning : Innovation
‘This issue of the Essential Guide series expands on the importance of innovation and adaptability in professional learning. The questions below are intended as a guide to assist you in fostering innovation and adaptability in your school’s professional learning culture’.
- Australian Montessori Teacher Education
Training activities are listed on the main Montessori site.
- Big Picture Education Australia
‘A not-for-profit network of educators implementing a distinctive design for schools in a range of different community settings Our purpose is to influence vital changes in education’. Provides events, workshops and online courses
- Catch Up Australia Training
‘We now also offer online training for Catch Up® Literacy and Catch Up® Numeracy so we can train schools all across Australia. You can join forthcoming training’ using the details and dates on this page. Scroll down the page to this section.
- CSER, University of Adelaide
‘They have developed a number of open, online courses designed to assist teachers in addressing the new Digital Technologies learning area. While explicitly connected with the Australian Curriculum, these courses are open to anyone who wishes to learn more about how they could teach Computational Thinking at these levels’.
- Dhinawun Consultancy
Fee-based consultancy for Aboriginal Education, culture and learning.
- Digital Technologies : An
ACARA. ‘Members of the Digital Technologies Advisory Group discuss the features of the curriculum’. Also has links to Design and technologies : an Introduction, from the same group. Youtube video.
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‘Dimensions is a site developed and hosted by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers [AAMT Inc.] to assist with the professional learning of mathematics educators. It includes professional learning materials [learning modules] and related classroom resources along with an online community [discussion forum]. Users must register before they can access all the tools within Dimensions’, however this appears to be free.
Education Services Australia
- Curriculum Leadership
‘Electronic journal for leaders in education’. Now discontinued but with over 400 editions still available to access online.
‘Professional learning. Increase your capacity to teach Digital Technologies’. Multiple webinars covering people new to Digital Technologies, 6 specific areas and other professional learning. Worth visiting to see what is available, then making use of them.
- Student Wellbeing Hub
- Professional Learning Modules
‘These self-paced professional learning modules provide an in-depth introduction to the National Safe Schools Framework. They will build your understanding of the key elements of a safe, supportive and respectful school community that focuses on the wellbeing of all its members. Whether you are a school leader or teacher, specialist professional or pre-service teacher, these modules offer you practical suggestions for prioritising wellbeing in your school’.
- Global trends in professional learning and performance & development
‘Provides an overview of innovative practices worldwide’. Download a copy here.
- Jenny Mackay Cognitive Skills Training
For Teachers & Managers. Courses, seminars, etc. are fee-based.
- Language Learning Space
‘View the latest Professional Learning topics for language teachers. Log in below to explore the Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese sites’.
- Learning with Blogs and Wikis
ASCD. Article from Educational Leadership.
- Learning Resources
‘Empowering Learning for the 21st Century’.
- Literacy Solutions
‘A Queensland business servicing local, national and international clients’.
‘A resource and professional development program to support Australian secondary schools in promoting and protecting the social and emotional wellbeing of members of school communities’.
- Monash University - Short
‘Our range of non-award Professional Development Programs are specifically designed for teachers, school leaders and support staff. Every year we offer over 60 professional development programs - from the nuts and bolts of supporting literacy strategies in Primary schools to developing Leadership skills for Principals’.
- ORIGO Education
For specific In-school Professional Learning information, visit this section of the site.
- Pearson Academy
Offer professional development for teachers.
- Pearson Upcoming Courses
‘Provider of professional development for teachers throughout Australia’.
- PETAA - Register for Courses
‘High quality, practical professional learning courses in English and literacy teaching for primary school teachers’.
- Professional Development [Gowrie
‘Gowrie Victoria plans and delivers professional development to meet your needs based on extensive needs analysis, including feedback from early childhood education and care services. We often schedule additional professional development throughout the semester, to meet sector need’.
- REACH Education Consultancy
Yes we know it is from New Zealand ! ‘An agency created specifically to support schools in working successfully with gifted learners’. Of most interest might be their Online Course [Certificate in Effective Practice in Gifted Education], a valued professional development course. Schools might also consider The REACH Gifted PLD Package.
- Reflecting on Professional Learning
‘You may choose to use the following optional template developed by the QCT to validate your professional reading, listening and viewing activities’.
- Solution Tree Australia
‘Solution Tree Australia has acquired HBPLS previously listed, HBMIA, and HBPLC. We’ve come together to bring you more services and resources for improving professional learning’.
- Teacher Professional Development Services
Workshops, in-service and consultancy. Now with an expanded online presence designed to help ‘all education professionals. Online modules contain the same learning material as our popular workshops, with the flexibility and convenience of learning at your own pace from work or home on any device’.
- Teacher Training Australia [TTA]
‘Established to provide high quality professional development courses for classroom teachers. Presenters are either practising teachers or experts from industry’.
- Teachers TV Australia
‘Australian equivalent of the successful UK initiative.
- Teaching & Learning Toolkit
‘Summarises the global evidence base on 34 different approaches to lift learning outcomes in schools. You can view all approaches, see approaches relevant to primary or secondary schools or look at approaches by school management area’.
- Tender Bridge
‘Offers a dynamic database of funds schools can apply for to resource their projects and offers professional learning for schools in the area of grant-seeking and how to build a culture for partnering within schools’.
Check State/Territory listings for specific leadership development programs.
- American Association of School Administrators
Assisting ‘school system leaders at all levels’. There are sections on Leadership Development and Weblinks that may prove useful.
- ACER Leadership Centre
‘Has a national focus on providing practical support to the professional learning and work of current and aspiring educational leaders’.
- Australian Council for Educational Leaders
‘Offers the opportunity to participate in leadership programs, topical seminars and workshops’.
- Be inspired by Great Principals
‘These case studies provide valuable insights into the role, strategies principals have taken to prepare for leadership and advice for aspiring leaders early in their career or about to embark on their first principal role’.
- Improve leadership with the
Unpack the Principal Standard, Leadership Profiles, How the Principal Standard was developed. Download the Principal Standard.
- Centre for Leadership for Women
‘Empower[s] women to recognise and develop their own leadership potential’.
- Connected Principals
‘The shared thoughts of school administrators that want to share best practices in education. All of the authors have different experiences in education but all have the same goal; what is best for students’.
- Educational Leaders
‘New Zealand Ministry of Education’s website for school leadership. Find materials, tools, resources, news, and discussions’.
- Leadership Development
‘Intensive leadership courses will develop your leadership skills, teach you how to develop leaders around you and how to build aligned, inspired and passionate teams that consistently deliver results’. They also have related programs for schools [students and staff].
‘A set of statements that describe the Principal Standard in more detail. They’re based on real insights from practising school leaders, and show how effective principals act as they progress professionally’.
- Leadership Directions
‘Leadership Directions delivers short courses for frontline managers and leaders across Australia’.
- Leadership Management Australia
Provider of courses in a range of development areas including leadership.
- Principals Australia Institute
‘Provides quality professional learning, leadership development and support to principals and school leaders’.
- Reading List 2017 [AITSL]
‘This reading list contains practical advice on how to make the most of a professional leadership network, and includes information on online access to supportive networks’.
- Teachers Without Borders
Helps build partnerships designed to create up-to-date educational understanding for practitioners in developing countries.
Resources & Programs
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YouTube Channels You Should Know About
Educational Videos. ‘Here are the top channels worth following based on views, subscriptions, and quality of content’.
- 21st Century Schools Online
‘Allow[s] you the flexibility to study and complete your coursework at the time that is best for you !’
Excellent Professional Resources for Teachers
‘Dive into professional development opportunities through the web by accessing great tools for development’.
- 50 Ted
Talks Every Educator Should Check Out [2014 Edition]
‘These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder’.
- 7 Habits Of Highly Ineffective Educators
‘Fun video [of a staged production]. It’s well worth a watch if you have 3+ minutes. It’s that quick.’. Recently revised and updated.
- Annenberg Workshops
‘Find how to view them online, and how to purchase them on videocassette or DVD’.
‘Interviews, discussions, and presentations from thought leaders, innovative educators, and inspirational learners’. Multiple sections including one on Updated ! Ten Trends 2016.
- Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do
‘How to engage students who seem unreachable, who resist learning activities, or who disrupt them for others. How can teachers do this ?’.
- Intel® Teach
‘Free, just-in-time professional development courses that you can experience now, anytime, anywhere’. Also check their Tools for Student-Centred Learning which has a wide range of material to help you develop multiple skills.
- Lion Global HR
Access to the latest catalogue of resources from this company. Fee-based, but does include some free material.
- New Horizons for Learning
Provides current education topics worth reviewing.
- Research A Topic
ASCD. 23 topics at time of inclusion.
- Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook
Linked to Teacher Magazine. Much is applicable worldwide.Their Webinars can be viewed online for up to 6 months after the original live streaming date.
Includes an extensive section on Professional resources.
- Teaching Tips Index
University of Hawaii. Designed primarily for tertiary level teaching, but material that could be applied at other levels.
- The Mind Tools Career Excellence Toolkit
‘Toolkit of more than 700 leadership, management, career and thinking skills. Some are Free’.