University of Wollongong Education Faculty logoThe University of Wollongong will provide two mentoring programs for both new and experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in NSW schools, funded by the MATSITI project.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teacher Mentor Program

This program aims to ensure the retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers new to their positions in NSW schools.

The program is intended to provide skilled and trained mentors to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in the varied regions throughout NSW.

This support will be targeted toward New Scheme beginning teachers, to ensure their retention in the profession, and provide accredited recognition of learning and leadership development for mentors who have participated in the program.

The program will also provide a collegiate network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers for the purpose of additional support and interaction.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Executive Teacher Mentor Program

Professor Paul Chandler
UOW Dean of Education Professor Paul Chandler

This program will identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers currently employed in NSW schools who have the potential to be leaders in their educational sector.

The participants will become part of a year-long program that will enable them to develop their leadership skills prior to accepting leadership positions.

Each of the participants will undertake a raft of activities designed to support their leadership development over the course of the year.

Both programs feature a combination of action workshops and one-on-one mentoring, with the first series to conclude in December 2013.

See 2012 presentation by Professor Paul Chander, Dean of Education, University of Wollongong.

Teacher mentor program project report »

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