My Name is (Your Name). I am a Western Australian (Your Role) and care deeply about the quality of education in this state.
Our roles keep evolving and we have to take on new government initiatives including now, the National Curriculum. We cannot fulfil our obligations without appropriate professional development. Parents, the media, our local community and our employer have placed high expectations on us so that very student has the best support and learning environment to achieve.
We have many students now with special needs including, language, learning disorders, gifted and talented, medical, physical and mental health challenges, absenteeism, indigenous provision challenges, dysfunctional families and much more.
School leaders have significant and often complex responsibilities, psychologists need access to up to date research and teachers need the skills to deal with such a wide range of learning needs for the students in their care. To provide an effective learning environment for these students is a challenge, and made only more difficult if we do not have relevant and on-going support and professional training to assist us to better engage our students.
We lose about 40-50% of our new educators within their first five years. In part, they say that their on-going training is not sufficient to help them meet the needs of the students they are expected to teach. Research has shown that with good mentoring and ongoing professional development new educators are more likely to stay. Investing in the PD of teachers is an investment worthwhile for the system and our students.
Quality education demands quality professional development. Please support our claim.