Successful School Leadership in Turbulent Times.
Are you trying to manage a school with passionate but frightened staff?
Are you having difficulty securing purposeful, targeted PD that builds confidence in your teachers?
What You Have Done.
Then just as everyone was getting their head around it, they were told to go back to normal, but to keep doing the new method as well.
Your Job is Hard
Even before the pandemic hit, principals and school leaders were finding that their jobs were becoming increasingly challenging. Whether it be government regulations or parent demands, the time needed for supporting and empowering teachers was diminishing.
Your teachers and support staff are looking to you:
- For reassurance, clarity and support.
- For empathy and understanding.
- For a vision of what their school is going to look like when we get through this scary time.
We can’t help you with the government regulations or demanding parents, but we CAN help you in supporting your teachers.
We Teach Well Coaching and Mentoring.
Aligned with the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
- The teacher down the hall
- The staffroom
- Friday night drinks
But all that disappeared when the schools were closed and we were working remotely.
We have also been reminded just how much talented and committed educators can accomplish when they are given the chance to broaden their pedagogy.
And for all the issues that came with technology, we have discovered it can be used effectively for professional development.
Imagine waking in the morning with a little less to worry about.
Imagine knowing that participating staff:
- are becoming more confident with both face to face and remote teaching and learning.
- have increased confidence that will translates to better outcomes for your students.
- have a safe space to reflect on their pedagogy and explore possibilities.
- have access to confidential systems that will assist in relieving stress.
Most importantly, knowing that you have provided your staff with practical ways of setting and achieving professional goals.
Improved engagement and outcomes for students is at the heart of teaching. It is what you and your staff are constantly striving for.
Individual coaching sessions can focus on particular aspects of pedagogy specific to the individual teacher.
These packages, of 3, 5, or 7, 75 min. sessions can deal with issues such as:
- Professional growth through planning and goal setting.
- Increased capacity for problem solving through discussion and sharing pedagogy.
- Increased confidence in taking part in professional conversations.
- Connecting with current research in the field of education.
- Articulating a sound understanding of pedagogy and practice.
What You Get
√ Pre- session survey to assist with establishing goals and expectations
√ Goal setting and reflection workbook.
√ WTW lesson planning templates.
√ Email and messenger support between sessions.
Bonus: Participants will have access to our virtual ‘Open Staffroom’
Carolyn will be hosting a 2 hour live session fortnightly, where participants can come to ask questions, share information or just hang out.
They are designed to increase the confidence of the teacher in relation to a managing a single problem or perhaps a new pedagogy.
Through a process of reflection and feedback, the coach can support the participant as they establish strategies to move forward.
These changes may relate to leadership, pedagogy or even moves to other education contexts.
The timing of the sessions will be decided by the participant in conversation with the coach.
We Teach Well mentoring programs work because:
- Our mentors have years of successful teaching experience.
- We understand the requirements of both State and Federal education bodies.
- We know that teachers are multi-faceted and that to be successful, their professional goals must align with other areas of their lives.
Hi, I'm Carolyn and I have worked in the education sector for over 25 years, both in Australia and internationally. I have seen outstanding teachers struggle because they don't have access to quality resources and training. I am committed to supporting them where ever they may be.
Hi, I'm Judy. I have been teaching for over 15 years in Queensland. During this time, I have worked with the English Teachers Association in Queensland and served on the English Extension Panel. What gets me up in the morning is my commitment to ensuring that rural teachers get the same access to quality professional development as their city colleagues.
What Our Colleagues Say
Carolyn is an excellent mentor always ready to help out her students and anyone around her with her skills and expertise. The work “weteachwell” is doing is important and highly relevant in today’s education landscape where creativity and arts education needs to be encouraged along with digital learning, to develop 21st century skills.
Just having that external, reliable, friendly ear outside of my school environment to talk too. It was a godsend this year and I wouldn’t have made it through without it. Mentoring was always supportive, encouraging, and helpful.
Include a We Teach Well Mentoring and Coaching program as part of a high quality, successful professional development strategy.
Will I get reports on the teacher's progress?
Schools will have the opportunity of submitting requests for particular issues to be addressed. They will also receive a completion report at the end of the program, however, they will not have access to the content of the sessions.
Is there a recognised framework to the program?
We Teach Well endorses wholeheartedly the idea that supporting a teacher’s professional growth is the best way to ensure that all students become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active, informed citizens. *
The coach will model and support the standards of professional knowledge, professional practice, and professional engagement as set out by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. (APST) However, mentoring and coaching sessions are confidential.
*Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework. p.3
Will teachers get subject specific assistance?
We have another program that is specific to teachers of English and literature. Especially, but not limited to, out of field English teachers.
What does the school need to do?
The Framework requires that teacher performance and development processes and goals should reflect the overall approach to teaching and learning within a school and should be consistent with the school plans. So it would be good if the participant is aware of these.
Can we use these sessions for teacher appraisal?
(You see what I did there? My language got all formal. That was the interpretation given by the QIEU)
Will we have the opportunity to assess the program?
The core criteria for all We Teach Well coaching and mentoring programs are taken from the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders.
Has the professional learning program:
- Informed practice and pedagogy.
- Been relevant, collaborative and future focused.
- Assisted the teachers and schools to modify practice in response to student needs.
- Clarified for the teachers and administrations the importance of professional learning networks and communities of practice.
- Demonstrated that evidence of practice can and should be collected from a variety of sources.
- Built the confidence of the teachers as valued professionals.
What is your refund policy?
Once the group sessions have begun fees can not be refunded. However, if there is a good reason for the drop-out you can substitute another participant. We will provide the support needed to help the new participant fit into the group.
We Teach Well is committed to helping schools in any way we can through this crazy time. Consequently we have discounted our prices for the remainder of 2020.
All individual session times are decided in consultation with the participant. These can take place during school hours, after school or even on weekends. Whatever works best.
WTW Coaching – 3 Sessions packs
WTW Coaching – 5 Session Pack
WTW Coaching – 7 Sessions pack
Still Not Sure
If you are still not sure if we can give you the help you need, or you have other questions, please get in touch.
The message button in the bottom right will get to us really fast. We can call you if you would like to chat about it. Just send us your number and a good time.