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Interview with Teach for Australia

Teach For Australia’s South Australian Regional Manager, Lisa Daly:

 

How was your stay at St Ann’s College? What worked well for your group during your time here?

Our stay at St Ann’s College was extremely comfortable, the staff were very helpful and accommodating. The accommodation was exceptional – clean and well-equipped for our Associate needs during the event. Having accommodation on-site at the event venue worked particularly well for our group as there was no need for travel for those who stayed at St Ann’s accommodation.

The Kennedy Brooks Enterprise Deck served our event purposes very well, with spaces for a large group, as well as meeting rooms and break-out spaces during learning sessions, and easy access to the kitchen and dining hall.

 

Why did you choose to hold the conference at St Ann’s?

The location in North Adelaide was ideal for participants – close to public transport, eateries and the city. The accommodation proved to be good value for money and provided easy access to the event venue on St Ann’s grounds. Parking and catering was also offered at the venue, so it was ideal as a ‘one stop shop’ meeting all of our event and participant needs.

TFA is grateful to St Ann’s for providing its facilities for the intensive learning event and to run practical sessions in an educational environment.

 

Can you please let our readers know about your organisation’s purpose?

Teach For Australia is a not-for-profit organisation working to break the cycle of educational inequity by recruiting and developing high-calibre teachers for classrooms in our valued partner schools.

Through TFA’s Leadership Development Program, graduates and career professionals teach subjects directly related to their previous studies while undertaking their Master of Teaching and supported by wrap-around coaching and mentoring.

 

What was the purpose of your gathering? Are the teachers who participated going to be placed across SA? Or nationally?

Before our newest teachers – called Associates – start in the classroom, they gather for a face-to-face learning event in their placement state as part of their Summer Semester coursework.

They put what they’ve learned so far into local context, as well as connecting with other regionally based Associates who started the program last year and past graduates.

The Associates who gathered at St Ann’s will be placed across South Australian regional centres and rural/remote towns: Berri, Booleroo, Leigh Creek, Penola, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie, Whyalla and Quorn (which is a nice connection to St Ann’s given our students come from these areas!).

 

Can you please tell us about the guest appearance by the SA Education Minister?

The South Australian Minister for Education, Training and Skills, the Hon Blair Boyer, addressed Associates at the opening of the event. He spoke about country education in SA, highlighting initiatives such as the country incentive program and concierge service available to beginning teachers.

The Minister was keen to understand the backgrounds and motivations for Associates to join the teaching profession, and TFA’s program in particular. He invited Associates who had been placed in schools the previous year to share their ideas and input into suggested improvements in the SA country regions.

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