The University of Newcastle, Australia

Quality Teaching Academy launched

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Teachers across Australia will have access to high-quality professional development and a suite of evidence-based resources with the launch of the Quality Teaching Academy today.

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Developed by University of Newcastle researchers, the Academy’s core program, Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR), is a form of professional development that makes a significant difference for both teachers and their students. It is relevant for teachers in every subject area, working in every grade, and at every career stage.

Led by Laureate Professor Jenny Gore, Associate Professor Jess Harris, and Dr Drew Miller of the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre (TTRC), the Academy will provide teachers and principals support services, resources and networks to implement and evaluate professional development in their schools.

“We believe quality teaching is core to addressing disadvantage. Drawing on our rigorous research, we aim to improve teaching practice, enhance teachers’ morale and confidence, and ultimately lift the achievement of students across Australia,” Professor Gore said.

“The Quality Teaching Academy is committed to ensuring powerful professional development is available to all teachers, including those in rural and remote communities who often struggle to access high-quality professional development.”

The not-for-profit Quality Teaching Academy launches as part of the Building Capacity for Quality Teaching in Australian Schools project, funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the NSW Department of Education.


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