Over 430 Victorian teachers complete Teaching Excellence Program

by | Dec 6, 2023 | Bush Voices

More than 430 teachers across Victoria have graduated from the Teaching Excellence Program (TEP), a year-long professional learning program run by the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership (the Academy).  

TEP is an Australian first, giving highly skilled teachers the opportunity to collaborate, analyse and deepen their content and pedagogical knowledge across key discipline areas. Teachers then apply evidence-informed approaches in their schools.

Monique Petrone, a teacher at Elevation Secondary College in Craigieburn, has grown tremendously as a TEP teacher. Monique began the program excited to learn and collaborate with like-minded educators. Taking the lead in Teaching Excellence Learning Community activities and goal setting, Monique made the most of TEP opportunities, including classroom observation as part of inquiry work.

‘The Teaching Excellence Program has opened my eyes to the range of opportunities available to teachers to grow professionally and personally,’ said Ms Petrone.

‘Through my inquiry undertakings, I have been able to explore effective ways of reducing cognitive load for my maths students, through a tool as simple as mini whiteboards.’

Dr. Claire Brown, Director of the Teaching Excellence Division at the Academy, said, ‘I witnessed firsthand the huge amount of professional regard and trust that Monique’s colleagues and students have for her.’

‘Monique is, in many ways, the ideal TEP teacher, because of her willingness to learn, grow and challenge herself, all to improve outcomes for her students.’

TEP is open to teachers with at least 3 years’ experience, enabling them to learn from colleagues, share experiences and resources with each other and further raise the quality and status of Victoria’s teaching workforce.

TEP graduates gain alumni status and can apply for a Teaching Innovation Fellowship, which is awarded through the Academy. The fellowships give teachers an opportunity to design and lead an innovative professional learning project that addresses a problem of practice back at their school.

The future is bright, as Monique Petrone says, ‘My collaborative inquiry has enabled me to reflect on my teaching, identify areas for improvement and list future-focused goals.’

To apply or find out more about TEP in 2024, visit academy.vic.gov.au/professional-learning/teaching-excellence-program

Feedback from TEP Teachers

‘I aim to be a reflective teacher who collaborates with curiosity, acts courageously to ignite minds, and uses creativity and trust-building as the vibrant threads that foster lasting relationships.’

– Dominique Duffus, Niddrie Primary School

‘Next year, I will focus on using creativity in my teaching practice. I will do this by engaging in professional conversations with colleagues, researching ways to enhance creativity within my classroom and accepting mistakes.’

– Christina Evangelakos, Elwood Primary School

‘Kindness is at the centre of my life and therefore who I am as a teacher. I am passionate about teaching my students with kindness, which is the foundation of my teacher-student relationships.’

– Joshua Leviston​, Footscray North Primary School

Monique Petrone, a graduate of the Academy’s Teaching Excellence Program with the Minister.

TEP graduation event.