The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership has officially opened its first regional centre in Geelong – the first of seven regional centres opening this year.
To celebrate this exciting milestone, Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins opened the centre by cutting an eco-friendly locally-made gum leaf garland.
The Academy is committed to ensuring that all teachers and school leaders across Victoria can access high quality professional learning right on their doorsteps. A further six regional centres are scheduled to open this year including Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton. Each centre will be run by a local team and will offer state-of-the-art facilities, providing world-class professional learning opportunities in teaching and leadership excellence.
Professional learning for teachers and leaders is pivotal to achieving improved student outcomes. Teacher effectiveness has a strong impact on student outcomes, yet rural and regional teachers face additional barriers to accessing professional learning, including travel time and fewer local supports. The regional centres will help to increase equity of access for many rural and regional principals and teachers with each centre working in partnership with the local community to provide consistent, needs based, and outcome focused programs.
Take a video tour of the Geelong centre here: https://bit.ly/3IRKAdP
To learn more about the Academy and the courses on offer, visit: https://www.academy.vic.gov.au/