In the Northern Territory, registered practising teachers who are employed to perform casual work are known as ‘Emergency Relief Teachers’, or ERTs. Our aim is that this informal presentation engages participants with us in a collegial discussion about the status and challenges faced by ERTs in accessing targeted, meaningful, professional learning.
Continuous professional learning is a three-pronged challenge for Territory ERTs and the profession:
Our presenters perspectives align with AITSL conclusions based on an earlier 2018 study, where ERTs in regional and remote settings and/or who work in Early Years programs were found to be particularly vulnerable to facing challenges managing their professional learning (AITSL, 2018a, 2018b). The Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration (EducationCouncil, 2019) confirms that education partnerships are crucial to stakeholders fulfilling the national vision for improving teaching and learning. As ERTs, our relationship with local schools is one such influential. education partnership. Without support and inclusion from within a professional community, ERTs can face frustration and isolation attempting to account for the quality of their cumulative professional learning, as is required for teacher registration renewal (TRB, 2020). Northern Territory schools depend on the availability of capable ERTs but anecdotally, ERTs can be in short supply. There is a crucial need to further empower the professional learning of ERTs by supporting them, including them, and by recognising their contributions to school improvement initiatives across the NT (NTDET, 2020).
Deanne Young, MACE
Deanne Young was born in the N.T. and obtained her Bachelor of Education in 1988 from CDU, previously known as Darwin Institute of Technology. She has many years continuous teaching experience working in Darwin with student cohorts ranging from Preschool, Early Childhood through to the Upper Primary Years. Deanne is a full time Emergency Relief Teacher by choice. She recently joined the Australian College of Educators and is now a committee member of the Darwin ACE Branch. Deanne is an advocate for systems to do more to support employers and ERTs themselves recognise, harness, and hence further develop professional expertise to the benefit of local school improvement initiatives, and ultimately, the national agenda for quality teaching and learning.
Karen Sinclair, MACE
Karen Sinclair is a recently retired, registered Primary/Early Childhood teacher/teacher educator from the Northern Territory. Emergency Relief Teaching (ERT) is now a main vehicle for connecting with local school communities and related, collegial networks. Karen is also Chair of the Committee overseeing a recently reactivated Darwin Branch of the Australian College of Educators (ACE). Her professional interest is inclusive education, with her post-graduate teaching and research exploring the the development of personal expertise during learners’ Early Years, the Compulsory School Years, and Initial Teacher Education courses.
Day/Date: Wednesday 23 June 2021
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Important note for attendees.
The ACE Darwin Dinner Series is open to all ACE members and non-members alike. Attendees are asked to register attendance on the ACE website to ensure correct numbers for the venue.
This is a BYO (buy your own) event: Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own food and drinks directly to the venue.