TAAs, principals and PD Delegates have an important role to play in the process of supporting teachers in maintaining their accreditation by making sure that any Teacher Identified Professional Development (PD) has been validated in their online account.
What does validating PD mean?
When a teacher completes any PD (both NESA Registered and Teacher Identified) it must be recorded and also validated in their online account. Course providers validate NESA Registered PD and TAAs, principals or PD delegates validate Teacher Identified PD including Professional Commitment activities.
What is Teacher Identified PD?
Teacher Identified PD covers formal and informal training, courses, workshops, seminars and activities that the teacher attends either within or outside school hours. Examples include:
- reflecting on teaching practice
- planning professional learning
- observing a colleague’s lesson
- attending a relevant talk or seminar at a museum or art gallery
- a course that is not NESA Registered, but is run on a topic that meets a particular staff requirement, or a student need, and addresses the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Examples of Professional Commitment activities include:
- mentoring and/or coaching teachers, supervising pre-service teachers including interns
- leading professional development, leading educational forums in the school, or professional teaching associations or networks
- developing and implementing projects, including research in their school and the wider education community
- writing for publications that contribute to professional knowledge and discussion for teachers.
How to validate Teacher Identified PD
Log into your online account.
- Select the 'TAA' tab at the top of the screen
- Click into the Professional Development box
- Choose the option 'Identified PD Approvals'
- Choose the appropriate school from the drop down menu
- Press 'Click to continue'. This will give you a list of Teacher Identified activities that need to be approved. After reading the information entered by teachers, you may click either 'yes' or 'no'. 'Yes' will validate the activity. Select submit.
- Other options available are 'View teacher's professional development progress' which will display an individual teacher's progress report, 'Find NESA Registered professional development' which is a link to the online database of registered courses and 'View Summary of Continuing Professional Development Progress' which will show a summary of all professional development activities of accredited teachers in a school.
What else do TAAs need to know about maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation?
Teachers who have been accredited at Proficient Teacher level need to complete at least 100 hours of PD, including at least 50 hours of NESA registered course, over a 5 year period if full time, or 7 years if casual or part-time.
Teachers are also able to have any further undergraduate study or postgraduate study undertaken during their maintenance of accreditation period recognised by NESA. Teachers need to apply to NESA to have this study recognised.
What are the requirements for maintaining Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Accreditation?
Teachers need to continue to demonstrate competent teaching practice, which is reflected in a report submitted at the end of each maintenance cycle. They have to also complete at least 100 hours of PD over a set 5 year period for full time teachers and 7 years for part-time or casual teachers. These 100 hours may include:
- at least 20 hours of NESA Registered PD. Find a course
- at least 80 hours of Teacher Identified PD - of which 20 hours should consist of Professional Commitment activities.
The 100 hours of professional development must also meet particular Standard Descriptors for Proficient Teacher from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
All descriptors in Standard 6
At least one descriptor from Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7
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