“The leadership component of Teach for Australia is a massive strength. It’s the reason I’m in a position to take on a leading teacher role, after only three years in the classroom.”
– Adam Ross, Assistant Principal of Warracknabeal College
Teach For Australia will be on campus March 3 for the Curtin Careers Fair, and recruit from all disciplines! Here, Teach For Australia’s Kim Louwrens shares a little bit about what makes this program so unique and valuable.
In the highly competitive market that is graduate employment, simply having good grades doesn’t cut it. You need to demonstrate initiative, organisation, leadership potential, skills in the field – but what do these mean? What is leadership?
Teach For Australia is a graduate employment program that incorporates an award-winning leadership development program. We believe that ‘leadership’ can be defined as “action that creates powerful and positive impact”. We aim to address educational disadvantage by developing outstanding graduates into exceptional teachers and inspirational leaders in influential roles across society.
In order to achieve this, Teach For Australia offers a leadership program unlike any other graduate employer’s. We develop leadership expertise via a number of platforms, including an explicit leadership development framework, substantial leadership experience, and individual leadership coaches.
Our Associates go on to become exceptional frontrunners in the education sector. After only six years of the program, our Alumni comprise over 30 Lead Teachers, two Assistant Principals, one School Principal, and a myriad of leadership roles within schools. 40% of Associates take on a leadership role in only their second year of teaching.
Additionally, many Teach For Australia Alumni now hold prestigious leadership positions in other sectors. For examples of just some of these pathways, check out:
- Jacqui McGee, Manager at The New Public Centre for Learning
- Stephen Flegg, Portfolio Manager at AMP Capital
- Michaela Epstein, Associate Director at Maths Pathways
- Helen Baxendale, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University
A large component of our leadership framework focuses on enabling Associates to gain substantial understanding of effective leadership skills and attributes, and empowering them to identify their own leadership strengths and be able to track their development and progress.
Buoyed by a network of support, Teach For Australia Associates progressively build tangible, transferable skills that are invaluable to lifelong development and personal growth.