Effective Mentoring Program

General advice for mentors

The following is general advice aimed to assist experienced teachers mentoring Provisionally Registered Teachers (PRTs) who are applying for (full) registration.

Teachers who are new to the profession require guidance and professional support to apply their knowledge in everyday teaching situations, and it is an expectation that PRTs will be inducted into their teaching environments and the profession by more experienced colleagues.

The evidence-based process for full registration requires experienced teachers to:

  • observe and provide guidance in relation to the PRT’s practice
  • provide feedback on practice
  • engage in professional discussions with PRTs
  • work collaboratively with PRTs.

This mentoring support is central to the development of new teachers as independent practitioners. As a mentor, you will play a key role in this process and should have an understanding of the evidence-based process for gathering and documenting evidence to apply for full registration.

The guidance offered is an essential element of support and should be targeted to the focus of inquiry.

Use evidence of what you have seen and heard in the learning environment as well as samples of student work to assist in these discussions.

Be prepared to question your PRT to encourage creative and critical thinking.

Help them build capacity to develop perceptive decisions and take appropriate actions.

By the end of the discussion, there should be clear action points for the PRT.

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Effective Mentoring Program 

The Effective Mentoring Program is designed for experienced registered teachers who are mentoring PRTs and is a research-informed joint initiative between VIT and the Department of Education and Training with the support of the Association of Independent Schools Victoria and the Catholic Education Offices. 

The program has two main purposes:

  • to support the development of effective peer mentoring and coaching practices for teacher mentors; and
  • to equip teacher mentors with the knowledge and skills needed to support PRTs through to (full) registration.

The program is offered across the State, with Day 1 conducted in February or March, and Day 2 during May or September. Teachers who register for the program must be able to attend both days.

What will I learn?

You will have opportunities to explore the practice of mentoring and how mentoring can support beginning teachers to improve their teaching practice. Mentoring practices are explored in the context of guiding and supporting a PRT, via an evidence inquiry process, through to (full) registration.

Program overview

Day 1 

  • understanding my beginning teacher and their learning needs
  • discussing the role teacher mentors play in supporting beginning teachers
  • exploring the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and the need for evidence to support full registration
  • identifying factors that enable mentoring in schools and services.

Day 2

  • building a relationship with your beginning teacher
  • gaining knowledge of the registration requirements
  • exploring options for observing practice
  • engaging in evidence-informed conversations
  • understanding evidence and the APST
  • recommendation process overview.

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Program schedule 2017

Day 1

Note: * indicates Early Childhood specific program

Date

Location

Venue

Tuesday 21 February

Ringwood

Karralyka Centre
Mines Road, Ringwood East                                        

Wednesday 22 February

Pakenham

Cardinia Cultural Centre
Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham                                 

Thursday 23 February

Lower Plenty

Heidelberg Golf Club
8 Main Road, Lower Plenty                                         

Monday 27 February

Geelong

Geelong Football Club
Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong                 

Tuesday 28 February

Shepparton

Parklake Hotel
481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton

Wednesday 1 March*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Shepparton*

*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM

Parklake Hotel
481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton

Thursday 2 March

Bendigo

Quality Resort All Seasons
171 – 183 McIvor Road, Bendigo

Monday 6 March

Box Hill

Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill                                        

Tuesday 7 March

Moonee Ponds

Moonee Valley Racing Club
McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds                                

Wednesday 8 March  

Mildura

Quality Hotel Mildura Grand
Seventh Street, Mildura

Thursday 9 March

Carrum Downs

Sandhurst Club  
75 Sandhurst Boulevard, Skye                                  

Tuesday 14 March   

Wheelers Hill

Mulgrave Country Club 
Cnr Jells & Wellington Rds, Wheelers Hill                     

Wednesday 15 March

Ballarat

Sovereign Park Motor Inn
217-229 Main Road, Ballarat

Thursday 16 March*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Ballarat*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Sovereign Park Motor Inn
217-229 Main Road, Ballarat

Monday 20 March

Darebin

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre
Cnr Bell Street & St Georges Rd, Preston                    

Tuesday 21 March

Sandringham

Sandringham Yacht Club
Jetty Road, Sandringham                                           

Wednesday 22 March  

Traralgon

Century Inn
5 Airfield Road, Princes Highway, Traralgon

Thursday 23 March*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM      

Traralgon*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Century Inn
5 Airfield Road, Princes Highway, Traralgon

Monday 27 March*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Lower Plenty*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Heidelberg Golf Club
8 Main Road, Lower Plenty                                          

Tuesday 28 March

Warrnambool

Lady Bay Resort
2 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool

Wednesday 29 March

Point Cook

The Brook on Sneydes
215 Sneydes Road, Point Cook                                  

Thursday 20 April*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Carrum Downs*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Sandhurst Club  
75 Sandhurst Boulevard, Skye                                  

Friday 21 April  

Melbourne

Victoria University
Level 12/300 Flinders Street, Melbourne                    

Friday 12 May*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Melbourne*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Victoria University
Level 12/300 Flinders Street, Melbourne                   

Monday 5 June*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Box Hill*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill

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Day 2

Note: * indicates Early Childhood specific program

Thursday 4 May    

Darebin

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre
Cnr Bell Street & St Georges Rd, Preston            

Thursday 4 May    

Shepparton

Parklake Hotel
481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton 

Friday 5 May*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Shepparton*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Parklake Hotel
481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton

Monday 8 May

Point Cook

The Brook on Sneydes
215 Sneydes Road, Point Cook                                

Monday 8 May

Sandringham

Sandringham Yacht Club
Jetty Road, Sandringham                                           

Wednesday 10 May*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Carrum Downs*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Sandhurst Club  
75 Sandhurst Boulevard, Skye                     

Thursday 11 May*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Lower Plenty*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Heidelberg Golf Club
8 Main Road, Lower Plenty                                         

Monday 15 May 

Moonee Ponds

Moonee Valley Racing Club
McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds                               

Tuesday 16 May

Wheelers Hill

Mulgrave Country Club
Cnr Jells & Wellington Rds, Wheelers Hill                    

Wednesday 17 May       

Ballarat

Sovereign Park Motor Inn
217-229 Main Road, Ballarat

Thursday 18 May*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Ballarat*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Sovereign Park Motor Inn
217-229 Main Road, Ballarat

Monday 22 May

Box Hill

Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill                                       

Tuesday 23 May  

Geelong

Geelong Football Club
Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong                 

Tuesday 23 May  

Pakenham

Cardinia Cultural Centre
Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham                                

Wednesday 24 May       

Traralgon

Century Inn
5 Airfield Road, Princes Highway, Traralgon

Thursday 25 May*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Traralgon*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Century Inn
5 Airfield Road, Princes Highway, Traralgon

Tuesday 30 May            

Mildura

Quality Hotel Mildura Grand
Seventh Street, Mildura

Wednesday 31 May

Ringwood

Karralyka Centre
Mines Road, Ringwood East               

Thursday 1 June

Carrum Downs

Sandhurst Club
75 Sandhurst Boulevard, Skye                                 

Friday 2 June

Melbourne

Victoria University
Level 12/300 Flinders Street, Melbourne                   

Tuesday 6 June             

Bendigo

Quality Resort All Seasons
171 – 183 McIvor Road, Bendigo

Tuesday 6 June             

Lower Plenty

Heidelberg Golf Club
8 Main Road, Lower Plenty                                        

Thursday 15 June         

Warrnambool

Lady Bay Resort
2 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool

Friday 11 August*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Melbourne*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Victoria University
Level 12/300 Flinders Street, Melbourne                   

Monday 11 September*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Box Hill*
 
*EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM 

Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill

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How do I apply?

Mentors need to register online through their MyVIT portal, and must register for both days of the program.

2017 seminar resources

 

Teacher Mentors

Early Childhood Teacher Mentors

Day 1

Pre-task activity PDF, 584.92 KB

PowerPoint presentation

Getting to Know the Standards & Inquiry Approach PDF, 789.11 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 718.31 KB

Supporting the Provisionally Registered Teachers Guide PDF, 3602.95 KB

EC Pre-task activity PDF, 596.7 KB

PowerPoint presentation

Getting to Know the Standards & Inquiry Approach PDF, 789.11 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 718.31 KB

Supporting the Provisionally Registered Teachers Guide PDF, 3602.95 KB

Day 2

Resources will be uploaded in April 2017

Professional guides

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers provides a detailed overview of the VIT registration process and requirements.

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PDF version                                   e-book version (can be saved into
                                                      flipbook viewer - iOS and Android compatible)

The following PDF resources provide an introduction to mentoring and a detailed overview of the role and practices associated with being a teacher mentor.

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Additional resources

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