Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mentoring Program
Applications are invited for the ALEA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mentoring Program. The program aims to recognise and support early career teachers each year as they investigate literacy education in their teaching context, with particular focus on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; and to establish professional partnerships with mentors to plan, implement and reflect upon an action learning project situated in the early career teachers’ current teaching context.
Applicants may apply as:
1. An individual teacher with a letter of support from their school principal:
- Applicants must be early career teachers (within their first 5 years of teaching) with a passion for and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. Teachers working in both remote and/or urban settings are particularly encouraged to apply, as are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers.
- If selected an individual awardee will receive:
- A year’s membership of ALEA
- An ALEA selected mentor appointed to support, guide and collaborate with them as they work through an action learning inquiry that addresses quality literacy teaching for Indigenous children
- Payment for up to 3 days teacher release for the purpose of engaging with the mentor
- Support to attend an ALEA national conference (early bird registration and contribution towards flights and accommodation on receipt of written report to National Council).
- The selected ALEA mentor will receive an honorarium to recognise the time they will dedicate to the early career teacher over the period of the mentoring program.
NB: It is recommended that State Development Funds be accessed where possible by the State Director to support the funds allocated by National Council for this mentoring program.
2. An ALEA Local Council group application for up to three early career teachers in their region
who each have the support of their school principal
- The up to three nominated teachers must be early career teachers (within their first 5 years of teaching) with a passion for and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. The teachers may be working in remote or urban settings and may be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. The group award is intended to encourage the development of a small professional learning community between the nominated early career teachers and the expertise that resides on the Local Council committee in that region. This ALEA PLC would provide support, guidance and collaboration for the early career teachers to work through an action learning inquiry that addresses quality literacy teaching for Indigenous children.
- If selected the Local Council will receive:
- A year’s membership of ALEA for up to three nominated early career teachers
- Payment up to $5000 that the local council could use for any of the following (but not limited to):
- teacher release for both the early career educators and the mentor/s for the purpose of engaging with the activity of the PLC
- web conferencing costs associated with the mentoring
- purchase of resources from the ALEA online bookshop
- costs associated with the nominated early career teachers’ attendance at regional ALEA professional learning (this could involve a contribution towards conference registration, travel, accommodation)
- support of the nominated early career educators to attend an ALEA national conference (early bird registration).
NB: It is recommended that State Development Funds be accessed where possible by the successful Local Council to further support/augment the funds allocated by National Council for this mentoring program.
The successful applicants, be they individuals or those working within an ALEA Local Council PLC are expected to:
- Engage with an action learning project in their school context (negotiated with mentor/PLC)
- Submit a 1500 word written report to ALEA National Council within 3 months of the project’s conclusion (with support from mentor/PLC)
- Support ALEA’s commitment to literacy education.
Applications due by 15 March each year. Download the application guidelines (in pdf) and the cover sheet (in Word) below.