Union-led professional development for members
PPTA’s proud history of delivering professional development by teachers for teachers will now be kickedup a notch.
Grants to access subject specialist professional learning and development (PLD), a national programme of te reo and tikanga courses and brand new conferences are just some of the options now available through a multi-million dollar fund negotiated as part of the Secondary Teachers Collective Agreement (STCA) settlement.
The memorandum of agreement for the new PLD fund was signed on 28 August 2019 when PPTA general secretary Michael Stevenson and Secretary for Education Iona Holsted put pen to paper. Once up and running in 2020 the $5 million per annum fund will offer exciting opportunities for members run for them by PPTA, Michael said.
Subject association conference grants
New concepts include $700 grants to allow members to attend subject association conferences, Michael said. “Members have told us that they value subject specific professional development. However, opportunities to attend subject association conferences are often rationalised at school level due to tight budgets.
At its peak, the new fund will offer up to 4000 annual grants to a maximum value of $700 each to enable members to get the subject specialist PLD and networking opportunities they need and want,” he said.
The fund will also see the launch of new conferences that will have follow-up regional seminars to provide two tiers of engagement. This will include a Professional Issues Conference, a Women in Leadership Summit, a national Provisionally Certified Teachers’ Conference and a national Secondary Education Leadership Summit.
“The new national and regional events will build on PPTA’s proud history of delivering professional development by teachers for teachers. Existing examples include our annual Māori Teachers’ Conference and biennial Pasifika Fono,” he said.
Moving into Māori medium
“We will also be aiming for a greater reach into the Māori medium settings of kura kaupapa and wharekura,” Michael said. “We need to hear from our members in kura about what they want from their union.”
The fund will also be involved in rolling out a national programme of te reo and tikanga courses, available to all school staff with the possibility of online learning in between face-to-face workshops.
But wait, there’s more…
Other initiatives include:
- Investigating a specialist secondary teacher career pathway qualification.
- Regional workshops for those who mentor year 1 and 2 teachers.
- Regional wellbeing workshops.
- A centre to develop curriculum and subject resources for teachers.
- A journal of professional learning for secondary teachers and principals.