Goodstart Teachers come together to learn with sector thought leaders
High-quality teaching and exceptional practice is central to delivering on our core purpose at Goodstart - ensuring all children achieve the outcomes they need to succeed in school and life.
Goodstart’s annual Early Childhood Teacher Conference was offered nationally and virtually for the first time, featuring keynote addresses from some of the best thinkers in early childhood education, including Professor Iram Siraj from Oxford University, United Kingdom, Professor Marina Papic from Australian Catholic University, and Goodstart’s own experts' Dr Lisa Palethorpe, National Lead Early Learning Projects at Goodstart, and Tiffany Noble, National Manager Speech Pathology.
Dr Katey De Gioia, Goodstart National Lead, Pedagogy and Practice: 3-5 Years and Teachers, the organiser of the conference is clear that the event reflects Goodstart’s recognition of the significant role teachers’ play in delivering quality outcomes for children.
“We know high-quality early learning has its foundations in high-quality teaching practices,” Dr De Gioia said.
“As such it’s absolutely critical our teachers are given opportunities to continue to learn and develop their skills and knowledge bringing the most contemporary practices into our centres.”
The conference offered 70 workshops over three days and aligns with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. This supports teachers with state-based registration/accreditation requirements.
“It’s an impressive conference line-up with the keynotes and workshops covering formative assessment, mathematics, physically active play, children’s communication, pedagogy and practice for babies and infants, reconciliation and playful intentional teaching and learning,” Dr De Gioia said.
“Each workshop topic was offered at an ‘introductory’ or ‘advanced’ level to cater for and support new graduate teachers as well as those with significant experience.”
Dr De Gioia said while the conference was virtual, it was still an opportunity to bring Goodstart’s teachers from across Australia together as a team.
“We have teachers joining us from Goodstart centres all over Australia, and the beauty of a virtual conference is we will have teachers from Tasmania sitting alongside and sharing their experiences with teachers from the Northern Territory.
A true learning experience and opportunity!