How Leaders of Evolution Curriculum Supports the NESA Teaching Standards
Just as professional athletes’ abilities are judged by how many points they score or how many caused turnovers they earn for their team, teachers’ competencies are assessed on how well their instruction adheres to the NESA Teaching Standards.
Not coincidentally, the values represented in the seven NESA Teaching Standards are very similar to values of the Leaders of Evolution staff and the lessons taught through our online e-learning courses.
In this article, we will look at each of the NESA Teaching Standards and how they relate to our organisation’s behaviours.
NESA Teaching Standards – Background
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is an independent statutory authority that reports to the NSW Minister for Education. NESA’s goal is to make sure that all NSW students leave school ready to overcome challenges and take advantage of all opportunities that come their way.
They work toward this goal by creating a variety of resources for teachers, students, and school leaders. Most notably, the NESA oversees teacher accreditation and therefore, the creation of the NESA Teaching Standards. It is these seven standards by which all teachers across NSW are evaluated. To learn more about how the Standards are organised, check out this simplified summary.
NESA Teaching Standards and Leaders of Evolution
The NESA Teaching Standards were created to give all school stakeholders a clear understanding of the skills and understandings a teacher should have. Also known as The Standards, these seven guiding statements are straightforward and highly applicable to any individual working with students or has any role in education.
Because these standards are so important, the curriculum developed by Leaders of Evolution supports each standard’s teachers’ development.
1. Know students and how they learn.
To best teach students, a teacher must be able to connect with them and understand how they each learn. To help teachers get to know their students and help students know themselves, each course begins with a self-assessment. By examining these results, teachers can get to know students and their leadership style at a deeper level.
Our courses also include many opportunities for class discussion. Through these more informal interactions, teachers can learn more about their students as well as connect with them differently than they would in a traditional classroom environment.
2. Know the content and how to teach it.
Of course, a teacher has to know the content to teach it effectively. To assist teachers in learning the content of our e-learning courses, we have created teacher-specific online courses that walk through how to facilitate our courses and best utilize course resources.
3. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning.
To create our lesson plans and resources, we have collaborated with thousands of learners, teachers and industry professions. Together we have created very clear lesson plans that include a lesson summary for teachers and all of the necessary student materials. If teachers add their own flair to our carefully-designed plans, they should have maximum effectiveness.
4. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments.
Creating a safe space for students very closely relates to Standard #1. The courses we have developed are inherently interesting to students because they are immediately applicable to their lives. By connecting with students on these topics and showing interest in their success, teachers can allow students to feel important, valued, and welcome.
Also, when a teacher correctly moderates a class discussion, students can have their voices heard and feel supported.
5. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning.
Through our online management software and supporting tools our e-learning courses aid teachers in tracking and measuring student progress. Students will also often be asked to self-reflect during our trainings so they can become better at assessing their own strengths and weaknesses, and be in control of their learning.
6. Engage in professional learning.
Just as athletes are always trying to improve their technique, it is essential for teachers to continuously work to more deeply understand the NESA Teaching Standards and how to improve their craft. By completing the teachers’ intro course for each one of our programs teachers earn one hour of Professional Learning.
7. Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.
Throughout the process of course implementation teachers will be asked to communicate course updates with school leaders and parents. These updates are a great way for a teacher to improve their skills for this standard.
By working together, Leaders of Evolution can help students develop essential leadership skills while also assisting teachers in accomplishing their professional goals by teaching in sync with the NESA Teaching Standards.
To learn how you can start to multiply the positive effects of your teaching, schedule a 15-minute call with us today.
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