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New academy for teachers launched

10 April 2019

South Australia’s new professional learning academy for teachers, known as Orbis, has been officially launched at its new state of the art Hindmarsh centre.

Orbis, named for the collective nature of the education system, will provide a comprehensive program of professional learning for the state’s public school and preschool educators to develop teaching expertise and educational leadership.

Following an international tender process, the University of Melbourne has been awarded the contract to deliver three pilot courses on literacy and numeracy.

180 teachers will take part in the initial three courses this year, which are literacy for reception to year 3s, numeracy for reception to year 3s and literacy for year 8s and 9s.

The three subject areas have been specifically chosen to address the vital early years of schooling and ensure students have the necessary grounding in literacy and numeracy to confidently tackle the final years of high school. The number of course participants will increase in 2020.

Orbis’ initial leadership offerings include a partnership with the University of Melbourne that supports leaders to engage in learning related to leading school improvement. The program is currently being designed, and leaders will have the opportunity to shape the delivery.

Orbis will also be engaging with Harvard’s Leadership for School Excellence, which is a program designed specifically for principals in Australia and New Zealand.

30 leaders will have the chance to connect with Harvard faculty and fellow practitioners to exchange ideas and best practices, when that program launches in Sydney next year.

Orbis’ full program will be further developed in the coming months and will be designed to align with Education Department’s school improvement model.

Visit the Orbis website for more information.