Mentoring and development program

The mentoring and development provides a community of practice for teachers, trainers, and senior teachers to interact and share their ideas, challenges, practices and ...
Target Audience
Teachers, Graduate Teachers, Senior Teachers and Assistant Principals

Learning Areas

General Description

Professional mentoring and development is both supportive and challenging. The process supports the professional practice of teachers as it provides learning and development opportunities for conversations about practice, ideas and challenges. The process enhances self-awareness which facilitates self-learning, professionalism and high level performance.


Teachers, Graduate Teachers, Senior Teachers and Assistant Principals

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

In the changing work environment individuals can benefit by working with a mentor to share thoughts and ideas, resolve issues, find the right direction, and develop options for career and employment direction. Mentoring provides the professional space to share and challenge viewpoints, and provides feedback for your professional development to support your career. Through feedback we improve our practice and journey towards our goals to reach our potential.
The mentoring and development process facilitates self-awareness, and greater understanding of others. There is a link between your development in your professional practice, and your ability to work at a higher level with insight that transforms your higher level of ‘being’ to your relationships, work performance and outcomes. These are positive contributions to your wellbeing, motivation, professional and personal achievement.

This course contributes to 12.0 professional development hours.


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Setting the scene: What is mentoring? How can it develop your practice?

1 hour and 30 minutes

• Share thoughts, ideas, and challenge viewpoints to obtain exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking
• Obtain feedback to develop strengths, develop new skills and knowledge, and overcome weakness
• Guide your professional development and career advancement
• Improve your practice and journey towards your goals to reach your potential
• Work at a higher level with insight to attain a higher level of ‘being’ in your relationships, work performance and outcomes.

2. Your career journey

1 hour and 30 minutes

2.1 Your professional self
2.2 Your life purpose and your career
2.3 Influences on your career
2.4 A holistic approach to career development
2.5 The four phases of the career journey
2.6 Plan to succeed – plan your goals
2.7 Your career development
2.8 Career myths that can make your career decisions redundant

3. Your career aspirations

1 hour and 30 minutes

3.1 The journey to career fulfilment
3.2 How to achieve career excellence: The range between BEST and average
3.3 Excuses that hold you back from achieving career goals
3.4 Build your resilience and reduce workplace stress

4 The modern workplace

1 hour and 30 minutes

4.1 Careers in the twenty-first century
4.2 What skills do employers seek? How do you measure up?
4.3 A career journey in the workplace – horizontal and vertical progression
4.4 Building your professional relationships
4.5 Your work ethic
4.6 Emotional intelligence
4.7 Professional networking

5 Making a career transition

3 hours

5.1 Your career responsibility
5.2 Factors that influence career decision making
5.3 Your career make over to reinvent yourself
5.4 Pathways to occupational areas
5.5 How to face a challenge for a positive outcome

6 Your professional development

1 hour and 30 minutes

6.1 Lifelong learning – learning across the lifespan
6.2 Learning styles
6.3 Your professional reflection

7 Taking action for the next step to achieve your potential

1 hour and 30 minutes

7.1 The last stage of your mentoring program
7.2 Action plan
7.3 Intention/commitment to action professional development

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About the team

Leah Shmerling


Leah is passionate about education, training and career development.
Since commencing employment, Leah has undertaken work in complementary areas that includes: corporate training, teaching in the tertiary sector, and career counselling clients from a range of backgrounds. She is a published writer of two books and freelance writer for newspapers and professional publications.
Leah commenced her career as a teacher in the TAFE system in 1985, and has been training for over 25 years. When facilitating training programs, Leah applies a range of experiential interactive learning techniques to cater to a range of learning styles, participant needs and energy levels. She brings her enthusiasm; empathy and sense of fun to all her training sessions.
Leah is a published author of two books: Job Applications: The Winning Edge 1993, which has sold nationally and overseas, with a second edition published in 1998, and Communication In The Workplace, 1996 published by Macmillan Education Australia.

For many years, Leah has worked as a freelance journalist and has written for The Age – Education, Employment and Business, and is a former columnist and freelance writer with the Herald Sun – Learn. Leah has also written professional and business publications.
Leah is a qualified Career Counsellor, Career and Life Coach, assisting individuals to achieve both their professional and personal goals to lead a positive and fulfilled life.
Leah holds a Master in Professional Education and Training, Graduate Diploma in Career Development, and Certificates in Life Coaching, Mediation Skills, and Psychodrama.
Leah is a professional member of the Career Development Association Australia (CDAA), a professional member of Australian Career Professionals International (ACPi-Aus).
Leah has attained international accreditation and is Board Certified as a Career Management Fellow with the Institute of Career Certification.

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