At the December 10th Public Board Meeting the motion to endorse a Memorandum of Understanding with Deakin University to formalize the relationship between our two educational institutions and to support continued cooperation in areas of mutual interest was moved and carried.
For the past three years our School District has hosted pre-service teachers from Deakin University who are equivalent to a third or fourth year education student at a Canadian University. These student teachers spend three weeks teaching in our classrooms as part of their course “Teaching in a Global World”. As a result of their participation, Australian pre-service teachers are gaining a deeper understanding of teaching practices in Canada.
Feedback has been positive from the pre-service teachers, their Canadian sponsor teachers, and our students. Through this partnership there are increased professional opportunities to learn from each other through open discussion and the sharing of expertise. The exchanging of educational resource materials that are of mutual interest and academic staff collaboration in research are further areas to be considered.