Professional Learning Policy

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ASLA is committed to supporting high quality, relevant professional development for the teacher librarianship profession in Australia that addresses the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. As defined by New South Wales Education and Standards Authority (NESA) ‘Professional development refers to the processes, activities and experiences that provide opportunities to extend teacher professional learning.’ ASLA acknowledges that professional development is necessary to remain well informed of new developments in schools and school libraries including changes in curriculum, pedagogy, technology and librarianship that arise from the context in which teacher librarians work and students learn. 

ASLA Is an endorsed provider of QTC professional development for New South Wales Education and Standards Authority (NESA) and ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI).

Principles of Professional Development

Professional development provided by ASLA can take a wide variety of formats such as conferences, workshops, forums, webinars and courses and is guided by the following principles:

  • Continuous improvement:  
    ASLA is committed to a policy of continual improvement both in the practice of teacher librarianship and in the quality of professional development. This involves continued evaluation, analysis of feedback data and improvements in response to the feedback.

  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:  
    All professional development offered addresses the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. 
  • Relevance: 
    Professional development needs to be relevant to the context of teacher librarianship. This is a broad field acknowledging existing knowledge, skills and understandings and aligned with curriculum requirements of the Education Act 1990.  
  • Flexibility, diversity and innovation:  
    Professional development is innovative and up to date with major policy documents at both State and Federal levels.
  • Evidence and expertise: 
    Professional development is built upon reliable research, evidence based practice and expertise, and contributes to the development of research about what is effective professional development for teachers.

Delivery of Professional Development

To ensure delivery of high quality professional development the following procedures are followed:

  • Responsibility:
    The responsibility for delivering and monitoring professional development is undertaken by the ASLA Board, with particular responsibility assigned to both the Professional Learning Project Team and the Administration Officer.
  • Roles:
    The Professional Learning Project team meets regularly to plan professional development for ASLA members. This includes surveying needs, auditing and assessing opinions and gauging interest of members. It includes discussing innovations and new directions of curriculum, pedagogy and librarianship. Agenda items will also include evaluating, analysing feedback data and considering improvements in response to feedback from previous professional development events.
  • Selection of Presenters:
    Professional development presenters are selected based on the following criteria:
  • Course Content:
    Professional development course selection is based on content that demonstrates reliable research and evidence-­‐based practice. It is relevant, innovative and meets current ACARA legislation.  ASLA Privacy, Workplace Health and Safety  and  Anti-­‐ Discrimination Statements are also considered in the selection of professional development content.
  • Quality Assurance:
    The high professional standard of courses is assured through the following principles:
  • Collection of Data
    Members and non-­‐members are eligible to participate in professional courses with the procedure as follows:
  • Advertising:
    The responsibility for advertising lies with the ASLA Board, particularly the Professional Learning Project Team and the Administration Officer.

    Advertising of professional learning is carried out in a wide range of avenues, including
  • Maintenance of Endorsement of QTC registered professional development:
    The Professional Learning Project Team together with the Administration Officer will be responsible for maintaining the endorsement of QTC Registered professional development by:
  • Monitoring and Complaints:
    The ASLA Board is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of this Statement, including the incorporation of any changes to legislation and standards on an annual basis. This Statement will be reviewed annually in accordance with the Annual General Meeting.

    If you wish to make a complaint about ASLA professional learning activities you may do so by providing your written complaint by email, letter, or by personal delivery or you may also make a complaint verbally to any of our Board members.

Contact details:

Australian School Library Association
PO Box 513, Winston Hills NSW 2153, Australia
Phone number: 0439 358 607
Email:  asla@asla.org.au Facebook: @ASLAOnline  Twitter: @aslanational

Adopted: August 2016
Revision of Policy: May 2018


Last updated: 5/30/2018 11:27:28 AM