Professional learning for teachers

Professional learning for teachers

Active citizenship in the ACT


This program is designed to support teacher in the delivery of the civics and citizenship strand of the Australian curriculum. This program will not only increase participants' knowledge of the Assembly but will provide a useful teaching tool for those teachers who are engaged in teaching civics and citizenship programs. Primary, secondary and college teachers are welcome to attend this event.

This program is ACT Teacher Quality Institute accredited in 2020. A certificate (record of attendance) will be sent to all participants. There is no cost for this program.

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Australian Professional Standards for teachers

Domains of teachingStandardsFocus area
Professional knowledge2. Know the content and how to teach it2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Knowledge of how the Hare-Clark electoral system operates will allow teachers to confidently adopt the ACT’s voting system into their classroom and SRC elections. Knowledge of the legislative process, committee inquiries and the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA’s) roles will assist teachers as facilitators of school parliaments, classroom debates and class inquiries to encourage students to participate, play and articulate their roles in the public space.
Professional practice3. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning3.1 Establish challenging learning goals
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.4 Select and use resources

Teachers will be given the tools to plan and sequence a teaching program regarding the Hare-Clark electoral system, facilitating debate on issues using a mock parliamentary chamber and modelling the inquiry and skills strand through exploration of the committee system to deliver effective learning in their classroom.  All activities aim to engage through their relevance to real world issues and encourage problem solving, critical thinking and active citizenship.
Professional engagement4. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
6. Engage in professional learning
4.1 Support student participation
This program is designed for maximum participation. The mock election, chamber and committee role-play lesson plans are inclusive and allow for a variety of participation levels. One of the key messages embedded in the OLA learning environment is the importance of participation in civic life for every member of the community.
6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice
Teachers attending OLA’s professional learning will have the opportunity to discuss what it means to be an active citizen with colleagues and identify specifically what this means for themselves and their students.  Teachers using the Hare-Clark electoral system, mock parliamentary debates and inquiries in their classrooms and schools will further engage with colleagues as they seek to reflect on student understanding.

Professional learning program

Friday 31 January 2020Primary school teacher program focus
9.00-9.45 am Welcome, introduction to the Assembly and role play on the passage of legislation
9.45-10.30 amCommittee inquiry process - community engagement with the Assembly
10.30-11.00 am Morning tea (provided)
11.00 am -12.00 noonHow are members elected in the ACT? Participate in a mock Hare-Clark election
12.00 - 12.30 pm Teacher round table and Civics and Citizenship lesson resources
12.30 pmEvaluation and finish
Friday 1 May 2020High school and college teacher program focus
1.30 - 2.15 pmWelcome, introduction to the Assembly and role play on the passage of legislation
2.15 - 3.00 pmCommittee inquiry process - community engagement with the Assembly
3.00 - 3.30 pmMorning tea (provided)
3.30 - 4.30 pmHow are members elected in the ACT? Participate in a mock Hare-Clark election
4.30 - 5.00 pmTeacher round table and Civics and Citizenship lesson resources
5.00 pmEvaluation and finish