Skilled candidates reskill for the classroom

Dr Jason Stone with Joel Negline and St Rita’s College students (The Catholic Leader)

A joint venture between Australian Catholic University and a Brisbane Catholic secondary school is helping to smooth the path for training teachers who are reskilling to enter today’s classroom. Source: The Catholic Leader.

After 22 years in medicine specialising in anatomical pathology and cancer diagnosis, Jason Stone decided to fulfil another life-long ambition to become a secondary STEM teacher.

“I have no regrets about the career change,” Dr Stone, who successfully applied to join a Teacher Pathway Program devised by Brisbane’s St Rita’s College in partnership with ACU.

Dr Stone said the program had provided him with valuable teaching experiences and exposure to the education system.

“In addition, the program is structured to provide ongoing mentorship, guidance and targeted assistance to meet AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership) standard teacher registration requirements,” he said.

The St Rita’s and ACU joint venture stemmed from a disconnect between the reality of a modern classroom and the preparedness of graduate teachers to navigate the complex work of teaching and meet quality checks expected in high achieving schools.

“The experience and support I am gaining through the program will definitely stand me in good stead for my future teaching career,” Dr Stone said.

St Rita’s College teacher and program mentor Joel Negline said the program gave trainee teachers hands-on experience and provided resources to equip them with the skills needed to support students to excel in every aspect of their capabilities.


High-calibre specialists reskilling for the classroom at St Rita’s College(The Catholic Leader)

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