Beginning Educators (first five years)
Our union supports beginning educators (teachers in their first five years in the profession) to achieve their professional goals through our Beginning Educators Network (BEnet).
BEnet connects beginning educators with quality professional development to help them navigate their early years in the classroom and meet their certified professional development requirements.
Being a member of our union also means you have the benefits of collectively negotiating fair and equitable working conditions.
Private Facebook Group access
Our union runs a private Facebook group for BEnet members, where we share member-only resources and support early career teachers to network and chat.
Online PD access
Our union offers full access to online professional development for early career teacher members - for FREE!
Through the Teacher Learning Network (TLN), you can access online workshops tailored for early career teachers.
Is there a cost?
TLN workshops will be FREE of charge for IEU members who are part of BEnet (teachers in the first five years).
(Note: you must login with the email address associated with your union membership.)
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Are you an early career teacher looking for a quality mentoring program?
This year our union is piloting a new mentor program; creating a network of members with an active interest in accessing and providing quality mentoring experiences with union support.
A lack of consistent, quality mentoring is a professional issue which concerns both early career and experienced teachers.
We believe this is an opportunity for our union to set a benchmark for quality mentoring.
Why is mentoring important?
Mentoring connections can be some of the most important support networks for early career teachers.
Quality mentoring partnerships are collaborative relationships which provide opportunities for feedback, growth and development.
Despite increasing recognition that quality mentoring is vital support for beginning teachers, mentoring programs within schools may be tokenistic or conflated with induction practices.
Mentors and mentees may be provided with little to no time to engage with the process and may have little to no systemic support.
Further, mentoring programs often morph into systems of appraisal, rather than providing beginning teachers with meaningful feedback on their teaching practice.
Read more about what makes a great mentor here.
IEUA-QNT Mentor Program
The IEUA-QNT Mentor Program comprises mentees (members with less than five years teaching experience) and mentors (members with more than five years of teaching experience).
Mentees and mentors are matched through a survey and mentors are provided with training at workshops prior to their first meeting.
Mentors and mentees meet once per term (during school holidays) using union facilities throughout the year.
Currently, the pilot program is limited to teachers working and residing in southeast Queensland.
If successful, the program may be extended to other regions of Queensland and/or the Northern Territory.
Our next intake is July 2019 with mentor training sessions to be held in late September.
IEAU-QNT members interested in participating in our Mentor Program please contact our Research Officer Adele Schmidt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our union regularly hosts scheduled workshops at a range of locations to provide further professional development opportunities for early career teachers.
These workshops are delivered by expert presenters and cover topics tailored to early career teachers.