When HALT means all systems go for top teachers
A group of Highly Accomplished Lead Teachers (HALTs) representing the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn recently attended the third HALT Summit in Darwin.
The Central theme, ‘Expanding our Impact’, was evident in all presentations that explored how HALTs can influence decision making in an education setting and have an impact on the learning agenda. This was further observed through local school visits and a range of keynote speakers including highly accomplished practitioner and author Dr Lyn Sharratt, Laureate Professor John Hattie and Director of Cut through Coaching and Consulting, Dan Haesler.
Anna Partridge (Mother Teresa School, Harrison), Kathleen Garvie (Merici College, Braddon) and Wendy Mockler (Lumen Christi College, Pambula Beach) presented their ideas in a ‘share space’ session with 34 HALTS from around Australia.
Kelly Candy (St Francis Xavier College, Florey) visited Taminmin College in a small town called Humpty Doo to practise strategies based on shared experience, flexible learning spaces and energised teaching.
Kathy Kinnane (St Clares College, Griffith) was fortunate to visit Jabiru Area School to discuss how sacred local Aboriginal stories can be best delivered to students.
Kathy described her experience at the Summit as a professional revelation that certified the value of the HALT Network.
“Spending time with others who were challenging themselves to complete the HALT program and continually reflecting on every aspect of our professional practice, while also having opportunities for cross-sectoral networking and friendships has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done,” she said.
“Education in the Northern Territory is exciting and innovative and I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to go to the Summit.”
This story first appeared in “Celebrate” – Edition 17, June 2019