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Education in the Illawarra continues to be a hot topic with today’s launch of the 2013 mentoring program between the UOW Faculty of Education and Keira High School.

Faculty of Education Associate Dean of Teacher Education, Dr Sharon Tindall-Ford said the program aimed to provide students in the Graduate Diploma of Education with further practical learning experiences.

“The program also aims to further develop the leadership and professional dialogue and understandings of pre-service teachers and mentors,” Dr Tindall-Ford said.

“[It’s] bridging the gap between the theoretical program delivered at university and the practical experiences provided at school.”

Students who show strong teaching qualities and a deep engagement with course content may be selected to participate in the program to further their skill set.

This is the second year that the mentoring program has been in place with Keira High School with hopes of a continual program between the two facilities.

words: ANNA BADDELEY

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