Banish Teacher Burnout (Proficient)

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Banish Teacher Burnout: The Secret of Long-Term Success for Educators (Proficient)

Course Code: PL1803


Purpose of this course:

This NESA-accredited course has been designed to give access to some of the current thinking on how to avoid burnout in the vocation of teaching. It is specifically designed for teachers professing a faith, as the research incorporates the concept of Spiritual Resources as a key contributor to resilience.


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Completing Banish Teacher Burnout will contribute 4 hours of NESA accredited PD addressing 6.2.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


The course structure and timing:

Banish Teacher Burnout is a four-hour, online course based on research carried out by Dr Grant Bickerton, Dr Barbara Griffin, Dr Maureen Miner-Bridges and Professor Martin Dowson. It gives four hours of NESA-accredited learning at the Proficient level. It should be completed over a period of four weeks.

The course has three modules and involves Readings, Videos and Interactive Learning Tasks – discussions and reflection exercises that are an application of the learning to your own situation. All materials are included in the course.


Explicit course outcomes:

1. To develop a critical understanding of the place of spiritual resources in building resilience in the educator.
2. To reflect and set achievable personal goals for improving or sustaining resilience.
3. To set in place practices that enhance the resilience of a group of your colleagues.


Success criteria:

  1. The participant can express an understanding of the key research findings.
  2. The participant engages with the discussion and raises concerns about critical issues raised by this research.
  3. The participant shows evidence of engaging with other participants in dialogue about the components of building resilience suggested by this research.
  4. The participant reflects on their own practice and sets achievable improvement/maintenance of resilience goals.


Course outline:

Module 1

This module begins with a personal reflection on the participant’s workplace stress points (Learning Task 1.1) and a self-evaluation of their personal engagement (Learning Task 1.2) using the same scales as Miner's research. Participants will then read an article.

Module 2

Module Two explores the research in this area. It begins with a summary of the key ideas, then participants will watch the video presentation from the EdComm Agora and have an opportunity to engage at a deeper level with the ideas presented by asking questions about the video (Learning Task 2.1). Participants are also able to review the accompanying slide presentation. Learning task 2.2 will ask participants to check their understanding. There are three short readings and participants will join a discussion in Learning Task 2.3.

Module 3

In this module participants will be applying their learning to their school situation. Learning Task 3.1 asks participants to review their self-evaluation and in the light of their learning set some goals for personal development. Learning Task 3.2 is a reflection exercise. Participants will be asked to assess their own learning (Learning Task 3.3) and the course.


Course cost:

$80pp for Anglican EdComm Member Schools

$80pp for Anglican EdComm Individual Members

$160pp for Non-member Schools

Dates available:

October 12 – November 2 2020

Further information:

Once you have registered and paid you will be given access to EdComm's Learning Management System, where you will be able to work through the course material in a facilitated online learning community.


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