Resilient Teaching (Proficient)

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Resilient Teaching

Struggling Well with Hopeful Perseverance

Course code: PL2018


Purpose of this course:

This course is for teachers and leaders who have an interest in becoming more resilient and enabling the growth of resilience in their school and their students. It has been designed to give access to some of the current thinking on Resilience and to give a structured and resourced program to use to support your learning. The course is based on research undertaken over many years by Dr Donald Guthrie and other current researchers. 


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Completing Resilient Teaching will contribute 6 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.


Resilient Teaching is a six-hour, online course and incorporates the learning from the 2018 EdComm Conference. It gives six hours of NESA-accredited learning at the Proficient level. It should be completed over a period of twelve weeks.


Click below to see a short segment of Dr Guthrie's address at the 2018 EdComm Conference regarding Resilience.


Focus questions:

  1. How do we define resilience?
  2. What are the implications of framing an understanding of resilience in 'the four-chapter' story of the bible?
  3. What are the characteristics of a gospel healthy system?
  4. What are the characteristics of a gospel healthy leadership?
  5. How does gospel hope contribute to facing our fears?

Learning outcomes:

  1. Participants will understand what resilience is and some ways to improve resilience.
  2. Participants will explore the characteristics of resilience as seen in the life of Joseph, son of Jacob, and throughout the teaching of the Bible.
  3. Participants will explore the claim that resilience for the Christian is grounded in the God of abundance.
  4. Participants will understand the characteristics of a gospel healthy system and gospel healthy leadership.
  5. Participants will recognise the difference between technical and adaptive challenges and the implications for leaders.
  6. Participants will explore how gospel hope contributes to facing our fears and building resilience.


Success criteria:

  1. Participants will be able to define resilience and outline and apply the 'seven resilience skills'.
  2. Participants will be able to identify characteristics of resilience in the life of Joseph, son of Jacob.
  3. Participants will be able to identify the characteristics of a gospel healthy system and gospel healthy leadership.
  4. Participants will be able to plan how to incorporate resilience training into their classroom lessons.
  5. Participants will recognise the difference between technical and adaptive challenges and how they need to be dealt with differently in a healthy system.
  6. Participants will complete exercises that indicate their resilience and exercises to help build personal resilience.


Course outline:

Module 1 – Resilience Foundations
Module One develops an understanding of the concept of resilience from both a biblical and psychological perspective. It asks the participant to engage with current research and to assess their own resilience and practices in relation to the research.

Module 2 – Resilience, Scripture, Christ and Vocation
Module Two explores a Biblical perspective more closely and looks at Joseph's life as a case study of a resilient person. It explores five elements of formation and the concept of resilience in Christ.

Module 3 – Resilient Systems (Healthy Systems, Leadership, Technical and Adaptive Challenges)
This module examines resilient systems and compares gospel healthy and unhealthy systems and gospel healthy and unhealthy leadership. It looks at relational capital and trust, allies and confidants, and explores the difference between technical and adaptive challenges that all leaders face.   

Module 4 – Facing Fears with Gospel Hope
Module Four looks at facing our fears with gospel hope. It reviews the questions and answer segment at the conference and gives the participant an opportunity to ask further questions and to self-assess their learning. It also explores how achievement is pursued and celebrated in the classroom and within wider school practices.


Course cost:

$240pp for Anglican EdComm Member Schools

$240pp for Anglican EdComm Individual Members

$480pp for Non-member Schools

Dates available:

July 27 – October 18 2020 – Launch date

August 31 – November 23 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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