Professional learning opportunities Page ContentThere are a wide variety of professional learning opportunities available to departmental employees, offered through internal and external providers.These opportunities support the personal and professional growth of all employees. Information is available on OnePortal for the following employee groups:teachersschool leadersteacher aidespublic servantsexecutive leaders.The department also offers a range of publications and newsletters that provide information on professional development.The professional development calendar provides a schedule of events to support individual learning and growth, as well as organisational planning and development. OneChannel provides easy online access to live and on-demand educational and professional development programs.OnePortal bulletins often provide information on upcoming professional development events. The Learning Place offers a range of facilitated and self-paced online courses.Department employees can find information about professional development opportunities on OnePortal by searching 'learning and professional development'.Teaching Junior Secondary programThe department is pleased to announce the release of the Teaching Junior Secondary program, a self-directed professional development opportunity designed to support teachers wishing to transition to junior secondary teaching in Queensland state schools.The purpose of this online, department-funded program is to:strengthen participant understanding of the learning needs of junior secondary studentsequip eligible teachers with the skills and confidence to teach at the junior secondary levelencourage teachers to transition to junior secondary teaching.We would especially encourage applications from current primary school teachers seeking an opportunity to teach in junior secondary.Teachers wishing to apply should submit an expression of interest by Thursday 31 October 2019.Eligibility and commencementTo be eligible, you must:be a teacher working in a Queensland state schoolreceive endorsement from your principal to participate in the program.Support materials are currently available to registered applicants and the online learning program will be accessible in Term 4, 2019.Support package for program participantsTo celebrate the release of this self-paced learning and professional development opportunity, the department is offering a support package to successful applicants.*As a program participant, you will be able to access the online learning program, as well as receiving:a teacher relief scheme (TRS) payment for your school, to support release time for a day of observation in a junior secondary classrooma personal copy of the textbook, Teaching Middle Years: Rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment a personal membership to Adolescent Success, the national association for middle years teachers, through to January 2021 – includes networking events, newsletters and other useful resourcesdiscounted member rates to Adolescent Success professional development events. *Please note:While access to the self-paced online program will be unlimited, the number of available support packages may be limited, depending on the number of expressions of interest received by the closing date. Teachers who are not currently teaching in junior secondary will be given first preference to this support package.How to applyTo be considered, you must submit your expression of interest by Thursday 31 October 2019. The support package will only be available to eligible participants who express their interest by the cut-off date.myAcademyIf you are a preservice teacher applying for work in Queensland state schools, upskill yourself with myAcademy. This free, online training tool is designed to help you navigate the department’s in-school software, OneSchool. Plus, you’ll receive a certificate once you complete the training.OneSchool understanding is essential for all teachers as the system is used to manage key teaching and classroom management activities including:student management and analyticscurriculum planning and assessment managementfinance, asset and resource managementperformance, reporting and analysis. Training formatThe online training takes approximately 5 hours to complete. It is also self-paced, so you can take as long as you need to work through each module.How to registerRegister your interest in myAcademy training, if you’re a preservice teacher, by emailing myAcademy@qed.qld.gov.au.Beginning teachers and returning teachers can also undertake training by self-registering for myAcademy (existing teachers) (login required) on the Learning Place.Further informationIf you have any questions about the department’s learning and professional development programs, please email LearningandPD.HUMANRES@qed.qld.gov.au.