Peer Mentoring Program
HTAV strives to improve the quality of History teaching and support its members to flourish through professional learning, networking and peer mentoring. With this in mind, the HTAV Peer Mentoring Program aims to bring together History teachers at all levels in their professional careers to create a community of support and experience.
The Peer Mentoring Program enables History teachers to meet, talk and share experiences in a casual setting. Mentors offer 6-8 hours of support throughout the year at times that suit you both. Mentoring can be a coffee meeting, Zoom, drinks after a conference or event, email or phone call. Offers of assistance beyond the 6-8 hours are not expected but can be negotiated privately between the mentor and mentee.
Applications for the Peer Mentoring Program are accepted until Term 1, with application forms made available on the HTAV website. Mentors will be paired with their mentees no later than Term 2, or when an appropriate mentee is available. At the end of the year, HTAV will seek feedback on both mentor and mentee experiences.
Why join the HTAV Peer Mentoring Program?
We all seek advice from others in some capacity – a quick question in the staffroom, a chat over coffee at a conference or tossing a query to a social media group. Joining the Peer Mentoring Program as a mentor or mentee facilitates these conversations. It will allow insight into your History teaching practice, reinvigorate your teaching skills, broaden your professional network and make a difference in the lives of other History teachers.
Please don’t let thinking ‘I’m not an expert’ prevent you from joining as a mentor. Even a few years of teaching or leadership is a wealth of experience for someone who is starting out.
JOIN THE 2022 PROGRAM
While applications to join the program have closed, we still have four mentors who can offer assistance to teachers of Years 7-10, VCE Modern History, VCE Revolutions: Russia/China, VCE Ancient History 3-4 and/or VCE Australian History. If you are wanting some additional support in these areas, please complete a mentee application form (available to download below) and email it to program coordinator Michelle Pitcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HTAV would like to thank the 2021 mentors for sharing their knowledge and expertise with inexperienced teachers:
- Dr Lydia Allen, St Margaret's School
- Shaun Bourke, Heathmont College
- Katrina Davey, St Catherine's School
- Thomas Hopwood, Lalor Secondary College
- Ian Lyell, Camberwell Girls Grammar School
- Eric Ryan, Methodist Ladies' College
- Maddi Schmidt, St Francis Xavier College
- Natalie Shephard, OneSchool Global
Lauren Tomlinson, Keysborough Secondary College
Please note: The HTAV Peer Mentoring Program is open to all HTAV members. Applicants for the 2022 program will need to hold or be a member of an active 2022 HTAV membership. Ensure your membership is active to partake in the program.