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Connecting new educators: a strategy for empowerment - What the Research Had to Say

29 November 2023
ONLINE via Zoom Webinar

Please note that this is an information session only.
It is designed to provide the background, purpose, and intent of our Master Mentoring (Community of New Educators) program.

Attending this session does not constitute
professional development in the area of training and assessment practice.

Connecting new educators: a strategy for empowerment 

- Kay Schlesinger, 2023 -

What the research had to say....


The VET sector is getting older, so helping new teachers is not only a smart idea but also a safe one. To put it simply, we will not have enough teachers in the future if we do not support them in their first years.

Most new teachers in the VET sector have their Certificate IV Training and Assessment. In the two Delivery Units of the course, this qualification covers some basic teaching skills. However, for most new teachers, this is the only experience they will have with choosing and using teaching methods.

If Australia is to meet the growing demand for skilling the nation, it is critical that we have better ways to give new teachers the tools they need to make sure they feel connected in their RTOs, feel confident in their teaching practice, and want to stay in their educational settings. 

Join International Specialised Skills Institute Fellow and author of the most recent research on the topic, Kay Schlesinger for this brief information session that will unpack her journey to this point, the findings of her reasearch, and the link to our new Master Mentoring program: Community Of New Educators (CONE).

If you can't make it live on the day, register your seat, and we'll send you the recording.

Key topics covered in this webinar

  • Kay's research and past experience

  • What the research says about new educators and the support they need

  • The Community of New Educators (CONE) program: content and intentions

Date & Time

Wednesday 29th November 2023
1:30pm - 2.00pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
2:30pm - 3.00pm (AEST: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
2:00pm - 2:30pm (ACST: SA)
1:00pm - 1:30pm (ACST: NT)
11:30am - 12:00pm (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

Anyone interested in finding out more about why we have developed ourMaster Mentoring (Community of New Educators)program launching 2024.

If you are an educator in their first years, or know of one, this brief information session will give you an overview of the findings of Kay's most recent research, and the link to our new program designed to provide meaninful and practical support.

What to expect

Please note that this is an information session only designed to provide the background, purpose, and intent of our Master Mentoring (Community of New Educators) program.

Attending this session does not constitute professional development in the area of training and assessment practice.  Any Statements of Attendance issued will reflect this fact.


Kay Schlesinger

Kay Schlesinger has worked in numerous educational sectors, including a position as a Deputy Principal where she took responsibility for the professional Development of educators and supported new leaders in the sector. In the last 20 years Kay has worked in VET, Higher Education and as an Educational Consultant.

Kay has received awards for Teaching and Adult learning in the VET sector. She has continually demonstrated innovative approaches to teaching a diverse range of students. This was exemplified in 2018 when she presented at the AVETRA conference around Interactive Teaching and Learning Strategies.

In 2020 Kay was awarded an International Specialised Skills Institute fellowship by the Department of Education and Training for her work with new teachers. Kay is currently mentoring organisations around empowering new educators for organisational improvement.

Kay has also designed programs around Industry mentoring and was one of the keynote speakers at the 2021 VDC Annual Conference where she addressed: 10 Ways to Empower New Teachers for Success. A pathway for organisational success. Kay has also been a speaker at TAFE Director’s Australia and spoke at TAFE Queensland/ Holmesglen annual conferences. Kay is currently working with The Department of Education in a consulting role.

Developing the capability of educators has been Kay’s passion for many years. She is focussed on partnering with educators to create interesting, interactive learning experiences.

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees (Not available in all Webinars)
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter, Kay Schlesinger, before the session, please email

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