Joining the Dots Transition Network (JTDTN)
The Joining the Dots Transition Network is for educators and wellbeing staff, community agency workers and others who wish to improve their primary secondary school transition and engagement practise. It is widely accepted that an effective transition to secondary school is a key factor in determining whether young people remain engaged in education, complete secondary school and transition into positive career pathways.
Through interactive sharing of practise, quality professional learning, networking and working together in local clusters, members will improve their capability to prepare and support students and their families for this journey from Year 4 to Year 9. This collaborative and early intervention approach is key to supporting all young people and their families during transition, and especially those who are more vulnerable to disengagement.
This unique opportunity for educators and wellbeing staff to come together once per term has evolved from 7+years of action research through the Joining the Dots project (key recommendation of the 2018 Project evaluation).
Benefits of Membership
- You will learn how to improve school practice in supporting young people and their families during transition from primary to secondary school
- You will have the opportunity to network with other schools and agencies to discuss best practice ideas and their practical implementation
- You will build your professional skills and be part of a supportive and self-directed network
- You will have dedicated time for local transition clusters to meet and progress local initiatives
- Regional Community of Practice
A unique network that is self-directed and funded, with a Steering Group comprised of members and a dedicated coordinator who will deliver a quality program over four meetings this year
- Evidence-Based & Highly Practical
Joining the Dots is based on action research developed over 7 years in partnership with local schools and agencies in the inner north of Melbourne. Members will be actively involved in practical, evidence-based professional learning.
- Alignment with all FISO Priorities
The Network aligns with all four dimensions of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes by working collaboratively to improve student engagement and wellbeing, including a focus on strengthening student voice and agency
Organisational membership is open to:
- Primary and Secondary School Transition Coordinators (or Equivalent Roles), educators and wellbeing staff from all schools in Moreland, Darebin and Yarra, and beyond
- Local community agency workers with resources and capacity to support schools, students and families during transition to and within secondary school
- Key representatives from the Department of Education and Training, Catholic Education Melbourne and Independent Schools Victoria
- Other appropriate educators
The annual organisational membership fee is $1,500 + GST for up to three representatives.
These funds will provide for:
- Network and Steering Group meeting venues, catering and guest speakers
- The employment of a Network Coordinator by INLLEN
- Other administration costs such as photocopying, laptop and mobile phone.
Next Network Meeting
Date: Thursday 5th December 2019
Time: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Venue: Glenroy College, 120 Glenroy Rd, Glenroy.
2019 Meeting Dates
Term 1 – Thursday, 21 March – Hosted by John Fawkner College
Term 2 – Thursday, 6 June – Hosted by Darebin City Council
Term 3 – Thursday, 15 August – Hosted by Charles La Trobe College
Term 4 – Thursday, 5 December – Hosted by Glenroy College