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Almost 200 of Australia’s expert teachers gathered in Darwin on May 24 to 25 to share expertise and knowledge for the benefit of Australia’s students.

The Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) Summit was a two-day conference organised by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) showcasing the expertise and experiences of some of the nation’s most esteemed educators. This year’s theme was ‘expanding our impact’.

Most delegates at the invitation-only conference were expert teachers who have voluntarily achieved certification against the Highly Accomplished or Lead career stages of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers – a rigorous national process requiring applicants to demonstrate the impact of their practice on students and their colleagues.

As at December 2018, 573 teachers had been nationally certified as HALTs. A new Spotlight report released by AITSL at the summit found that having a HALT in a school isn’t just beneficial to the individual teacher. It also contributes to an increased culture of learning among staff and enables quality teaching to have an impact across the school, and all learners.