Scheduled for release in early 2024, MissingSchool will deliver on-demand teacher training within a digital professional learning community. This positive community of practice will enable access to teaching resources, collegial conversations, webinars with multidisciplinary experts, wellbeing supports and more. Critically, it will bridge the gap in available training specifically related to health condition contexts and supports to address chronic absence, including “teach once, learn from anywhere” telepresence assistive devices. The long-term goal is to unlock capacity for teachers across Australia to consistently apply the Disability Standards for Education, ultimately improving wellbeing, learning and social outcomes for students with complex medical conditions.
MissingSchool CEO and Co-Founder Megan Gilmour says:
“Teachers need timely, systemically acceptable solutions to assist students in a health crisis. The Disability Standards for Education mandate adjustments and support for these students to ensure continuity in education and social connections. Yet, our teachers, already grappling with increased workloads, reduced wellbeing and classroom complexity, hit a significant blind spot in our education systems when it comes to addressing the needs of this large, vulnerable group. At MissingSchool, we’re working hard to close the gap in guidance for schools and teachers, with the ultimate goal of putting ourselves out of business… once all students are seen and heard as a matter of business as usual.”