ACEL Brian Caldwell Research Award
Professor Janet Clinton received the ACEL Brian Caldwell Research Award in recognition of her research contribution in the area of educational leadership. In 2018 she led the review of ‘Promoting Evidence Uptake in Schools’ for Gonski 2.0. Overall, she has led over 140 national and international evaluation and research projects attracting over $15 million in funding. Janet’s evaluation work has been recognised by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the Australian Evaluation Association, the American Evaluation Association and she also received the Butland Teaching Excellence Award for Educational Leadership at the University of Auckland.
ARC Discovery Project winners
Last year the Melbourne Graduate School of Education staff were successful in securing several ARC Discovery project grants.
One project, led by Dr Jon Quach, 'Does a teacher-led mindfulness intervention improve student outcomes?' includes Professor Janet Clinton, Dr Ben Deery, Dr Emma Sciberras, Associate Professor Peggy Kern, Associate Professor Lisa Gold and Mrs Francesca Orsini in the project team.
MGSE colleagues were involved in three other successful applications:
Professor Joseph Lo Bianco in a project on 'Early years languages learning in Australia led by the University of New England'
Dr Jessica Gerrard with a project on 'School autonomy and parent engagement in disadvantaged communities' led by Dr Glenn Savage (UWA)
Professor Lorraine Graham in a project 'Teaching how to learn: promoting self-regulated learning in STEM classes' led by Flinders University.
Australian Media Hall of Fame
Last year Honorary Enterprise Professor Maxine McKew was inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame. The Australian Media Hall of Fame, founded in 2011 by the Melbourne Press Club, comprises more than 110 reporters, editors, broadcasters, photographers, cartoonists, commentators and publishers. The journalism of these individuals has not only been outstanding but has also made a difference to society.
Maxine is currently the Support Director for the University of Melbourne Network of Schools at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
2018 Young Australia China Alumni of the Year
Lisa Qin, Master of Teacher Alumna, won the 2018 Young Australia China Alumni of the Year award, presented by the Australia China Alumni Association to recognise the achievements and contributions of graduates of Australian universities currently working within the Australia-China community.
Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs
A new research project which aims to support school systems and planning authorities to rethink how schools engage with local communities has been funded by the Australian Government through the ARC Linkage Projects scheme, awarded to a team led by Dr Benjamin Cleveland with colleague Professor Janet Clinton from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
Digital open access Field Guide
Dr Kathryn Coleman is the Executive Editor and project manager on an international collaborative project with the Association American of Colleges of Universities (AAC&U), Association of Authentic and Experiential Learning (AAEEBL), The International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP) and EPAC (Electronic Portfolio Action and Communication COP) to publish a digital open access ‘Field Guide to ePortfolios’.
Kathryn with her colleagues have been workshopping the Field Guide in 2018 to curate new resources for the field. A padlet has been created to collect and curate these ongoing resources for the next iteration of field guide users.
This a significant Open Access publication for ePortfolio practitioners and researchers.
Award recipients of the University grant scheme
The Melbourne Graduate School of Education successfully secured University of Melbourne grants for the following research projects:
Learning and Teaching initiatives
Enhancing capacity to engage with Indigenous knowledge across teacher education and schools
Dr Sophie Rudolph, Dr Licho López López, Dr Sue Mentha; and Associate applicants: Dr Jeanine Leane, and Associate Professor Sarah Maddison
From collaborative learning to collaborative practice: Interdisciplinary teaching and learning in education and speech pathology
Dr Natasha Ziebell, Dr Jemma Skeat; and Associate applicants: Mr Trist Jones (Flemington PS), and Mr Matthew Harrison.
Equity and Innovation Grants
The Art of Engagement: Involvement of students in low-SES schools in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Arts Breadth program
Dr Richard Sallis and Dr Kathryn Coleman.
2018 UQ Alumni Award
Emeritus Professor Barry McGaw AO was awarded the 2018 University of Queensland’s Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence award for his significant contribution and outstanding leadership in educational research and policy. The award recognises the significant contributions made by alumni in the local community and beyond and Barry's success as a University of Queensland alum. Barry has demonstrated outstanding leadership during his extensive career in educational research and policy.
LEaRN’s ARC Linkage Suceess
A new research project which aims to support school systems and planning authorities to rethink how schools engage with local communities has been funded by the Australian Government through the ARC Linkage Projects scheme, awarded to a team led by Dr Benjamin Cleveland at The University of Melbourne.
Awards for Excellence in Leadership
The LH Martin Institute were awarded the Excellence in Leadership award at the ATEM/Campus Morning Mail best practice awards in tertiary education.
Melbourne Graduate School of Education 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
In 2018, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education held a series of events to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Professional development sessions, a co-badged Dean’s Lecture and a Golden Alumni morning tea were held to celebrate this milestone. The events had a focus on re-engaging our alumni and the morning tea provided an opportunity for our former Dean, Professor Kwong Lee Dow to recount the rich history of the Graduate School. The celebrations also afforded the chance for many of our alumni to reconnect and to make new connections within the Education alumni community.
First Menzies Research Fellow
Ms Kerry Elliott was appointed as the first Menzies Research Fellow to support the incubator. Read more at the Menzies Foundation website.
Best Dissertation Award
Dr Rhonda Di Biase has been awarded the Best Dissertation Award for the South Asia SIG at the Comparative and International Education Society conference for 2018.
The prize acknowledges the work of scholars focusing on educational issues in the South Asia region. Her thesis investigated the enabling conditions for pedagogical reform in the Maldives. Acknowledging the challenges of educational reform, attention to the importance of contextual factors was foregrounded through the analysis. Using design-based research, teachers’ enactment of a pedagogical intervention was studied within an island school. The findings identified enabling conditions at three levels: the clarity and accessibility of the model itself; teachers’ enactment through practical knowledge and classroom-based support within a reform-minded school community.
Awards for Excellence in Engagement
Ms Katherine Henderson received the Awards for Excellence in Engagement – Public Value for her work with the Melbourne Network of Schools
Universitas 21 Scholarships for Professional Staff
Joann Cattlin, Project Manager from the ILETC Project was recognised for her outstanding performance and awarded the Universitas 21 Professional Staff Scholarship. The scholarship provides development opportunities for recipients and benefits the University of Melbourne through the advancement of its administrative and management practices. The scholarship will allow Joann to develop her expertise, pass on what she learns and strengthen links with other institutions.