A highlight of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Australian Capital Territory Branch is the annual celebration and presentation of awards. ACEL ACT honours those educational leaders who in the view of their peers have made a significant contribution to the understanding and practice of educational leadership.

To assist in this process, we urge all ACEL ACT members to consider nominating worthy candidates for recognition of their leadership and service to education. The award nomination process is confidential until completed, and nominations have been approved. The ACEL ACT Awards committee will evaluate nominations with respect to the essential criteria.

The ACEL ACT awards committee will contact successful nominees on the completion of the process. In all cases the Committee Convenor will also contact all nominators in relation to the outcome of their nomination. Nominators seeking further information or assistance should contact the ACEL National Office at branch@acel.org.au to obtain contact details for the ACT Committee Convenor.

Nominations must be received by Friday 28 June 2019


ACEL ACT Fellowship Awards
ACEL presents Fellowships to those who have made outstanding educational leadership contributions to ACEL and/or whose work has influenced educational practice at a state and/or national level.

Nominees for ACEL ACT Fellowships must be members of ACEL with at least five years standing, or if retired, must have been a member of at least five years standing at the time of retirement. (Please note, however, that the Committee may waive this condition and accept a shorter period of membership in the light of special circumstances or other evidence provided.)

Any member of ACEL in the field of educational leadership or education may be nominated for an ACEL ACT Fellowship. Nominees are also expected to have made an active contribution to ACEL. Members receiving fellowships are permitted to use the post nominal FACEL (ACT).

Evidence needs to be mapped against the following criteria.

ACEL ACT Excellence in Educational Leadership Award
Award(s) are presented each year to an educator who has demonstrated excellent leadership in implementing an educational initiative or conducting research which leads to improved educational outcomes for students. This certificate of recognition is designed to enable you to nominate staff for their exemplary work within their area of responsibility. It is aimed at a variety of leadership contexts be it classroom, faculty, school, tertiary, system or consultancy.

Essential criteria are:

  • A significant contribution to the professional learning of others.
  • Recognition as an enthusiastic and committed driver of change.
  • Building purposeful internal and external relationships, networks and partnerships.

ACEL ACT Growing in Leadership Award
This award provides teachers who are in the early stages of their career, generally in their first five years, with recognition for their excellent contribution to education in ACT.

Essential criteria are:

  • Exemplary teaching practice.
  • A contribution to leading the professional learning of others.
  • Building purposeful internal and external relationships, networks and partnerships.

ACEL ACT Trish Wilks Award for Collaborative Practice
Trish Wilks has been a longstanding member of ACEA and ACEL. Trish is a Past-President of ACT ACEL and was also a national Board member. Trish has demonstrated collaboration at the highest level. Her motivation has always been to work to improve outcomes for students in the ACT and a highlight of her work for ACEL has been her commitment to the annual Awards. Trish was part of the Awards committee for many years and was often responsible for writing the award citations.

Essential criteria:

  • Exemplary teaching practice
  • A significant contribution to the learning of others
  • Sustained and successful collaboration within a school or across schools
  • Evidence of the difference made by collaborative practice.

The intention is that this award would go to two or more practitioners.

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