Formed in 1968, the Western Australian Institute of Educational Administration was the first of its kind in Australia. Later it became affiliated with the Australian Council of Educational Administrators (ACEA) which changed to ACEL. The affiliation brought numerous benefits including excellent publications, a travelling scholar program, international conferences and a recognised accreditation system for both school and tertiary administrators.
Through the years, the Western Australian affiliate always saw its major focus as providing a service to its members in Western Australia. This service to members continues as strongly today with the recent formation of ACEL Ltd.
Welcome to ACELWA. My name is Jenny Hill. I am ACELWA Branch President. I also serve on the ACEL Board. The ACELWA Branch executive is a sub-committee of the ACEL Board. As a result of the annual general meeting, the Branch has 5 new branch executive – Robyn White, Jenny Davies, Tony Beswick, Richard Win Pe and Keith Newton; and 3 continuing executive – Phil Ridden, David Lin and Peter Noonan. The Branch Executive comes from public schools (primary and high school), Catholic schools, Independent schools and University sectors.
You will see in our branch information, that WA has had a long history of educational leadership starting with the formation of the Western Australian Institute of Educational Administration in 1968. The commitment to serving our membership and our focus on educational leadership is as strong today as it was then.
ACELWA provides cutting edge support for leaders at all levels in organisations, at all stages of their career and in all sectors, with the focus on educational leadership. My belief is that right now we are at a ‘tipping point’. We know enough about how people learn and we now have the emerging research that shows the link between leadership practices and improvement in student learning outcomes. We know enough to make fundamental changes in educational organisations to ensure learning for all.
ACELWA Branch Executive is committed to serving our members, by continuing to build a community of educational leaders in WA. The Executive is currently working through strategic planning processes to explore our directions and align goals with ACEL’s business plan. ACELWA goals will fall under the four focus areas below:
Learning for leadership – goals such as creating and sharing professional knowledge, providing access to theory, practice and evidence-based research and leadership development;
Communities of practice – goals such as creating community through building relationships within our ACELWA association and valuing and capitalising on the diversity of knowledge and experience of members;
Advocacy – goals such as finding opportunities to celebrate leadership and elevate the perception of leaders within the profession;
Business Development – goals such as understanding the needs of our membership and growing our membership.
I look forward to serving you and continuing to build our community in WA.