New Voice ACEL scholarship to recognise Indigenous educational leaders

Two Indigenous educators have been recognised by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in the organisation’s ‘New Voice’ scholarships in the second of the initiative. Educators from Northern Territory were awarded the scholarships, which are aimed at acknowledging impressive new Indigenous voices in educational leadership.

ACEL is Australia’s leading independent body for educational leadership. The Indigenous scholarship is part of ACEL’s ‘New Voice’ scholarship initiative in recognising Australian educators who are forward-thinking, relevant and responsive to issues in contemporary Australian education.

The initiative represents a commitment from ACEL of $300,000 over 10 years.

The criteria for the ‘New Indigenous Voice’ in School Leadership Scholarship ensures recipients are currently employed in an educational institution in Australia, of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who show a demonstrated excellence in their current educational role.

“These ‘new voice’ scholarship recipients have been recognised as for their work and research as forward-thinking, relevant and responsive individuals in contemporary Australian education,” ACEL Chief Executive Aasha Murthy said.

“We have received a tremendous response with a large number of high quality applications. Each scholarship aims to welcome the recipients into the ACEL network and support the dissemination of new learning and thought.”

“We are thrilled to be able to recognise these outstanding Indigenous educators in our community.”

The scholarship recipients are:
Kate Axten, Cantralian Middle School, NT
Haydon Staines, Department of Education, NT

Recipients of the scholarships will receive:

  • Complimentary attendance/participation in the 2016 ACEL National Conference in Melbourne from 28th – 30th September, including tickets to the social event/s, valued at $1,000
  • A cash bursary of $500
  • Featuring of their work in ACEL’s flagship journal, The Australian Educational Leader
  • Additional opportunities to have their work featured at ACEL Events

“ACEL is committed to giving-back to the profession, through the provision of these world-class learning opportunities, with particular supporting for our Indigenous leaders,” Ms Murthy said.

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