QLD Branch News

Message from the Branch President, Karen Fox


As Term 4 2021 gets underway, the ACELQ Branch Executive team extend our best wishes to all who lead learning in a multiplicity of ways across our Queensland educational communities. May it be as fulfilling a term as it is productive and busy. We hope that many of you enjoyed participating in the recent ACEL national online conference and remind you that your conference registration enables you to access the keynote speakers and concurrent sessions for six months. This access could be used as inspiration from which to build shared professional learning opportunities from many of the key takeaways and provocations highlighted throughout the conference.

Congratulations – Queensland recipients of ACEL National Awards

We are delighted to highlight and acknowledge those exceptional Queensland educational leaders who have received ACEL National Awards

The 2021 ACEL Gold Medal for most outstanding contribution to the study and practice of educational administration and leadership has been awarded to Patrea Walton. We congratulate Patrea on being this year’s recipient of this prestigious ACEL award and thank her for a lifetime of extraordinary dedication to education across the state and nationally.

We congratulate Michael Newman as a recipient of an ACEL Leadership Award and Phillip Moulds for an ACEL National Fellowship. These awards are due recognition of exceptional contribution to teaching, learning and educational leadership.

We have so many exciting initiatives and events planned for the next weeks and trust you can find some opportunity, through these, to engage and share with fellow ACEL members and colleagues.

Time for reflection – an initiative for ACELQ members.

To highlight the importance of reflective practice in current times the Queensland Executive have decided to offer a short piece of reflective writing to our Queensland members. Representatives of the Executive community plan to share our personal reflections about something we’ve read, experienced, mused about, questioned, or decided. It is our aim to write and send through one or two a term and hope you can enjoy sharing some Time for reflection with us. You can expect the first of these soon written by Meredith O’Connor 2020 ACEL New Voice Scholar and guest contributor to of the ACEL Executive community.

State Awards Ceremony - Wednesday 27th October

We are very much looking forward to congratulating our State Awards recipients at the ACELQ Leadership Awards ceremony which was postponed from August to Wednesday 27 October and will be held at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School. This is a highlight event of our year – time to recognise and acknowledge the breadth and depth of educational excellence, commitment, and innovation in Queensland. The registration link and details of recipients and the event are link here.

Pivotal People - Wednesday 20th October

For the final Pivotal People event for the year, Emeritus Professor Patrick Duignan will be joining Gold Coast Pivotal People organisers and other middle leaders to discuss the topic of authentic leadership and consider ways in which middle leaders can operate with high character and high courage. We encourage as many as possible to join what will be a very enriching conversation. For details and registration at link here.

QLD Panel Forum – Thursday 21st October

The Toowoomba and Darling Downs ACEL working group have organised another topical and thought-provoking event, this time as a panel forum.

The Topic is Addressing the Complexity of Educational Occupational Violence and Aggression (OVA) Input will be provided by a range of speakers, each representing different perspectives and contexts: - Higher Education Input – Ms India Bryce, USQ: Research and current context Professional Standards – Dr Barbara Woods: From school/systems experience, what’s happening in our schools? Parent – Pareto effect – The why and how it happens Teacher – Proactive strategies from the classroom Leader – The leadership maxims of OVA

More details and registration at link here.

In Dialogue – Thursday 4th November

As inspiration for planning the next In Dialogue seminar jointly offered by ACELQ and the Science of Learning Research Centre (UQ) we have, once again looked to the Statement of Commitment for the Profession of Teaching * this time using the following section:

I offer a spirit of optimism, resilience, and hope as I support young people to develop and act on the values, beliefs and capabilities that guide them throughout their lives.

Such a powerful statement lends itself to very rich dialogue amongst teachers, educational leaders, researchers in education, neuroscience, and psychology. We hope you can join us in this shared learning opportunity. Further details and registration at link here.

* We encourage you to access your own copy of the full Statement of Commitment to the Profession of Teaching for use as a conversation starter, in professional learning or for events that celebrate the teaching profession and teachers in your community (for example: for the upcoming World Teacher’s Day). The Statement and an explanation of it are available at link here.

With such a range of offerings, we trust that you be able to be involved in some activity or use some of our resources to enhance your practice, find time for some reflection and extend your personal network. Most particularly we want you to have opportunity to meet and share with fellow educational leaders from across different sectors, educational levels, and interest groups. We have much to learn from each other.

As always, we’re keen to receive feedback and suggestions from our Queensland members. Contact us through:
Twitter: @AcelQueensland
Linked In: ACEL Queensland
Or via email: [email protected]

Local & Online Events

Queensland Annual Branch Awards Ceremony 2021

27th October 2021 - St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School
Time: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

ACEL are proud to present the 2021 QLD Awards.

Please join us in celebration as worthy educators receive well deserved recognition for their outstanding leadership and extraordinary service to education.



Pivotal People: Being an Authentic middle leader

20th October 2021 - The Club Parkwood Village
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm

ACEL are proud to present the ACEL QLD Pivotal People: Gold Coast.

Join Emeritus Professor Patrick Duignan (Director and Consultant at Leading to Inspire) and other Pivotal People to discuss authentic leadership and how middle leaders can 'operate with high character and high courage'



QLD Panel Forum

21st October 2021 - Toowoomba Flexi School
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

ACEL are proud to present the QLD Panel Forum.

Higher Education Input – Ms India Bryce, USQ: Research and current context Professional Standards – Dr Barbara Woods: From school/systems experience, what’s happening in our schools?



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