Message from the Branch President, Kirk Zwangobani
I thought I would start this newsletter with a ‘call for papers!’ for the ACEL National Conference in Melbourne. The 2021 ACEL National Conference is happening from 29th September to 1st October this year in Melbourne. The Call for Papers is closing soon however, there is still time for ACT ACEL members to submit a proposal for one of the conferences concurrent sessions. The theme for this year’s conference is Leading excellence through equity. You can find out more about the subthemes and submit an abstract here.
The ACT is often underrepresented at the national conference as well as in our leading journal the Australian Educational Leader (or AEL). One of my goals then, for ACT ACEL Branch, is to give us more presence nationally. There are numerous initiatives and innovative practice happening in ACT schools; we need to share and showcase more of what we do well. For more details on either the national conference call for papers or publishing your school’s story in AEL you can reach out to Chris Newcombe in the national office with any questions, or alternatively make contact directly with me.
ACEL ACT Events
- A last-minute reminder for those that have tickets, that the Breakfast with the Minister is on this Friday 11 June, at the National Portrait Gallery. Looking forward to seeing you there.
- It is also my pleasure to announce that Professor Martin Westwell will be our speaker for the 2021 ACEL Currie Lecture (Wednesday 11 August). More information and registration will follow soon.
Martin is the Chief Executive of the SACE Board of South Australia. The curriculum and assessment authority whose stated purpose is to “Shape Education so that Students Thrive. The SACE Board serves students and educators in South Australia, the Northern Territory and schools in the SACE International program in China, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Pacific Islands.
Martin has worked extensively with education systems in using evidence to inform policy, practice, innovation and impact in education.
Martin has a number of other roles including Board member of Australian Council for Educational Leaders’ (ACEL), the Chair of the SA Department for Education’s Expert Advisory Panel, and member of the Clinical Advisory Council of the SA Commission for Excellence and Innovation in Health.
Building on his research career at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, Martin and his family moved to South Australia in 2007, where he took up an academic position at Flinders University.
Martin was a Chief Investigator in the national Science of Learning Research Centre, collaborating with classroom teachers to use principles from cognitive science in the development of pedagogical approaches and assessment practices. He was also one of only two recipients of a $1m education grant from the Australian Space Research Program, the precursor to the Australian Space Agency now based in Adelaide.
He has worked with UNESCO using evidence to inform strategic planning of education in the Asia-Pacific region and has been a member of the steering group of their research network.
In 2018, Martin received the prestigious Australian Council for Educational Leaders’ (ACEL) Gold Medal, awarded for the most outstanding contribution to the study and practice of educational administration and leadership.