Victoria Branch Messages

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Summer breaks are, I believe, for relaxing, reflecting and regrouping. As someone working in school leadership, I find current times challenging in terms of providing hope and optimism for students and staff in a world where environmental pressures and human aggressions spin a web of despair into which it is hard not to get stuck. As educators, we must, however, assist our communities to flourish as best we can, given the circumstances. Wellbeing and happiness, though nebulous, are the subjects of much consideration. A *Harvard Study of Adult Development that commenced in 1938, has established a strong correlation between deep relationships and well-being. ...
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Global Citizenship 2023 was a year of global challenges. In schools, we considered the wellbeing of far-flung communities battered by wars and violence, as well as those closer to home. Members of our own communities, through connections with Ukraine or Russia, the Middle East or Indigenous tensions demand our care, attention and love. Outside COVID and the troubles in Afghanistan in 2022, I have never felt so challenged as a leader whose role, I believe, is to engender hope. Dominic Moisi writes in ‘The Geopolitics of Emotion’ that cultures are shaped by emotions. Fear and humiliation feed hatred in some parts of the world. In other parts of the world, ...
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2024 Vic Committee: Cameron Paterson, Melissa Riley, Prof David Gurr, Hayley Dureau, Dr Ashley Pratt, Lauren Sayer, Kara Baxter , Dr Annette Rome, Dr Steven Kolber (Absent: Charlotte Forwood, Fiona Hutton , Fiona Longmuir) Welcome to the VIC Branch of ACEL. As the Victorian Branch President, I am pleased to welcome you. It is an exciting time for education in Australasia and I look forward to stimulating, thoughtful and meaningful times ahead. The Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) was formed in 1973, and is the peak educational leadership organisation in Australasia. It plays a significant role in shaping practice and professional ...
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A highlight of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Victoria Branch is the annual celebration and presentation of awards. ACEL VIC 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 VIC 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 VIC Awards committee will evaluate nominations with respect to the essential criteria. The ...
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