Dean's Report

Orbis - South Australian Partnership

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education has formed an important partnership with a new professional learning academy for teachers recently launched in South Australia. The Academy, called Orbis, will provide a comprehensive program of professional learning for South Australia’s public school and preschool educators to support them in developing their teaching expertise and educational leadership.

Following an international tender process MGSE was awarded the contract to deliver three pilot courses focusing on literacy and numeracy with 180 teachers taking part. This is an excellent opportunity for MGSE to bring our knowledge of contemporary teaching and leadership practices, focus on evidence-based strategies and strong connections to schools to South Australia. Delivering crucial professional development for leaders in schools to increase their expertise and develop the capacity of their teams will support the South Australian Education Department’s school improvement model.

Networking with MGSE Alumni class of 1950s - 1970s

Earlier this week we welcomed to MGSE alumni who had attended the Melbourne Teachers’ College during the 1950s up until the 1970s. This was the first of a series of events MGSE is holding to build relationships with alumni who attended the amalgamated institutions that eventually became part of the Graduate School.

Many of the attendees had not previously considered themselves alumni of the University and the morning tea provided an avenue for bringing them into the MGSE community.

After an overview of MGSE’s vision and strategy, Dr Harry Galatis briefed them on the way teaching is now delivered in our Master of Teaching. We also presented a slide show of memorabilia collated with artefacts from the University Archives depicting photographs and teaching documentation from the Melbourne Teachers’ College from the 1800s through to the 1980s. The alumni group expressed great appreciation for the opportunity to hear more about current courses, to meet up with former colleagues and to feel a part of the Graduate School.

Latest Pursuit article and Dean's Lecture

Lastly, I encourage you to read Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick’s article published in Pursuit today which describes the significant improvements to student wellbeing that occur after positive education strategies are introduced to schools. She also discusses the use of technology in schools to promote wellbeing and performance and how it improves the student learning experience. You can hear more about Dianne’s work when she gives her inaugural Dean’s Lecture next Tuesday 7 May.