Dean's Report

MGSE Staff Forum

Last Friday’s Staff Forum provided an opportunity for us all to come together to discuss the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the University, and on MGSE in particular. I appreciate so many of you making the time to attend the forum and for asking such considered questions. As I said on Friday, I understand what a challenging and uncertain time this is for you and I assure you I will keep you informed as more information becomes available. I expect to have more detail to share with you by mid September.

The University has further material and resources for staff on the dedicated COVID-19 website. This includes a breakdown of the University’s financial position and a frequently asked questions section which will be updated continuously. I’d also like to remind you that there are a range of support resources that the University provides for all staff and I encourage you to make use of these services.

Assistant Dean, Graduate Research

Today we welcome back Associate Professor Shelley Gillis to MGSE and to her role of Assistant Dean, Graduate Research after her special studies leave in semester one. I look forward to having Shelley as part of the MGSE Executive. My sincere thanks to Associate Professor Kylie Smith who stepped into the role and provided a significant contribution at a particularly challenging time for MGSE’s graduate researchers.

MGSE Webinar Series

The third in our webinar series Propelling education through a COVID-19 world aired yesterday to an audience of over 400 people from around Australia and internationally. The audience was particularly engaged with Laureate Professor John Hattie’s challenge that the days of evidence are over and the days of implementing and interpreting evidence are here. A passionate discussion ensued as the panellists explored what this might entail while the audience submitted 83 questions. The last episode of the series is scheduled for next Tuesday 18 August at 4 pm where the panel will address the major themes and questions that have arisen over the series with a focus on how we move from the big ideas to real and sustained change in education throughout Australia.

New Seminar Series from the Educational Leadership Cognate Group

The Educational Leadership Cognate group has created two new series of webinars for staff. The Spotlight series explores the latest thinking and research around educational leadership. Upcoming webinars include the link between principal leadership and growth in student learning; the changes we need in education; and leadership, moral courage and ethical behaviour. The new Mentoring series for MGSE staff will include a weekly expert panel and a Q & A on various subjects such as publishing your research and understanding engagement and impact in your narrative for promotion. It is great to see these initiatives continue at MGSE as we all work from home and I encourage staff to take the time to attend these webinars.

New Industry Report and Episode of Talking Teaching

Finally, we had a new Industry Report published in the last fortnight by Professor Helen Cahill and her team on Natural Disasters and Pandemics: Supporting student and teacher wellbeing after a crisis a very timely examination of how to deal with trauma after emergency situations. This month’s episode of Talking Teaching ties into the new Industry Report and features an interview with Helen where she discusses how schools can deal with trauma in young people and what social and emotional learning programs can offer to students.

Jim