Professor Janet Clinton honoured for her leadership in evaluation and evidence-based education

Professor Janet Clinton, Deputy Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), has been awarded an Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Leadership Award at the ACEL 37th Annual National Awards.

ACEL honoured Prof Clinton for her significant contributions to education, educational leadership, and improving student learning outcomes.

Prof Clinton was surprised by the award, but is delighted to be recognised for her work, which is often seen as a supplement to core education.

"I'd like to thank ACEL and most importantly the education community. I'm surprised and very humbled," said Prof Clinton. "This is important to me because my work isn't always directly related to core education—this shows that evaluation and teacher effectiveness is becoming more accepted and is making a difference."

Prof Clinton's contributions to education in the areas of evaluation and evidence-based education practice are globally recognised. She is a highly respected and sought-after leader in evaluation, having led over 120 national and international evaluation projects in a wide range of fields.

Her current evaluation work focuses on the creation of evaluation frameworks and implementation protocols. She is also investigating how to use evaluation as a vehicle for change and capacity building using extensive stakeholder engagement.

Professor Jim Watterston, Dean of the MGSE, was delighted to see Prof Clinton’s contribution to education, particularly evaluation, recognised.

“I congratulate Janet on receiving an ACEL Leadership Award, which is a well-deserved recognition of her dedication to improving education, particularly in evaluation and evidence-based practice,” said Prof Watterston.

Prof Clinton currently leads the Visible Classroom initiative as well as the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool project. She also heads the International Teacher Education Effectiveness Research Hub at MGSE.

Dr Pauline Thompson was also awarded an ACEL New Voice Scholarship for her work in educational leadership research. The New Voice scholarship is awarded to educators in recognition as forward-thinking, contextually relevant and responsive leaders by peers and the wider education community.

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