Monash Education Dean Viv Ellis joins education leaders on new board

Monash Education Dean Viv Ellis has been appointed to the board of the newly-formed Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership.

The Academy is a new statutory authority that aims to deliver advanced professional learning for teachers and school leaders, part of a $148.2 million initiative from the Victorian government.

In a media release issued today launching the new Academy and the flagship Teaching Excellence program the Minister for Education James Merlino said, “This is an investment in our fantastic teaching workforce, but it’s also a profound investment in the education of students across Victoria – delivering the best teaching techniques to make sure our kids get the best learning outcomes.”

Professor Ellis said he was honoured and delighted to be selected to be one of seven leaders nominated for the board and looks forward to working with a diverse range of board members drawn from the school, community and government sectors, including an Indigenous primary school teacher of 21 years standing.

“Teachers don’t stop learning when they graduate. Offering high-quality ongoing professional development empowers and equips teachers and school leaders to create lasting, positive change,” Professor Ellis said.

“The Academy has a strong focus on using the latest evidence from research and high-performing education systems around the world.

“It is firmly aligned with our work at Monash Education to produce high-impact research that tackles the challenges of the age,” Professor Ellis added.

The Academy operates from a new centre, in the Treasury Precinct in Melbourne, along with seven regional locations including Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepperton which are due to open from mid-2022.  It builds on the work of the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.