We're honoured to receive an ACEL Leadership Award, alongside the Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals and New South Wales Secondary Principals Council, for our work on the Paradigm Shifters: Entrepreneurial learning in schools initiative.

We have received the award for designing collaborative, powerful and innovative research informed learning for students from 21 secondary schools in Victoria and New South Wales. 

The ACEL Leadership Award is presented annually to individual and teams of educators, schools, networks, and professional associations who have demonstrated excellent leadership in developing and implementing a significant education initiative, conducting research or influencing educational policy, leading to improved outcomes for students and/or colleagues in any educational setting. 

We would like to thank everyone involved in the Paradigm Shifters: Entrepreneurial learning in schools initiative, in particular:

  • The Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals and New South Wales Secondary Principals Council for their support as partners of the initiative.
  • The network coordinators, Dianne Hennessy and Wayne Perkins, who coordinated a large number of schools in Victoria and New South Wales.
  • The staff and students from the participating schools who joined us on this journey over 18 months.
  • Mitchell Institute Adviser Dr Michelle Anderson, Policy Analyst Hannah Matus and Policy Fellow Dr Bronwyn Hinz who provided project leadership and research on the initiative.
  • Mitchell Institute Professorial Fellow and International Adviser,Professor Yong Zhao, whose work on the three principles of entrepreneurial learning inspired the initiative. 

The award will be conferred on Thursday 5 October at the ACEL 2017 National Awards Ceremony.