VPA Study Awards

The VPA has a long standing tradition of supporting members in practical ways and facilitating their continuing development. The provision of high-quality Professional Learning continues to be an important priority for the VPA and the VPA Study Awards Program is a significant means by which the Association delivers development opportunities for members. The VPA receives very positive feedback from members who have availed themselves of this program. 

Applications for the 2019 Study Awards will open later this year. 

2018 Study Award Winners

In 2018, the Study Award Program topics (as detailed below) were consistent with the VPA's priority areas of action for that year: 


Promoting School and Community Links

Dale Power and Kylie Nissen, Principal and Assistant Principal respectively at Miners Rest Primary School, co-won the 2018 VPA and Bank First Study Award Promoting School and Community Links. Dale and Kylie's project will look at targeted inclusiveness in early learning by reviewing and delivering a refined version of the Connect-Ed program, which will strengthen parent engagement and learning through interactive on-site sessions. 

Special thanks to Bank First for sponsoring the Promoting School and Community Links Study Award. 

Principal Health and Wellbeing

Mark McLay, Principal of Pleasant Street Primary School, won the 2018 VPA and Teachers Health Study Award for Principal Health and Wellbeing. Mark will produce a booklet that combines knowledge from wellness and happiness experts with effective case studies, to create a key resource that will empower Victorian principals to rebalance their lives. 

Special thanks to Teachers Health for sponsoring the Principal Health and Wellbeing Study Award.

2017 Study Award Outcomes

Corey Pohlner's 2017 Study Award research area, Building a Stress-free Culture in Our Schools, provides a fascinating look at using the wellness industry as a support for school educators and leaders. Corey's article in our 2018 Journal, which details his research, can be found here; while his engaging presentation from our 2018 AGM can be accessed here.
Joan O'Connor Cox's 2017 Study Award research area, What Will Bring Happiness in Principalship, is an in-depth look at using contemporary neuroscience to create models and frameworks to support coaching conversations in educational leadership. Joan's speech detailing her research, which she presented at our 2018 AGM, can be accessed here; while her presentation slides can be viewed here.


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