Michelle Connell

Senior Policy and Project Officer, Department of Education and Training, Victoria


Driving excellence and innovation in teacher education and teaching quality

In 2014, the Teacher Educational Ministerial Advisory Group, commissioned by the Commonwealth government in Australia, concluded its national review into teacher preparation and teacher quality. The government’s response identified six reform themes for improving teacher quality – all focusing on the ambitious redesign of initial teacher education. This learning session will enable participants to:

* Understand and draw comparisons to the reform agenda aimed at strengthening excellence and innovation in teacher preparation, support and ongoing development.
* Raise an awareness of key policies, programs and practices that are showing signs of success.
* Explore the relationship between school and universities through the Teaching Academies of Professional Practice initiative using a case study approach.
* Deepen knowledge on partnership opportunities and benefits for schools and universities by examining impact.
* Interpret insights and lessons from the Victorian context, with critical application to different education systems.
* Increase awareness of sustaining partnership momentum: co-designing a Framework for Excellent Partnerships.

The session will invite collegiate discussion on best practices already underway in education systems that aim to raise the status of the teaching profession, and attract and develop more diverse, high-quality entrants who are inspired to help our students reach their full potential.


An educator with expertise in Professional Learning Communities, school-university partnerships, leadership capacity building and school improvement frameworks. She is an initial teacher education course accreditation panel member in Australia, has facilitated international workshops for college level students, and currently serves as a Board member for Teachers Across Borders. Her love for education has seen her attend conferences, present papers and visit schools across international systems, and sustain strong client relations across a variety of public and private sectors. Accolades include the prestigious University of Melbourne Dean’s Honours Award, and twice finalist for the Victorian Young Achievers Award.