In a special ceremony at ACER’s annual Research Conference, Professor Geoff Masters AO – ACER Chief Executive and Understanding Rasch Measurement Theory course lead – introduced and congratulated graduands before ACER Board Chair Anthony Mackay AM presented their awards.
Adam Wardell of Ipswich Grammar School (pictured second from left) was awarded the prestigious Academic Medal for his performance in his GCEASL studies, and said he was thrilled to accept the honour.
“It was a great privilege to be able to accept the academic medal,” Mr Wardell said. “I actually had no idea who the recipient would be until it was announced, so it was a very pleasant surprise.”
ACER Professional Learning Course Coordinator Dr Anne-Marie Chase said Adam’s performance was exceptional, even in a year of excellence.
“The cohort graduating in 2019 really took things to a new level, with several students achieving high distinctions,” Dr Chase said. “However, Adam displayed a level of analysis, critical thinking and application that educators like myself wish for.”
Students came from all over Australia to attend the graduation ceremony. They were:
Abigail Twyman, Assistant Head of Mathematics, Brisbane Grammar School, QLD
Adam Wardell, Ipswich Grammar School, QLD
Students graduating in absentia:
Sharleen Casement, Teacher, Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School, Canada
Vaughan Cleary, Deputy Principal Learning & Teaching, Assumption College Kilmore, Vic
Judith Geeves, Teacher, Radford College Junior School, ACT
Julie Hepburn, Peer Coach, Emmaus College, Vic
Elise O'Connor, Teacher, St Paul's College, SA
Dr Chase said feedback from graduates had been extremely positive.
“Our graduates tell us they thought they understood assessment until they studied with us,” Dr Chase said. “Really understanding the purpose of assessment has transformed how they see education and their students' learning.”
Research Conference 2019 brought together education experts from around the world to discuss the evidence on how best to prepare students for the 21st century. Download proceedings and conference papers. In 2020, Research Conference goes to Sydney and will examine how to promote and monitor growth in student learning. Register to receive early bird pricing and program details as they’re released.