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Judith TRAVERS

Year of Award: 2000 Award State: Tasmania Education > Primary
To undertake an in-depth study of major advances in teaching during the middle years of schooling - USA, Germany, UK
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My Fellowship came when I was a District Superintendent with the Tasmanian Department of Education and looking at ways to improve students’ engagement in their learning and to support students who were at risk of not continuing their schooling. The Fellowship enabled me to visit areas in the USA, Germany, England and Scotland where best practices and significant programs to address student disengagement were in place.

Subsequently I was able to use ideas about online learning, alternative learning programs and school improvement strategies. Online learning and alternative programs which were then developed in Tasmania are still in place today and highly successful in catering for the needs of particular students.

The impact of the Fellowship continues, with educators expanding and improving the original ideas and programs. The Fellowship also continues to impact on my current work as a General Manager of Learning Services Southern Region.

Since my Fellowship I have undertaken further studies, including four weeks’ study of the Holocaust at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. My interest in history has extended to managing the educational part of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize since 2003, and travelling with students and RSL members to Gallipoli and the Western Front in 2011 and 2012. In May to July 2016 I am scheduled to continue studying at Columbia and Harvard Universities, as part of the Department of Education’s Hardie Fellowships. This will enable me to study the education of gifted students and excellent leadership and teaching programs to encourage their ongoing engagement and academic success.

Hobbies continue to include motor-bike riding (Triumph Bonneville) with husband Phil, flute playing with the Clarence City Development Band, vegetable gardening and reading. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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