$25,000 fellowship to stimulate Catholic education research

The fellowship is designed to build a body of research for the teaching profession that addresses priorities or challenges in Catholic schools.
The Chair of CECNSW Bishop Peter A Comensoli at the launch of the Brother John Taylor Fellowship. Photo supplied.

Catholic school educators are being offered an opportunity to travel overseas and research ways to help schools meet present and future challenges.

The third annual Brother John Taylor Fellowship will provide up to $25,000 in travel and accommodation to an applicant involved in Catholic school education – as an employee in schools or an associated body – who can make a valuable contribution to education in the Catholic schools’ context.

Offered by Catholic Education Commission NSW (CECNSW), the fellowship is designed to build a body of research for the teaching profession that addresses priorities or challenges in Catholic schools.

The Chair of CECNSW, Bishop Peter A Comensoli, said the fellowship was established in 2013 to promote excellence from within the teaching profession. “This is very much about experienced educators taking the lead and identifying areas of research they feel will enhance teaching, particularly in the Catholic context,” he said.

“We know that committed teachers help create great students. In fact, research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement.

“So it’s important that we encourage experienced and insightful educators to share their knowledge with their fellow teachers.”

Bishop Peter said the fellowship honours John Taylor – a Christian Brother – and his lifelong dedication to education and the ideals of equity and access.

“John made his mark on NSW education over three decades as a teacher, principal and as Executive Director of CECNSW,” he said. “The fellowship that carries his name is an opportunity to honour his legacy and enable somebody involved in Catholic schooling to produce lasting research that can make a difference for generations of students and teachers.”

Applications for the 2016 Brother John Taylor Fellowship must be submitted by 30 September 2016 using the online form at www.cecnsw.catholic.edu.au

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