Aubin Grove Primary School principal Frank Pansini is “humbled” to have been selected to take part in a world-first fellowship program with Harvard University.
Mr Pansini was one of 20 WA principals chosen from 130 applicants to participate in an intensive six day course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in July.
“I am feeling incredibly excited and proud to be chosen for this great opportunity,” he said today.
“I’m also looking forward to working closely with my colleagues to make the most of this experience, and to bring back the knowledge and skills I acquire to my role at Aubin Grove Primary School.”
The Independent Public Schools Fellowship was awarded to principals from a range of metropolitan and country schools including Broome Senior High School, Swan View Senior High School and Rangeway Primary School in Geraldton.
Education Minister Peter Collier said the chosen principals had made an outstanding contribution to public education.
“The modern principal not only needs to be an exceptional leader, but an entrepreneur with the vision to drive new ideas,” Mr Collier said.
“The Harvard experience offers a rare opportunity for Western Australian principals to explore leadership in partnership directly with their counterparts from around the world.”
The program also includes a three month on-line course delivered by Harvard University staff, and an executive mentoring component where participants can apply the skills gained from their Harvard experience.
Mr Pansini is confident the program will be a valuable step in improving the public education system as a whole.
“The benefits of inclusion in the program will extend beyond our own schools and across the entire school system,” he said.
“This will help to build the capacity of school leaders across the entire system into the future to enable an even better public school system then we already have in WA.”
A further 20 principals will be selected for the fellowship program in 2017.