Morgan’s US mission

Shenton College principal Michael Morgan is bound for America.
Shenton College principal Michael Morgan is bound for America.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowships provide a chance to travel overseas to complete research in a chosen field that is not readily available in Australia.

Mr Morgan will study the Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching and go on to visit schools and institutions with effective surveying techniques in May next year.

He said he was humbled and honoured to receive the fellowship, which will give him a unique opportunity.

‘I was excited and shocked actually,’ Mr Morgan said.

‘Great teaching matters more than anything else in a school ” more than class size, school funding and technology.

‘These visits would enable me to ascertain specifically how these practices can be effectively implemented into WA schools in a cost effective manner.’

Mr Morgan said while his initial focus would be on developing the ideas across Shenton College, as chairman of the North West Principal Network he would collaborate with 16 other metropolitan senior high schools in Perth.

‘We also have very strong links with UWA through our National Award winning Learning Links program and would use the information gained to share these ideas with aspiring teachers,’ he said.

‘It will enable Australian schools, principals and teachers to learn from a system and from a three-year long research study of a broad collaboration of schools, dozens of independent research teams and nearly 3000 teacher volunteers from seven US public school districts.

‘It will allow teachers to see their own teaching from a student’s perspective.’