Dean and Head, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University
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Professor Donna Pendergast is Dean and Head of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. She has an international profile in the field of middle years education, also known as Junior Secondary and in early years education. Her work focuses on teacher and school leadership for early and middle years reform, along with developing capabilities to enhance teacher efficacy to effectively teach these learners. Her journey in early and middle years education has included: leading and developing the first dedicated teacher education program in Australia; influencing state and national policy directions; conducting state and national evaluations; developing a reform model which is currently employed by several Australian states to guide the reform of teaching and learning in early and in middle years; leadership of competitive research tenders commissioned by state and federal authorities valued at more than $2.5 million; leadership of the Leading Change Program responsible for preparing 258 school leaders to be ready for the shift of Year 7 to secondary schools and the implementation of Junior Secondary; development and delivery of the Junior Secondary online learning modules for 1000 teachers; more than 100 publications in the field.
In 2016 Donna was awarded the Griffith University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Higher Degree Research Supervision for her outstanding leadership and supervision of research students and in 2017 received a national commendation from the Australian Council of Graduate Research for HDR supervision.