Lee Mills Teacher Training Award

May 25, 2021 | New South Wales

Lee Mills was an exemplary educator from NSW with a particular interest in teacher education for those involved in Special Education. She was untiring and dedicated in her support of students with special educational needs. Lee was involved in advocacy and lobbying through AASE, which resulted in significant improvements in service delivery for all students. She was a foundation member of AASE, a State President and an inspiring active Branch, Chapter and National Committee member until her death in 1990. Lee was also instrumental in the establishment and administration of the Australian Disability Achievement Foundation.

The Lee Mills Teacher Training Award is given yearly with the express purpose of encouraging research-based practice by individuals undertaking study to pursue a career directly related to the education of students with special education needs. It is open to students in ALL states of Australia..

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  • Are currently enrolled in an Australian University (in any state) or have had your degree conferred in the last twelve months from an Australian University.
  • Are undertaking or have completed a post graduate degree (graduate diploma, masters, doctorate) in special education, education or other discipline, or are undertaking an undergraduate program which includes research in the area of special education.
  • Are the sole or principal author of the submitted paper. Your major advisor or other persons may be co-authors.
  • Your paper may have been published or submitted for review.

Paper categories.

Category 1
Papers that report or synthesise research relevant to teachers concerning the education of students with disability and special education needs in inclusive or specialised settings. These may include original research papers on the use of evidence-based practices in classrooms, research reviews, position papers or discussion papers drawing on research.

Category 2
Papers that highlight broader issues relevant to the education of students with disability and special education needs. These may include research reviews, discussion papers drawing on research, or original research that identifies areas for development or consideration. Potential topics could include teacher views about the effectiveness of their initial or post-graduate teacher education, priorities for teacher professional learning, teacher knowledge and use of evidence-based practices, or issues related to effective instruction in inclusive settings.

What can I win?
The successful applicant(s) will be presented with the award at an event organised by the NSW Chapter of AASE Inc.
An award of $500 is presented to the winner. Additional encouragement awards may be given.

How do I submit?

  • Papers should be submitted electronically.
  • Forward the original paper as an email attachment.
  • Please submit as a Word document, so your paper can be de-identified for review. Electronic copies should be emailed with “Lee Mills Award” as the subject to Jennifer.Stephenson@mq.edu.au

Your personal details and/or name should not appear anywhere on the paper itself, apart from the title page. This will ensure blind review of your paper.

The closing date for applications for the 2020 Lee Mills Award is 30th September, 2021.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June 2022.

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