Recognised as one of the ‘‘Top 100 Most Influential People’’ in Sydney by ‘‘the (sydney) magazine’’ of The Sydney Morning Herald in 2012, I am the founder of “Oceans of Excellence”, a gifted education consultancy based in Sydney, Australia. I was recognised for “Excellence in Higher Degree Research” in 2015 by the Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney. I was the winner of “The Smart Teacher Research Award” for 2016 by The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales, Australia.

My compelling purpose is to support educators and school leaders in the transformation of schooling through the development of leadership practices at the systems level, differentiated learning of gifted learners, and pedagogical partnership between teachers and gifted students. I foster high performance learning and teaching by building collective efficacy of teachers and school leaders, and unleashing organisational innovation and effectiveness. In collaboration with leaders and educators, I ensure that the young people become successful learners, future leaders and entrepreneurs, and holistic men and women of wisdom who not only contribute to, but also create, the common good in today’s knowledge-centred, interconnected world.

Having served in the field of education for more than 25 years as a teacher; coordinator; head of gifted education in a selective high school; education consultant; professional learning and leadership coordinator, and school development officer/chief education officer at state level in Australia, I am keenly aware of the demands placed on teachers to enhance student outcomes, and for leaders to ensure that the schools foster optimum outcomes for students, and continued growth of teachers.  

Dr. Manoj CHANDRA HANDA

Winner of The Smart Teacher Research Award 2016
Winner of the HDR Excellence Award 2015
B.Sc., Dip.Ed., M.A. (English), Ph.D. (Gifted Education)
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In 2015, I was invited as an academic partner of a 21st century competencies project at the International School of Geneva’s La Grande Boissière Campus, Switzerland. I worked with academic partners from international universities including the University of Durham, United Kingdom; the University of Geneva, Switzerland; Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland; and the Université de Laval, Canada. I led a series of workshops on entrepreneurship and innovation education in 2015 and 2016.

I hold a PhD in gifted education from Macquarie University, a Master of Arts in English Literature, a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma in Education from the University of Newcastle, and a postgraduate module in gifted education from the University of Sydney. 

I have held a range of positions of responsibilities in the field of education over the last 25 years. I served as Head of Gifted Education at James Ruse Agricultural High School in Sydney, the highest performing school academically in Australia. I worked as Professional Learning Coordinator, and Chief Education Officer in New South Wales Department of Education. Prior to this I worked as a Teacher of English at James Ruse Agricultural High School, and Pymble Ladies’ College, a private school in Sydney. I worked as Director of Computing in Education, Assistant Head of English, and Teacher of English at Knox Grammar School, a private school in Sydney. In India, I worked as a lecturer in English literature at D.A.V. College, G.N.D. University.

I have published papers and presented internationally on creativity, innovation, differentiated learning, and the education of the gifted. 

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What does it mean to be a successful educator?

The following poem entitled, “Success”, offers us some clues.

To laugh often and much,
to win the respect of intelligent people
                  and the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and
                endure the betrayal of false friends,
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better,
                 whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
                  or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier
                because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

 

Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
American philosopher, poet, and essayist (1803-1882)