Rebecca Vukovic

Rebecca Vukovic

Rebecca Vukovic is the Deputy Editor of Teacher.

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School success for kids with chronic illness
School success for kids with chronic illness

Children with a chronic health condition perform below the basic academic requirements in literacy and numeracy when compared to their peers, a study of more than 397 000 children in New South Wales has found.

Volunteering to improve wellbeing
Volunteering to improve wellbeing

A quarter of Australians aged 15 years and over participated in unpaid voluntary work through an organisation in 2020, whilst almost half provided unpaid work or support to others outside their households. In today’s article we speak to Dr Darja Kragt from the University of Western Australia about why people are motivated to volunteer their time, and how it boosts their overall sense of wellbeing.

Expert Q&A: A gluten-free diet
Expert Q&A: A gluten-free diet

There has been a growing trend of people following a gluten-free diet for its supposed ‘health’ benefits. But, what is gluten? How does it affect our bodies? And, does restricting gluten from your diet make you healthier? In today’s Q&A, we speak to Sophie Mahoney and Dr Heidi Staudacher from Deakin University’s Food & Mood Centre to find out more.

The Research Files Special: Research Conference highlights 2021
The Research Files Special: Research Conference highlights 2021

All three members of the editorial team are with you today for a special episode of The Research Files, to share some of the highlights from last month’s ACER Research Conference. The online event featured five days of keynotes, presentations, a research video showreel and a masterclass, all on the theme of ‘Excellent progress for every student: What will it take?’

Two Australians in the running for Global Teacher Prize 2021
Two Australians in the running for Global Teacher Prize 2021

Two Australian educators have been named in the top 50 finalists for the 2021 Global Teacher Prize. Deputy Principal of Bonnyrigg Public School in New South Wales, Rebecca West, and English and History teacher from Brunswick Secondary College in Victoria, Steven Kolber are in the running to win the US$1 million prize.

The effectiveness of school boards
The effectiveness of school boards

Which factors determine the effectiveness of school boards? A new study by academics from Monash University’s Business School has found that board diversity, board practices, and principal influence over board decisions, all impact board effectiveness. They also have a sizeable bearing on the school’s financial and academic wellbeing.

Supporting educators through the pandemic
Supporting educators through the pandemic

Educators have been on the 'frontline' of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting students and their families through this challenging time. For some, this will have taken a serious toll on their own wellbeing. Here, Professor Alison Calear from ANU discusses some of the mental health impacts of being in this caregiving role, and how we can do more to support teachers during this time.

Behaviour Management Episode 10: Student mental health and wellbeing
Behaviour Management Episode 10: Student mental health and wellbeing

Today is RUOK? Day, a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to check in on their loved ones and ask ‘Are you OK?’ In today’s Behaviour Management episode, we’re joined by Professor Fiona Brooks from the University of Technology Sydney to discuss the relationship between mental health, wellbeing and student behaviour at school.

Teacher Staffroom Episode 29: Prioritising your wellbeing
Teacher Staffroom Episode 29: Prioritising your wellbeing

More than half of Australia’s population is under COVID-19 lockdowns, which means many of you are right in the thick of a long period of remote learning, maybe while trying to homeschool your own children at the same time. In today’s episode I run through some of the recent wellbeing pieces we’ve published, as well as some other highlights from a busy month here at Teacher.

Using digital platforms to maintain fitness
Using digital platforms to maintain fitness

With gyms and swimming pools closed, group fitness classes cancelled and community sports on hold, how are people managing to keep fit throughout the COVID-19 pandemic? Research from Deakin University has found that people are turning to digital platforms as an effective way to stay fit when access to other forms of organised exercise is restricted.