Nominate An Outstanding Educator

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Nominate An Outstanding Educator

Ministry of Education

Premier's Awards For Teaching Excellence Honour Exceptional Principals, Teachers and Support Staff QUEEN'S PARK, Nov. 15 - Starting today, students, parents, educators and members of the community can nominate an outstanding educator for a Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence. "Everyday, the individuals who work in our schools equip our students with the tools and knowledge they need to be successful in life," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. "These awards are a great way to say thank you to the educators and support staff who keep our schools safe and healthy, and who help Ontario's students reach their full potential." Anyone can nominate school or school board staff in Ontario's publicly funded education system. There are six different categories: - Teacher of the Year - New Teacher of the Year - Excellent Support Staff - Excellence in Leadership - Lifetime Achievement - Team of the Year. Contact Info Last year, more than 1,000 nominations were received. Fifteen individuals from across Ontario were the first recipients of the Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence. "As a teacher, seeing my students' enthusiasm and watching them succeed is a regular reward, but to receive a Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence made me feel truly honoured," said Carla D'Elia, recipient of the 2006-07 Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence for Outstanding New Teacher. "Just to be nominated for such a prestigious award is extremely rewarding." To find out more and download a nomination package, visit www.ontario.ca/teachingawards. Information kits will also be sent to every publicly funded school in Ontario. Nominations will be accepted until January 28, 2008, and award recipients will be announced before the end of the school year. "There are so many of us who owe thanks to the professionals who work in our schools," said Wynne. "They encourage and inspire our children, and provide strong leadership and support to our school communities. They deserve our thanks and recognition." Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.ontario.ca/progress Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2007-08 PREMIER'S AWARDS FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE The Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence celebrate exceptional educators and support staff and the contribution they make to student success. Who is eligible for an award? Teachers, principals, vice principals, education support staff and school board staff in Ontario's publicly funded education system can be nominated for an award. Who can make a nomination? Anyone can make a nomination, including students, parents, educators and members of the community. Where can nomination forms be found? To download a nomination form or find out more information, visit the Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence website at www.ontario.ca/teachingawards. Information kits will also be sent to every publicly funded school in Ontario. When is the deadline for nominations? The nomination deadline is January 28, 2008. Award recipients will be recognized before the end of the school year. What are the award categories? ------------------------------------------------------------------------- CATEGORY WHO'S ELIGIBLE? PURPOSE ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Teacher of the All elementary and Celebrates teachers who have a Year (5 awards) secondary teachers contagious enthusiasm for learning, create innovative opportunities that motivate students to learn, and make an exceptional contribution to the school community. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- New Teacher of Elementary and Honours new teachers who the Year secondary teachers have a boundless energy and (3 awards) with up to three passion for teaching, years of teaching collaborate with other experience teachers, and have a positive impact on students and the school community. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Excellent Support All support staff Celebrates a support staff Staff (3 awards) member who shows an outstanding commitment to supporting students. A positive, helpful and caring attitude is essential, together with the belief that every student can succeed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Excellence in - One award for Recognizes: Leadership elementary and - a teacher who champions a (2 awards) secondary teachers vision of teaching - One award for excellence, and who inspires vice-principals, others to get involved principals, - a school or board leader supervisory who sets high expectations officers and for teaching and learning, directors of and guides their team education through challenges. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team of the Year A team of three or Honours team members who (1 award) more who have worked take on new challenges, together to achieve build strong partnerships and a common goal. Teams work collaboratively to can include achieve a common goal. educators, support staff or both. They can work in a board office or a school, or in different schools and boards. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lifetime All educators with Recognizes an outstanding Achievement at least 25 years of individual who demonstrates (1 award) experience exceptional leadership, is a role model for other educators, and makes a significant and lasting impact on the school community. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Who should be nominated? There are many ways to be an outstanding educator, and as many reasons to nominate someone for a Premier's Awards. For example: - a teacher who turns math concepts into more than numbers and helps students build strong problem-solving and math skills - a support staff member who help students with special needs succeed in school and life - a principal who fosters a culture of equity diversity and respect, making all students feel welcome. - a teacher who transforms students' lives and makes a profound and positive impact on students' intellectual, social and emotional development - a social worker who builds strong relationships with parents and the community to help students learn - a supervisory officer who guides their team through challenges and empowers others to take risks. Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.ontario.ca/progress For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892