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Premier's Awards For Teaching Excellence

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Premier's Awards For Teaching Excellence

Office of the Premier

The Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence celebrate exceptional teachers and education support workers and their contribution to student success. Promised in the Throne Speech, the awards are a key part of the government's commitment to recognize the important role teachers play in improving student achievement.

The awards honour the positive impact teachers and other education workers have on students and showcase outstanding teaching practices. Recipients will be recognized at a special ceremony later this year.

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Teacher of the Year

(2 awards)

All elementary and secondary teachers

Celebrates one elementary and one secondary teacher who encourages enthusiasm for learning, raises expectations for the achievement of outstanding results, involves and mentors others in supporting student learning and has an impact beyond the classroom.

Outstanding New Teacher

(2 awards)

New elementary and new secondary teachers (up to three years teaching experience)

Awarded to one new elementary and one new secondary teacher who engages students in learning by demonstrating energy, passion and contagious enthusiasm in teaching and shows potential for advancing student achievement.

School-to-Work Transition

(1 award)

All elementary and secondary teachers

Awarded to a teacher who redefines student success to include helping students develop the skills they need to prepare for work and expands opportunities for school-to-work transitions.

Excellence in Special Needs

(2 awards)

All special needs teachers and teaching support workers in elementary and secondary schools

Two awards will be granted.  The first, to a teacher who adapts teaching methods and curriculum to meet the needs of individual students. The second, to a support worker who makes an outstanding contribution to helping students with special needs.

Parent and Community Involvement

(1 award)

All elementary and secondary school staff

Honours an individual who has demonstrated leadership and made an outstanding contribution to student learning and achievement by involving either parents or the community and by fostering an awareness of citizenship values in students.

Contribution to School Leadership

(1 award)

All principals, vice-principals, department heads or teachers

This category recognizes a principal, vice-principal, department head or teacher whose exemplary leadership promotes an environment that stimulates learning and teaching and fosters the commitment and dedication of staff to excellence in teaching.

Enterprise in Teaching

(1 award)

All elementary and secondary teachers

Awarded to a teacher who demonstrates new and creative approaches that inspire other educators and advances teaching methods in support of student learning and achievement.

Excellence in Teaching Support

(1 award)

All support staff

Honours a support staff member who demonstrates a firm belief in students' potential and accomplishes this by working collaboratively with teachers to ensure the best possible support for students.

Excellence in Teaching Literacy and Numeracy

(2 awards)

All elementary and secondary teachers

Two awards will be granted. Recipients will be teachers who demonstrate innovative, unique and effective approaches to enhance students' reading, writing and math skills.

Lifetime Achievement

(1 award)

All teachers with 25 years or more of teaching experience

This special category celebrates an individual teacher who, throughout his or her career, has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the school community and acted as a force for positive change within the classroom and school system.

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