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McGuinty Government Recognizes Outstanding Teachers

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McGuinty Government Recognizes Outstanding Teachers

Premier Opens Nominations For First-Ever Premier’s Teaching Excellence Awards

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today launched the first-ever Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence to recognize outstanding teachers, principals and education support staff across the province.

"Teachers have a tremendous impact on our children -- they help them discover and develop their own potential, encourage an enthusiasm for learning and develop a foundation for future success," said Premier McGuinty. "We need to thank educators for the outstanding work they do every day in schools across Ontario."

Award categories include teacher of the year, outstanding new teacher, excellence in special needs, excellence in teaching literacy and numeracy, contribution to school leadership, excellence in teaching support and lifetime achievement.

"We're providing funding to lower class sizes, boost professional development for teachers, and create more options for high school students, but we're not in the classroom everyday -- teachers are," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. "That's why we're working with teachers to reach every student and to make Ontario's public education system the best in the world."

The nomination deadline is January 31, 2007. Anyone can download the nomination form at www.ontario.ca/teachingawards. Information kits will also be sent out to every school across the province. A video message from Premier McGuinty about the awards is also available.

The selection panel will be chaired by Seamus O'Regan, co-host of CTV's Canada AM, and will include a teacher, principal, student and parent. Award recipients will be recognized in the spring at an event to celebrate teacher achievement.

The Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence are just one of the ways the McGuinty government is working on the side of Ontario families who want the best public education for their children. Other initiatives include:

  • Lowering class sizes -- over 60 per cent of all primary classes are expected to have 20 students or less in 2006-07
  • Delivering peace and stability through four-year agreements with teachers' federations
  • Providing funding for one million new textbooks and library resources
  • Investing $1 billion in essential and major repairs, expansions,

replacements and renovations, representing more than 3,000 projects completed or underway -- funding to support another $500 million worth of major repairs has been invested for the 2006-07 school year.

"We've made great progress in education -- class sizes are down, test scores are up and more students are graduating -- and our teachers deserve so much of the credit for these achievements," said Premier McGuinty. "But there's more to do -- so we're going to keep strengthening our partnership with teachers to make public education the best education in Ontario."

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