Friday, October 12, 2012
Nominations open for 2013 Excellence in Teaching Awards
“To be nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award is a great honour, because nominations come from the nominees’ own students, parents, colleges, and community members,” said Education Minister Jeff Johnson. “Over the years, the stature of these awards has grown and we are proud to continue the tradition of recognizing excellent educators in this way, for a 25th year.”
Since the program began in 1989, almost 9,000 teachers have been nominated and over 500 teachers and principals recognized with Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Award recipients receive certificates of recognition, access to $4,000 for professional development, and will be formally honoured at a dinner and ceremony in Edmonton with the Minister of Education in May 2013.
“Quality teachers in our classrooms are very important to our children’s success,” said Johnson. “The Excellence in Teaching Awards provides a great opportunity to showcase the many effective teachers we have and promote examples of innovative teaching practices.”
Nomination packages are available at www.education.alberta.ca/teachers/excellence.aspx and include details of eligibility and selection criteria. Nominations can be submitted to Alberta Education from October 15, 2012, to February 8, 2013.
From the eligible nominations received, approximately 130 semi-finalists will be selected. Twenty of those semi-finalists will receive provincial Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Alberta Education hosts the 25th annual Excellence in Teaching Awards with the support of the Alberta School Boards’ Association, the Alberta School Councils’ Association, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Association of Alberta Deans of Education, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, the Council on Alberta Teaching Standards and the Edmonton Journal.