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The Commonwealth Minister for School
Education, Early Childhood and Youth,
Peter Garrett, in April announced the
Australian Awards for Outstanding
Teaching and School Leadership were
back. The awards aim to recognise the
'best of the best' in the profession. The
Australian Institute for Teaching and
School Leadership (AITSL) relaunched
the awards to recognise the nation's out-
standing teachers and principals. The
awards began in 2006 and have been
presented until 2009, with no awards
last year. AITSL will use its new National
Professional Standards for Teachers and
National Professional Standard for Prin-
cipals as the basis for judging the awards
across five award categories: Australian
Primary Teacher of the Year, which
includes early childhood and special edu-
cation; Australian Secondary Teacher of
the Year, which includes special educa-
tion; Australian Primary Principal of the
Year, which includes early childhood
and special education; Australian Sec-
ondary Principal of the Year, which
includes special education; and Excel-
lence in Teaching or Leadership in Abo-
riginal and Torres Strait Islander Educa-
tion. AITSL wants the education
departments, Catholic systems and asso-
ciations of independent schools in each
state and territory to nominate one out-
standing teacher or principal in the five
award categories, using their existing
awards processes to identify their nomi-
nees. It's worth contacting your depart-
ment, system or association because win-
ners in each category will receive a
professional lea rning sabbatical scholar-
ship in Australia or overseas for up to
four weeks to the value of $25,000.
Nominations close on 30 June. T
Number of applicants in 2009 from all
states and territories in the Schools
First Awards Program of the National
Australia Bank, the Foundation for
Young Australians and the Australian
Council for Educational Research:
Number of successful applicants: 88.
Number that identified improved learning
outcomes as their primary objective
in the school- community partnership
for which they received a Schools First
award: 23 of 53 successful applicants
that supplied data for the first interim
That identified the development of work-
place skills: 9.
That identified the promotion of healthy
lifestyles, mental health and wellbeing:
That identified social and emotional sup-
port for students and families: 10.
That identified children's readiness for
Source: Simons, R. (2010). First interim report of
Schools First: Evaluation of the 2009 awards. Policy
Analysis and Program Evaluation. Melbourne:
Australian Council for Educational Research. Available
at http://research.acer.edu.au/policy_ analysis_ misc/6.
1. What does Alan Wright's April article
in Te a che r and Russell Boyle's March
article have in common?
2. According to a large-scale survey
by Andrew Flanagin and Miriam
Metzger in the United States, when
do most students begin using the
3. What's the name of a $7.8 million
program to equip teachers with the
skills to purposefully incorporate
infotech in their teaching?
4. What does Wendy Evans recommend
to combat workplace psychos?
5. What's the aim of the new Essential
Secondary Science Assessment in New
6. According to Adam Brice, are iPads a
distraction in the classroom or an effec-
tive learning tool?
7. Does Jarrod Robinson ban mobile
phones in his class?
8. When Gerard Ferrara runs training
on psychometric testing, how often
do participants mention their or their
child's high IQ test results?
9. Their partner's IQ test results?
10. What does 'eureka' mean?
Answers: 1. they both encourage educators to cross the threshold into the classrooms of colleagues; 2. between Years 2 and 6, with
most online by Year 3; 3. Teaching Teachers for the Future; 4. communication between colleagues; 5. to mimic real-life problems
in the assessment; 6. an effective learning tool; 7. no, he promotes their use; 8. almost always; 9. almost never; 10. from Greek,
heureka, I have found (it) .
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