Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence

It happens in classrooms throughout the province on a daily basis.  Typically, it’s the sort of thing that most teachers celebrate internally when they give yourselves a big “atta-girl” or “atta-boy” on the drive home when they know that they’ve done something that went over the top in the classroom.  They’ve reached that unreachable child; they’ve pushed an entire class to greater achievement; they’ve inspired and motivated; they’ve tried something new and it worked; they’ve tried something new and learned how to make it better in the future, and so much more.

And for many, that’s where it ends.  That’s not a bad thing because your focus is always about your students.  However, there may be others who was watching.  The Premier’s Award gives you the opportunity to recognize that excellence that you might notice across the hall or the excitement that you see in your child’s eyes when they come home so inspired.

I received the following message from Tiffany Ing with an email address.

I’ve been reading up on your blog and I noticed your post from early in January about people who’ve found “the way,” people who have been inspired and made a real change in their classrooms. It’s these educators who have the most profound impact on our students’ learning – and their lives.

Celebrating educators who help Ontario’s students realize their full potential is what our Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence are all about. We know there are a lot of teachers, principals, and other educators out there who deserve community recognition. That’s why we’re hoping you’ll consider helping us promote these awards. 

The deadline to submit a nomination package is Monday, February 6th. We’ve attached a button graphic and a short matte article about the awards that you’re welcome to repost on your blog.

More information is available on the website here.
A Facebook page supporting this is available here.
And, you can follow Ontario Education on Twitter here.

The article she shared appears below.

Nominations Open for Outstanding Educators

There are many examples of excellence in Ontario’s schools, boards and licensed child care centres, and just as many reasons to nominate someone for a Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

These awards celebrate educators and support staff who make remarkable contributions to Ontario’s education system and inspire our children and youth to reach their full potential.

Many staff employed in Ontario’s schools, boards and licensed child care centres can be nominated. There are eight award categories:

· Teacher of the Year
· New Teacher of the Year
· Early Childhood Educator of the Year (NEW!)
· Excellent Support Staff
· Excellence in Leadership
· Lifetime Achievement
· Team of the Year
· Full-Day Kindergarten Team of the Year (NEW!)

Nominations are open until February 6, 2012. Award recipients will be announced in the spring.

To learn more about the awards and how to nominate, visit

Do you know someone who fits into any of the above?  Consider taking the time to nominate them.

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