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									Regional Award
 Submission
  writing tips
The Showcase Awards for Excellence in
Schools has been running since 2000 and aims
to:
• recognise, celebrate and reward excellent practice in Education
  Queensland schools

• foster a learning culture that supports sharing of excellent practice

• create professional development opportunities through sharing
  practice with peers and the education community

• promote public education.
Showcase categories
1. Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early Phase of Learning

2. Showcase Award for Excellence in the Middle Phase of Learning

3. Showcase Award for Excellence in the Senior Phase of Learning

4. Showcase Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education

5. Showcase Award for Excellence in Leadership

6. Showcase Award for Excellence in Innovation

7. Showcase Award for Excellence in Academic Excellence

8. Showcase Award for Excellence in Community or Industry Partnerships
Criterion

The overarching criterion for the awards is:

The program/initiative must significantly contribute to students’ quality
outcomes and continuous improvement. These could include
education, personal, health and social wellbeing and vocational
outcomes.
Criterion
All programs/initiatives must:
  • be capable of being promoted as best practice
  • document evidence of commitment to continuous improvement
    to achieve quality outcomes for students


The program/initiative must include a range of the following
features:
  • sustainability
  • transferability of process
  • inclusivity
Entering Showcase Awards

Participating in Showcase involves four elements:
1.   Submitting an Expression of Interest (optional)
2.   Submitting a Regional Award submission that describes the
     school program’s outcomes
3.   Showcasing the school via a display or event within the local
     community during State Education Week 2011
4.   If recognised as a Regional Award winner, submit a State
     Award submission for review by the State Evaluation Team.
Entering Showcase Awards

•   Participation is open to all employees and volunteers, either
    as teams or individuals, within Education Queensland
•   School programs that have won a Showcase State Award in a
    previous year cannot submit the same program again.
2011 school development grants
•   up to 97 Regional Awards, $1000 development grant each,
    presented during State Education Week
•   24 State Finalist Awards (three per category), $5000
    development grant each, selected from Regional Award
    recipients
•   eight State Awards, $20 000 development grant each,
    presented at Showcase Gala Dinner, Brisbane Convention
    and Exhibition Centre, Friday 21 October 2011.
Key dates
• 15 April     Submissions due
• 29 April     Due date for returned submissions to be re-
               submitted
• 9-13 May     Judging - Regional Selection Team
• 22-28 May    Regional Award Winners announced and
               Showcase activities held during State
               Education Week
• 20 June      State Awards submissions due
• 12-13 July   State Evaluation Team Judging
• 25 July      State Finalists announced
• 21 October   State Award Winners announced at Gala
               Dinner
Getting started
 You will need:

     • An Expression of Interest form (optional) (Appendix A)

     • Copy of the guidelines for each member of the writing team

     • Submission coversheet with template (Appendix B)

     • Entrants’ checklist (Appendix C)
Defining your project
   • Scope
   • Category
   • Project establishment
   • Quality outcomes
   • Evidence
Audiences
  Your key audiences are:

  • Regional Selection Team
  • State Evaluation Team
  • Showcase Board

  Other audiences for State Education Week activities include:

  • Local school community
  • Local stakeholders
  • General public
Submission Cover Sheet
Submission title
• Use a short and catchy title

• Keep in mind that your submission title may be used in press
  articles, certificates, websites and dinner programs

* Short and catchy is best *
Examples:

x Kick Start to Learning – Early Intervention at Bald Hills State
   School
√ Kick Start to Learning

x Engaging Students – The Marriage Between Curriculum and
   School Culture
√ Engagement for Success
Submission overview
Submission overview:

• 100 words max. - please use simple language


The submission overview should include:
• a sentence that explains what the program/initiative is or what
  the school did
• what the program/initiative achieves
• measurable outcomes
Example:

  Engagement for Success focuses on a quality curriculum, student-
  focused support and diverse extracurricular activities that have
  resulted in significantly improved academic outcomes and
  increased retention rates. A wider choice of subjects and flexible
  timetables for students undertaking vocational education and
  university subjects has proven successful. Last year, the school’s
  Year 12 students became one of South East Brisbane district’s
  highest achievers, with 80 per cent of students receiving a
  Queensland Certificate of Education, which is above the state
  average.
Writing a successful submission

 There are three key areas in the submission template form.

 1. Description

 2. Outcomes and supporting evidence

 3. Supporting documentation
1. Description
    A detailed description of the submission including the
    program’s contribution to quality outcomes and continuous
    improvement for students (see section 3.2 of the Showcase
    Guidelines)

The following questions may assist in starting the
submission writing process:

•   What is the program called, what is it about?
•   Who developed it, who delivers it and where it is delivered?
•   How long has it been operating? Who does it benefit and how?
•   What is new or different about this program?
2. Outcomes and supporting evidence
(A description of the quality and continuously improved outcomes
that have been achieved, including supporting evidence of
claimed outcomes including any performance measures used,
see section 3.5 of the Showcase Guidelines)

•   What are the outcomes for students/staff/parents?
•   How is it making a difference?
•   How do you know it is working?
•   Stated outcomes should be supported by accurate and current
    data.
Examples of supporting evidence
Acceptable forms of qualitative and quantitative supporting
evidence may include:
• systemic data (for example, Year 2 Net outcomes, Years 3, 5
   and 7 Test results)
• documentation of achieved outcomes
• significant results in state, national and international competitions
   (for example, English, Maths, Science, Information Technology,
   Art)
• teachers’ anecdotal records
• graphs which may be useful to provide quantitative evidence
• evidence may be presented in percentages (when using
   percentages in data, a sample size should be stated so the
   information may be properly evaluated)
• School Opinion Surveys should be backed by other data to
   support and supplement results were possible
• Schools would benefit by clearly outlining what outcomes they
  are wishing to measure before sourcing data.

• Analysis of data should be validated.

• Submissions in the Early Phase of Learning category should
  include data that maps the ongoing progress of students,
  including their achievements in the Year 2 Net and the Year 3
  Test.

• When possible, data should be linked and compared to research
  from prior to the program’s implementation.

• For examples of suitable documentation visit the Showcase
  Awards website at
  www.education.qld.gov.au/community/events/showcase and
  view the 2010 State Award submissions.
3. Other documentation
 Other documentation that describes the significance of the
 achieved outcomes. These items should be presented as an
 appendix.

 Supporting material must include:
    • a signed supporting statement from the principal
    • a signed supporting statement from the Parents and
      Citizens’ Association.

 Other suggestions:
    • case studies
    • student works
    • graphs/data
    • photos
    • press articles
Linking actions with outcomes and
evidence
   • Evidence must illustrate growth and continuous improvement

   • Data must support project goals

   • Link objectives and results
Submission requirements
• Nominate one category per program only
• Minimum font size of 11 points on A4 size pages
• Submission must not exceed 12 pages – (2 page submission,
  excludes cover sheet, + 10 pages of appendix pages)
• Principal must sign submission before it goes to Regional
  Office
• Submit original signed hard copy + electronic copy (including
  all support material)
• Electronic submissions must not exceed 1.5 megabytes and
  must be provided as one single file.
•   Multimedia is optional (see Appendix L of the guidelines)
Submission requirements
 Content, not presentation, is the basis for judging at all levels

 Written submissions should be focussed and engaging

• Keep within the page numbers limit

• Submission should be logically structured using the template
  provided. Applicants should use clear, plain and simple
  English and correct spelling and grammar is a must

• Schools are encouraged to refrain from using an overload of
  acronyms. If necessary, include a legend.
Showcasing your entry

Some important items to keep in mind when planning your State
Education Week showcasing activities:

       • involve your students in showcasing your project
       • invite local media
       • work together with regional coordinators
       • involve P & C Associations
       • engage the local community
State level
• Regional Winners submit a State Award submission
• State Evaluation Team will judge all Regional Award winners and
  select potential finalists
• Showcase Board selects 24 state finalists (three per category)
• Two representatives from each program will participate in the final
  state interview with the Showcase Board and attend the
  Showcase Gala Dinner
• eight State Winners are announced at Showcase Gala Dinner and
  winners receive a further $20 000 development grant each.
Discussion
  • Questions

  • Sharing your ideas about your submissions

  • Suggestions from previous participants

								
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