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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION Government of the Cook Islands Maraurau o te Pae Api’i Te Kavamani o te Kuki Airani P.O. Box 97, Rarotonga, Cook Islands Tel: (682) 29357 Fax: (682) 28357 COOK ISLANDS TEACHING AWARDS - 2012 Rationale: The Cook Islands Teaching Awards for Teaching Excellence recognizes educators and staff who are helping Cook Islands students and young children realize their full potential, in particular Cook Islands teachers and principals. This is an opportunity to give remarkable Cook Islands professionals the recognition they deserve. Who is Eligible? All primary and secondary teachers employed in a school or ECE centre in the Cook Islands. Suggested Award Categories: Note that in some years more than one award may be given for a particular category whilst in other years, if there are no suitable nominees, an award may not be made. Excellence in Leadership – Sister Islands Schools Excellence in Teaching – Sister Islands Schools Excellence in Early Childhood Education Excellence in Leadership – Rarotonga Schools Excellence in Teaching (Primary/Area School) – Rarotonga Schools Excellence in Teaching (Secondary) – Rarotonga Schools Criteria: Promotes Cook Islands Language and Culture Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching and learning - displays (passion for teaching) Makes an exceptional contribution to the school and the local community Inspires students to take on new challenges and reach their full potential Creates relevant, appropriate, innovative and challenging opportunities that help students learn e.g. integrates new technologies Is a role model and an inspiration to the education community Connects learning to student interests and to their lives beyond the classroom Uses relevant teaching methods to match student learning styles and needs Demonstrates a thorough understanding of curriculum Demonstrates a thorough understanding of assessment and evaluation practices Is committed to their own professional development to enhance teaching excellence Nominations for Leadership positions will consider the above criteria plus: Demonstrates effective and innovative utilisation of resources Displays a sound knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy Maintains an environment where excellence from staff and students is encouraged and achieved Demonstrates effective and current leadership practice. Selection Panel: The selection panel ensures transparency in the selection process; evaluates the nominations and recommends recipients of the awards to the Secretary of Education. Each panel member represents a different perspective. The panellists will comprise: A member of the Ministry of Education Review Team A Ministry of Education Learning and Teaching Advisor The Early Childhood Education Advisor A member of the Ministry of Education Language Team The panel will elect their own chairperson who will be responsible for ensuring that the panel reaches a consensus and that everyone is involved in the selection process. Process: Students, teachers, principals, parents, school committees, island councils, Ministry of Education advisory staff and other relevant stakeholders may submit nominations on the approved nomination form by the required deadline. The selection panel will meet to consider all nominations. They will verify all evidence provided to support nominations and rank the top three nominations in each category according to the prescribed criteria. The nominees will make their recommendation to the Secretary of Education who will consult with the Ministry of Education senior management team before confirming the recipients of these awards.
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