On Friday 14th September, 2012 the ministry officially launched the Excellence in Education Awards, an initiative designed to demonstrate appreciation for excellence in education.
The objective of the Excellence in Teaching Awards, as described by Education Officer and chairperson of the committee, Ferne Brumant, is “to recognize and appreciate the achievement of principals and teachers. We also wish to reward and encourage those principals and teachers who have demonstrated professional excellence. It is also to recognize the contribution of outstanding schools to the educational development of all students”.
The Award consists of five categories; Outstanding Principal of the Year Primary & Secondary, Outstanding Teacher of the Year Primary & Secondary, Aspiring Teacher of the Year Primary & Secondary, Outstanding Early Childhood Educator and Individual School prizes.In the Individual School prizes category, the schools will be awarded for their achievements in various areas including culture, agriculture, sports, physical environment, innovation, visual and performing arts and the most child friendly school.
The selection process for principals includes three phases; completion of questionnaires by parents, students and teachers and two collection of data processes by two different teams of education officers reviewing areas inclusive of; leadership and management, curriculum and assessment, organizational and communicational skills, pastoral care, relationships and community involvement.
The principals with the highest score will emerge winner in the primary and secondary categories.
The selection process for teachers however is slightly different as principals and teachers of each school were given the opportunity to select eligible nominees with a write up on each candidate.To qualify for nomination, these teachers must have acquired 85% score or more on their teacher appraisals.
From that list parent and student questionnaires were administered for those in immediate contact with the teachers and the successful teachers would go on to two rounds of lesson observations, by two separate teams of education officials to get an overall view of the teacher’s performance in the classroom.
The teacher categories will be done for teachers with less than five years experience and those with over five years teaching experience.
According to Brumant, the selection process will be completed by next week as they are on the last round of selections for the teachers and the second round for principals.Marketing and Public Relations Officer at the National Bank of Dominica, Amanda Scotland presented a $50, 000.00 cheque to the Ministry to assist with the awards, as it is their belief that “education is the foundation for development”.
Scotland also highlighted the importance of teachers from the Bank’s perspective.
“At NBD we rely on teachers to ensure that we have the best workforce to create innovative products and services, we rely on teachers to deliver services that exceed our customer’s expectations through the staff that they actually provide for us, we rely on teachers to create a human resource that is a valuable asset to our businesses in Dominica creating a solid of course customer base for National Bank, we rely on teachers to create a society that can move Dominica forward”.
She commended the teachers who will be nominated for these awards, “you have achieved greatness, a life that should be fulfilling and relevant. We hope that the Ministry of Education awards shows you that you are valuable to us and that you are appreciated and we hope that it motivates you to continue to excel”.
Scotland also complimented the staff of the Ministry of Education for their commitment and passion towards education.
The Excellence in Teaching Awards is a combination of the Excellent Principals awards and the Outstanding Teachers awards.
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