Teaching Excellence Recognized
April 8, 2013
Alberta teachers short-listed for prestigious award
Over 100 educators from across Alberta will be formally recognized as semi-finalists for the provincial Excellence in Teaching Awards. Regional celebrations are taking place in Edmonton on April 16 and Calgary on April 18.
For the past 25 years these awards have acknowledged teachers and principals who have demonstrated creativity and innovation in Alberta's classrooms.
"It's an honour to publicly recognize educators who impact students in such a meaningful way,” said Education Minister Jeff Johnson. "Everything they do is focused on student success. These semi-finalists embody the vision and direction that thousands of Albertans shared with us through Inspiring Education and they deserve our recognition for that.”
From this year's semi-finalists, 20 will be chosen to receive an Excellence in Teaching Award. These award recipients will be formally recognized at a dinner and ceremony with Minister Johnson on May 25. Both semi-finalists and award recipients will have access to special funds for professional development.
Nominations are particularity meaningful because they are received from a nominee's own students, colleagues and community members.
Alberta Education administers the annual Excellence in Teaching Awards with the support of the Alberta School Boards Association, the Alberta School Councils' Association, the Alberta Teachers' Association, the Association of Alberta Deans of Education, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, the Council on Alberta Teaching Standards and the Edmonton Journal.