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Horizon School Division
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AP 456 - Excellence in Teaching Award Criteria
Background
Teacher recognition refers to the acknowledgement and celebration of teachers and other individuals who distinguish themselves through their teaching, model the beliefs and ideals of the profession, or raise the status of the teaching profession and publicly funded public education.

Beliefs
1.  Teachers should be recognized for the valuable work they do in furthering the inherent good of publicly funded public education.
 
2.  Awards and recognition honor excellence in teaching and elevate the status of the profession.

3.  The recognition of teachers and others in education positively in influences public discourse on and support for publicly funded public education.

4.  Awards and recognition programs should acknowledge and celebrate teachers and others who exemplify the beliefs and ideals of the profession.

5.  Awards and recognition programs should be based on clear criteria and should be meaningful to the recipient and the profession at large.

6.  The recognition of teachers and others should be done in a way which is congruent with the beliefs of the profession regarding social justice, inclusion and equity.

7.  Awards and recognition should be visible to members and the public.

8.  Therefore, teachers individually and collectively:
8.1.  Foster a culture where teachers recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of their colleagues and others both through formal awards and recognition programs and through everyday interactions.

8.2.  Establish criteria for awards and nominations which are clear, transparent and broad enough to ensure recognition of the many different ways that teachers and others advance the work of publicly funded public education and the profession. 

8.3.  Advocate for and participate in forms of recognition which are meaningful to teachers and align with the ideals of the teaching profession.

The successful attainment of the Horizon School Division's desired academic goals for all students will depend upon the excellence of its instructional staff. It is expected that Horizon School Division staff members possess and demonstrate the academic and professional excellence necessary to work collaboratively for the academic success, emotional and personal growth, and safety for all students. 

Every school has excellent teachers and these individuals may be nominated for an additional level of local recognition by being nominated for the Horizon School Division Excellence in Teaching Award. Hopefully, all schools will choose to participate in the process leading to the selection of the 2017 Horizon School Division Excellence in Teaching Award winners.

In preparing the nomination of your board's most outstanding teacher, please note: 
1.  School nominations are to be submitted to the Deputy Director (or designate) by May 15th. 

2.  Your nominee must complete the Nominee Consent portion of the Nomination Form. 

3.  Please submit one (1) complete electronic copy of the nomination information to the Deputy Director of Education (or designate) 

4.  Selection Committee must be comprised of:

  • Two members of the Horizon Teacher's Association (HTA) executive.
  • Two members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).
5.  The Horizon School Division Teaching Excellence Award will be presented at Celebration Day. 

 Does your Nominee meet the Horizon School Division Teaching Excellence Award Criteria?
  • Any Pre- K-12 teacher is eligible for nomination; 
  • A minimum of 100 full-time equivalent days of teaching service within the current school year is required; 
  • A teacher must hold a Saskatchewan Teaching Professional 'A' Certificate as issued by the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board; 
  • Each school is restricted to nominating one candidate. 
  • A letter of support from;
    • A parent
    • A student
    • A School Communiy Council (SCC) member
    • A community member

Did you include everything in your Nomination Package?

  • Nomination form 
  • Nominee consent form 
  • School/Principal evaluation submission (as per AP 430)
  • Student teaching evaluation (if applicable)
  • A letter of Support from a parent on the SCC
  • A letter of Support from a student
  • Present teaching assignment
  • Teaching experiences
  • Honors and Awards received 
  • Current head and shoulders photograph of the School's nominee in electronic format (e.g. jpeg)

Please note: All forms and evaluations must be completed.

1.  Criteria

  • Any Pre-K - 12 teacher on a continuing contract is eligible for nomination;
  • A minimum of 100 full-time equivalent days of teaching service within the current school year is required;
  • A teacher must hold a Saskatchewan Professional 'A' Teaching Certificate as issued by the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board;
  • Majority of the teacher's experience must be completed in Horizon School Division;
  • Deadline for nominations is May 15th.

2.  Procedural Guidelines

  • A School is limited to nominating one candidate per year. Supporting evidence, duly signed by the principal, must accompany each nomination.

3.  Awards Presentation

  • An appropriate gift and recognition will be presented to Horizon School Division Excellence in Teaching Award winners at Celebration Day.

 
4.  Procedures Regarding the Award 

4.1.  Initial identification and selection of each candidate will be made by the school principal, colleague, parent, community member or student;
4.2   Upon school approval of the nomination, the school principal, will submit one complete electronic copy of the nomination package by May 15th;
4.3   All information accompanying the nomination will be considered privileged and will be treated in strict confidence;
4.4   An evaluation of the nominee's professional practice completed by his/her school principal shall be submitted as part of the nomination package, as outlined in professional competencies for horizon teachers -  Professional Competencies for Horizon Teachers.

 5.  Photograph

  • A current digital head and shoulders photograph of the nominee must accompany the nomination package that is submitted to the Deputy Director of Education (or designate) as part of the nomination package.

6.  School Evaluation Submission

  • Each nominating school is expected to provide a written assessment of the nominee as outlined as the Summary Evaluation Report (AP-430).

 Note: In addition to the completed forms enclosed, copies of evaluation reports issued to the nominee and other supporting documentation may be included as deemed appropriate.

Reference: Section 2.9 Page 84, Saskatchewan Teacher's Federation Governance Handbook

February 23, 2017