Government of Canada

Government of Canada

October 05, 2011 16:00 ET

Recipients of Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education Announced, 2011-12 Edition of Awards Launched

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2011) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, today announced the recipients of the 2010–11 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Award recipients were honoured at a ceremony in Ottawa, fittingly held on World Teachers' Day. The event also marked the launch of the nomination process for the 2011–12 Prime Minister's Awards.

"Great teachers inspire great minds to be their best," said Minister Van Loan. "Today, we celebrate outstanding educators who are igniting the curiosity of their students and making Canada a better place, one child at a time."

This year, 84 Prime Minister's Awards were presented to teachers and early childhood educators, either individually or to teams, from across Canada. The Awards include 26 national Certificates of Excellence and 58 regional Certificates of Achievement for educational excellence at all levels, from preschool to secondary school. All award recipients were recognized as exceptionally innovative leaders who help students excel and young children get the best possible start in life.

All winners receive a certificate, a pin and a letter from the Prime Minister. Certificates of Excellence are each worth $5,000 and are shared equally between the winners and their schools or childcare institutions. Certificates of Achievement are each worth $1,000 and are given directly to recipients.

The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education were created in 1993 and 2002, respectively. For the first time this year, a space educator award was presented to a teacher who demonstrated outstanding, innovative and creative teaching in the area of space sciences. The 2010–11 winner of the space educator award is Sean Clark of Sacred Heart High School in Stittsville, Ontario.

Industry Canada delivers this awards program in partnership with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Health Canada, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Research In Motion Limited and the RBC Foundation are corporate partners of the program.

Information on all of the 2010–11 award recipients, along with guidelines and nomination forms for the 2011–12 Awards, can be found on the Prime Minister's Awards website (www.ic.gc.ca/epic/home.nsf/html/pma_site-select-eng.html).

- Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education website (www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/pmaece-ppmepe.nsf/eng/Home)

- Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence website (www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/pmate-ppmee.nsf/eng/home)

BACKGROUNDER

Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

For many of us, at least one teacher stands out in our memories—someone who encouraged, enabled and inspired us to do our very best. Teachers play a tremendous role, not only in the academic achievement of students but also in the attitudes and abilities they carry with them beyond the classroom.

The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines who use information and communications technologies (ICT) to better equip their students with the skills needed to excel in a 21st-century society and economy.

Award recipients are selected by an external committee composed of education experts from across Canada. Recipients are chosen based on their innovative use of ICT in the classroom, the excellence and innovation of their teaching practices, and their ability to achieve outstanding results with students. While an exemplary project or practice may form part of a nomination, nominees are judged on their overall merits as teachers. The selection committee looks for clear evidence that nominees have excelled in all of the following five areas:

  • digital literacy and ICT use in the classroom
  • innovative and exemplary teaching practices
  • student skills development
  • student achievement and participation
  • commitment and leadership

Teachers are eligible for two awards: the Certificate of Excellence and the Certificate of Achievement. All winners receive a certificate, a pin and a letter from the Prime Minister. The Certificate of Excellence award is worth $5,000 and is shared equally between the winning teacher and his or her school. The Certificate of Achievement award is worth $1,000 and is given directly to the recipient. Award funds may be used for professional development or equipment, resource materials, website development, teaching aids or other tools that improve teaching and student learning. The school in which the award recipient works also receives a certificate recognizing its support of, and contribution to, the educator's achievement.

Up to 15 Certificates of Excellence and up to 50 Certificates of Achievement are awarded per competition. At least one of each type of certificate is awarded to the top-ranked Aboriginal teacher teaching at a First Nation school on-reserve. In 2010–11, a new space educator award was given to a Certificate of Excellence recipient who demonstrated outstanding, innovative and creative teaching in the area of space sciences. Special recognition of a space educator will again be offered in 2011–12 courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency.

For more information about the program, please visit the Prime Minister's Awards website (www.ic.gc.ca/epic/home.nsf/html/pma_site-select-eng.html).

Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education

The early years of a child's life are of critical importance. The educators who partner with parents to teach and nurture young children in those years have an impact that will last for the rest of the children's lives. For many children, at least one educator will stand out as someone who encouraged, enabled and inspired them to be their very best at a young age.

The Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education honour outstanding and innovative early childhood educators who excel at fostering the early development and socialization of the children in their care and at helping build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life.

Award recipients are selected by an external committee composed of early childhood education experts from across Canada. Recipients are chosen based on their innovative approaches and outstanding ability to engage and support the development of children in their care and on their commitment to the development of children and the early childhood education and care profession. While an exemplary project or practice may form part of a nomination, nominees are judged on their overall merits as educators. The selection committee looks for clear evidence that nominees have excelled in all of the following four areas:

  • support of child development
  • innovation
  • involvement with parents, families and the community
  • commitment and leadership in the field

Early childhood educators are eligible for two awards: the Certificate of Excellence and the Certificate of Achievement. All winners receive a certificate, a pin and a letter from the Prime Minister. The Certificate of Excellence award is worth $5,000 and is shared equally between the winning educator and his or her childcare facility. The Certificate of Achievement award is worth $1,000 and is given directly to the recipient. Award funds may be used for professional development, equipment, resource materials or other tools that improve developmental programming and children's experiences related to the educator's work. The childcare facility in which the award recipient works also receives a certificate recognizing its support of, and contribution to, the educator's achievement.

Up to 10 Certificates of Excellence and up to 15 Certificates of Achievement are awarded per competition. At least one of each type of certificate is awarded to the top-ranked Aboriginal early childhood educator. For the 2011–12 competition, a new award will be presented to a full-time director in recognition of the unique contribution that administrators make to the overall quality of care provided within their childcare facility.

For more information about the program, please visit the Prime Minister's Awards website (www.ic.gc.ca/epic/home.nsf/html/pma_site-select-eng.html).

Contact Information

  • Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    613-943-7599

    Media Relations
    Industry Canada
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