Minister's Arts Education Awards

2021
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Overview

The prestigious Minister’s Arts Education Awards are in recognition of outstanding achievement and endeavour in Arts education.

Each recipient of an award will receive $8,000 to support their professional learning in their chosen Arts field. Awards are presented in two categories:

Public School Category (two awards)

  • One award for a primary teacher of The Arts
  • One award for a secondary teacher of The Arts

Non-Government School Category (two awards)

  • One award for a primary teacher of The Arts
  • One award for a secondary teacher of The Arts

About the Minister’s Arts Education Awards

The prestigious Minister’s Arts Education Awards are in recognition of outstanding achievement and endeavour in Arts education.

These awards are designed to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of teachers in the Arts in schools.

The awards recognise excellence in teaching in improving children and young people’s learning. They highlight outstanding achievement, creativity and leadership of teaching and learning in Arts education.

The awards are a considerable prize in terms of funding to support the professional development of the recipient. This may include (involve) their students and/or school community, but the prize is predominantly about funding the individual’s professional development.
It is envisaged that these awards will provide winners with further opportunities to further develop innovation, best practice and leadership of The Arts.

The Award funding is provided for expenditure during the 2022 calendar year.

Objectives

  • Strengthen, acknowledge and grow Arts education in schools by recognising and rewarding effective and outstanding teaching and learning practice in the Australian Curriculum: The Arts and/or in the SACE (Arts subjects).
  • Identify role models who demonstrate creativity and innovation by outstanding teachers in The Arts in guiding students to realise their potential.
  • The awards acknowledge and celebrate the valuable contribution made by outstanding Arts educators.
  • To celebrate the role of Arts education and its place in the community.
  • Recognise and reward individual outstanding Arts educators.
  • To stimulate further opportunities for creativity and innovation amongst educators for children and young people.
  • To support further professional learning opportunities for Arts educators.
  • Provide opportunities for outstanding teachers of The Arts to engage in quality professional learning in The Arts.

Eligibility

  • Applicants for the public school category of the awards must be a teacher of The Arts who is school-based and has been working for at least 3 consecutive years with the Department for Education.
  • Applicants for the non-Government school category of the awards must be a teacher of The Arts who is school-based and has been working for at least 3 consecutive years in an Independent or Catholic school.
  • Previous recipients of the award are not eligible to reapply.
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residence status in Australia.
  • Applicants can propose a professional learning program at the time of nomination or indicate the type of professional learning they intend to undertake and if successful, manage their activities in consultation with the Executive Director, Educators SA over the following 12-month program
  • All funding must be acquitted by the end of the 2022 calendar year unless otherwise negotiated. This timeline may be extended if COVID impacts on awardees ability to implement their plans.
  • The award cannot be used to support business development or private enterprises.

Further Information

The four successful applicants for the Minister’s Arts Education Awards will be awarded $8,000 each towards their professional learning in their chosen Arts form.

  • An advisory committee of Educators SA, Arts Associations and a representative from the Department for Education will assess the submissions. The recommendations are then endorsed by the Educators SA Board.
  • The award winners will be required to attend an official event (29th October 2021), to be presented with their award. They may also be required for a media call.
  • The award winners will be required to provide a report on completion of their professional learning and asked to run a small professional learning activity that is based on their professional learning funded by the prize.
  • Nominations are to be limited to the specified word counts.
  • Support material validating training or mentoring can be additional. CV’s can be provided but must be no longer than two pages.

Please contact Rod Nancarrow (Educators SA) or Cherie Broad (Department for Education) to discuss your nomination and/or eligibility.

Rod Nancarrow, Executive Director, Educators SA
T: 08 8463 5875
M: 0409 630 282
E: director@edsa.sa.edu.au

Cherie Broad, Manager, Arts Projects, Department for Education
T: 08 8463 5994
M: 0408 197 059
E: Cherie.Broad@sa.gov.au

Nomination Guidelines

Teachers can self-nominate or be nominated by a member of the school community. Teachers nominated for the Awards must:

  • Be a teacher currently based in a public or non-Government school
  • Have taught in a public or non-Government school for at least 3 years consecutively immediately prior to the nomination
  • Not have won this award previously

To be eligible applicants need to provide the following:

  • Principal’s endorsement
  • Supporting statement by the nominee or nominator (a member of the school community)
  • Personal statement
  • Professional learning proposal (including budget)

Criteria

Supporting statements should be based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL):
Professional knowledge

  • Know students and how they learn (in and/or through The Arts)
  • Know the (Arts curriculum) and how to teach it

Professional practice

  • Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning (in The Arts)
  • Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments (in The Arts)
  • Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning (in The Arts)

Professional engagement

  • Engage in professional learning (and improve practice)
  • Engage with professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

Allocation of Award Funds 2021

The majority of the Award funds must go towards the recipients professional learning activities. Applicants may use up to $1,500 of the Award for TRTs, and up to $500 of the Award to support an Arts activity in their school.

Selection Process

  • Applicants submit applications by the closing date and will be notified of receipt by Educators SA.
  • A panel representing the relevant Arts associations, Educators SA and the Department for Education will assess the applications.
  • Recommendations from the panel are then endorsed by the Educators SA Board.
  • All applicants and nominators are notified of the outcomes by mid-October.

Requirements of Award Winners

  • Attend the Educators SA World Teachers Day event to be presented with their award (29th October 2021)
  • Be available for media calls as
  • Consult with the Executive Director of Educators
  • Undertake to complete the professional learning activities within the 2022 calendar year (unless otherwise negotiated).
  • Develop a program of their professional learning activities.
  • Share their professional learning with colleagues in ways that benefit the broader teaching and learning community.
    • This will take the form of a short report at the end of their professional learning
    • Contribute to one professional learning session for teachers and teaching artists in the 12 months following their professional learning activities, by negotiation with Educators SA

Nominations must be completed and submitted online no later than 5.00pm Friday 24th September 2021

 

Interested in Nominating?

Nominations can be made online. Please allow twenty minutes to complete the online application.

Before self-nominating or nominating a member of the school community, please ensure you have read:

You are advised to prepare your responses in a Word document, and copy and paste them into the online nomination form when you are ready to fill it in.

Nominations must be completed and submitted online no later than 5.00pm Friday 24th September 2021.

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