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$45,000 Teaching Fellowship open to Australia’s great teachers and school leaders

26 August 2019

Alison Rourke, Fairy Meadow Demonstration School (NSW)

2018 Teaching Fellow Alison Rourke, Fairy Meadow Demonstration School

Nominations and applications for the 2020 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards open today. Established in partnership between national charity Australian Schools Plus and the Commonwealth Bank, the Awards recognise and celebrate great teachers and school leaders who go above and beyond to make a difference and shape a brighter future for their students and schools.

The Awards are open to teachers and school leaders from all Australian schools, across Government, Catholic and Independent sectors, with educators working in schools in disadvantaged communities particularly encouraged to apply.

Schools Plus CEO Rosemary Conn said: “The Awards give leading educators the chance to collaborate with colleagues across the country and champion innovative practices in their schools and the broader education system. Fellows can develop and refine their skills, and learn from other Teaching Award recipients, as well as international experts through a number of masterclasses throughout the year.”

The selected 12 outstanding teachers and school leaders will each receive a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship, which includes $10,000 to support their professional development, $25,000 for a major school project to improve outcomes for their students, and an overseas visit to a high-performing education system.

Now in their fourth year, the impact of the Awards has been immense. 2018 Teaching Fellows Stacey Quince and John Cleary encouraged teachers to apply for the Award, affirming the Fellowship has connected them to exceptional educators and practice both locally and internationally, enabling them to help shape Australia’s education future.

“Connecting with other Fellows from across the country and gaining insight into their work has informed my practice as a leader and deepened my understanding of, and contribution to, the broader education landscape. The opportunity to engage with incredible educators from other countries and jurisdictions – and to connect teachers in my school to these models – has helped us to envisage what is possible for our students and accelerated and deepened our work as a school,” said Stacey Quince, former Principal at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School (NSW) and current Director, Teaching Quality at NSW Department of Education.

“My fellowship year was transformational in affirming and celebrating the incredible work of our school community. The opportunity to proudly share our journey and its impact on learning for our students has given me the opportunity to partner with schools across the region, Northern Territory and Australia wide. I can’t recommend the fellowship highly enough,” added John Cleary, former Principal at Casuarina Street Primary School (NT) and current General Manager, School and System Improvement at NT Department of Education.

Since its inception in 2016, the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards have recognised the work of 36 exceptional teachers and school leaders across Australia, including Yasodai Selvakumaran (NSW, 2018) and Eddie Woo (NSW, 2017) who both went on to be named in the top 10 teachers in the world as part of the $US1 million Global Teacher Prize. Teaching Fellows Peter Gurrier-Jones (NSW, 2018), Wilbur (Charlie) Klein (WA, 2017) and Dr Sarah Mathews (Qld, 2017) were also named top 50 finalists for the same coveted prize.

Applications are open until Friday 27 September 2019, with winners to be announced at a ceremony in Sydney in March 2020. To nominate someone or apply, visit teachingawards.com.au.

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