Ferdinand | EducationGhana | March 12 | Admin. and Leadership Category: Selection Criteria and Eligibility for the 2023 Ghana Teacher Prize
The award is meant to honour the hardworking staff of the Ghana Education Service who are in active Service.
TEACHER IN LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION CATEGORY
The Prize is open to professionally trained and licensed teachers currently working at the pre-tertiary education space (both public and private) and who have been working as an administrator for not less than five (5) years.
These may include but not limited to Directors of Education, Managers of Educational Units, School Improvement Support Officers (SISOs), Heads of schools etc.
An applicant is qualified for selection based on the following criteria:
1. Achieving demonstrable performance in the area of operation of the individual staff. For example, meeting deadlines with assignments to meet the expectation of the institution or office in the area where the staff operates.
a. Having a clear vision and mission statement.
b. Submission of timely reports of institutions and other offices.
c. Evidence of financial stewardship and accountability.
d. Punctuality and comportment.
e. Efficiency and effectiveness in the institution.
f. Effective use of management systems.
g. Evidence of teamwork.
2. Recognition of the staff’s achievements in the institution or office, for example unique performances or an output that enables the institution to impact positively on the students/ teachers/staff.
3. Helping the department in which the staff works to achieve its targets (for example improved learning outcomes, etc.).
4. Commitment: staff who are committed to working, personal development and the projection of the image of the profession.
5. Community service in the areas of role modelling, mentorship, outreach, etc.
(Recognition through community awards, talks, seminars, membership of local organizations, and contributions in media).
6. Contribution to teaching and the teaching profession: Public debates, research activities, writing articles, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events or conferences.
OTHER FACTORS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Professional Competence
This category of assessment includes academic/professional qualifications, workshops, seminars, In-Service training, and evidence of quality delivery of service. The staff should be well informed, especially about educational policies and issues.
2. Personality Factors
This includes social, emotional, moral, emotional intelligence, and role modelling to staff, students and the community.
3. Contribution to the Community
This takes into account, the staff’s participation in the socio-economic development of the community, provision of In-Service training, work experience in rural/urban settings, as well as support for the vulnerable is an added advantage.
4. Innovations and creativity
This includes new ways or approaches to work and the use of technology. The staff sets realistic expectations and demonstrates problem-solving abilities.
Based on the above criteria, the nomination of teachers in administration is as follows:
ii. Staff nomination
iii. PTA of School nomination
iv. Community nomination (students, alumni, traditional/religious leaders).
v. Union nomination
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CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF AWARD WINNERS
Applicants for the Ghana Teacher Prize will be judged on a rigorous set of criteria to identify an extraordinary teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as follows:
1. Achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom. (For example, through the improvement of student grades, student attendance/behavior; students becoming high achievers in further education or in the world of work;
and enabling students to have as many options as possible to fulfill their potential) Employing innovative and effective instructional practices that are replicable and scalable to influence the quality of education globally. (For example, through innovative use of technology or non-typical instructional techniques that can be replicated in other classrooms within the same context)
2. Recognition of a teacher’s achievements in the classroom and beyond from pupils, colleagues, head teachers or members of the wider community. (For example, through local/ national teaching awards; recognition in local/national press or academic publications; references or testimonials from high achieving students, peers, or principals;
active senior-level member of an external organization or board that furthers an element of education) Helping children become global citizens by providing them with a value-based education equips young people with life and work skills and prepares them for a world where they will encounter people from many different nationalities, cultures,
and religions. (Examples may include arranging work placements or other introductions to the world of work; linking up with schools in other parts of the world; and promoting student exchange programs)
3. Achievements in the community beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession and others. (Recognition through community awards, talks, seminars; membership of local organizations, written contributions in media,
with a focus on bringing the community into your classroom to widen students’ experiences) Encouraging teachers to stay in the profession and develop their skills as well as encouraging others to join the teaching profession.
(For example, through the teaching of mentoring teachers at your school or teacher training college; contributing to public debates on the teaching profession, whether through speaking engagements, writing articles, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events or conferences; or other examples of practice that have been elevated the status of teaching in your country).
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