Do you know an inspiring teacher?

Are you or do you know an inspiring maths teacher whose influence and impact has shaped learning and success well beyond their classroom? We are looking for Australia’s most engaging and innovative teachers dedicated to fostering student achievement, enjoyment and potential. Someone who colleagues and fellow professionals look up to and go to for assistance and guidance and whose positive impact, influence and commitment to excellence has transformed their school’s mathematics program. Someone who passionately communicates the beauty of mathematics and empowers students to succeed.

 

READ ABOUT SOME OF OUR PAST WINNERS TO SEE SOME OF THE QUALITIES WE ARE LOOKING FOR

CHOOSEMATHS MENTORING GIRLS IN MATHEMATICS AWARD

– $10,000 to both the recipient and their school mathematics program –

The Mentoring Girls in Mathematics Award recognises one teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in inspiring and fostering the participation of girls in mathematics. The awardee will receive $10,000 prize money to further develop their skills and $10,000 to support their mathematics program in their school.

The judging panel will select the awardee based on their demonstrated capacity to encourage, guide and inspire students by providing ongoing mentoring support.

 

CHOOSEMATHS OUTSTANDING PRIMARY TEACHER AWARD

– $5,000 to both the recipient and their school mathematics program –

The CHOOSEMATHS Outstanding Primary Teacher Award recognises a primary school teacher whose influence and passion has successfully enhanced the experience of learning mathematics for students. The teacher will be a leader in creative and engaging practice, who fosters a positive environment in which students are able to flourish and achieve success.

 

CHOOSEMATHS OUTSTANDING SECONDARY TEACHER AWARD

– $5,000 to both the recipient and their school mathematics program –

The CHOOSEMATHS Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award recognises an exemplary and innovative teacher, who has been instrumental in encouraging students to continue with their study of mathematics. This teacher will be an engaging and passionate communicator of mathematics, who inspires students to see the beauty and importance of mathematics.

 

CHOOSEMATHS TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

– 7 × $1,000 to both the recipient and their school mathematics program –

The CHOOSEMATHS Teaching Excellence Awards will recognise seven of Australia’s leading mathematics teachers who will each receive $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their school. The awardees will be selected based on their demonstrated capacity to engage and inspire students using innovative practice, or for providing ongoing mentoring support.

All awards will be presented at the CHOOSEMATHS Awards Ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday 31 August 2017.

In addition to the Awards Ceremony, there will be an opportunity for the awardees to meet each other and the CHOOSEMATHS team at a welcome reception and teacher awardee dinner on Wednesday 30 August. All awardees will be provided with two nights’ accommodation and all interstate and regional awardees will receive a travel bursary to assist with their travel to Melbourne.

ELIGIBILITY

The CHOOSEMATHS Teacher Awards are open to permanent residents of Australia.

Secondary teachers should be currently teaching mathematics, with a minimum of 50% teaching load, in an Australian government or non-government school.

Primary teachers should have a minimum of 50% teaching load in an Australian government or non-government school.

NOMINATION AND APPLICATION

Anyone can nominate an eligible teacher using the nomination form. Teachers, themselves, may also initiate the application process. However, each application needs to be supported by an endorsement from the candidate’s School Principal on the form provided.

The completed application form and supporting documentation is to be forwarded to the CHOOSEMATHS Awards Project Officer via email or post.

SELECTION CRITERIA AND JUDGING

The judging panel will select the awardees based on their demonstrated capacity to engage and inspire students or by providing ongoing mentoring support.

The following are examples of the types of qualities that might be demonstrated by a successful applicant. They are not meant to be exhaustive.

The teacher:

  • is an excellent role model
  • provides outstanding and sustained support for students
  • monitors students’ progress and offers honest, constructive feedback when needed or sought
  • encourages and facilitates the best possible performance from students
  • maintains accessibility by providing consistently open lines of communication
  • has been instrumental in the setting up of a mentoring program
  • has been proactive in encouraging girls to continue with their study of mathematics
  • runs an afterschool or lunchtime club to engage students with hands on mathematical activities
  • provides sound advice with respect to appropriate future courses of study or pathways
  • runs professional development sessions to support their colleagues

READ ABOUT SOME OF OUR PAST WINNERS TO SEE SOME OF THE QUALITIES WE ARE LOOKING FOR

KEY DATES

Applications open Wednesday 1 March 2017. Applications must be submitted to AMSI by Friday 7 July 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by Skype during the week commencing Monday 24 July. Any second round interviews will take place in the following week. All awardees will be contacted in the week commencing 7 August 2017.

The awards will be presented at the CHOOSEMATHS Awards Ceremony hosted in Melbourne on Thursday 31 August 2017. In addition to the Awards Ceremony, there will be an opportunity for the awardees to meet each other and the CHOOSEMATHS team at a welcome reception and teacher awardee dinner on Wednesday 30 August. All awardees will be provided with two nights’ accommodation and all interstate and regional awardees will receive a travel bursary to assist with their travel to Melbourne.

For further information please contact

Dr Susan James
CHOOSEMATHS Awards/Careers Awareness Project Officer
Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute
Building 161, C/- The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia
P: 03 8344 0031
E: susan@amsi.org.au

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