Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand – Te Rauika Titohu Kaiako o Aotearoa

TEFANZ Awards

The Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ)
Invites entries for the
Sustained Excellence in Teacher Education Award
&
Emerging Teacher Educator Award

TEFANZ is proud to offer two awards for teacher educators. The first, an award for sustained excellence, is designed to provide recognition for significant contribution over time to teacher education. The second award is to recognise the work of an emerging teacher educator.

The awards which consist of a citation and a taonga are open to all teacher educators. The recipients will be announced and presented at an appropriate TEFANZ event (conference or forum).

Nomination and selection criteria.

  • Nominations for the TEFANZ Teacher Educator awards are called for annually with nominations closing this year on the 30 May 2016. Any two teacher educators from an institution that is a member of TEFANZ may nominate a teacher educator for an award. Nominations should consist of a written statement from each person making the nomination; a copy of the nominee’s CV and may also include letters of support.
  • Nominees must be teacher educators from an institution that is a member of TEFANZ.
  • An award committee comprised of the Chair of TEFANZ and two other members of TEFANZ will consider the nominations and decide on recipients of the awards.

Judging criteria

  • Recognition of sustained excellence will be judged on the nominee’s contribution to initial teacher education over time, the level and nature of that contribution and the personal qualities of the nominee.
  • An emerging teacher educator award will recognize an early career teacher educator, whose work in initial teacher education is deemed by peers to be noteworthy.

The judges have the right not to make an award, and their decision is final.

Entries must be made on the  TEFANZ Awards Nomination Form and sent to:

TEFANZ Awards Committee
Chairperson

Beverley Cooper
C/- Te kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
University of Waikato
Private bag 3015
Hamilton

bcooper@waikato.ac.nz

TEFANZ AWARDS

Purposes, Processes and Criteria

PURPOSES

TEFANZ AWARDS are a mechanism by which the organisation signals the value placed on teaching, research and administration related to teacher education. The awards recognise outstanding contributions and excellence by individuals.  They encourage members to aspire to excellence and to develop a deep understanding of teacher education in order to teach and design high quality programmes that produce independent, critically reflective, effective beginning teachers and foster innovation in support of the TEFANZ goals.

NOMINATION PROCESS

• Nominees must be teacher educators from an institution that is a member of TEFANZ.

• Nominations are normally called for in July with a mid-August deadline and the selection of recipients takes place in early September. Some variation to these dates may occur from year-to-year depending on the timing of a forum or conference.

Two teacher educators from an institution that is a member of TEFANZ may nominate a teacher educator for an award.

• Nominations should consist of a written statement from each person making the nomination; a copy of the nominee’s CV and may also include letters of support.

• An awards committee comprising the Chair of TEFANZ, two other members of TEFANZ and an independent consultant with an understanding of the field will consider the nominations and decide on recipients of the awards.

NATURE OF AWARDS

The awards consist of a citation and a taonga and are open to all teacher educators who are members of a TEFANZ organisation. The recipients will be announced and presented at an appropriate TEFANZ event (conference or forum).

Sustained Excellence in Teacher Education Award

This award is designed to provide recognition for significant contribution over time to teacher education.

Normally nominees will have:

• held significant leadership roles in teacher education and have a national profile.

• completed at least 15 years service as a teacher educator.

• demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching and research and a deep understanding of teacher  education.

• a record of innovative practice in area/s such as: curriculum development and design, assessment or evaluation of practice.

In addition, evidence of some or all of: working and interacting with student teachers, contributions to teacher education at a national level, mentoring and support of colleagues within and beyond their institution will be looked for.

Emerging Teacher Educator Award

Normally nominees will have:

• completed between 4-8 years of service as a teacher educator.

• demonstrated excellence in teaching.

• established a record of engagement in research and publication.

In addition, evidence of some or all of: innovative practice, emerging leadership and on-going links to the profession will be looked for.