The Excellence in Teaching Awards were initiated in 1989 by the Minister of Education to:
Alberta Education presents the Excellence in Teaching Awards with the support of the Alberta School Boards Association, the Alberta School Councils’ Association, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Association of Alberta Deans of Education, and the College of Alberta School Superintendents.
Over the past year, representatives from education stakeholder organizations have worked with Alberta Education to help develop a new recognition program that provides a memorable, meaningful and inclusive means of honouring excellence in education. While the new program is being developed, the Excellence in Teaching Awards program is on hold.
Since 1989, the Excellence in Teaching Awards has provided students, parents, colleagues and community members with the opportunity to nominate outstanding teachers and principals for recognition. More than 10,000 nominations have been submitted and more than 500 educators have received awards since the program started.
Times have changed since the awards were first established. Albertans’ understanding of promising and emerging professional practices has grown and developed; our depth of understanding of assessment practices, inter-disciplinary studies and differentiated instruction has also grown; and the use of technology in learning is only beginning to be understood.
Alberta Education will continue to work with stakeholder representatives to design the specifics of the new program, which will be announced once this important work is finalized.