Here is the selection criteria and eligibility for the Ghana Teacher Prize for the year 2023.
The Prize is open to all professionally trained and licensed teachers currently working in the pre-tertiary education space (both public and private) and have been teaching for not less than five (5) years.
Applications for the Ghana Teacher Prize will be judged based on a rigorous set of criteria to select ono has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.
The final judging committee will search for evidence of:
1. Recognition of a teacher’s achievements in the classroom and beyond from learners,
colleagues, heads of schools or members of the wider community. For example, through local/national awards and certificates.
2. Employing innovative and effective instructional practices that are replicable and scalable. For example, through the innovative use of technology or non-typical instructional techniques that can be replicated in other classrooms.
3. Achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom. For example, through the improvement of students’ grades, student attendance/behaviour; students becoming achievers in the world of work.
4. Ensuring learners receive value-based education that promotes global citizenship (different religions, cultures and nationalities, linking up with schools in other parts of the community, country, promoting exchange programmes, excursions).
5. Achievements in the community beyond the classroom that provide unique and
distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession and others.
For example, recognition through the media, community awards, talks, seminars and membership of local organizations. How do you bring the community into your classroom?
6. Contribution to teaching and the teaching profession: Public debates, research activities, writing articles, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events, or conferences.
7. Professional Competence: This category of assessment includes academic professional qualifications, workshops and seminars, provision of in-service training and evidence of quality delivery of service. The staff should be well-informed, especially about educational policies and issues.
8. Personality Factors: This includes the social, moral and emotional, positive manifestations and role modeling to staff, students and community.
9. Innovations and creativity: This includes new ways and methods of teaching and the use of technology and coping with work in an era of a pandemic. The teacher sets realistic expectations and demonstrates problem-solving abilities.
Based on the above criteria, nomination of teachers is as follows:
1. Union nomination
2. Self nomination
3. Staff nomination
4. PTA of school nomination
5. Community nomination (alumni, students, religious leaders etc.)
Bricy Boateng will also publish the Selection and Eligibility Criteria for Non- Teaching Staff, Best College Tutor soon. I will also publish how you can begin the process of applying.