The CBA Teaching Awards celebrates teachers helping students forge future-proof pathways – and it’s time to nominate yourself or a colleague
Know a talented, passionate and community-minded teacher? Nominations are now open for the 2023 Commonwealth Bank (CBA) Teaching Awards.
In partnership with national charity Schools Plus, the 2023 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards celebrates and rewards educators for demonstrating teaching excellence and helping to address the education gap in schools across the country.
Twelve of the 22 shortlisted winners will be selected to receive a prestigious Teaching Fellowship valued at $40,000, including $25,000 for a strategic school project and a unique 12-month professional learning program.
Plus, in a new category, 10 early career teachers with the potential to make a positive impact in education, will receive an ECT Scholarship valued at $10,000, including $5,000 for professional development and an exclusive learning and mentoring program thanks to support from Salesforce.
WA-based Principal and 2022 recipient, Shane Wilson believes the award was integral in taking his remote school’s unique Virtual Worlds program to the global stage. Blending virtual reality with local Indigenous knowledge, Shane’s Virtual Worlds have since won science and technology prizes across Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
“I never could have imagined what the Teaching Awards have done for my school’s students and community,” he says. “I’m currently in Finland to present our Virtual Worlds work at the Future of Education conference, thanks to my Schools Plus Fellowship.
“It’s great to see another group of educators get this life-changing opportunity. Please, if you know a teacher doing amazing things, send them a nomination. It could transform futures for them and their students!”
Above and beyond
So, what makes a teacher outstanding in 2023? Last year’s cohort of award winners – including Shane – all demonstrated residence and innovation during a year peppered with unique challenges and disruptions, supporting students in their transition from remote learning back to in-person learning in the classroom.
Faced with natural disasters and ongoing classroom disruptions due to Covid, the shortlisted teachers were all quick to adopt innovative and resilient education practices that fostered personal connections both with students and their community.
Initiatives included everything from developing unique learning programs such as ‘Annual Mathematics Olympics’ and ‘Project Medical School’, to pioneering new eSports and drone technology courses.
Head here for the full list of last year’s winners.
And to sign up yourself or a colleague for this year’s comp? Nominations are open till midnight on Sunday, May 7.