Nominations open for the US $1m Global Teacher Prize 2018

Global Teacher Prize 2017 winner Maggie MacDonnell.

Global Teacher Prize 2017 winner Maggie MacDonnell.

Nominations are open for the US $1m Global Teacher Prize 2018, dubbed the “Nobel Prize for Teaching” which last year was won by Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell for her work with the Innuit in a remote area of the Arctic. Awarded by the Varkey Foundation – during the two-day Global Education & Skills Forum – the prize was presented to Maggie MacDonnell by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. Maggie teaches at the Ikusik School in Salluit, a remote Innuit village nestled in the Canadian Arctic and was applauded in a broadcast message by the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Announced via a special video message from the International Space Station broadcast into the Global Teacher Prize ceremony, taking place at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) 2017 in Dubai – Astronaut Thomas Pesquet said: “I’d like to be the first person in history to thank all the world’s teachers from space.Congratulations Maggie. At least once a day, as we orbit the earth, I get a view of the Canadian arctic where you teach. You should see how beautiful it looks from 220 miles up. And it’s a place that you’re protecting by teaching the next generation how they can take care of it. Thank you Maggie and to all the world’s teachers. See you all back home”.

In a special congratulatory video message broadcast into the ceremony hall, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said: “Maggie MacDonnell – on behalf of all Canadians – from one teacher to another – congratulations on winning the Global Teacher Prize 2017.

“You chose to teach at the Ikusik school in Salluit, a remote village in the Canadian Arctic. There are no roads to Salluit– it is only accessible by air and it gets cold, really cold. Minus twenty this time of year.
“I’d like to say thank you to every teacher out there. Teachers owe responsibilities to many people – to students, to parents, to the community, the school board. But in the end, as all great teachers know – they are ultimately responsible to something far greater. They are responsible to the future – and for the world that will be shaped by the children they teach”.

Now in its fourth year, the US $1 million award is the largest prize of its kind, and was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society. The nominations and applications process for the 2018 Prize will be open until 8th October 2017. Click here to nominate a teacher of the Global Teacher Prize 2018

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About the Global Teacher Prize

The Varkey Foundation believes every child deserves a vibrant, stimulating learning environment that awakens and supports their full potential. The Global Teacher Prize is part of the Varkey Foundation’s long-standing commitment to improve the status of teachers. PriceWaterhouseCoopers is responsible for ensuring that the balloting process is fair and accurate. Criminal record and other background checks are conducted on the shortlisted candidates.

A top 50 shortlist of teachers was narrowed down to the final ten teachers by a Prize Committee. The winner was then chosen from these ten finalists by the Global Teacher Prize Academy. The Prize Committee and the Academy looked for evidence that applicants meet the following criteria:

  1. Achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom
  2. Recognition of a teacher’s achievements in the classroom and beyond from pupils, colleagues, head-teachers or members of the wider community.
  3. Achievements in the community beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession and others
  4. Employing innovative and effective instructional practices that are replicable and scalable to influence the quality of education globally.
  5. Helping children become global citizens through providing them with a values-based education, which equips young people with life and work skills and prepares them for a world where they will encounter people from many different religions, cultures and nationalities.
  6. Encouraging teachers to stay in the profession and develop their skills as well as encouraging others to join the teaching profession.

About The Global Teacher Prize Academy

The Global Teacher Prize Academy includes prominent names such as Freida Pinto, Actress, United States; Wendy Kopp, co-founder and CEO of Teach for All; Brett Wigdortz, founder and CEO of Teach First, Nick Booth, CEO, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, James E Ryan, Dean and Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education, United States, Jeffrey D. Sachs, world-renowned professor of economics and special advisor to the U.N and Lewis Pugh, the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world.

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