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The Innovative Educator Of The Year award will go to an educator who has gone above and beyond in their pursuit to inspire and empower the next generation of young innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

An innovative educator is someone who is passionate about teaching and learning and is committed to finding new and creative ways to engage their students. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their teaching practice and are willing to take risks and try new approaches in their school community.

One of the key characteristics of an innovative educator is their ability to think outside the box. They are not satisfied with traditional teaching methods and are always looking for new and innovative ways to help their students learn. They might use project-based learning, gamification, or other new and emerging teaching methods to engage and inspire their students.

If you are a dedicated and passionate teacher who is constantly seeking new ways to improve your teaching practice and help your students learn and succeed, this is the award category for you!

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Nominations Now Open!


Nomination Questions:

To nominate for the Innovative Educator Of The Year award category, you will be asked to provide answers to the following questions in 800 characters or less per question:

  • What innovative projects or practices have you implemented in your classroom or school, and what inspired you to develop them?

  • How have these innovative projects or practices impacted student learning outcomes and engagement in your classroom or school?

  • What challenges have you faced in implementing these innovative projects or practices, and how have you overcome them?

  • How have you worked to develop your skills, knowledge, and networks in your own learning journey?

  • How do you plan to continue to innovate in education in the future, and what impact do you hope to have?

  • Is there anything else you wish to share?


Eligibility Criteria: 

To be able to nominate for the Innovative Educator Of The Year award category, you must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must live in Australia

  • Must be an educator working in an Australian primary or high school

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Nominations Close On The 15th Of July 2024

Judging Criteria:

All nominations for the Innovative Educator Of The Year award category will be judged by a panel of industry and education leaders on the following criteria. Each criteria will be weighted equally:

Skill Building

  • How has this educator worked to develop their skills in innovative teaching practices? Has this educator worked to refine their skills and access opportunities for professional growth?


Application & Implementation

  • How has this educator worked to apply their innovative teaching practices? What has this looked like and what was the impact of these learning experiences for students?


Passion & Drive

  • Has this educator demonstrated a passion for their work? How has this educator shown resilience along their journey?


Future Focus

  • Has this educator demonstrated a desire to continue developing and implementing their future-focused teaching skills? Where do they hope to go next and do they have a clear path to get there?

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Become Australia's Next Innovative Educator Of The Year!

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Nominate Now:

If this award category sounds like you, we would absolutely love to see your nomination! Nominations are open to all primary and high school educators across Australia. You can nominate yourself or someone you know for this category.


If you're not sure whether or not this is the category for you, nominate anyway as you never know, you could be the Innovative Educator Of The Year! 

Nominations are now open and close on the 15th of July 2024. Make sure to nominate now!

Other Categories:

The Innovative Educator Of The Year Award is just one of the six awards up for grabs as part of the Next Gen Awards 2024.


To see what other categories are open for nomination, click the button below: 

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Meet Our 2023 Finalists:

In 2023 we had some outstanding nominations come through for the Innovative Educator Of The Year award category and our judging panel was able to select three finalists for our National award and three finalists for our West Australian award.


Click on their tiles to find out more about them and the projects that they are leading! 

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