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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 educate 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 and improve their learning outcomes. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their teaching practice and are willing to take risks and try new approaches.

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 unconventional teaching methods to keep their students engaged and motivated.

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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Nomination Questions:

As part of the Innovative Educator Of The Year Award Category, all nominees 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?

  • What advice would you give to other educators who are interested in implementing innovative projects or practices in their own classrooms or schools?

  • 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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Judging Criteria:

As part of the Innovative Educator Of The Year Award Category, all nominations will be judged on the following criteria with each criteria 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 perseverance, determination and 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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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.


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 closed, but click the button below to meet our 2023 finalists. 

Other Categories:

The Innovative Educator Of The Year Award is just one of the six awards up for grabs as part of the 2023 Next Gen Awards.


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

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