NSW teachers have been urged to apply for the prestigious NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships program that opens today.
NSW teachers have been urged to imagine themselves as a Premier Scholar and apply for the prestigious scholarship program which opens today.
The 2019 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships program is open to government, non-government, TAFE and early childhood teachers with 22 scholarships offered across a broad range of curriculum areas.
Former scholarship winner, Matt Scott, a STEM teacher at Canobolas Rural Technology High School in Orange, encouraged teachers to apply in the latest round.
“No matter how big your scholarship proposal or how small – they are all considered and it could be your year,” he said.
Mr Scott, who received the 2017 Premier's Copyright Agency Creativity and Innovation Scholarship, said he had showcased STEM work being undertaken in NSW schools at an international conference and met with peers in US high schools and universities.
“The scholarship made it possible for me to have the time and the funding to be part of that,” he said.
As a result of his experience, Mr Scott said his teaching and training practices had improved.
“I’ve been to the birthplace of STEM and I am confident what we are doing is as good, if not better, than what is being offered internationally,” he said.
“It makes me feel confident and makes me want to work harder to make our STEM program even better.”
For the past two decades the scholarships have played an important role in supporting the professional development of teachers to deliver better outcomes for students in NSW schools.
The scholarships provide funding for a five-week study tour in Australia or overseas and are awarded in the year prior to travel.
Applications for the 2019 round open today (Monday, March 19) and close May 11, 2018, for study tours to be undertaken in the first half of 2019.
The scholarship program is an initiative of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and administered by the Human Resources directorate of the NSW Department of Education.
This year changes have been made to the program including online application forms and targeted support for teachers in the application process.
“One surprising result from our review is that many teachers don’t apply because they think their ideas are not good enough or that the application would be too hard,” said Trina Schmidt, Executive Director of Human Resources.
“As a result, this year we’re asking principals across all sectors in education to encourage and support teachers in their schools to apply for this prestigious recognition.”
The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of corporate supporters and private foundations providing $10,000 or $15,000 for each scholarship. Some of these sponsors have been with the program for a number of years, demonstrating their commitment to investing in education.
More details on all scholarships, past recipients and tips for applying can be found at the Premier's Teacher Scholarships page.