2018 Winners

 Bernie Wills,

Hutt Valley High School:

The Student at the Centre 

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 Darcy Fawcett,

Gisborne Boys’ High School:

It Worked! Enhancing Student Achievement through Teacher Inquiry and Collaborative Quantitative Analysis 

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 Trudi Browne, Nic Rickard and Sharne Quickenden,

Burnside Primary School:

Oracy Framework 

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2018 Winners

 Chris Waugh and Renee Plunkett,

Mount Aspiring College:

Unlock Achievement 

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 James Lamb, Kris Watson and Dan Piper,

Tauhara College:

Te Waka STEM Innovation Hub 

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The Bright Spots Awards will be open for applications again in 2019.

About the Bright Spots Awards

The Bright Spots Awards are an opportunity for teachers and school leaders to create, trial and iteratively develop, with expert support, new ways of working and innovative practices in their schools.

We know that New Zealand teachers and school leaders regularly design and implement new programmes and approaches to address identified problems and challenges of practice.

Teachers develop new ways to respond to their students’ needs themselves or in collaboration with colleagues. Sometimes teachers adapt approaches developed in other schools or countries.

To date, there has been limited valid and reliable testing or evaluation of these promising practices. Furthermore, successful approaches are rarely shared or scaled up, beyond the school in which they are developed.

Successful applicants for these awards will receive:

  • Up to $30,000 in funding to support the design and implementation of their innovation in Year 1. The funding may be used for teacher release time throughout the year, to fund specialist support, or to cover costs directly related to the innovation. Additional funding maybe applied for to support further development in 2019.
  • Expert hands-on support from the Education Hub, focused on their own project
  • Professional learning in a two-year programme focused on the effective design, iterative development, implementation and evaluation of promising practices

The process

Applications will be sought from any teacher or school leaders with clear ideas about a promising practice or an innovation that they would like to implement in their own school context.

Successful applicants will participate in a two-year programme, delivered by The Education Hub, to develop skills in undertaking in-school research and development. We envisage that the programme will be integrated into and fulfil appraisal and professional learning and development requirements for successful applicants.

The two-year programme will include:

  • An initial one day training workshop focusing on clarifying, planning and preparing the project for implementation - problem definition, innovation development, and creating robust measures and processes for testing impact
  • A one day session at the start of the 2019 school year, to ensure the first round of implementation and testing is ready to commence
  • Regular sessions in the participant’s own school or online to discuss progress and to support the iterative development of each participant’s own innovation
  • A mid-year meeting in year one to discuss data collection and to develop data analysis skills
  • A final presentation and short report of each project at a one-day symposium for all participants and other interested parties

Innovations that have demonstrably led to strong outcomes will be supported to scale up – for example, implemented and evaluated in a greater number of classrooms or schools – in Year 2 of the programme.

The Bright Spots Awards will be open for applications again in 2019.