2019 BRIGHT SPOTS AWARDS CHAMPION INNOVATION IN NEW ZEALAND SCHOOLS
A charitable trust striving to raise scientific literacy in New Zealand’s primary and intermediate schools is among the winners of The Education Hub’s 2019 Bright Spots Awards, announced today.
The House of Science is one of three award recipients for this year. Each will receive up $30,000 a year for two years in funding and a two year professional development programme. Other successful applicants include an Auckland high school helping build skills in beginner teachers, and a Rotorua primary school boosting learning outcomes for children with ADHD, dyslexia and other underlying cognitive differences.
“We were really thrilled by the high calibre of the applications this year,” says The Education Hub Founder Dr Nina Hood.
“There are passionate, committed and innovative teachers across New Zealand who are working to provide the best educational opportunities for their students. The three awardees that we have selected are addressing areas of need in New Zealand education and have the potential to make a substantial impact, not only in their own communities but also across the country.”
New for Bright Spots this year is the addition of seed grants – funding which supports additional applicants to further develop their thinking and ideas, but in a more limited capacity.
“We decided to introduce seed funding this year because we had several applicants who had really valuable ideas but were not quite at the stage in their thinking and development to have a full Bright Spots Award. However, we wanted to support them and give their projects every chance to be as effective as possible.”
Now in its second year, the Bright Spots Awards recognise educators who are addressing the challenges facing New Zealand schools through innovative solutions and approaches. Developed by The Education Hub, the awards are funded by NEXT Foundation and Cognition Education Trust.
Raewyn Stone, Executive Officer of Cognition Education Trust, says her organisation is delighted to support initiatives that improve opportunities for New Zealand’s young people.
“We have long recognised that there are exceptional teachers across New Zealand, who are developing new ideas and approaches in their schools and ECE centres, and it’s wonderful to be able to support this teacher-led innovation,” says Raewyn.
“We are particularly excited this year to be supporting a Bright Spots project focused on diverse learners. This is an area that we know many schools are struggling with and we believe there is significant potential to share the work and learning being done at Lake Rerewhakaaitu School to other schools across New Zealand.”
Winners of the 2019 Bright Spots Awards are:
Recipients of seed grants for 2019 are: