Entries open for 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards

first_imgEntries open for 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards It’s time to recognise the outstanding work early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura do to support children and young people to succeed, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says.The 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are now open through until April 16.“The past year has reminded us how important teachers and kaiako are and how their work impacts the lives of all New Zealanders. These awards celebrate exceptional teaching practices that are making a difference not just to learners, but to their whānau and communities as well,” Chris Hipkins said.“Teaching that changes us all starts with a story – if your team is achieving great things for learners, it’s time to share your story and inspire others to follow in your footsteps.”There are four main award categories: Excellence in Engaging, Excellence in Leading, Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Excellence in Wellbeing Education. The Prime Minister’s Supreme Award is given to the best overall entry from these four categories.There is also an Education Focus Prize which this year will be awarded to an education service that can demonstrate excellence in environmental and sustainability education. The prize celebrates teaching and learning that empowers children and young people to develop critical thinking skills as they explore the impact that people have on the environment and encourages them to take action for a sustainable future.Finalists will be notified in June and the winners will be announced at an award ceremony dinner in September. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Award, children, education, environment, future, Government, Impact, Minister, New Zealand, Prime Minister, sustainability, sustainable, wellbeinglast_img read more

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Senior Bowl was added personal touch for NFL scouts

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US  NFL teams didn’t know when they left the Senior Bowl in January that they wouldn’t get all that much more time with prospects before the draft.The in-person scrutiny at practices and in meetings is always a meaningful part of the evaluation process at the week-long audition for NFL teams in Mobile, Alabama. Turns out it had perhaps an added significance this year — at least in providing that personal touch.After the game and the combine, the coronavirus pandemic forced many on-campus pro days and the pre-draft team visits to be called off.The Senior Bowl certainly gave some added insight to the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions, whose staffs coached the teams.“We had a chance to really home in and know these guys better than most,” Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo said.The Bengals drafted three players — linebackers Logan Wilson and Akeem Davis-Gaither and offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji — who made strong impressions in Mobile.The Lions picked up two Senior Bowl alums in guards Jonah Jackson and Logan Stenberg.They got the benefit of up-close exposure to players instead of the Zoom calls that teams had to rely on in the weeks leading up to last weekend’s draft.The game produced the same breakdown of draft picks as last year: 93 total picks and 40 in the first three rounds. That includes four first-rounders —Jim Nagy, the Senior Bowl’s executive director since June 2018, said he didn’t get feedback saying the weeklong experience proved more important to teams given the pandemic. But some NFL personnel people did call wanting his take on the players off the field.“I’ve had more guys from the league call and ask about how the guys were behind the scenes here than I did the year before,” said Nagy, a former NFL scout who added of the Senior Bowl: “They just feel like they get to know them better than (at) any other stage.”That might be especially true in 2020 without the chances for meetings scheduled around pro days as well as the normal March and April visits to team headquarters.The Packers didn’t let that deter them from drafting Love out of Utah State.“We did spend some time with him, and I felt very comfortable with our evaluation process,” general manager Brian Gutekunst said. “We would have loved to have some of those guys in our facility for an entire day and spend that kind of time with him.“Unfortunately nobody got to really do that with anyone this year. It was disappointing.’’Nagy feels that lack of personal time may have cost some of the more charismatic players from the Senior Bowl. He said UCLA running back Joshua Kelley would have impressed running backs coaches enough that the assistants “would have went back to the building and would have been pounding the table that that guy gets drafted by their teams.”Kelley was a fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Chargers.Offensive lineman Ben Bartch from Division III St. John’s in Minnesota was also a fourth-rounder, going to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Again, Nagy felt a position coach would have been more enamored of him if Bartch had been able to visit in person.Bartch sustained a knee injury in practice at the Senior Bowl and couldn’t participate at the combine.“If more offensive line coaches would have been able to spend time with him, he might have gone in the third,” Nagy said. “He might have been bumped up a round.” First Published: 29th April, 2020 14:05 IST FOLLOW UScenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Last Updated: 29th April, 2020 14:05 IST Senior Bowl Was Added Personal Touch For NFL Scouts  NFL teams didn’t know when they left the Senior Bowl in January that they wouldn’t get all that much more time with prospects before the draft.last_img read more

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