Teaching Awards

The Faculty of Education has a number of awards available for outstanding achievements in student teaching.

  • Teaching awards are granted on the basis of nominations by both McGill Field Supervisors and Cooperating Teachers (students cannot nominate themselves and are to refrain from actively soliciting a nomination) 
  • When/if a Student Teacher is nominated, their Supervisor or Cooperating Teacher will ask them to complete any necessary documents to process their candidacy
AWARD FE3 FE4 IN1 IN2
Caisse Desjardins de l'éducation Internship Prize X X X X
Phyllis Shapiro Award X     X
Jean M. Gwynne Award   X    
Miriam (Khaner) Marcus Award   X    
Teaching & Leadership Award  *Phys. Ed. only!   X    

Learn more about the Application Requirements

Access the Nomination form

Caisse Desjardins de l'éducation Internship Prize (FE3, FE4, IN1 or IN2)

Established by la Caisse Desjardins de I'education. Awarded by the Faculty of Education on the basis of good academic standing, strong student teaching evaluations, and significant community involvement during their student teaching. Students must have demonstrated a commitment to community building (within their host school, or between their host school and its external community) and have made a positive contribution to their host school's extra-curricular activities during their field experience or internship, above and beyond that expected of student teachers. Value: Varies.


Phyllis Shapiro Award (FE3 and IN2)

The Phyllis Shapiro Award was established by family, McGill colleagues, friends and the University to honour the memory of an exceptional teacher and lecturer, Dr. Phyllis Shapiro, Dip.Ed.'56. Granted by the Faculty of Education's Committee on Student Affairs in the name of Phyllis Shapiro, to recognize excellence in teaching. Value: Varies.

*Students in all teacher education programs are eligible for this award. If the Award is divided between K/Elem and Secondary, students in Music, TESL and Phys Ed are eligible for consideration based on the level they complete for 3rd Field Experience (i.e. K/Elem or Secondary)


Jean M. Gwynne Award (FE4)

Established by the family in memory of Jean M. Gwynne, B.A. 1927. Two awards, one for K/Elementary Education and one for Secondary Education*, granted by a selection committee established by the Faculty of Education to students who have shown outstanding potential as teachers on the basis of the student teaching practicum. Value: $500.

*Students in all teacher education programs are eligible for this award. If the Award is divided between K/Elem and Secondary, students in Music, TESL and Phys Ed are eligible for consideration based on the level they complete for 4th Field Experience (i.e. K/Elem or Secondary)


Miriam (Khaner) Marcus Award (FE4)

Established in 2000 through a generous gift from Mrs. Zelda (Khaner) Myers in honour of her sister, Miriam (Khaner) Marcus, B.A. 1932, M.A. 1935. Awarded to an exceptional teacher training student* with high academic standing in the graduating class. Value: Varies.

*Students in all teacher education programs are eligible for this award. If the Award is divided between K/Elem and Secondary, students in Music, TESL and Phys Ed are eligible for consideration based on the level they complete for 4th Field Experience (i.e. K/Elem or Secondary)


Teaching & Leadership Award (for FE4 Phys Ed only!)

Established by a donor for a student graduating from the B.Ed. Physical Education degree program in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Health Education who has been consistently rated as outstanding in the student teaching practicum and who has promoted physical activity over and above the degree requirements by coaching a sport or teaching dance/fitness, at the University, in a school, or in the community. Value: Varies.

 

Application Requirements

Eligibility

In order to be a viable candidate, nominees must have:

  • Received consistently excellent evaluations from both their Co-operating Teacher(s)/Administrator and Field Supervisor in the preparation, implementation and management of classroom activities
  • Demonstrated exceptional achievements above and beyond regular classroom responsibilities (e.g. initiating innovative teaching methods/projects or organizing extracurricular/after-class activities)
  • Developed rapport with students and shown strong involvement in the life of the school
  • Caisse Desjardins de l'éducation Internship Prize only: Demonstrated a commitment to community building (within their host school, or between their host school and its external community)
  • Teaching & Leadership Award only: Exceeded degree requirements by promoting physical activity at host school, the University, or in the community

Other exceptional achievements may be taken into consideration at the discretion of the Evaluation Committee.

 

Evaluation

Nominations will be reviewed and ranked by the Evaluation Committee, consisting of Faculty members and Field Supervisors. In the case of a tie, the Student Teacher’s GPA will aid in determination of a winner.

 

Supporting Documents Required

  1. Nomination Letter from Co-operating Teacher(s)/Administrator*  describing the student’s eligibility (based on above criteria) and achievements (approx. 750 words)
  2. Nomination Letter from Field Supervisor describing the student’s eligibility (based on above criteria) and achievements (approx. 500 words)
  3. Personal Statement from Student Teacher outlining eligibility (based on above criteria) and achievements (approx. 500 words)

(*if MATL Student Teacher on contract)

 

How to Nominate

Only Supervisors may officially submit the Student Teaching Award nomination.

Supervisors may use this webform to submit a Student Teaching Award nomination.

The Student Teaching Award nomination form will require that 1 file (PDF, DOC or DOCX) be uploaded per supporting document required (i.e. you will need to upload 3 separate documents when completing the award nomination webform).

Nomination deadline for all Student Teaching awards is 1 week after the end of the placement.

Note: Nominations for the Jean M. Gwynne and Miriam (Khaner) Marcus Awards are done in 1 joint submission.


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