French Version: Sheelagh Nolan Award for Excellence in Teaching Nomination
Thank you for taking this opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievement of educators and teams in support of Autistic learners across the lifespan in Nova Scotia. This year, COVID-19 has forced teachers and students to overcome unprecedented challenges this year. Celebrating their successes has never been more important than it is right now.
The Sheelagh Nolan Award for Excellence in Teaching is a prestigious award that honors the devotion and perseverance of the late Sheelagh Nolan. Sheelagh was an active contributor to numerous school and community causes. Sheelagh’s son, Patrick, is on the Autism Spectrum and was always Sheelagh’s greatest inspiration. With this award, we celebrate her legacy of support and her championing of excellence in education.
The winner of this award may be an individual or a group in Nova Scotia, such as a teacher or member of a student support team, a learning team, or a school. It may also be awarded to honour the exceptional work of individuals and teams who continue to teach Autistic individuals once their school days are through, both in the workplace and in the community. Nominations will be accepted from parents, educators/learning support personnel, or learners at a school or learning environment in Nova Scotia.
With this award, we recognize the efforts of an individual or team to foster the growth and maximize the potential of a learner or learners on the Autism Spectrum in a collaborative and positive manner.
Sheelagh Nolan Award for Excellence in Teaching: Nomination Criteria
Nominations should clearly demonstrate how the nominated individual or team provides an exceptional learning environment according to the following criteria (please be specific and include concrete examples). Each of the criteria will be weighted equally when determining the winner.
The nominee seeks to foster growth and maximizes potential of the student or learner with ASD;
The nominee recognizes that educational process involves collaboration between family/caregivers, the learner, educators and other significant partners involved;
The nominee builds self-esteem and peer relations for the learner with ASD; and
The nominee consistently ensures the implementation and use of best practices and the most current information about autism/teaching Autistic learners.
*For 2020 only, the Awards committee will also consider how the nominee has gone above and beyond to support learners face the unique challenges caused by COVID-19.