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ACCE Leader of the Year

The ACCE and Australian Computer Society (ACS) Award for Outstanding Leadership in the use of ICT in Education is a national award that acknowledges the work of educational leaders and innovators. The award recognises significant advocacy, support and promotion of the use of ICT in education. Typically a candidate will be a leader / mentor / advisor to a school or broader educational community group, and generally their major role is not as a classroom teacher, Candidates will have had a distinguished career and proven inspirational achievement in leading the ICT in education community.

This may include their work in
→ Achieving excellence in ICT in education innovation and development and work tirelessly to improve the quality of education
→ Assisting in the building of partnerships to advance the use of ICT in education (eg. school and community partnerships, school and industry partnerships)
→ Planning, developing and implementing programs to advance ICT in Education
→ Providing advocacy for ICT in Education to the extent that their work is used as a model for others
→ Serving as a catalyst for policy change and development in ICT in Education
→ Contributing to CEG and/or ACCE work and actively participate in the professional communities of these organizations
→ Nurturing and mentoring individuals, groups and/or associations to enhance the use of ICT in Education
→ Conducting research and/or write about ICT in Education
→ Inspiring others to strive for excellence

Each state member association has the opportunity to nominate a member for the award. The nominee will usually be the recipient of a state award.

The award is announced and presented at a national conference where practical.

Recognition
The winner of the ACCE Award for Outstanding Leadership in the use of ICT in Education
→ receives up to $2,000
→ receives an ACS membership for a year
→ receives a plaque
→ is recognized on the ACCE web site
→ is invited to present at the next ACCE conference
→ may be nominated as the ACCE candidate for the relevant ISTE award

Selection process
The selection committee for the award will consist of a panel designated by the ACCE Board and will consider the submissions according to the award criteria. The selection committee, where practical, will not contain the ACCE representatives from the states / territories from which nominations have been submitted. The selection committee will be chaired by the ACS representative or a nominee of the Chair of the ACS national Computer Education committee. Successful applicants may not necessarily fulfill all criteria. nominees for a national award must address some or all of the criteria for the award.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the awards candidates must be individual members of their state / territory CEG.

Submission process
An electronic copy of a state / territory nomination to the national awards shall be supplied to the Chair of the selection committee by 31 October annually. Submissions for either award should be restricted to six pages only (or equivalent) of printable information with a further four pages of supporting documentation in any media.
Application should include:
• Application Form
• Nomination Statement (including reference to the criteria)
• Curriculum Vitae
• Letters of Recommendation (minimum of two)

Criteria for selection
The evidence should show that the applicant is respected as a leader and innovator to the benefit of ICT in education. The evidence should be organised under the following headings:
• Significant positive impact on technology use in education; locally, regionally, state wide, nationally, worldwide.
• Efforts to involve the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative initiations to advance the use of technology in education.
• Works tirelessly to genuinely improve the quality of education.
• Integrates deliberate planning in an effort to improve education through the use of technology.
• Education and/or work experience has been significantly advanced in the nominee's workplace as a result of the nominee's efforts.
• Active member of professional organizations.
• Contributed to the profession by presenting at professional conferences, seminars and/or workshops or publishing articles in print or through electronic media.
• Work can be used as a model.
• Work reflects the mission and purpose of ACCE.
• Will represent ACCE well in all forums.
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