“FOR OCEA MEMBERS ONLY”
Revised July 2019
George King was the president of the Ontario Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) in 1986 -1987. As president, George was tireless in his quest to ensure that OCEA achieved the status of a professional organization that was dedicated to ensuring the best for Cooperative Education – the best resources, the best and most qualified teachers, the best experiences for all students. George believed that no other program in our educational system impacted so directly on the relationship of school to community than Cooperative Education.
In 1991, OCEA’s Award of Excellence was renamed The George King Award of Excellence to honour the man many believed embodied the very foundation of this award – quality, excellence, integrity.
THE GEORGE KING AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IS THE HIGHEST, MOST PRESTIGIOUS, AWARD THAT OCEA CAN BESTOW.
This award may be presented annually to an individual who has distinguished themselves by making an ongoing, outstanding local, regional and provincial contribution to Cooperative Education and other forms of Experiential Learning over a number of years.
SUBMISSIONS MUST BE COMPLETED ON THE GEORGE KING AWARD OF EXCELLENCE TEMPLATE AND SUBMITTED AS NOTED ON THE NOMINATION FORM. IN ADDITION, A MAXIMUM ONE-PAGE TYPED SUMMARY MUST BE INCLUDED TO FURTHER SUPPORT YOUR NOMINATION.
1) The nomination must be supported by two currently registered OCEA members and must be in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), excluding current OCEA Board of Director members;
2) The nomination form, with a maximum one-page typed summary, must be submitted to the OCEA Professional Awards’ Chair by the specified due date as noted on the nomination form;
3) FAMILY MEMBERS AND SPOUSES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO NOMINATE;
4) Selection of award recipient will be made by an OCEA Awards’ Sub-committee made up of the current OCEA Board of Directors.
5) The OCEA Awards’ Sub-committee have the option to recommend that, for a given year, NO recipient be selected for The George King Award of Excellence.
NOTE: When nominating an OCEA member for this prestigious award, please keep in mind that the example(s) for each of the criterion can be used only once. If one example meets several criteria, clearly make the connection:
FOR EXAMPLE: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
1. Conference Presenter (Professional Instruction);
2. Conference Chair (Leadership);
3. Conference Planning Team Member (Organization);
4. Conference Reviewer for the OCEA e-NEWS (Contributor to Professional Publication).
SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION / EXAMPLE(S) TO SUPPORT THAT THE CANDIDATE NOMINATED:
1) Is a current member of OCEA;
2) Has completed a minimum of Cooperative Education Part 1 Additional Qualifications;
3) Has provided professional instruction in Cooperative Education and other forms of Experiential Learning at the local, regional and provincial levels by:
• Presenting, conducting, and/or contributing to workshops, meetings and conferences;
• Providing Cooperative Education training at the local, regional and provincial levels;
• Contributing to on-site or on-line AQ courses;
• Writing curriculum resources that benefit students and colleagues;
• Developing teacher resources that benefit students;
• Writing articles, reviews and reports for the OCEA e-NEWS or other professional publications.
4) Has provided leadership in Cooperative Education and other forms of Experiential Learning at the local, regional and provincial levels by:
• Developing partnerships, e.g., co-terminus, community, associations, that benefit students;
• Organizing conferences at the local, regional and provincial levels;
• Advocating on behalf of experiential learning to various audiences, e.g., administrators, ministry, federations, community, parents, educational associations;
• Writing experiential learning proposals for ministry consideration;
• Participating in ministry initiatives that promote Cooperative Education and other forms of Experiential Learning;
• Conducting research, follow-up studies or surveys that benefit the delivery of Cooperative Education and other forms of Experiential Learning;
• Supporting and spearheading initiatives such as BRIDGES, OYAP, Dual Credit, Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM), Student Success, at the local, regional and provincial levels;
• Completing Cooperative Education AQ courses (Levels 2 and/or Specialist);
• Teaching and/or being actively involved in Cooperative Education and / or other forms of Experiential Learning for a minimum of five years.