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Nominations open for John Laing Professional Development Awards

Principals Australia Institute (PAI) has launched the annual John Laing Professional Development Awards for 2017 to celebrate outstanding school leaders.

The John Laing Awards acknowledge principals in every state and territory who demonstrate exceptional leadership in providing professional learning in schools. They celebrate the contribution principals make to support the professional development of teachers and other school leaders.

Set up in 2004, the awards are named in honour of John Laing, a former Tasmanian school principal who worked for PAI. He was the motivating force behind the innovative initiative in the early 1990s to bring principals together for national professional learning projects and programs to support their role as school leaders.

Great schools have great leaders who inspire their staff and their students every day," said Paul Geyer, PAI’s Chief Executive Officer.

Nominations are to be made through principals’ associations in each state and territory, and close on 31 July 2017.

Events to honour the recipients will be held in each state and territory in October and November 2017. More information about the Awards.


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