At this year’s Educational Publishing Awards the first Mike Horsley Award will be presented to an individual who has shown dedication and excellence in their contribution to the Australian educational publishing sector.
The Mike Horsley Award recognises outstanding service to the Australian Educational Publishing Industry (primary-secondary-tertiary) by an individual from within its ranks. The award honours Educational Publishing Awards founder, the late Professor Mike Horsley.
Nominations are now open for the inaugural Mike Horsley Award, the winner of which will be announced on 4 September, at the 2019 EPAAs. The individual will be selected by the Schools & Education and Tertiary & Professional Publishing Committees of the Australian Publishers Association.
Nominations can be made via this form and close on 9 August 2019.
About Professor Mike Horsley
Professor Mike Horsley in 1994 commenced the Educational Publishing Awards with the vision to promote and celebrate research, innovation and excellence in Australian educational publishing. He believed that Australian learning resources are a critical feature of the education landscape and a key influencer of student learning outcomes.
Starting his career as a secondary school teacher, Mike became president of the Economics and Business Studies Teachers of NSW, and went on to become deputy director of a UNESCO/UNDP/IOE regional vocational education curriculum project in the 11 countries of the South Pacific. With Ni-Vanuatu partners he established a new business school in Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu and was a long time resident of Samoa and Fiji. Between 1991-2001 he was the director of the Diploma in Education at the University of Sydney, and subsequently became foundation director of the Master of Teaching; the world’s first case based teacher education program. This led to appointments on Board of Studies Curriculum Committees and to the Review of Teacher Education in NSW, which prepared the path for the NSW Institute of Teachers.
For almost 10 years Mike conducted learning and homework centres for Sydney’s Islander (Samoan, Tongan, Fijian) communities. He was a world authority on homework research and in 2012 Reforming Homework, jointly authored by Richard Walker from the University of Sydney, was published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Until the establishment of the Educational Publishing Awards, educational publishing in Australia enjoyed little, if any, professional recognition. The inaugural Awards in 1994 gave Australian educational publishers their first opportunity to shine.
This year, the Awards mark their 23rd year of celebrating excellence in educational publishing.
Their ongoing success is a tribute to Professor Mike Horsley, who was a driving force in their inception. In establishing the Awards in partnership with the Australian Publishers Association, Professor Horsley’s aim was to encourage leading-edge educational publishing. He has been Chief Judge in the Awards since then, tirelessly promoting the cultural and educational value of publications designed to meet the needs of Australian students and teachers.
Words: Penny Martin
For the full story remember to pick up a copy of the Educational Publishing Awards catalogue at the ceremony.