Local teacher wins ASTI award for outstanding contribution
A local teacher will receive a 2023 ASTI Achievement Award, at a reception in Dublin tonight (Friday, May 26th), in recognition of his contribution to politics and society education in Ireland.
Jerome Devitt, a teacher of politics & society, history and English at The King’s Hospital School in Palmerstown, Dublin, is being recognised for his work developing a wide range of resources for Leaving Cert politics and society. A relatively new subject in second-level schools, Jerome wanted to ensure students and teachers all over the country had access to comprehensive, quality materials at no cost.
A key resource for students is Jerome’s “The Pol-Soc Podcast” which has had tens of thousands of downloads. Jerome has interviewed many thought-provoking voices for the podcast including political hacks, historians, civil society activists and influential decision makers such as the Children’s Ombudsman. Most importantly, students’ voices appear in every podcast.
In addition to his podcast, other resources include the website polsocpodcast.com, a YouTube channel, a blog, quizzes, writing tips, exam strategy suggestions and information for teachers. Jerome has also published two text books to assist students and teachers with aspects of the politics and society syllabus.
The ASTI Achievement Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of second-level teachers to their students, schools, communities and to society.
Jerome will be presented with his award by ASTI General Secretary and ASTI President at a special reception in the Gresham Hotel.