Awards will honour outstanding students and teachers interested in
WINNIPEG, Feb. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister Glover today launched the 2014
Government of Canada History Awards with students of Collège Béliveau.
The Awards consist of up to 225 awards for students in grade 10 and 11,
and up to 30 awards for high school teachers.
To be eligible for an award, students will have to submit a 1,000-1,200
word essay based on one of five challenging questions. Teachers will
have to submit a classroom project on one of three themes. Award
winners will be selected from across Canada and will be announced in
The creation of the Government of Canada History Awards was announced in
Entries must be submitted to Canada's History, which is responsible for
administering the awards on behalf of the Government of Canada.
The deadline for submissions is April 18, 2014.
Selected teachers will each receive an award of $2,000, and selected
students will each receive an award of $1,000.
Two national winners will be selected from the winning students' essays.
"Our government is proud to invite students and teachers from every
corner of the country to take part in the new Government of Canada
History Awards. This is a great opportunity for young Canadians to
learn more about Canada's historic moments and to reward our teachers
for sharing their passion for our history with students."
— Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"We are delighted to inspire greater passion and interest in exploring
our history in our classrooms through these awards. There is no greater
pleasure than learning through our children. These awards will not only
reward students for their hard work in telling our stories, but they
will also provide well-deserved recognition to the teachers who help
them to get started."
— Deborah Morrison, CEO and President of Canada's History
Government of Canada History Awards
Government of Canada History Awards
The Government of Canada History Awards were created to honour
outstanding students and teachers who show an interest in celebrating
Canadian history. The Awards are administered by Canada's History, an
independent national organization that has developed a strong
educational network across the country. Winners of the first Government
of Canada History Awards will be announced in fall 2014.
Evaluation Process for Awards for Teachers
Projects submitted by teachers will be evaluated by a judging panel
guided by four main criteria: does it develop historical thinking
skills; does it motivate student interest; is the activity creative and
innovative; and is student work appropriately assessed. A shortlist
from all participants will be selected by an independent panel of
members representative of the education community. Winners will be
selected by an independent panel of five judges. The judges' decision
Evaluation Process for Awards for Students
Essays received from students will be evaluated by judging panels guided
by five main criteria: relevance to the question posed; quality of
research and sources; quality of writing; accuracy of information; and
demonstrated critical and historical thinking skills applied. A
shortlist from all participants will be selected by an independent
panel of members from the education community. Winners will be selected
by an independent panel of five judges. The judge's decision is final.
The 12 highest ranked essays in English and French will then be reviewed
by the assessors separately to select two final essays, one in French
and one in English. The winning students will receive a medal at the
Governor General's History Awards presentation held in the fall.
Selection of Award Themes
The themes for both the teacher awards and the student essay questions
were selected in consultation with an advisory council established by
Canada's History. They are based on both relevance to curricula taught
in grades 10 and 11 across the country and significant national
anniversaries and commemorations in Canadian history.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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