Marks receives Education Week award

HALIFAX, April 14 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia School Boards Association (NSSBA) is very pleased to announce that Ron Marks, past president of the association, has received the 2011 NSSBA Education Week Partner Award.  Marks received the award at the Provincial Education Week Awards Ceremony, held earlier this week in Halifax. Twenty-eight teachers and partner representatives were recognized by Education Minister Ramona Jennex for their contributions to students and for their specific efforts in regard to the Education Week 2011 theme Innovative Teaching in the 21st Century.

"Ron is the natural choice for this award," says NSSBA President Vic Fleury, "given his passionate commitment to public education and in particular for his advocacy work in the area of developing a vision for 21st-century education in Nova Scotia." Marks' efforts resulted in a committee of diverse partners being established to explore what 21st-century education should look like, how education techniques are changing, what children need to learn and how other countries are progressing on this issue.

A strong proponent for adequate funding for public education, Marks has always been supportive of changes that improve learning opportunities for students.  A member of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, Marks has served the students of Nova Scotia for 26 years.  He has been on the NSSBA board of directors for over 20 years and twice served as president.

Education Week partners include school boards, teachers,  Anglophone and Francophone parent groups, administrators and the Department of Education. The partner award recognizes representatives who make significant contributions to the lives of our young people, with an emphasis on the member's particular interest in the Education Week theme.

Founded in 1954, the NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards.

SOURCE Nova Scotia School Boards Association

For further information:

Vic Fleury, president, NSSBA (902)765-8665; (902)497-0951
Sharon Findlay-MacPhee, communications manager, NSSBA (902)491-2856(O); (902)221-6881(C)

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