Seven Award Winning Programs Open Up Classrooms Beyond School Walls and Into Communities

Canadian educators honoured with the Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

TORONTO, March 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Educators from across the country have developed ambitious school-wide initiatives where students are driven by their own curiosity and community involvement, and in the process are creating exemplar program models for other school districts to follow.

For more details on the winning projects, visit:

For a booklet on all 15 Ken Spencer Award finalists:

First Place Le Studio PURE
Engaging students through active
community entrepreneurship
École Camille-Vautour -
District scolaire
francophone Sud
Saint-Antoine, New
Saint Anne's Inquiry-based Learning
Hallways filled with students'
projects help them to articulate their
Saint Anne School - Greater
Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
HWDSB Commons
A district wide blogging network that
hones students' digital citizenship
Hamilton Wentworth
District School Board
Hamilton, Ontario
HGI News and Entertainment
Telling the neighbourhood's story,
one broadcast at a time
Henry G. Izatt Middle
School - Pembina Trails
School Division
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Summer Learning Gets R.E.A.L.
(Resilient, Engaged, Active, Learning)
A summer school like no other gives
at-risk students a new outlook for
the fall
School District 42 - Maple
Ridge/Pitt Meadows
Pitt Meadows, B.C.
The High School Flexibility
Enhancement Pilot Project
Students are now unable to go
unnoticed and fall between the
Wm. E. Hay Composite High
School - Clearview School
Division #71
Stettler, Alberta
Académie Parhélie
Opening minds beyond school walls
École Émilie-Tremblay -
Commission scolaire
francophone du Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon

Some of these winning entries retool the notion of classrooms with fast-paced real-world creative and entrepreneurial focused projects that include student flex time, collaborative learning labs, and the active participation of community organizations and businesses; while others centre on teachers building deeper connections, trust, and engagement with their students - many of whom are high-risk and special needs learners.

"It's encouraging to see education leaders who have made the courageous decision to address student engagement throughout their schools to tackle all of their students' diverse learning needs," says Canadian Education Association (CEA) President & CEO Ron Canuel.

Ken Spencer Award recognition ceremonies are being planned in the communities of each of the seven winners. This is the fourth year of this award, and CEA would like to thank all of the school and school district staff for their time and effort in the preparation of nomination packages.

The Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning was established with the generous contribution of Dr. Ken Spencer to recognize and publicize innovative work that is sustainable and has the potential of being taken up by others; to encourage a focus on transformative change in schools; and to provide profile for classroom innovation within school districts, schools, and the media.

Founded in 1891, the Canadian Education Association (CEA) is a network of passionate educators advancing ideas for greater student and teacher engagement in public education. CEA does this by conducting research and spreading useful ideas through its publicationswebsite, workshops, symposia, blogvideos, and social media channels, and supporting education systems to be more adaptive to the rapidly changing needs of all learners in an effort to reverse the trend of students 'tuning out' of their learning opportunities.


SOURCE: Canadian Education Association

For further information:

Max Cooke
CEA Director of Communications (bilingual)
416-427-6454   Twitter: @max_cooke

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