Three programs break the traditional high school model mold by reconnecting disengaged students to their own learning, to their schools, and to their communities.

The Canadian Education Association (CEA) Announces the Winners of the Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - The Seven Oaks Division Met School (Winnipeg MB) provides a more personal "one student at a time" approach to education through the use of real world internships; the Essex Interdisciplinary Culminating Project (Toronto, ON) is helping students with chronic absenteeism patterns to earn credits, regain confidence, and re-engage in their schooling; and the Quest Program at Oilfields High School (Black Diamond, AB) takes disengaged youth outside the classroom to participate in a variety of challenging experiential educational activities - including service work and adventure learning - to bolster their opportunities for success.

All three winning programs demonstrate interdisciplinary approaches to reach students whose success depends on non-traditional education models with meaningful experiences that extend beyond the classroom.

"CEA applauds the courage of students, parents, educators, and community leaders in these three school districts for the strategy, energy, and passion to try something new to solve complex challenges," says Ron Canuel, CEA's Chief Executive Officer, "We're proud to showcase these programs, which exemplify how innovative thinking can help each and every learner to succeed."

Recognition ceremonies are being planned in all three communities. This is the second year of the award.  CEA would like to thank all of the school and school district staff for their time and effort in the preparation of nomination packages.

About the Ken Spencer Award
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.

About the Canadian Education Association (CEA)
CEA is a cross-Canada network of influencers in the education, research and policy, not-for-profit and business sectors conducting research, generating constructive ideas, and sharing them with educators, students, and other stakeholders.

SOURCE Canadian Education Association

For further information:

Max Cooke
CEA Director of Communications (bilingual)
416-591-6300 ext. 225             

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