The Ken Spencer Award

This year's deadline:
10 November 2015

 

WHAT PROMISING PRACTICES ARE YOU DELIVERING IN YOUR CLASSROOM?  

Apply for CEA’s seventh annual Ken Spencer Awards for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and get noticed for how you, your colleagues, and your school community are nurturing your students’ curiosity and love of learning. 

SEVEN CASH AWARDS TOTALLING $15,000 ARE AVAILABLE TO BE WON FOR YOUR SCHOOL.

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Are you still working under the radar to deeply engage your students while tending to the constant flux of curriculum and assessment requirements? Now’s the time to gain some valuable recognition for the changes you provoked in a classroom, among a group of classes, a department, or a whole school, and in supporting your colleagues to do the same.

Seven cash awards ($7,000, $3,000, and 5 x $1,000) will be awarded to schools.

Winning entries will be profiled nationally to encourage peer-to-peer learning.

Our public education system will benefit from you sharing your innovative work.

For a booklet showcasing the work of all seven 2014-2015 Ken Spencer Award winners: http://ow.ly/SLvvL

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APPLICATION INFORMATION

WE INVITE YOU TO SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION, WHICH MUST INCLUDE A 500-WORD EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Complete our online application form by November 10, 2015 at 5:00pm Pacific Time.  

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM 

Fifteen applicants will be shortlisted and invited to submit a more detailed proposal for review by a jury of CEA Council Members.

We’re looking for work that focuses on improving student engagement, and in particular, intellectual engagement, as articulated in CEA’s What did you do in school today? initiative. These are projects that must have the potential to expand throughout school districts and provoke systemic changes.

APPLICATION TIMELINES AND INSTRUCTIONS

The deadline to submit your online application form, which will include a 500-word executive summary of your classroom approach is 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) November 10, 2015.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM 

Applicants can either nominate themselves or be nominated by another person. The contact information of your immediate supervisor (e.g. principal, superintendent) is also required.

The Stage 1 Selection Committee will shortlist the top fifteen (15) applications to request a more detailed Stage 2 application, which will be reviewed by a jury comprised of CEA Council Members. 

Shortlisted Stage 2 candidates will be contacted by November 26, 2015.

The deadline for the final Stage 2 application will be December 17, 2015. 

Final winners will be notified in late January 2016.

YOUR APPLICATION

We’re looking for work that focuses on improving student engagement, and in particular, intellectual engagement, as articulated in CEA’s What did you do in school today? initiative.  These are projects that must have the potential to expand throughout school districts and provoke systemic changes.

It is important to note that CEA values learning environments inside and outside of school where teaching and learning in the classroom is a truly reciprocal processes in which:

  • Students are actively engaged in their own learning and are supported to create new perspectives and new knowledge.
  • The exploration of students’ individual interests, passions and talents is an ongoing part of classroom learning.
  • What students learn is ‘real’ and relevant to their lives now and in the future. Learning activities engage them in inquiries, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
  • What students do and learn in their lives outside of school (for example, making music, engaging in social justice work or environmental activism) is valued in the classroom.
  • Young people are motivated and engaged – socially, institutionally and intellectually.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is available to publicly-funded elementary, middle, and secondary schools in Canada, including Quebec CÉGEPs, as well as schools affiliated to CEA Member Associations.  

The application should feature a class, a group of classes, a department, or a whole school that has undertaken a successful, sustainable and scalable initiative to deeply engage students in their learning. Projects that are strictly extracurricular will not be considered. The jury will be looking for projects that have expanded beyond a classroom throughout a school, influence the life of the school, enhance school success plans, and demonstrate the potential to be implemented systemically.

Applicants whose initiative has received any monetary contribution(s) from prizes, awards, bursaries, grants, etc. between November 1, 2014-November 10, 2015 are not eligible for the Ken Spencer Award.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Requests for further information should be sent by e-mail to Cynthia Liberbaum at: cliberbaum@cea-ace.ca

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 Dr. Ken Spencer

Dr. Ken Spencer was a past Director of the Canadian Education Association (CEA) and retired CEO and co-founder of Creo Products. In 2011, he was inducted as a business laureate of the British Columbia Hall of Fame. Since 2009, he has generously donated the financial awards for CEA’s Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

The current award holder:

  • The Inquiry Hub (iHub), Living the Start Up, Fieldcrest Balanced Math, East Three Gardening, 7 Oaks Wayfinders, No Class “room” Needed, Island Discovery Learning Community

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