This year's deadline:
8 November 2013
How have you recharged your learning environment?
Apply for CEA’s fifth annual Ken Spencer Awards for Innovation and inspire us with the way you’re pushing the boundaries to engage your students.
Get recognized for the changes you provoked in a classroom, among a group of classes, a department, or a whole school in order to deeply engage your students, 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 – in Education Canada Magazine, as well as in CEA videos and our blog.
So stop being humble, because our public education system needs you to share your innovative work.
Complete our online application form by November 8, 2013 at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time.
Fifteen applicants will be shortlisted and invited to submit a more detailed proposal for review by a jury of CEA Council Members.
For a booklet on all 15 2012-2013 Ken Spencer Award finalists: http://cea-ace.s3.amazonaws.com/media/CEA-2013-Ken-Spencer-Award-Finalists-Booklet.pdf
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 taking place in schools and classrooms that is sustainable, has the potential of being taken up by others, and encourages transformative change in teaching and learning;
- encourage a focus on transformative change in schools; and
- provide profile for classroom innovation within school districts, schools, and the media.
WE INVITE YOU TO SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION, WHICH MUST INCLUDE A 500-WORD EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Canadian Education Association is pleased to announce the 2013 Call for Applications for the Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, from publicly funded elementary, middle, and secondary schools in Canada, including Quebec CÉGEPs.
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. (Eastern Standard Time) November 8, 2013.
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 22, 2013.
The deadline for the final Stage 2 application will be December 13, 2013.
Final winners will be notified in late January 2014.
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.
This award is available to publicly-funded elementary, middle, and secondary schools in Canada, including Quebec CÉGEPs.
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, 2012-November 8, 2013 are not eligible for the Ken Spencer Award.
Requests for further information should be sent by e-mail to Cynthia Liberbaum at:
About Ken Spencer
Dr. Ken Spencer is a Director of the Canadian Education Association (CEA) and retired CEO and co-founder of Creo Products. Dr. Spencer has served on several not-for-profit boards, including UBC’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Committee, and the advisory board to the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science. In 2011, Dr. Spencer 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:
Le Studio PURE, Saint Anne’s Inquiry-based Learning Community, HWDSB Commons, HGI News and Entertainment, Summer Learning Gets R.E.A.L.,High School Flexibility Enhancement, Académie Parhélie