The Ken Spencer Award

This year's deadline:
7 November 2014

How are you embedding real-world learning inside and outside your classrooms?

Apply for CEA’s sixth annual Ken Spencer Awards for Innovation and inspire us with the way you’re designing teaching and learning environments for a post-Google generation of learners.

Seven cash awards totalling $15,000 are available to be won for your school.

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 – in Education Canada Magazine, as well as in CEA videos and our blog.

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

For details on how you can apply, and to view last year’s winning entries, please visit:

www.cea-ace.ca/kenspenceraward

Complete our online application form by November 7, 2014 at 5:00pm Pacific Time.  

http://www.cea-ace.ca/webform/ken-spencer-award-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.

For an electronic booklet with photos and videos about all 15 2013-2014 Ken Spencer Award finalists, click the link and scroll down:

 http://reports.cea-ace.ca/kenspenceraward13-14

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Application information

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 2014 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. (Pacific Time) November 7, 2014.

http://www.cea-ace.ca/webform/ken-spencer-award-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 27rd, 2014

The deadline for the final Stage 2 application will be December 12th, 2014. 

Final winners will be notified in late January 2015.

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.

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, 2013-November 7, 2014 are not eligible for the Ken Spencer Award.

 

Application information

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.

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

Further Information

Requests for further information should be sent by e-mail to Cynthia Liberbaum at:

cliberbaum@cea-ace.ca

About Ken Spencer

Dr. Ken Spencer is a former CEA Director 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:

  • The X-Block, Building Futures, Oskāyak High School Renewal, Through a Different Lens, The Futures Forum, We Are All Treaty People, Découvertes pédagogiques

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