Date: Monday, April 18, 2016
Port Hastings, NS:—Great things are happening in schools throughout the Strait Region. Education Week, April 17 to 23, 2016, provides an opportunity for parents/guardians and the general public to celebrate the achievements of students and teachers, and to acknowledge the contributions that many people, in supporting roles, make to our education system.
This year’s Education Week theme is Media Literacy: Empowering Critical Thinking in a Digital Media World. Many of the region's schools are participating in Education Week activities highlighting learning opportunities that are supporting and teaching students to become respectful, responsible and ethical digital citizens.
One of the features of the Provincial Education Week Committee’s activities is the recognition of educators and partners who have made outstanding contributions to their work relative to the theme. The Strait Regional School Board congratulates the following recipients who have been formally recognized for their commitment in integrating and advancing media and digital literacy in their classrooms and schools during the Provincial Education Week presentation held this afternoon at Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford:
Shaun Kennedy, Teacher, Richmond Education Centre/Academy
Christopher Lumsden, Vice Principal, St. Andrew Junior School
Bruce Miller, Teacher, Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy
Michael Wilson, Teacher, Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy
During the Working Committee Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the Strait Regional School Board will also recognize the four recipients for their significant contributions and leadership. Board Chair Francine Boudreau extends sincere thanks to the teachers for sharing their many talents with students in the Strait Region. “Your leadership and support of student learning and success is truly making a meaningful difference in students’ lives today,” said Chair Boudreau.
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NOTE: Information is attached highlighting the SRSB Recipients of the 2016 Education Week Awards.
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Strait Regional School Board Recipients of the 2016 Education Week Awards
Shaun Kennedy – Richmond Education Centre/Academy
In his technology education classes, Mr. Kennedy strives to provide students with every opportunity to enhance their digital citizenship skills. These are essential skills required by students today as they face an unimaginable flow of digital information that they must process and evaluate. Mr. Kennedy provides students with activities to help them critically evaluate digital information and designs found online or created in class, and to become respectful, responsible and ethical digital citizens.
Through these guided learning initiatives, Mr. Kennedy is providing students with engaging learning opportunities that are empowering their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills today, and helping to prepare them for success in life and work beyond their school environment
Christopher Lumsden – St. Andrew Junior School
Mr. Lumsden has been a firm believer that digital literacy is essential to student learning. Over the course of his 14-year career as a teacher, administrator and mentor, he has incorporated media and digital literacy, whenever possible, to allow his students to have a better understanding of the world around them. In addition, Mr. Lumsden served as the inSchool Facilitator for PowerSchool when it was implemented in the Strait Regional School Board.
Mr. Lumsden has been instrumental in establishing a Brilliant Lab at St. Andrew Junior School where students are integrating traditional hands-on learning with newer technologies.
Bruce Miller – Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy
Mr. Miller embraces all forms of technology and his passion has been infectious. He incorporates 21st Century Learning in his classroom instruction and practices. Through a spectrum of guided learning opportunities, Mr. Miller presents all students with an equal/equitable scope from creating to critically interpreting all digital text, while never losing focus on the importance of being ethical digital citizens.
Mr. Miller is a truly dedicated educator who is involved in all facets of the teaching profession. He leads the Students Without Borders group and the Environment Club. In addition, Mr. Miller has presented “Google Classroom” at the Atlantic Science Conference and consistently shares his expertise with fellow staff members. As the successful applicant of two Program Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) grants in the last 3 years, he has shared his success by bringing ‘home’ a 3D Printer and a class set of Chrome Books.
Mr. Miller is a teacher on the ‘cutting edge of technology’ and continues to encourage the whole school community to join in.
Michael Wilson – Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy
Mr. Wilson is a dedicated teacher who exemplifies this year’s theme in his classroom and entire school. His commitment and leadership is evident while providing countless guided learning opportunities for both students and staff. Mr. Wilson is highly regarded as the school’s technology coordinator and mentor. He provides endless amounts of professional development for students and staff at every level, manages many digital resources and serves as school leader with the “Hour of Code” initiative.
Mr. Wilson continues to innovate, reflect, and improve the integration of technology within his daily lessons in Physics, Chemistry, Math and Biology. He has been integral to the implementation and success of the technological goals at Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy. Mr. Wilson has been the school’s technological guru and has worked diligently to support learning and success by engaging all learners (students and staff) with the knowledge and impact that technological literacy has in our digital world.
Above all, Mr. Wilson has been an outstanding role model to our students, staff and community and is very deserving of the 2016 Education Week Award recognition. The entire Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy school community is truly appreciative of his dedicated energy and passion which he brings to school each and every day.