Oct. 1, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Twenty-seven teachers in School District 18 are receiving a total of $264,417 in funding from the Department of Education's Innovative Learning Fund (ILF) to support their innovative educational projects, Education Minister Kelly Lamrock announced today.
The ILF is a signature project of When Kids Come First, designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches that will increase student learning and academic performance, and enhance teaching practices.
"If we want to build the best education system in the country, our teachers need support for the innovative ideas they have to offer our students," Lamrock said. "The ILF provides teachers with the resources they need to invent and test their innovative teaching ideas for their projects, and to give them the opportunity to share their best teaching practices with other educators so that new and exciting leaning environments can be created for our children."
Today, Lamrock visited with Devon Middle School vice-principal Patty Oxford, who has been awarded a $38,547 grant to get students excited about writing.
Comix 101 is a writing project produced by Zeros 2 Heroes Media that will allow students from Devon Middle School and George Street Middle School to collaborate online with professional designers, writers, and graphic artists in the creation of published graphic novels and comic books. The aim of the program is to address the creative needs of artistically oriented students by combining two youth relevant mediums: comics and social networking.
Funding for the program will also be provided by Zeros 2 Heroes Media ($4,000), a Vancouver-based social media company; and Apple Computer Inc. ($18,970).
"To be frank, our company has collaborated on a number of exciting projects with major entertainment studios, but we are especially proud to have this chance to work with students and teachers in New Brunswick," said Matt Toner, president of Zeros 2 Heroes. "The goal here is to use comics not just as a way to get children excited about reading, but to get them excited about being writers themselves."
Since the launch of the ILF in August 2007, 58 projects totalling more than $618,715 have been awarded in District 18. To date, the ILF has contributed $4.1 million to 421 projects in the nine anglophone sector school districts.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of the District 18 ILF projects that received funding from Round 1 of the 2008-09 school year. MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan O'Brien, communications, Department of Education, 506-4714.
District 18 ILF recipients, Round 1, 2008-09