Students celebrate science; government invests more in innovation (08/10/07)

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Oct. 7, 2008

BURTTS CORNER (CNB) - Middle school students at Keswick Valley Memorial School shared lessons in river stewardship with Education Minister Kelly Lamrock during a visit this morning to their science project on the banks of the Keswick River.

Students at the school have been studying the river valley watershed since 2007 thanks to an $89,884 investment from the Department of Education's Innovative Learning Fund (ILF).

Today, Lamrock announced District 14 schools will receive a further $180,000 during 2008-09 to pay for classroom projects promoting hands-on learning.

"As a parent and as education minister, I find it rewarding to see so many children get excited about learning," said Lamrock. "Through this fund, our teachers are able to be more creative and innovative, and our students can learn more effectively."

The multi-million-dollar ILF is designed to help teachers bring creative ideas into the classroom. It is a signature project of When Kids Come First, an ambitious plan to build the best education system in the country.

The ILF is available to any teacher, school or school district within New Brunswick. All projects approved for funding must focus on improving student academic performance; or, on enhancing teaching practices with a clear connection to literacy, numeracy and science.

The investment at Keswick Valley Memorial School is helping students learn advanced science skills and how to take responsibility for a small river ecosystem.

Since the project began, students have cleaned trash from the shoreline; sampled water for quality and content; and completed basic stream surveys to create baseline data for local waterways.

While at Keswick Valley Memorial School, Lamrock visited students participating in a program called Making the Grade for Myself, also supported by the ILF. Middle school math students track their achievements against expected learning outcomes using work samples, journal items and guided math problems.

The lead teacher, Nancy McAlinde, was awarded $2,355 to pay for the program, to help students take responsibility for their success in understanding math.

During 2008-09, the ILF will invest:

Since its launch in August 2007 through the end of this school year, the ILF will have invested $6.8 million in New Brunswick classrooms.

In addition, the minister announced that Southern Carleton Elementary will be the second District 14 school to be designated as a Community School. Southern Carleton Elementary will join 33 other schools in receiving extra staff to co-ordinate community partnerships to help students take advantage of local expertise. Andover Elementary was designated a Community School for District 14 in 2007.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan O'Brien, communications, Department of Education, 506-457-4999. EDITOR'S NOTE: Following are new District 14 ILF projects that received funding during Round 1 of the 2008-09 school year.

District 14 ILF recipients, Round 1, 2008-09