Dec. 19, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The government is continuing to encourage and support innovation in the classroom, with another round of funding announced for innovative teachers across the province.
A total of 81 projects worth $737,694 in the anglophone sector have received funding from the Innovative Learning Fund (ILF). The ILF was created by Minister of Education Kelly Lamrock as part of his When Kids Come First strategy to improve New Brunswick's education system. The ILF invests in original projects led by teachers, schools and school districts, which can then be shared with and copied in other schools.
"If we want to build the best education system in the country, we have to support our teachers in the many creative and innovative ways they use to spark the natural curiosity and interests of our students," said Lamrock said. "I am impressed by the innovation and forward thinking of our teachers. Exciting things for our students and the education system are happening as a result."
The ILF offers grants of up to $40,000. These funds provide teachers with the resources they need to create and test innovative teaching ideas for their projects. They then have the opportunity share their best teaching practices with other educators to create new and exciting learning environments for students.
To date, the ILF has invested $4.9 million in 502 projects in the anglophone sector. A complete list of projects may be found online.
The ILF, and the other 140 actions outlined in When Kids Come First, will help advance the province toward its objective of building the best education system in the country.
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4919.