Feb. 11, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - The Department of Education will host more than 300 people representing the Université de Moncton and each of the province's francophone schools at the first Best Practices Forum to be held in Moncton on Feb. 12 and 13.
Participants will have the opportunity to share and promote the merits of more than 20 innovative educational practices that have produced positive results in their schools.
"At the Best Practices Forum, participants will discover innovative projects that they can take back to their school in order to improve the quality of learning," said Education Minister Kelly Lamrock. "Sharing our best practices and encouraging co-operation will enable us to develop the skills and full potential of our students. I believe that innovation has played an important role in improving our most recent academic results."
Since creation of the Innovative Learning Fund by Lamrock in 2007, 189 innovative projects have been approved for the province's francophone teachers, which represents a government investment of more than $2 million. Some of these projects will be part of the 20 workshops and 16 kiosks presented at the forum.
"For the first time, the province's francophone teachers will have their own forum to highlight what is working well in New Brunswick," said Lamrock. "The various project proponents will share their knowledge, discuss the challenges encountered, and look at how the projects could be set up in colleagues' schools. It is by taking advantage of all this creative energy that we will develop the best education system in the country."
The forum is a response to the commitment made in the education plan, When Kids Come First, to give teachers the tools to innovate and be agents of change.
The projects presented will touch on areas as varied as community schools, winning practices in literacy, educational use of technological tools, identity building, and more.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Johanne Le Blanc or Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4714.