Oct. 24, 2008
BATHURST (CNB) - Three special projects grants from the Department of Education's Innovative Learning Fund (ILF) are bringing creative, hands-on learning to students at Superior Middle School in Bathurst.
Since the fund's launch in 2007, science teacher Jason Nicol has been awarded more than $12,000 for projects promoting leadership and responsibility, applied scientific reasoning, and video production.
Nicol's students screened their science videos for Education Minister Kelly Lamrock during a school visit today.
"Projects such as these help make learning fun for students and their teachers," said Lamrock. "I look forward to seeing more creativity like this coming from schools in District 15."
Lamrock announced that the Department of Education will invest a further $9,700 in hands-on learning projects in District 15, bringing the ILF investment in the district to about $154,000.
The ILF is a multimillion-dollar fund to help teachers bring creative ideas into their schools. It is a signature project of When Kids Come First, a plan to build the best education system in the country.
The ILF is available to any teacher, school or school district in the New Brunswick public education system. All projects approved for funding must focus on improving student academic performance or enhancing teaching practices, with a clear connection to literacy, numeracy and science.
Also in District 15, an $80,000 ILF project promoting global citizenship recently received national recognition and co-operative funding from the Canadian International Development Agency's global classroom initiative.
The project's goal is to build character and citizenship in grades 6-12 students by teaching them about problems in the developing world. Students research and create projects on the subjects of environmental sustainability, universal primary education, gender equality, the eradication of poverty and hunger, the reduction of child mortality and improved maternal health, and the fight against HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases. Grade 12 students in the district create a global partnership for development.
The project, which began in 2007, has become a national model for creating awareness and a sense of global responsibility in students.
During 2008-09 the ILF will invest:
The ILF has invested a total of $6.8 million in New Brunswick classrooms.
Lamrock also announced that Lord Beaverbrook Elementary School in Campbellton has been designated a community school, which means that it will receive an extra half-time staff position to develop partnerships with public, private and volunteer groups in the community.
A community school fosters relationships to create a centre of opportunity for children, youth, families and communities during and after school hours. It allows parents and community members to work with teachers to support the school as a centre of learning with a focus on academics, family supports and community service.
To date, 44 schools from both the anglophone and francophone sectors have been designated as community schools. In the 2008-09 school year, the Department of Education will invest another $3.3 million in the community schools initiative.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following are new District 15 ILF projects that received funding during Round 1 of the 2008-09 school year. MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan O'Brien, communications, Department of Education, 506-457-4999.
District 15 ILF recipients, Round 1, 2008-09
Focus on Learning; Dawn Blanchard, Parkwood Elementary School ($2,245)
NXT/Bug brain: The Evolution; Jason Nicol, Superior Middle School ($7,459)