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Ken Spencer Honorable Mention Award Winners 2017

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École Victoria-Albert Wins National Innovation Award

The Canadian Education Association (CEA) recognizes this Makerspace program –

exemplifying the joy of student design, creation and learning – with a Ken Spencer

Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

April 5, 2017 – École Victoria-Albert School Makerspace transformed its library into a Learning Commons Makerspace, which has provided meaningful hands-on learning opportunities for the majority English-as-an additional-language student population in this ethnically diverse school community. Students work independently and plan their own learning using a variety of Maker materials, from cardboard to Lego robotics for engaging opportunities to think critically and creatively about their given challenge. Teacher debriefings after every Makerspace activityrepresent a crucial component for their own continuous learning and improvement. By listening to and learning from their students, teachers are providing relevant opportunities for problem solving and deep learning, which is equitable and empowering for all.

“This is an excellent Makerspace example that’s ahead of the curve in the way it provides
newcomer students with engaging personalized learning and integrates their families into this process,” says Ron Canuel, CEA President and CEO.


A Ken Spencer Award recognition ceremony will take place at this school on June 7 at
11am. This is the eighth year of this award, and CEA would like to thank the 102 school and school district staff for their time and effort in the preparation of this year’s award applicationpackages.

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