A program designed to improve engagement between students and teachers in the Central Okanagan has been recognized by the Canadian Education Association as the top program of its kind in Canada.
The Canadian Education Association (CEA) and Reader’s Digest Canada have recognized three award-winning school districts that are leading lasting and system-changing K-12 initiatives, including the Central Okanagan, which won a $25,000 award for its first place showing.
A special luncheon took place on November 5th at the Quebec City Convention Centre to celebrate the winners of the CEA/Reader’s Digest Innovators in Education Awards. Cash prizes of $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 were presented to these winning school districts to continue to support and grow their innovative programs and initiatives.
The Central Okanagan School District program iinvolves what’s known as the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT). Comprised of a district principal and six teachers, it was established to improve student learning in all 43 schools. Teachers have the freedom to act more like their students, collaborating to solve problems, and this district has seen teacher and student engagement flourish as a result.
In presenting the award, the CEA stated “…few districts have gone to this length for teachers’ professional learning. It has impacted all of the teaching staff and has led to a dramatic change in how the Kelowna-based school district looks at learning and how professionals work together. The best thing that we can do is to help teachers improve their practice. This is about investing in teachers in a really thoughtful way that has everyone on side.”
During the award luncheon, representatives from the winning school districts participated in a lively panel discussion with the Deputy Editor of Reader’s Digest Canada and shared how their courageous leadership provoked deep meaningful change throughout their schools.