Three Outstanding Professionals Recognized by TVO Teaching
outstanding teachers are this years recipients of the TVOntario Teachers
Now in its seventh year, the awards program recognizes teachers for going above and
beyond the call of duty through creative approaches and innovative programs, and by making
a positive difference in the lives of students and fellow teachers.
This years winners are Rob Bedford of North Bays West Ferris Secondary
School, Catherine Davis of Roseneath near Peterborough, and Suzanne Fortin of École
Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire in Blezard Valley near Sudbury.
Bedford designed an innovative high school-to-college technology program linking his
school with Canadore College. The program prepares high school students for careers in
aviation maintenance and telecommunications by allowing them to participate in co-op work
terms with local industries
Davis set up a special education program for Native children of the Alderville First
Nation. A library, an after school study centre, a storybook centre and an early
intervention child care program were established by Davis with the help of the federal
Fortin created a room to provide a total sensory experience to aid children with
sensory, intellectual and physical disabilities. Fortin also established the first
francophone day program for developmentally handicapped adults in Northern Ontario,
knowing that her students had nowhere to go once they finished school.
Sixteen semi-finalists were also honoured and received certificates of merit.
High School Students Select
"Best Science Teacher of the Year"
Toronto chapter of the Scientific Research Society, or Sigma Xi, has chosen Elaine
Charters of Richmond Hill High School as this years best science teacher. The award
is designed to stimulate science teaching in secondary schools in the Greater Toronto
Sigma Xi has over 79,000 members worldwide and more than 500 chapters. Each year,
Toronto-area high school students nominate teachers who exemplify the best in science
teaching, including mathematics and engineering. The students are members of the Youth
Science Academy, the junior wing of the Royal Canadian Institute.
For more information about Sigma Xi, including chapter locations in your community,
visit their web site at www.sigmaxi.org
EIC Opens Up Web Site to All Qualified Ontario Teachers
looking for jobs will be able to connect more easily with school boards that have
vacancies now that the Education Improvement Commission (EIC) has made the teacher section
of its on-line Employment Register accessible to the public.
Launched in May 1998, the Employment Register is a web site that provides an electronic
employment listings service for people in elementary and secondary education in Ontario.
The register also includes links to other sites that job seekers will find helpful.
The register was originally designed as a service to assist school board employees laid
off as a result of education restructuring. Access to the register was restricted to
teachers and other board employees who had received notice.
But for positions that require Ontario teachers qualifications, that situation
has changed. Thanks to the new 85 factor, several school boards are now looking to hire
teachers for September and the Employment Registers emphasis has shifted to helping
boards fill those vacancies.
The Employment Register web site is http://eic.edu.gov.on.ca/humanresource
World Teachers Day
5 marks the annual recognition of teachers around the world. Portraits in Courage is this
years theme for World Teachers Day, sponsored by UNESCO, the UN agency for
education, science and culture.
"World Teachers Day reminds governments and the general public of the role
of teachers and of the need to improve their status and working conditions," says
UNESCO. "Above all, it is an opportunity to show appreciation for their work in
preparing the next generation to function efficiently in a changing world."
According to UNESCO, approximately one-third of the worlds estimated 50 million
teachers have no formal teaching qualifications. Another third, they say, has inadequate
The UNESCO web site offers some compelling stories from teachers around the globe and
relates the struggles many teachers face each day, whether its containing violence
in a New York City classroom, or explaining to children why they live in a refugee camp,
or working in a classroom with a ceiling "full of bullet holes."
Portraits of Courage can be found at http://www.education.unesco.org
The site is in English and French.
Dance Troupe Delivers Shocking Message
"You cant understand kids
without first understanding the music which is central in their lives."
Culture Shock press kit
Shock a hip-hop dance troupe that visits schools, delivering a message emphasizing
a healthy, drug-free lifestyle to children of all ages is coming to a school near
you. Maybe even yours its your call.
Culture Shock volunteers its time by performing live hip-hop dance shows at school
assemblies. Formed in 1993, this international organization offers "both a powerful
message and a powerful workout that is more like fun than fitness." They also work
with students to provide incentives to maintain perfect attendance, respect the
schools code of behaviour and improve grades.
Toronto and Ottawa both have troupes that customize their shows to meet a schools
particular needs. The performers meet with the principal and vice-principal to discuss the
format and culture of each school. Kids are taught dance routines using current music that
For more information, call Culture Shock Toronto at (416) 781-5588 or Culture Shock
Ottawa at (613) 236-6614.
Kitchener Students, Teachers Win International
Damsma and Jackie Daoust, Grade 5 students at Driftwood Park Public School in Kitchener,
and their teachers Kate Vanderhorst and Rod Rychliski recently won an international
multimedia contest sponsored by the International Society for Technology in Education.
In June, the students and Vanderhorst received their award before an audience of 6,000
at the National Educational Computing Conference in San Diego. The next day they presented
"Olympic Skaters" to 100 teachers.
The interactive project, created with HyperStudio, highlights the Canadian ice dance
champions Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz. It features original artwork, scrolling text
boxes, actor-based animation, claymation, virtual objects, Internet links to the
skaters fan club and an authors page.
Kate Vanderhorst and Rod Rychliski can be reached at www.hyperpeople.com or by e-mail
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