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Award-winning history teachers

For their interactive and innovative approach to teaching, the Société Histoire Canada presents 6 teachers with the 2014 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching. Two are Quebeckers!

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WINNIPEG, Oct. 1, 2014 / CNW / - While reading, writing and arithmetic are the cornerstones of our children's education, eight history teachers from across the country inspire us in new ways to learn. Ontario Students Use 21e century to create historical capsules recounting the journey of former students of their school who fought in World War II. Meanwhile, in British Columbia, students take the train to Jasper to present the fruits of their labor to tourists and residents of Main Street. And in Quebec, a teacher and his students tell us the story of the "Titanic of the North" and the many lives lost during the sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland.

For their interactive and innovative approach to teaching, the Canadian History Society presents the following teachers with the Governor General's History Award for Teaching Excellence 2014.

  • Connie Wyatt Anderson - Oscar Lathlin College - Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba
  • Michael Berry - Dr. EP Scarlett High School - Calgary, Alberta
  • Laurie Cassie & Sharon Moy - David Livingstone Elementary School - Vancouver, BC
  • Gérald Charron - St. Joseph Pals School - Lévis, Quebec
  • Ryan McManaman & David Alexander - Owen Sound Collegiate & Vocational Institute - Owen Sound, Ontario
  • Manon St-Hilaire - Ste-Thérèse-de-l'Enfant-Jesus - St-Jérôme, Quebec

The Governor General's History Awards for Teaching Excellence were created in 1996 by the Société Histoire Canada to foster innovation in history teaching. Each year, the award recognizes the outstanding work of elementary and secondary teachers who have inspired their students to explore our history in an innovative and interactive context.

“These teachers inspired their students to look at the world around them through the lens of history,” says Joel Ralph, Director of Programs at History Canada. Students discover that history can be a new and exciting way to connect with their community and they feel responsible for keeping our stories alive. "

The eight winners will receive 2,500 $ and a gold medal and their respective school will also receive a donation of 1,000 $. The awards ceremony is a memorable event made possible thanks to the generous support of TD Bank Group.

“The teachers we recognize with this award are bringing history to life for their students across Canada and making a valuable contribution to the education of these young people,” said Frank McKenna, Assistant President, TD Bank Group. By discovering their past, our young people are better prepared to face the future. TD is proud to support the 2014 Governor General's History Awards for Teaching Excellence. ”

On Monday, November 3, 2014, His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will honor these teachers, as well as other remarkable Canadians, for their accomplishments and contributions to raising awareness of our history and our heritage.

The Governor General's History Awards bring together students, teachers, historians, representatives of museums and community organizations, authors and producers to celebrate, but also to learn from others. The day before the awards ceremony, winners will participate in a national forum on Canadian history at the Canadian War Museum. This year's forum is open to the public, onsite or online, by registering at www.histoirecanada.ca/forum history.

In addition, each winner will have the opportunity to join other Canadian teachers to participate in an EF educational trip (worth 4,500 $) in the spring of 2015. Teachers will travel to Europe to take part in the ceremonies commemorating the liberation of Holland and the 70th anniversary of the victory in Europe. They will be full of enriching experiences, which they can then share with their students.

 

SOURCE History Canada

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