LANGLEY – The world of education is changing and students at James Kennedy Elementary in Langley will benefit from innovative concepts being put into practice by teachers and administrators. Students will engage with Raspberry Pi, a small computer, to learn programming.

“In today’s world, innovation has never been more important to public education. This funding will help schools pursue new approaches in modernizing teaching practices and supporting our younger generation,” Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman said. “I’m pleased Langley’s James Kennedy Elementary has been selected for this partnership. I understand students will have the opportunity to create and control their own unique robot through an iPad!”

The project at James Kennedy Elementary is one of the first 17 projects that will receive support under K-12 Innovation Partnership projects.

The K-12 Innovation Partnership gives public and independent schools the opportunity – and support – to explore new programs and practices to help students and teachers succeed. The selected projects complement the new K-12 curriculum being phased in over the next three years and focus on:

  • Enhanced hands-on, project-based learning
  • Supports for vulnerable and/or at-risk students
  • Aboriginal learning
  • Science and technology, and
  • Reporting and assessment practices.

The 17 projects throughout the province were selected by the Innovation Partnership Working Group (IPWG), a collaboration of education partners including the BC Teachers’ Federation, BC Schools Superintendents Association, BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association, the Federation of Independent School Associations of BC and the Ministry of Education.

Each project will receive $8,000 in financial support for teacher release time, research, and project expenses. There will also be opportunities for project teams to collaborate with colleagues and explore how these innovative concepts could be adopted by other school districts.

A second intake for the Innovation Partnership will be announced later this fall, and schools are encouraged to continue to submit proposals for consideration.

Quick Facts:

  • The working group received 77 project proposals for the first intake of the Innovation Partnership.
  • Proposals were received from 33 school districts and 19 independent schools.
  • The IPWG will bring teams from each project together twice during the year to discuss their innovations.
  • The Innovation Partnership is a key component of the K-12 Innovation Strategy announced at the ‘BC’s Focus on Learning’ forum in January 2015.

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