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Teaching

We hope that this section of the site will inspire you with exciting examples of innovative classroom projects and activities from around the province. Our goal is to give teachers and school leaders the opportunity to look across districts and regions to see what’s going on, and to exchange ideas and resources. We are always looking for documentation of imaginative teaching practices that are particularly relevant to small and rural schools. If you are involved in place-based learning, community-based activities, collaborative inquiries, or projects related to sustainability, this is your invitation to contribute…

For Information on Growing Innovation Grants and projects, click HERE.

Innovative Practice Grant Projects

The UBC Eleanor Rix Professorship provides innovative practice grants to to British Columbia public school teachers who have developed innovative classroom or school based projects relevant to rural settings.  Follow this link to see some of the projects.  To learn more about the grant program click HERE.

Student-Led Conferences

There is much discussion these days about how to educate BC students for the 21st century, some of it focusing on ways to help students become more responsible for their own learning.  These thoughtful and well-produced videos from the Lucerne Elementary and Secondary schools in New Denver, BC offer powerful examples of student voice and the possibilities for personalized learning at the heart of the culture of a small rural school.  Learn more.

Lucerne: A Culture of Writing

There are just under a hundred K-12 students at Lucerne School in New Denver, a picturesque and historic village on Slocan Lake in the southeast corner of BC. Yet the students, teachers and Principal at Lucerne have created, along with guest authors and community members, a culture of passionate writers that is larger than life.  Learn more.

Online Literature Circles

Here you will find a wealth of materials developed for the stimulation of the literary imagination…often over long distances! Learn More.

Telling the Stories of the Nikkei

In a powerful example of a collaborative inquiry, teachers Terry Taylor and Gary Parkstrom and students in social studies and english at Lucerne Secondary School worked with film makers…Learn More.