An Inquiry Hub program – one of five total submissions from an SD43 group or individual employee – was recognized as being one of the top three shortlisted finalists for Simon Fraser University’s prestigious $100,000 Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in B.C.
The Inquiry Hub program, titled Dream_Create_Learn (DCL): Inquiry Hub and Student-Powered Projects, showcased the school’s unique model where, unlike a traditional block schedule, they employ a model where students are provided time to pursue personal interests with school support and earn credit towards graduation. As much as 50 percent of a student’s week is open for individual projects and self-directed learning in this innovative model.
Program leaders for Inquiry Hub’s top finalist submission were SD43 teachers John Sarte and Alan Soiseth, along with Inquiry Hub Vice Principal David Truss.
The other submissions that were part of this year’s nominations included.
- Coding with Spheros
(Team members: Dave Sands, Theresa Roberts, John Sarte, Patricia Gartland, Ryan Peterson, Kelsey Bowman)
- Real Acts of Caring
(Harriette Chang, Teacher, Banting Middle)
- The Power of Student Driven Music Education
(Steve Sainas, Teacher, Terry Fox Secondary)
- Verbathon®: How to have fun with verbs and grammar
(Emmanuel Escueta, Teacher, Irvine Elementary)
While none of the five submissions won the grand prize, all have been already recognized in other ways locally, provincially or nationally for their contributions towards enhancing student learning.
All of the submissions are further examples of the exceptional and innovative learning opportunities provided to SD43 students by the district’s many dedicated employees.