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Year: 1997 – Province: Ontario
Certificate of Excellence Recipients
The Creative Inquiry Centre at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute in North York is where you will find Richard Ford creating a new style of education. Instead of teaching in the conventional sense, he encourages students to discover for themselves what they can do, and how to do it. He coaches, suggests and facilitates. He continuously extends the limits of education, pioneering new partnerships among business, government and students. Under his guidance, students participated in the G7 conference in Halifax by video conference, created the Metro Hazardous Waste Materials instructional video, and ran a multimedia conference by and for students. Mr. Ford's teaching style fosters co-operative and self-directed learning, essential in a fast-changing technological environment. Student achievement is remarkable – curriculum requirements are met and exceeded. Even classes with students speaking 10 or more languages work together to produce professional quality materials for outside clients.