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Year: 1999 – Province: Manitoba
Certificate of Excellence Recipients
School: B. Russell Vocational High School
Principal: Wally Stewart
School Website: www.rbrussell.org
Grades/Subjects Taught: Integrated technology, drama and literacy
- Commit to keeping at-risk students in school.
- Search constantly for the best teaching practices to reach the at-risk student.
- Focus on student's voice and learning style, and respect them.
- Draw shy, struggling students into the action; create a positive learning environment for them.
Leads development of technology at school:
- students created a vocational skills website, demonstrating technical vocabulary, process skills and familiarity with technological tools
- vocational students repair a virtual car to learn technical language, computer skills, and solve a wide variety of mechanical problems quickly and cheaply
- technology program earned $10 000 Industry Canada Network of Innovative Schools award.
Initiated Community Action program and plays addressing critical issues for inner-city youth — gangs, drug use, violence — and providing information and resources for problem solving:
- program began as after-school activity; its popularity and learning potential led to its becoming a credit course
- students focus on literacy development through playwriting, public performance, workshop presentations skills, and spend after-school hours in rehearsals and travelling
- Community Action received the Manitoba Foundation Award of Distinction for its play about addictions. This prestigious award is seldom awarded to school programs.
"Now that I have reached a goal and found a dream, I am interested in acting even more than my social life." Student and Community Action actress
"He stands out as a creative, skilled practitioner who brings humour and passion to every part of his teaching day." Colleague