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Year: 2002 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

Kevin Harrison

School: Timberline Secondary School
1681 South Dogwood Street
Campbell River, British Columbia  V9W 8C1

Principal: Kas Angelski
School Telephone: 250-923-9500
School Fax: 250-923-9525
School website: www.sd72.bc.ca/timber
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 10-12 media studies, career preparation

Teaching approach:

  • Use media program to positively impact school culture and motivate students.
  • Design or match projects to students' interest and experience.

Outstanding achievements:

Instituted several initiatives to improve student motivation, academics and behaviour:

  • School-based television station provides career preparation in media studies and improves school moral and communications. In-school live broadcasts produced by students replace bells and PA system, and earn students double credits for television projects integrated with other disciplines.
  • Multimedia internship program involving nine major partners provides youth with important practical work experience; multigrade classes teach students to work together with people of different skill levels and talents, as in the workplace.
  • Accepts requests or proposals for video projects from outside sources such as the United Way, and then assigns them to the appropriate student or group of students for production.

Students move from Harrison's courses to work on professional film sets and in television, and set up their own businesses.

Academic Enhancement program based on athletic program model makes academics as attractive and popular as high school sports teams, with team t-shirts, team practices, study marathons and trips to local universities.

Effective Support Program increases sense of social responsibility and has reduced discipline referrals to school office among Grade 10 students by 50 percent.

Rave reviews:

"I accomplished more in Mr. Harrison's honours media class than I did in post-secondary film studies." Former student

"One of the best things about his course is it taught me not what to think, but how to think." Former student

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