Year: 2015 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
École Puntledge Park Elementary School
401 Willemar Avenue
Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 3L3
Subjects and Grades Taught: Grades 5-6, Elementary Curriculum
Mr. Doug David doesn't teach "outside the box". Instead he rebuilds the box and creates a curriculum that emphasizes developing compassion and student engagement. He stresses that no matter how you start off in life, everyone can take action to make the world a better place.
- Helped develop the I CAN project where students identify a real-world problem in their community and then find ways to resolve it. Projects included visiting seniors homes, community clean ups and volunteering at local soup kitchens. The popularity of the projects culminated in a district wide showcase;
- Invited to be the founding Partner for Design for Change Canada to provide support and information for school districts to develop their own I CAN projects;
- Represented Canada at the "Be The Change" Conference in India during September 2013, where he shared his ideas and experiences with educators and students on creating positive change in the world;
- Collaborated with a team of teachers to develop a "Curriculum for Caring" as a Professional Learning Community at his school. The curriculum's focus is to provide opportunities in day-to-day lessons to teach the value of service, empathy and compassion to youth;
- Regularly asked to speak on his projects at conferences (e.g., keynote speaker at the Vancouver Island University Educational Leadership Research Conference).
What stands out about Doug is his sensitivity. It goes beyond empathy. Doug possesses a deep understanding of his students' need to feel connected, to find their place at school and to feel deeply rooted.
Too often excellence is limited or quarantined by fellow teachers, who find themselves threatened by a colleague's success. But in this case, school and district colleagues have been attracted to Doug's work, open to learning with him side by side, willing to jump in and share professional vulnerability to become successful collaborators in the adaptation of new learning methodologies and student assessment.
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