Year: 2014 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Langley Secondary School
21405 56th Avenue
Langley, British Columbia V2Y 2N1
Subjects and grades taught: Grades 11-12, Plumbing, Piping Dual Credit Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE-IT) Program
With 54% of the students entering the ACE-IT program considered at risk (learning disabled, behaviourally challenged, or at risk for dropping out of school), Mr. Jeffrey Dickson is tasked with making a very technical program accessible for students who have been disengaged with school. For him, teaching is about stepping back and overseeing his students' learning experience; his teaching style is about presenting the material in ways all learners find accessible.
- Implemented Kurzweil Learning Assistance Reading program, a reading software for students with learning disabilities, into his classroom and shop class which allows students to self-direct their own learning and not rely on others to interpret lessons;
- His high school program teaching materials and strategies have been adopted for the adult program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology;
- Provided opportunities for his students to act as positive role models with their involvement in mentorship programs such Big Buddy and Trades in Action, which teaches younger students plumbing skills;
- Contributed to plumbing section of the BC Ministry of Education's new course to get young people excited about careers in trades;
- His program boasts a 96% graduation rate over the past five years.
Because of the plumbing program, I'm actually working toward something. I went from Fs and skipping classes to being on the Honour Roll.
When you have a fancy computer with interactive software for each student, it is relatively easy to motivate students. When all you have is some steel piping and a few machines, it becomes much more dependent on the teacher to create a stimulating and innovative learning environment. I have observed these students transform into young men and women who believe in themselves and achieve beyond what anyone thought them capable of—including themselves.
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