Awarded Grants

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Ashoka Canada

Changemaker Showcase and Challenge

Ashoka Canada will collaborate with colleges and universities to organize a series of Changemaker Showcases that will connect students to local innovators and opportunities for changemaking. Each showcase features a main speaker, two youth-led projects, an open mic session for students to share current projects, followed by an informal networking session. Ashoka Canada will record each 10-minute talk and showcase them on its website as free resources that can benefit other social innovation educators. Our partner schools in BC will take turns hosting and organizing each of the showcases, which are open to the public. In conjunction with this series, we invite all students who are inspired to take part in a daylong social innovation bootcamp and launch a project as part of our Changemaker Challenge. Educators from Ashoka's partner schools will co-design the bootcamp ahead of time at a special educators summit and then co-facilitate the bootcamp as well as guide participants through the challenge. Qualifying teams will be able to receive funding to start their projects.

Be the Change Earth Alliance Society

SLS: Student Leadership in Sustainability

In 2009, BTCEA began adapting its community education program for use within secondary schools. A further four years of research and development ultimately yielded the Student Leadership in Sustainability (SLS) program. SLS provides teachers with an experiential, solutions-based educational curriculum that empowers their students to take leadership on environmental and social justice issues, while at the same time fostering self-awareness, confidence, and meaningful connections between fellow students, their families, and the community. SLS is currently being used in 25 schools by over 4,000 students in Metro Vancouver, and BTCEA now stands poised to introduce sustainability education to other school districts in BC and ultimately across Canada. This project will build on the early success of SLS in Vancouver and: 1) Significantly augment and refine SLS program materials 2) Increase the integration of sustainability education in high schools throughout BC while contributing to the professional growth of educators 3) Provide a French translation of SLS curriculum materials

British Columbia Conservation Foundation

Species at Risk in the Classroom, from Concept to Action

Through work with a number of schools and environmental stewardship groups the SCCP has identified a need for increased education opportunities on conservation of species at risk. To address this, the SCCP secured multi-year funding to develop curriculum guidance and activities for both formal and informal educators with a specific focus on South Coast species and the ecosystems they depend upon. From that “Species at Risk in the Classroom” (SARitc) evolved along with the SCCP’s first children’s storybook on local endangered species (“The Lonely Frog”); developed with a First Nations artist in the Fraser Valley to create accompanying illustrations and link endangered species education to First Nation traditional ecological knowledge. This project will take “SARitc” to the next level, moving from conceptual resources to working directly with teachers and informal educators, sharing conservation expertise, helping implement new curriculum resources and provide hands-on opportunities to get involved in endangered species and ecosystems recovery and restoration.

British Columbia Library Association

Education for Library Staff in Serving People with Disabilities

BCLA will contract with an individual who will create a toolkit that will provide the resources needed to present in-person and online courses on services to people with disabilities for library staff. The toolkit would include a list of topics of interest (based on the 2012 survey of library staff), a list of presenters, a list of training partners and what they can contribute to the training, and step-by-step instructions for organizing in-person workshops and for creating webinars and MOOCs. The developer will also produce one in-person workshop (in collaboration with BCLA’s Special Needs Interest Group, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities [BCCPD] and Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods BC [CAN BC]) and one webinar (in collaboration with the Education Institute) as proof of concept. The toolkit will reside in an online repository currently being built by the Virtual Learning Commons (VLC – see #14 for further information) which will provide access to a wide audience from this virtual venue.

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society

Reach Out Psychosis - multi level teachers toolkit

Demand for this project, from Provincial counsellors, teachers, mental health organizations, & aboriginal communities, has been generated due to total lack of a specific curriculum piece for teachers & educators within BC schools to improve understanding of early intervention & treatment of psychosis. Left undiagnosed students lose valuable education years affecting completion rates & their future lives. The project is needed to provide educators with a resource to be used as a curriculum piece in schools (also adapted for aboriginal communities) to raise awareness of early psychosis; identify & clear pathways to referral to early psychosis clinics; & provide ongoing support to teachers & students. The project is aimed at providing educators with the information & resources they need to educate teenagers & young adults as well as ongoing support to teachers & students. The Toolkit will be a complete, multi level resource package including 1-2 lesson plans, & ongoing 24-hour online support service for teachers and students. FREE to all BC schools & downloadable from website

Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery

Targeted Early Intervention for Literacy - A Vancouver Training Institute

Reading Recovery is an evidenced-based effective 12-20 week intervention that changes the life trajectory of the students. It is based on the understanding that for children who are struggling to learn to read, the best investment is a highly trained teacher. The RR Network for professional development is three-tiered. Teachers in schools receive an additional year's training and ongoing mentoring from a Teacher Leader. The teachers then support the 15 - 25% of grade one students who are struggling to read with expert one-on-one teaching. The Teacher Leaders are trained for a year by Regional Trainers. BC does not currently have a resident Regional Trainer and candidates have to travel to Winnipeg or Toronto for a full year to receive the training. This project aims to establish a Centre in Vancouver to support the Teacher Leaders in the Region and to meet the training demands created as the program expands throughout the Region. Working with the Vancouver School District and others in the Region, the CIRR will train and support Teacher Leaders for RR.

Decoda Literacy Foundation

Decoda Literacy Conference

Decoda Literacy Conference

Emily Carr University of Art + Design Foundation

Urban Access to Aboriginal Art

Urban Access is planned as a two part project. It begins as a 4-week intensive and inter-generational art and design program that blends studio instruction with cultural studies modules and field-trips. Held from July 2 – 26, 2013, the program will bring together participants to learn five traditional forms of art: carving, drum making, cedar basketry, beadwork, and moose hair tufting. The hands-on modules will be led by elders and senior artists, and will be complemented with field trips, guest artist talks and cultural studies instruction that will bring context and broader knowledge to the studio form itself. Part two involves the video recording of the studio instruction, and the creation of an online open access portal to share the lessons. Recruitment for the program will focus on two principles: engaging urban Aboriginals and ensuring inter-generational knowledge and transfer sharing. To meet these principles, Urban Access will have participants, comprised equally of three groups: high school students; adults 18-35; and adults over 35.

Family Support Institute of BC Society

BC Summer Institute for Inclusive Learning

The BC Summer Institute will directly address challenges faced by all individuals touched by inclusive learning. This event is designed to provide a robust learning environment that will facilitate strategic approaches to inclusion and belonging for all students in BC schools from a K-12 level. The Institute will bring together 200-250 professionals, paraprofessionals and families to champion the process of inclusion. Expert presenters will speak on a variety of topics including: Negotiating Parent Professional Partnerships, Universal Design for Learning, Secondary School & Preparing for Life Afterwards, The What, Why and How of Inclusion, Behavior, Literacy, Co-teaching and Leadership and School Culture. In order to achieve greater learning from the various strands of study, registrants are encouraged to attend the institute as a school based team. Facilitated 'Team Time' will support participants through their respective school challenges and guide them to develop team strategies specific to their needs. Ongoing support will be maintained post institute.

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

Student Citizenship through Shannens Dream

Shannen's Dream is a campaign uniting First Nations and non-Aboriginal peoples to understand the education inequities on reserve and to take action to ensure all children attend good schools and receive a proper education that prepares them to achieve their dreams. The campaign encourages critical analysis of the historic and contemporary relationship between First Nations and others, and provides practical ideas about how to address current inequities. Our project will foster community engagement and student learning about child rights, citizenship, and democratic engagement through suggested learning activities. Awareness of Shannen's Dream will be facilitated through presentations, webinars, the Nstional Film Board documentary “Hi-Ho Mistahey!” and concrete activities like the Our Dreams Matter Too walk on June 11. This project will promote new learning and relationships between First Nations and non-Aboriginal peoples and help ensure that First Nations children in British Columbia have the same educational opportunities that all other children enjoy.

Green Bricks Education Society

Green Collar Choices:

Career Workshop for Secondary Students to explore Emerging Sustainability Careers Proposed Date: 02/14 Yr 1, 02/15 Yr 2, 02/16 Yr 3 This interactive career workshop will be offered (free) to 125 grade 10 students & will allow participants the opportunity to: - Meet & interact with amazing & successful people who will share their sustainability career paths in 4-5 breakout, roundtable sessions. 20-30 career mentors will share their career journeys, detailing education requirements, job prospects & salary expectations - Learn about emerging sustainability career opportunities in BC - Find out what it takes to reach their goals - Practice networking skills. The purpose of this workshop will be to provide young people with the opportunity to interact with career mentors from various sustainability related professions who have excelled in their green careers and willing to share their journey. The workshop will begin with an inspirational keynote address. During lunch the participants will have a chance to engage in a group activity on networking & conclude with a wrap-up session.

Learning Buddies Network of the Lower Mainland Society

Learning Buddies Network tutoring (LBN)

Dr. A. Lipson, a pediatrician conceived of LBN in 2008. She observed a population of disadvantaged struggling grade 1-4 learners whose self esteem was faltering related to low school achievement. These children could access high quality medical care and pediatric assessment, yet their family circumstances did not allow access to simple one-on-one learning support and mentoring. She saw an unmet need for support for these children who typically have social and/or educational disadvantages. The idea of LBN was to pair secondary school or UBC students seeking meaningful volunteer experiences with these children. We provide one-on-one trained tutoring weekly in their schools in group sessions, focussing on academics, games, providing mentoring and instilling confidence. The children of interest attend inner city schools and may be disadvantaged economically and/or socially. LBN has grown and developed our own resources, and now provides reading and math volunteer tutoring in 15 programmes in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby.

Learning Disabilities Association of B.C Fraser South Chapter

Develop and Implement a Volunteer Multi-Sensory Math Tutoring Program for Children between the ages of 7-14

Develop and Implement a Volunteer Multi-Sensory Math Tutoring Program for Children between the ages of 7-14

Meal Exchange

VIU and UNBC Campus Food Systems Project

UNBC and VIU have been working with MX on the Campus Food Systems Project since 2011. The schools have created the Campus Food Movement and Campus Food Strategy Group respectively, and working to maximize the sustainability of the campus food systems through engaging the campus community, facilitating research projects, and supporting change in policies and operations. UNBC and VIU have identified the need to continue this work collaboratively, with support from a Healthy Communities Consultant (HCC), a Farmers Market (FM) and Greenhouse (GH) coordinator. Food insecurity remains a serious issue in both regions and each institution has the potential to support regional agriculture, provide meaningful learning opportunities and change the culture of food on campus. The HCC will gain an understanding of food procurement and consumption through a purchasing and consumer baseline assessment. With the support of a FM and GH Coordinator, these student leaders will provide opportunities for student leadership and engagement, food literacy collaboration across institutions in the region

Musqueam Indian Band

Exchanging Musqueam's Cultural Teachings

The Musqueam have always lived in the area from Howe Sound through the Fraser River estuary. Vancouver area schools have few resources to help teach their students about the language, culture, and history of the local First Nations’ Musqueam. First Nations are culturally diverse, even among neighbours, so it is important to maintain community-specific teaching resources. We propose creating a kit to help teachers educate their students about Musqueam cultural heritage, and help the Musqueam community reach out to the public to respectfully share traditional knowledge. This teaching kit will be housed at Musqueam’s new Cultural Education Resource Centre and will be available for teachers to sign out on Musqueam’s website. The kit will include resources about the village of cesna?em – a key archaeological site in Canada, and the centre of a recent public discussion of Aboriginal rights. We hope to reach many schools within Musqueam Traditional Territory, beginning with local schools attended by Musqueam children to bridge cultural gaps between First Nation students and their peers.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students

Finance Matters: An Informational Day on Financial Aid and Financial Literacy

Project Vision: Finance Matters will be an innovative and educational one-day event in Vancouver filled with workshops and interactive presentatations. We request support from the Vancouver Foundation for our event on financial aid and financial literacy for up to 100 incoming and current post-secondary students and recent graduates with disabilities. The day will comprise a series of presentations and discussions on a variety of topics including budgeting and managing money while in school, effective borrowing, accessing student aid, creative saving, financial planning and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). The day-long session will include a demonstration of the unique financial aid portal developed by NEADS, ( Students will learn how to be more successful in seeking funding for their studies and saving for the future. This will enable participants to better manage their finances during school and beyond. Gaining greater understanding of financial aid opportunities will lead to reducing the amount of debt.

NEC Native Education College

Button Blanket Project

This unique opportunity to 16 students to partake in a sructured learning occurring on weekends and evenings opens the door to a population not presently able to participate in day-time classes. Participants are introduced to the art forms of the Northwest Coast peoples.They will learn about the history of the button blanket and in turn learn about the feasts and dances and the beauty of the potlatches where the button blanket is used. They will research the history of Northwest Coast cultural regalia. Students will create a button blanket with their own family crest or background. These blankets will be made in a traditional way. Each blanket is as different as the individual and depends on the background and culture or each person. The participants will reach out beyond the classroom to their community to get advice and guidance. This will provide an opportunity for wellness through culturally restorative practices.Participants in the Summer Button Blanket Project will have the option of using the completion of the course as a credit towards the BC Adult Grade 12 Diploma

Okanagan College Foundation

Aboriginal Access and Service Project

This pilot project is a culturally relevant, proactive program of support for first year Aboriginal students enrolled in university-level courses. It is a multidimensional support system that seeks to maintain cultural integrity to enhance Aboriginal student success. The program aims to provide individualized support, recreate the family dynamic, and monitor student progress. It is based on existing research and best practice examples. Aboriginal students voluntarily register for the program. Once registered, they are engaged one-on-one in order to co-create a program of support tailored to their needs, otherwise known as an Achievement Plan. This allows the learner to take ownership of their learning. Support is monitored and provided in a holistic fashion ensuring that physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual supports are available as needed. Each student uses a Passport to Achievement to record their interactions as per their Achievement Plan. Upon completion, students will have their passport evaluated to ensure they are eligible for the completion bursary.

Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society

Syilx Indigenous Land-based Learning Project, Phases 3 4: Multi-Year 2013-2015

The Syilx Indigenous Land-Based Learning Project offers memorable, meaningful and transformative land-based learning experiences that feature Syilx (Okanagan) aboriginal perspectives and practices as part of enhanced curriculum for K-12 learners from public schools and band-operated schools throughout the Okanagan region. To-date, 15 land-based lesson plans that combine provincial curriculum requirements and hands-on outdoor activities relating to sustainability, life sciences, arts, social studies, social justice, leadership, and aboriginal culture and language, have been co-created by school staff and Syilx knowledge keepers, elders, and educators as part of project Phases 1 & 2 (in-progress). Implementation and evaluation of completed lesson plans (Phases 3 & 4), including collaborative creation of additional lesson plans for new subject areas, is proposed over the next 3 years with new and existing partners. Lesson plan delivery will occur at the ECOmmunity Place Locatee Lands outdoor 'living classroom' and at other culturally significant sites throughout the region.

School District #39 - Vancouver

Enriching Heritage Fairs

Heritage Fairs is a national program that has become a fixture in BC schools. For years the Fairs have inspired grade 4 to 10 students to explore and enjoy aspects of Canada’s heritage. While Heritage Fairs have been highly successful, our consultations with community partners, including program designers, regional coordinators and teachers, reveal interest in expanding the appeal and enriching the educational value of Fairs. This involves encouraging more rigorous historical thinking in projects; examining more substantive topics to deepen students’ understanding of Canadian heritage, and nurturing qualities of engaged citizenship. We propose a two-pronged approach: 1) develop two online teacher resources: embedding historical thinking (65 pages, including 6 lesson plans) and enhancing inquiry in social studies (40 pages and 6 PowerPoint tutorials); 2) offer 20 one-to-two hour professional development opportunities (14 face-to-face and 6 online sessions) to support 400 teachers in Vancouver and around the province in infusing enhanced Heritage Fairs projects into their teaching.

School District #43 - Coquitlam

Red Wolf Spirit Adventures

The Coquitlam School District Aboriginal Education (CSDAE) in partnership with Outward Bound Canada will facilitate together an outdoor education program that will balance adventure based learning with cultural teachings. Red Wolf Spirit Adventures will be facilitated in two separate programs; the Suwa'lkh Learning Centre (SLC) and the Aboriginal Youth Leadership Council (AYLC) The Suwa'lkh Learning Centre is hosted by SD#43 Aboriginal Education. The program is inclusive; however, Aboriginal students comprise approximately 98% of the 35 students attending this school. This program provides a more personalized learning environment for students. Youth at this school have typically had more personal challenges to overcome in their lives. The AYLC is comprised of Aboriginal students in grades 9 and 12 that are viewed as having positive leadership qualities. For the current school year we have 48 enrolled students in this programThe objective of this group is to continue developing their leadership skills through planning and hosting community events as a way of giving back.

School District #83 - North Okanagan- Shuswap

Coyote Cafe - after School Literacy Program

Coyote Cafe is an after school reading program, which our Aboriginal Education department implements in partnership with Literacy Alliance, Okanagan Library, and the First Nations Education Council. Currently, the elementary program is implemented for 25 weeks in 4 of our most vulnerable schools. The mandate is to provide literacy support to struggling readers; helping to boost their reading skill, confidence, and enjoyment. This program has proven successful with elementary readers; therefore, we would like to extend this program to our 3 middle schools in order to increase middle school students reading success. Coyote Cafe success lies in the structure of the program. Coyote Cafe meets twice a week providing students with a healthy snack, group reading, and one to one reading support, literacy games and special activities which include trips to the library, and outdoor activity. The program is based on a strong cultural practice of drumming, songs and enriched Aboriginal content material. Not only does students' stamina for reading increase but their love of reading does too!

Science Fair Foundation of BC

Quest for Science Fair Champions

This is the second year of a multi-year program, Quest for Science Fair Champions (Quest), designed to equip the science teachers of BC, from K-12, with the tools to implement inquiry-based instruction in their classrooms. In year one of the program, we recruited 20 teachers from 7 of the 14 Science Fair regions to 4 Smarter Science workshops held in Vancouver that provided these teachers with the skills to train their colleagues in inquiry-based science teaching. In turn, they provided shorter workshops to more than 500 additional teachers & are continuing this work. In year two, we expect to complete our coverage of the Province by holding the Smarter Science workshop component of the Quest program in Kelowna, Prince George & Fort St. John. As well, in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Education, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University (SFU), we will make a concerted effort to recruit teachers from areas with large concentrations of Aboriginal students, throughout the Province, in order to increase the participation rate of these students in the Science Fair program.

Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Education

Eco City Youth

Help youth to approach the ecological challenge caused by urban densification. Conduct training workshops for youth to organize and facilitate Co-Design workshops to: 1. Improve their school grounds at Spectrum; adding outdoor storage and outdoor teaching areas. 2. Design a natural space as part of urban life, defining how they would use it and the environments for their activities 3. Design an urban open space, defining how they would use it and the environments for their activities Tour and study Camosun Bog, an example of a natural area within the city that is being restored and maintained by an urban community with the help of youth. Tour and study Robson Square, an example of a civic space that was designed with the participation of youth using the Co-Design process as recorded by NFB, the same process they used in the design of improvements to their school grounds/ Demonstrate the program at a teacher professional development day to show how educators might include this program as part of the BC Sustainability Curriculum. Publish resources on the internet.

Thompson Rivers University Foundation

Meeting the Needs of First-Generation, Aboriginal Students

The proposed project would provide support for Aboriginal student at two critical points in their academic decision-making and transition: high school and the first year of university studies. Both programs are premised on the importance of providing role models and mentorship from senior Aboriginal students. The first component of the project is a week-long, residential summer camp that will encourage Aboriginal high school students to plan for success in post-secondary education and will promote their interest in careers in science and health sciences. This camp will be open to Aboriginal youth in grades 8-12 and will be staffed by TRU Aboriginal student mentors/staff. The second is a mentoring program that will provide first-year Aboriginal students with support and connections to university services and resources. Upper-year, Aboriginal students will be selected and trained as mentors to work with incoming students. The regular meetings between mentors and mentees will be focused on topics such as time management, goal setting and study habit development.