Christopher Stewart, a former teacher at North Grenville District High School, was awarded a Trustee Innovation Award by the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) last week. The Board hosted the 2017 UCDSB Trustee Innovation Awards at its main office in Brockville. The annual award ceremony was first announced in November 2012 to recognize staff for innovative teaching and work practices. The intent of this program is to recognize innovative practices, which can be shared and used to improve the way the Board delivers education and other services to students. The first awards were presented in September 2013.
Christopher Stewart, recognised by the Board as a Learning Partner, was recognized for his work while a teacher last year at North Grenville District High School (NGDHS). Chris is passionate about student achievement and his colleagues’ professional growth. While at NGDHS, Chris created a safe learning environment in his classroom that fostered collaboration for students and staff. Desks were arranged in groups of three or four and home-made whiteboards were mounted along the perimeter of the room to serve as vertical working spaces for collaboration, as part of an emphasis on the inquiry process to discuss and solve math problems. He is a leader in flipped learning both in his classroom and through presentations he has made at teaching conferences. Chris also initiated a grassroots collaborative professional learning group at NGDHS. In this environment, teachers examined a number of topics to find ways to improve student understanding. Topics examined included the physical learning environment, student-engaged assessment, instructional strategies; technology in education; and growth mindset teaching and assessment.