On May 29th, students and staff at St. Jerome CES in Aurora were recognized by The EdCan Network with a Ken Spencer Award for outstanding performance on their student SPLICE Projects.
Representatives from the EdCan Network bestowed the award and cheque during a special recognition ceremony at the Aurora school, featuring curated content including a video montage of the school’s SPLICE projects, two student SPLICE presentations, and testimonials from SPLICE alumni. YCDSB Associate Director of Education, Nancy DiNardo, along with Mary Battista, Superintendent, Curriculum & Assessment also attended this special awards presentation on behalf of the Board.
SPLICE projects are unique, inquiry-driven, self-directed projects where students conceptualize, create, and present on any subject of their choosing. Within SPLICE programs, teachers mentor students working on projects over a one-week period, rather than instructing them, allowing learners the opportunity to push their imagination and take risks without fear of failure.
During SPLICE Week, St. Jerome Grade 7 and 8 students focused on disciplines including building and construction, coding and engineering, digital arts, culinary arts, documentary film-making, dance, musical performance, visual arts, literary arts and more.
“Students were empowered to be reflective and creative leaders in their own learning by exploring their interests, and tackling real-life issues,” said Battista. “All of this resulted in a rich and rewarding experience, cultivating a new community of innovative, collaborative learners.”
EdCan is an independent, non-partisan national organization of over 75,000 educators renowned for developing knowledge tools that bridge the research-implementation gap.
Congratulations on this significant achievement St. Jerome!