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Update on Principal’s Innovation Fund

Dear parents,

Earlier this year, I announced the launch of the Principal’s Innovation Fund, aligned with our Strategic Directions: Bold Future. This annual fund provides grants to faculty and staff to undertake innovative areas of research and development with the goal to advance learning, teaching and operational effectiveness.

All faculty and staff were invited to submit proposals which were both peer reviewed and presented to the College’s Senior Leadership Team. Projects were assessed based on the following criteria: degree of innovation, alignment with our Strategic Directions, expandability and sustainability, and degree of receptivity.  

I’m delighted to share that the following five projects were selected for funding in this academic year:

  1. “How might we create a blended math program to allow students to work independently at home and collaboratively at school?”, presented by Emilia Martin
  2. “How might we create intentional mindfulness programs and activities that can reach UCC students, employees and the broader community?”, presented by Christie Gordon and Catharine Erb
  3. “How might we explicitly teach and authentically assess and track Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills across disciplines and across grade levels?”, presented by Lincoln Smith
  4. “How might we improve how we help our students develop the skills necessary to be responsible and productive digital citizens?” presented by Sarah Barclay and Lara Jensen
  5. “How might we pioneer new narratives with virtual reality?”, presented by Ryan Archer and David Crawford

You’ll learn more about these initiatives over the next few weeks, including where on our website you can read about project details and progress. Final reports will be shared online by project teams in June.

Thanks to Jim LaPlante, Executive Director of Information and Innovation, for his work overseeing the assessment process and to the faculty and staff involved in the development and launch of this program.

Warm regards,

Sam McKinney




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