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John Rozema Education Award

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The Hamilton District Christian High educators and MegaBloc innovators win prestigious John Rozema Education Award

Cardus President and CEO Michael Van Pelt have announced winners of the first-ever John Rozema Awards for Teacher Excellence at Ontario Independent Christian Schools. Van Pelt and John Rozema, in partnership with the Christian School Foundation, presented the awards June 9, 2016, at a reception in the Royal Botanical Gardens at Burlington, Ontario. Seven teachers were celebrated for their contributions to the Christian vision of their schools and to the flourishing of the community.

Presented with the Group Award from Hamilton District Christian High School, were:

  • Kasia Konstanty,
  • Eric Brink
  • Richie VanderWier
  • Jonathan Devries
  • Harry Blyleven

Related: Grade 9 Design Block

The quality of all the nominees, the strength of the candidates on the shortlist, and the superb professionalism of the winners all attest to a very bright future for top quality Christian education. As a Canadian think tank dedicated to renewing North American social architecture, Cardus is delighted to be a partner in a process that both rewards and showcases the best of what Christian schools can offer students, the education system, and the wider community.” ~ Michael Van Pelt

Dr. Beth Green, program director for Cardus Education, emphasized the uniqueness of the John Rozema Education Award in using rigorous data assessment to identify the winners from the teachers nominated by their respective schools.

“I’m proud our standards are so exacting. To lend Cardus’s and John Rozema’s name to this shortlist is to identify with a group of educators, to point to them and say: ‘Imitate these teachers, they are going to keep growing, they are going to keep pursuing education that is excellent and that will support the next generation in Canada to flourish.'” ~ Dr. Beth Green

Of the five group winners from Hamilton District Christian High School, principal Nathan Siebenga noted they “exploded the grade 9 timetable to deliver an innovative design block course that worked across curriculum disciplines . . . and stretch beyond what many would consider a ‘normal’ classroom.”

The awards are named for and sponsored by Sarnia business leader John Rozema, esteemed for his commitment to both local and global issues, and for his support of institutions such as Sarnia Christian School.

“I’m happy to be associated with recognizing this level of excellence in teaching. I’m delighted to join Cardus in celebrating the high calibre work being done in Ontario’s Christian schools.” ~ John Rozema

The Vision

The John Rozema Education Award for Teaching Excellence recognises excellence as an ongoing investment into the life of a Christian school community and a positive public contribution to the common good. Being shortlisted for the John Rozema Teaching Excellence Award is an indication of a particular educator or school community’s reputation for giftedness and excellent practice.

The award panel will look for evidence that a teacher demonstrates excellence in all of the following categories:

  1. Purpose in teaching and learning
  2. Rigour in teaching and learning
  3. Service in teaching and learning

Source: Cardus