PLP Recognized With International Award

The Performance Learning Program has once again been recognized for teaching excellence as the recipient of a 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Project ReimaginEd award.

One of our favourite grade 9 FLIGHT projects was chosen by ISTE as an exemplar of innovative instructional design. Earlier this year, ISTE invited educators to submit lesson plans to Project ReimaginED that focused on redesigning classroom activities to create rich, tech-infused lessons. Our PLP teachers seized this opportunity and submitted one of our favourite projects: ‘Rise of the Frankenstuffies: the Industrial Revolution’.

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During this project, students create a Frankenstein-like creature that combines different stuffed animals to investigate the Industrial Revolution. By integrating science, language arts, math, and social studies, the assignment also covers literature, creative writing and presentation skills while challenging students to communicate research findings in nontraditional ways, all while answering the essential question: how does industry innovation drive change?

Petra Willemse will be representing the PLP teaching team by presenting the project at both a poster session and panel presentation at the ISTE conference in Philadelphia this summer. The ISTE conference attracts over 25,000 international educators and PLP is honoured to be a part of it!

This is the second year in a row that the Performance Learning Program has been recognized by ISTE. Last year, Bryan Hughes and Petra Willemse received the SIGLIB (ISTE’s special interest group for librarians) Technology Innovation Award, honouring a school librarian and collaborating teacher who conduct an exemplary program extending beyond the library. Their award winning project can be downloaded and viewed in ebook format for free!

You can read the ISTE press releases on the Project ReimaginEd award here and find more information on the other winning projects here.

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“Rise of the Frankenstuffies: The Industrial Revolution” is also available as free course in iTunes U. Click here to access on your iOS device.

ISTE is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world. Find out more by visiting

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