The Institute for Global Solutions, a first in British Columbia, is more than an academic offering. It's an entirely new way of thinking.
The IGS, which launched in September 2012 at Claremont Secondary School, is an innovative program intended to encourage students to explore pressing global challenges. The project-based curriculum is designed to equip students with tools and experiences to address the unprecedented environmental and humanitarian challenges of the 21st century, from poverty reduction to climate change and urbanization to sustainable energy.
2012-2013 is a very exciting year for the Saanich School District. With funds provided by the government in its roll-out of the recently announced BC Education Plan, we have established an Innovation Team whose responsibility it will be to enable, support and share innovative practices and personalized learning throughout the district.
The Capital Regional District (CRD) EcoStar Climate Action Award - Non-Profit
Climate change demands a whole new approach to the way we live and do business in the Capital Region. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and focusing on future-friendly policies, programs and technologies is vital for healthy and vibrant and resilient communities.
May 24, 2012 was a special day in the Saanich School District as we hosted the opening ceremony for the new replacement North Saanich Middle School. This $23 million facility is built for 21st century learning and has been custom-built as a developmentally appropriate school for 11-14 year old middle level learners.
The challenge districts are now facing is how to provide cost-effective, relevant, current, sustainable, environmentally conscious and ubiquitous access to resources that work for today's educational outcomes and simultaneously anticipate the future. School district technology plans are usually developed around a three to five year cycle to anticipate funding, resourcing, planning, implementation and professional development opportunities.