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Cmolik Prize aims to enhance K-12 public education in B.C.

September 23, 2014
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Innovation in B.C. education is being celebrated with a new prize being endowed to Simon Fraser University.

The $50,000 Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in British Columbia will be awarded annually to recognize those who have developed an invention, innovation, concept, process or procedure that enhances educational practice in the K-12 public system in B.C.

The award is being endowed to SFU with the support of Russ and Ellen Cmolik, who are both passionate about education and have been inspired by visits to schools around the world.

They hope that the prize will encourage practitioners, researchers, administrators, and policy makers to enhance current teaching practices, particularly those that stimulate a desire to learn and develop real life skills needed to become productive and responsible community members.

Through their endowment, the Cmoliks say that it is imperative that educational practices make use of, and keep pace with, the rapid development of technology.

Notes Kris Magnusson, dean of SFU’s Faculty of Education: “The Cmolik Prize will undoubtedly become the premier award in Canada for recognizing innovation in K-12 education.

“SFU has long been recognized as an innovator in education, and to now have the opportunity to acknowledge outstanding educational innovation in B.C. is a wonderful opportunity."

The first call for applications or nominations is now open, with the first award ceremony to be hosted in the spring of 2015.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 130,000 alumni in 130 countries.

The Cmolik Foundation is a British Columbia-based charitable foundation that believes every student graduating secondary school in B.C should have the opportunity to access post-secondary education or training. The Foundation does this through post secondary scholarships and enriched learning opportunities such as summer camps and field trips.

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