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2015 Cmolik Prize shortlist revealed

March 02, 2015

We are pleased to announce the 2015 shortlist for the annual $50,000 Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in British Columbia. This prize recognizes those who have developed an invention, innovation, concept, process or procedure that enhances educational practice in the K-12 public system in BC.

The nine-person selection committee narrowed down the 28 completed applications to three shortlisted innovations: Engaging Students' Imaginations in Learning (Dr. Kieran Egan); Healthy Buddies™, Children Teaching Children (David Barnum); and Surrey Schools: Making Learning Visible: A 360° Transformation (Robyn Thiessen).

The selection committee also named four innovations as honourable mentions: Civic Mirror (Regan Ross); Coordinator of Inquiry Framework (Nancy Gordon); Flex Humanities Program (Dale Martelli); and Science Outreach (Dr. Sophie Lavieri).

Details of the shortlisted and honourable mentions, as well as a full listing of applicants can be seen at:

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. The Cmoliks are not associated with the selection process or the outcomes of the Cmolik Prize.

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.

The winner of the Cmolik Prize will be announced on April 2, 2015. A special reception in May will also be held to honour the top three finalists.