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Year: 2000 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Ian Naisbitt

School: Concord Public School
6700 Raymond Street
Windsor, Ontario  N8S 2A1

Principal: Clara Howitt
School Telephone: 519-974-3450
School Fax: 519-974-3825
School Website: www.gecdsb.on.ca/sub/schools/elem/concord/first_page.htm
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade six, all subjects

Teaching Approach:

  • understand and practise the concept of lifelong learning
  • make a difference to the global community not only for themselves but for future generations
  • see that working collaboratively has profound possibilities and can accomplish what may seem insurmountable.

Outstanding Achievements:

Created an ongoing, hands-on activity- and curriculum-based environmental studies program at the school, known as the Little River Enhancement Group (Lil' Reg):

  • originally intended to clean up a local creek, the project has involved in 12 years more than 2,000 elementary students, 1,000 secondary students, several hundred special needs students and many parents, teaching them environmental awareness and responsibility in a meaningful and relevant way
  • group has cleaned two kilometres of the garbage-strewn (with tires and appliances, among other things) Little River and planted more than 13,000 trees.

Integrated environmentalism into the classroom: students write letters to politicians and companies and publish an environmental newsletter.

Founded lunchtime environmental club, Kids for Saving the Earth. This club supports recycling at school, adopts endangered animals, and sponsors protection of endangered environments.

Launched use of technology in the classroom long before it was common. Before the advent of

email his students faxed messages, and before the school acquired Internet access he obtained funding and installed an electronic communication centre in his class.

Rave Reviews:

"(Mr. Naisbitt's) excellence in building community partnerships and bringing the learning environment out of the classroom and into the community is beyond reproach." Principal

"Ian involves his students in his clean-up activities, which gives them the opportunity to become aware of environmental values at a formative stage." Chair of local environmental committee