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PWSD Principal selected to participate in Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa

October 23, 2017

Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Casey Brown, Principal of Teepee Creek School, has been selected to participate in the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa on November 5-10, 2017.

The annual one-week professional development opportunity brings 85 outstanding teachers from across Canada together in Ottawa for an inside look at how Parliament works. Throughout the program, participants collaborate to develop strategies for teaching about Parliament, democracy, governance and citizenship. Attendees will meet Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons, observe Question Period and other debates and meetings, analyze critical issues, and receive important resource materials. The program is open to those who teach in a subject area related to citizenship, civics and/or social studies.

In addition to her responsibilities as Principal, Ms. Brown also teaches Empower Reading, Grades 3 and 4 Health, Grade 3 Literacy, Grades 5 and 6 Social Studies, and Grades 7 and 8 Options and Health. Although she has known about the Institute for a number of years, she says the addition of the government-focused Grade 6 Social Studies course to her teaching portfolio this year is what led her to apply.  

"Throughout my career, I have seen a real need to engage our youth in the process of government at all levels, to help them become informed and engaged participants in their future," says Ms. Brown. "My hope is that the Institute strengthens my understanding so that I am able to inspire my students to get involved and realize how important government is to everyone, no matter the path they choose in life."

Prior to becoming Principal at Teepee Creek School, Ms. Brown joined PWSD in 2011 as Principal of Rycroft School following 18 years at Northland School Division where she was employed in the roles of Teacher, Principal and Pedagogical Supervisor. She also spent two years as the Director of Education for the Athabasca Tribal Council. In 2009, she received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence.

The Teachers Institute, launched in 1996, is coordinated by the Library of Parliament and is supported by the Speakers of both the Senate and the House of Commons. For more information, visit http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/About/Parliament/Education/teachers-institute-e.html.

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Casey Brown, Principal of Teepee Creek School, has been selected to participate in the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa on November 5-10, 2017.

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