2021 Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal

Roland Case

TC² founder, Dr. Roland Case, has been awarded the 2021 Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal. Meritorious Service Decorations recognize great Canadians for exceptional deeds accomplished over a limited period of time that bring honour to our country. Roland’s work in re-imagining teaching and learning to focus on nurturing thinking in all students has had a transformative impact on education in every province and territory in Canada. Read more about the award and Roland's contributions to teaching and learning in Canada or read the media release. To see the full list of recipients, visit the website of the Governor General of Canada.

TC² Awards of Excellence

One of the highlights of The Critical Thinking Consortium’s Annual General Meeting is the presentation of the awards of excellence to worthy recipients nominated by partners, individual members, and TC² staff. Each spring, we look forward to hearing about educators who have made a commitment to nurturing thinking and have shown us how they have thoughtfully applied our framework and resources to support their students. Please take a moment to respond to the call for nominations so that collectively we can celebrate the great efforts being made to promote critical inquiry in schools across Canada and internationally. Adjudication for successful nominees takes place annually at the end of May. Award recipients are recognized at the Consortium’s Annual General Meeting in June and will be invited to attend by email, along with their nominators.

Below you will find more details about each award.

The Certificate of Achievement in Critical Thinking Award (Class Act)

Class ACT Award
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In recognition of educators who have embraced the TC² framework to nurture and enhance critical thinking in students and colleagues

All educators (teachers, instructional coaches, consultants, school administrators, superintendents, directors, etc.) are eligible for nomination for the CLASS ACT award based on the following criteria:

  • Embedding into practice the Consortium’s approach to nurturing high quality thinking
  • Supporting colleagues in adopting a thinking approach using the TC² framework and TC² resources
  • Demonstrating notable success in nurturing high quality thinking with students and/or colleagues
To nominate a candidate please complete the online nomination form.

Karen LaRone Hidden Hero Award

Class ACT Award
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In recognition of all those that contribute to a positive learning climate by creating and nurturing quality thinking environments in schools through their thoughtful actions. Nominees may include students, educators, or support staff, parents, or volunteers.

Nominees for the Karen LaRone Hidden Hero Award possess and consistently demonstrate the following qualities and traits:

  • Working quietly behind the scenes, expecting no recognition yet all the while enriching the lives of others
  • Inspiring others through their actions and character
  • Exemplifying integrity and selfless dedication
  • Being ordinary people who are extraordinary role models
Karen LaRone was a kind, generous, dedicated, and insightful person. As the Consortiums’ first director of operations, Karen inspired quality and integrity through her perseverance and diplomacy while at Alberta Education, and in her gentle but unwavering leadership at TC². As she lived with cancer, she embraced life with an enthusiasm and joy that uplifted everyone around her. She was delighted to be the first recipient of the award in 2013 and spoke about how important her legacy was for her.

To nominate a candidate please complete the online nomination form.

L.B. Daniels Award

TL.B. Daniels Award
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In recognition of creating conditions for nurturing critical thinking

TC² will, on occasion, select a recipient for the prestigious LB. Daniels Award. The recipient will be recognized for:

  • Expanding, growing, and deepening the thinking framework of the Consortium
  • Advancing the thinking that underpins the TC²’s framework
  • Using the framework in innovative and creative applications
  • Supporting educators in improving students’ thinking skills
LeRoi B. Daniels is a founding member of TC² and an author of the model of critical thinking that forms the conceptual foundation of the Consortium’s work. TC² created this award to honour Dr. Daniels’ contribution to the understanding and implementation of critical thinking throughout his career. View a tribute to LB Daniels.

External Awards

Tracey Tinley, 2014 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence

2014 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence

TC² writer and developer, Tracey Tinley, is the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence Certificate of Achievement. This prestigious award recognizes the efforts of outstanding teachers in all disciplines who instill in their students a love of learning, helping them excel and build a successful future. Tracey’s mission is to have each student realize “their power within” and their potential to be a better version of themselves. She uses critical thinking as one way to ignite a passion for learning in both her students and her colleagues. Read more about Tracey and her teaching.

Tracey Tinley, 2014 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence

2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching

TC² facilitator and project manager Romy Cooper and her teaching partner, Graeme Cotton, are recipients of the 2013 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching . Working together, the two teachers revitalized the Heritage Fair at their school by designing it with critical thinking questions at the core, embedding historical thinking concepts into each step. Read more about how Romy and Graeme bring critical thinking to their classroom.

Stefan Stipp, 2013 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence

2013 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence

TC² facilitator and author, Stefan Stipp, is the recipient of a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence Certificate of Achievement. This award recognizes the efforts of outstanding teachers in all disciplines who instil in their students a love of learning, helping them excel and build a successful future. Stefan’s classroom practice is founded on his desire to empower students to become self-regulated learners through student engagement and active citizenship. Read more about Stefan, his achievements and approach to teaching.