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.

L.B. Daniels Award

TL.B. Daniels Award
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In recognition of exemplary service in the promotion of critical thinking

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. An individual or an organization exhibiting exemplary service in critical thinking can obtain the L.B. Daniels Award. Recipients have selflessly dedicated themselves to the promotion of critical thinking, often volunteering hours and days of their own time to help other teachers and schools improve children's thinking skills and to raise levels of academic performance by engaging students in thought-provoking activities that challenge the mind and promote active learning. Award recipients are recognized at the Consortium's Annual General Meeting in June. View a tribute to LB Daniels.

Class ACT Award

Class ACT Award
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In recognition of educators who have embedded critical thinking into their own practice and furthered critical thinking with their students or colleagues

The Critical Thinking Consortium established the Certificate of Achievement in Critical Thinking (Class ACT Award) to recognize individual educators who show a commitment to embedding critical thinking into their own practice and who have demonstrated notable success in furthering critical thinking with their students or colleagues.

TC² Partner representatives, facilitators or other senior members of the TC² team, nominate Class ACT recipients. Adjudication for successful nominees takes place prior to the Consortium's Annual General Meeting in June, when the award recipients are recognized. To nominate a candidate please complete the online nomination form . If you wish, you may attach a copy of a sample lesson, student work or other evidence of the scope and success of the individual's efforts.

Karen LaRone Hidden Hero Award

Class ACT Award
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In recognition of a student or educator whose thoughtful, responsible actions inspire the best in others

The Karen LaRone Hidden Hero award honours the contributions of individuals like Karen who often work quietly behind the scenes, expecting no recognition, but inspiring others through their actions and character. Recipients are ordinary people who are extraordinary role models. They are people who have much to teach us by the way they lead their lives, consistently doing small positive things that enrich the lives of others. TC²’s mission statement includes the goal of nurturing student willingness to act in thoughtful, responsible ways. Our adoption in 2012 of the Hidden Heroes program which encourages personal and social responsibility, has been the catalyst for this award. We could think of no one who personifies this spirit of exemplary service toward others more than Karen LaRone. Those who met her and had the privilege of working with her know what a kind, generous, dedicated and insightful person she was. She inspired quality and integrity through her perseverance and diplomacy while at Alberta Education and in her gentle but unwavering leadership as our first director of operations. During recent years 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 to her.

TC² staff and Partners are invited to forward the name of a worthy candidate to our TC² administrator at any time during the year. Nominees may be students or educators who exemplify integrity and selfless dedication, and who have had an impact on others within the field of education. Award recipients are recognized at the Consortium's Annual General Meeting in June.