November 4, 2013

Peel board wins Shifting Minds National Award in recognition of achievement in 21st century learning, innovation

Peel District School Board will receive C21 Canada’s Shifting Minds National Award for distinctive achievement in the field of 21st century learning and innovation. The award will be presented by Education Minister Liz Sandals to the Peel board’s Director of Education Tony Pontes and Chief Information Officer Mark Keating at the MindShare EdTech Summit in Toronto on Nov. 5.

“If we want to achieve this goal, we need to focus our resources and work together,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. “Making My Way and other projects recognized this year are great examples of the extraordinary work happening in our schools and workplaces to support student success.”

“Everything we do at the Peel board is designed to help students learn to the best of their ability. We know that today’s students are already technology leaders and know that if we reflect that use in their classroom learning experience, we will increase engagement which leads to improved student success,” says Pontes. “This award is recognition that our board’s Vision for 21st Century Teaching & Learning is the right thing to do for students.”

Peel board’s recognition is in the System Awards category. C21 Canada presents System Awards to recognize the work of education teams in advancing 21st century models of learning in Canada. Notes Keating, “As a board, we are honoured to receive the Shifting Minds National Award. It is symbolic of all of the tremendous work being done in departments and schools to improve teaching and learning practices in Canada.”

C21 Canada is a blend of education and private sector organizations united in their commitment to advance 21st century models of learning in Canada to position Canadians in today’s innovation-driven economy and society. To learn more about C21 Canada, visit


Media contact: Mark Keating, Chief Information Officer, 905-890-1010 ext. 2478 or [email protected]            


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