Sudbury Catholic District School Board
October 04, 2021

St. David School Wins Grand Prize as a “National School of the Future”!

On June 25th, 2021, St. David School was named a grand prize winner in the National Schools of the Future competition presented by MindShare Learning.

MindShare Learning is Canada’s leading EdTech strategy consulting, news, and professional learning events company. It specializes in providing strategic solutions to learning and technology providers in the K-12, higher ed and lifelong learning space, to support student success.

Last spring, our very own St. David School completed a video submission that showcased various remote learning activities and events that were completed with staff and students.

Based on their amazing video submission, St. David school placed third overall in Canada, and first overall in Ontario. For their work and creativity the school was awarded a prize pack estimated at $10,000 which was personally delivered earlier this month by MindShare Learning’s Founder and President, Robert Martellacci.

Prizes included…

  • Online Platform Access to Nelson Edwin
  • Collaboration Station from Dell Technologies (includes Dell Latitude 5420 Notebook, Alienware Keyboard, Mouse, and Mouse Pad)
  • Gaming Backpack for Teachers (includes Yeti Mugs, Wireless Keyboard, Wireless Mouse, EDU Headset, and HD Webcam)
  • Smith Systems Steelcase Furniture (2 Soft Rockers, 2 Oodle Stool)
  • And More!

Robert Martellacci, Founder and President of MindShare Learning came in person to congratulate students and deliver the prizes. “What I was so impressed with is the passion that the teachers had in supporting students and creating a community. St. David stood out to me for the enthusiasm shown by both students and teachers to create an environment that is dedicated to enhancing modern learning. We had a judges panel that viewed all video submissions. The imagination and creative thinking that engaged kids at St. David exceeded the expectations we had. The leadership here is something to be shared nationally and the inspiration of our contest is really about getting beyond pockets of innovation and sharing best practices and successes that inspire others across the country on how to be better and how to help kids learn better. That is why we selected St. David’s as third overall Canada and number one in Ontario.” Says Mr. Martellacci

The school community would like to thank Christina Raso (our temporary grade ½ teacher and the Board’s Experiential Lead Consultant) for supporting the school in promoting experiential learning. Experiential learning opportunities are directly connected to our student’s engagement. When students are engaged, they are happy and excited to learn,” stated Dawn Wemigwans, St. David School principal.

Pictured are students and staff a long with MindShare Learning President!

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