December 10, 2013
Bloorview School Authority teacher receives Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence
Toronto, ON (December 10, 2013) — In a release on November 20, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the recipients of this year’s Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence including Renee Hiltz, teacher at Bloorview School Authority. The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers who, through the innovative use of information and communications technologies, help Canadian students meet the challenges of a 21st century society and digital economy. A special event celebrating Renee’s award will be held on Tuesday December 10th at Bloorview School Authority 150 Kilgour Road, Toronto at 2:40 pm.
Renee has been a dedicated teacher of special education students for 33 years. She currently teaches in the Complex Continuing Care classroom at Bloorview School Authority and works with students from ages four to 21, with fragile medical needs, acquired brain injuries and multiple exceptionalities. Hiltz closely collaborates with a team of two deaf/blind interveners, six educational assistants in her classroom and a wide range of medical professionals to plan for her students’ success.
Bloorview School Authority reported that Renee has a unique ability to take an activity for some of her students and adapt it to meet the needs of all in very ingenious ways. The Authority is thrilled that Renee has been recognized for her work because she takes great care to instill a love of learning in every one of her students while helping each to excel. Integrating a variety of information and communication technologies into learning is a priority for Renee. She has secured seven electronic tablets for her classroom and has piloted their use to enable her students to access the school curriculum. Renee also uses voice output devices to help students improve communication and choice-making skills.
Beyond academics, Renee's students participate in all school activities and are in charge of various fundraising endeavours like Project Love, Sleeping Children around the World, and selling daffodils for the Canadian Cancer Society. Each year, Renee also organizes an art sale in which her students' works of art, jewellery, crafts, and greeting cards are put up for sale. The proceeds of the sale go back to her class to fund future art supplies. As a recipient of this year’s Teaching Excellence award, Renee will receive a cash award which she would like to use to purchase more technology for her classroom.
Bloorview School Authority
Bloorview School Authority is an educational facility that provides innovative school programs to children and youth with special needs. Bloorview School Authority is located on the same site as Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, but is a separate corporate and legal entity. Each year hundreds of children and young people from across Ontario benefit from our individualized educational programs, which are set up in conjunction with ongoing therapeutic and medical care. Students may be clients, inpatients or day patients of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. More information can be found at www.bloorviewschool.ca.
Michael Walkington, Principal
Bloorview School Authority
416-424-3831 ext. 3860
Communications & Public Affairs,
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
416-425-6220 ext. 6409