26 2014

Samsung donates $800,000 to The Learning Partnership's Canada’s Outstanding Principals

February 26th 2014
The Learning Partnership’s Technology Innovation Partner, Samsung Canada, made a major announcement at our 10th annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals awards gala.

James Politeski, President, Samsung Canada announced to the 350 Canada’s Outstanding Principals gala attendees a substantial commitment to Canadian public education, pledging $1 million in Solve for Tomorrow school technology grants in 2014.
As a special surprise during this year’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals Awards Gala in February, Samsung, The Learning Partnership’s new official Technology Innovation Partner, surprised the award winners with the news that they would be the first beneficiaries of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow school technology grants. As the first grant recipients, each principal will receive a $20,000 technology grant for their school and work collaboratively with The Learning Partnership and Samsung to deliver invaluable data about the implementation and use of classroom technology to enhance teaching and learning. This important data collection will be used to create research insight reports that will benefit educators, parents, students and Ministries of Education for the future.
Samsung started the Solve for Tomorrow education program in 2010 in North America to raise awareness and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects and demonstrates how they can positively impact our local communities. Through Solve for Tomorrow, Samsung also hopes to offer 21st century learning opportunities and help reduce the technology gap in classrooms.
“We look forward to working together with our partners, The Learning Partnership and the outstanding principals in each province and territory, to bring true innovation and technology solutions to the classroom to benefit our students, our communities and our economy,” said James. In addition to the Canada’s Outstanding Principals program, Samsung Canada will support many of The Learning Partnership’s key initiatives, including programs for students and educators.

Canada’s Outstanding Principals recognizes the unique and outstanding contributions of principals in publicly funded schools. It honours principals from every province and territory in Canada who exemplify excellence in public education. In addition to receiving the award, recipients also attend The Learning Partnership’s five-day executive leadership training program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management where they network, share best practices and learn about business and management theory and strategies.

"The Learning Partnership recognition has been an incredibly positive influence on the reputation of the school and the work we do here," said Leslie Lee, Outstanding Principal from Victoria, BC. "It has also helped with the staff morale and acknowledges the improvements in learning we have been working on the last couple of years. Thank you for the recognition and the “once in a lifetime” experience in Toronto connecting with business, government and other educational leaders throughout Canada."

View photos taken during the Canada’s Outstanding Principals’ gala dinner.
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