How to participate in the
2012-2013 Recognition Awards
At the regional level
The regional offices of the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) award prizes to projects with potentially enduring impact and one or more of the following objectives:
- to encourage schools to promote books, in print and digital form, and to promote reading directly to young people
- to help young people—especially reluctant readers—discover the pleasure of reading and understand the impact reading can have on their success in school and their everyday lives
- to encourage the school community to implement effective means that promote reading-based learning
- to encourage colleagues in the same educational institution or across the entire school system to work together to promote reading
- to build a bridge with parents and the community to share this important mission of developing a love of reading in children
Who can take part?
- School boards, public and private elementary and secondary schools, vocational training centres and adult general education centres providing educational services to young people aged 16 to 18
- Groups of students attending the institutions mentioned above and the staff of those institutions
The project coordinator must:
- prepare a brief description of the project (audio, video or written)
- submit the description to the administration of his or her educational institution
When you submit a project, you must ensure that the student who will be participating in the project or, in the case of a minor, one of the holders of parental authority for that student, has been informed that you are doing so and has given his or her consent. You must also ensure that he or she has consulted the Recognition Awards pages in the Action Plan on Reading in School section of the MELS Web site, and is fully aware of what this event entails.
In addition, if the project involves gathering personal information, particularly in the form of images (video footage, photographs, etc.), you must obtain the permission of the students involved or, in the case of a minor, the permission of one of the holders of parental authority for that student.
The administration of the educational institution must:
- accept the project submitted for the 2012-2013 Recognition Awards
- complete and sign the project submission form
- have in his or her possession the documents mentioned in Step 1
- send the project submission form and the description of the project to the institution’s regional office of MELS before the specified deadline. Projects submitted by English schools, whether written in French or English, must also be sent to the institution’s regional office. See the list available at Directions régionales pour le secteur anglophone.
Central Quebec School Board
Capitale-Nationale et de la Chaudière-Appalaches (03)
1020, route de l'Église,
Québec (Québec) G1V 3V9
Telephone: 418 643-7934, poste 3300
Fax: 418 643-0972
Deadline : February 22, 2013
Eastern Shores School Board
Bas-Saint-Laurent et Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine (01)
337 rue Moreault, bureau 2.04
Rimouski (Québec) G5L 0A5
Telephone: 418 727-3600, poste 4523
Fax: 418 727-3557
Deadline : March 15, 2013
Eastern Townships School Board
200, rue Belvédère Nord, bureau 3.05
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1H 4A9
Telephone: 819 820-3382, poste 4250
Fax: 819 820-3947
Deadline : March 22, 2013
English Montreal School Board
Lester B. Pearson School Board
600 rue Fullum, 10e étage Sherbrooke
Montréal (Québec) H2K 4L1
Telephone: 514 873-3315, poste 5302
Fax: 514 873-0620
Deadline : March 1, 2013
Littoral School Board
106, rue Napoléon, bureau 201
Sept-Îles (Québec) G4R 1P8
Telephone: 418 964-8420, poste 4570
Fax: 418 964-8420
Deadline : March 19, 2013
New Frontiers School Board
Riverside School Board
201, place Charles-Le Moyne, 6e étage
Longueuil (Québec) J4K 2T5
Telephone: 450 928-7438, poste 4211
Fax: 450 928-7451
Deadline : March 16, 2013
Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board
Laval, Laurentides et Lanaudière (06.1)
300, rue Sicard, bureau 200
Sainte-Thérèse (Québec) J7E 3X5
Telephone: 450 430-3611, poste 4231
Fax: 450 430-4005
Deadline : March 15, 2013
Western Quebec School Board
170, rue de l’Hôtel de ville, 4e étage
Gatineau (Québec) J8X 4C2
Telephone: 819 772-3382, poste 4584
Fax: 819 772-3955
Deadline : March 15, 2013
600, rue Fullum, 9e étage
Montréal (Québec) H2K 4L1
Telephone: 514 873-3339, poste 5513
Fax: 514 864-4181
Deadline : April 5, 2013
To be eligible for this year’s awards, projects must have been carried out between September 1, 2012, and the end of June 2013. Each MELS regional office will set its own deadline for submission.
Selection committees, each under the responsibility of a MELS regional office, will choose the prizewinners according to the procedures established by their regional office. The regional criteria are based on the criteria for the provincial Recognition Awards.
In order to know the deadline determined by each regional office you can follow the link to each regional office.
Each MELS regional office sets its own deadline for the submission of projects for the Recognition Awards at the regional level. However, all projects submitted must be forwarded to the provincial level by April 12, 2013. Provincial-level winners will be contacted on or shortly after April 22, 2013.
Awarding of prizes at the regional level
Each regional office will award prizes in accordance with the procedures set by the region if the number and quality of projects justifies it.
All projects that win a regional Recognition Award will be featured on the Web site of the Action Plan on Reading in School.
Contact person: Shannon Babcock
Project submission deadline:
For projects from English school, please consult the list of regional offices to find the one that corresponds to your school. Projects must be submitted according to the timetable set by your regional office.
Selection criteria: see the selection criteria at the provincial level
|$500||Long-term potential: for a project that fosters the development of lasting reading habits in various meaningful contexts and subjects|
|$500||Effective: for a project that helps young people develop the knowledge and strategies they need to read different types of texts effectively|
|$500||Innovative: for a project that explores the complementary nature of various media or of print and digital resources|
|$500||Collaborative: for a project that promotes communication and partnerships among the various resources both inside and outside the school|
|$500||Engaging: for a project that helps young people, especially reluctant readers, acquire momentum in their development of new reading habits—habits that grow over time|
|$500||Elementary school level: best elementary school project|
|$500||Secondary school level: best secondary school project|
All projects in English and French from English public schools must be submitted to the regional offices, which in turn will send them to the English sector selection committee by April 5, 2013. Projects from English private schools must be submitted directly to the selection committee by April 5, 2013.
At the provincial level
The Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) recognizes and applauds the excellent initiatives that focus on making dynamic and effective use of books and on reading as a way to learn. To ensure that schools across the province are made aware of the success of these projects, they are posted on the MELS Web site.
Submissions to the 2012-2013 Recognition Awards at the regional level are automatically eligible for the provincial prizes awarded by the partner organizations and associations. To be eligible for other provincial prizes, a project must be recommended by the selection committee of one of the regional offices of MELS.
Images, descriptions and video recordings of projects may be posted on the MELS Anthology of Good Ideas Web page to encourage reflection and the sharing of ideas on facilitating and teaching across the entire school system. A project’s description may include its name and the names of those responsible for it as well as the school’s contact information.
Selection criteria at the provincial level
The selection committees of MELS are responsible for evaluating the projects and choosing those that appeal to young people and that spark their interest in reading and develop their reading skills. Projects will be analysed in terms of their:
- long-term potential: projects that foster the development of lasting reading habits in various contexts and subjects
- effectiveness: projects that help young people develop the knowledge and strategies they need to read different types of texts effectively
- innovation: projects that explore the complementary nature of various media or of print and digital resources
- collaboration: projects that promote communication and partnerships among the various resources both inside and outside the school
- ability to engage students: projects that help young people, especially reluctant readers, acquire momentum in developing new reading habits that keep growing over time
Each MELS regional office must submit all projects received as well as the names of the finalists chosen by its selection committees to MELS by April 12, 2013. On or after April 22, 2013, the selection committee for the provincial prizewinners will communicate its decision to the regional coordinators and inform the coordinator of each selected project that it has been chosen as a provincial finalist.
Awarding of prizes
The project coordinator and participants who collaborated in the shortlisted projects will be invited to the official ceremony where the provincial prizewinners will be announced. This ceremony will be held at the Grande Bibliothèque (BAnQ) at 475, boulevard de Maisonneuve, in Montréal, on May 15, 2013.
The school is entirely responsible for communicating the appropriate information to those involved in a timely manner and for making travel and accommodation arrangements. Some of the costs incurred to attend the ceremony may be assumed by MELS upon presentation of the required documents, and in keeping with the agreement made with the coordinator.
This ceremony will give the representatives of the shortlisted projects an opportunity to meet and share their experiences. They will also have a chance to meet authors, illustrators and other members of the literary and education communities. Media representatives may also be present to cover the event.
In preparation for the awards ceremony, the coordinators of the shortlisted projects will receive $500 to produce a visual presentation of their project (video recordings, photographs, etc.) that will run no longer than three minutes. As presentations may be screened during the provincial awards ceremony and posted on the Action Plan on Reading in School Web site, you must obtain the consent of the participating students and permission to use their images during the ceremony, on the Web site and in any broadcasts that may occur. During the ceremony, participants may also be filmed or photographed. These video clips and photographs will be posted on the MELS Web site. In advance of this event, MELS will provide project coordinators with two consent forms to be signed by the participants or by one of the holders of parental authority for each student involved.
Prizes awarded by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport
- five grand prizes awarded by the provincial selection committees
- one grand prize in recognition of an exceptional pedagogical project
Prizes awarded by partner organizations or associations
- a special prize awarded by the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) for a project involving libraries
- a special prize awarded by the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ) for projects that promote Québec literature
- a special prize awarded by the Association québécoise des enseignantes et des enseignants du primaire (AQEP) for projects that promote reading in elementary school
- a special prize awarded by the Conseil pédagogique interdisciplinaire du Québec (CPIQ) for projects that promote reading in various subjects
- a special prize awarded by the Association québécoise des utilisateurs de l’ordinateur au primaire et au secondaire (AQUOPS) for projects presenting effective practices for reading in a digital context
- a special prize awarded by the Réseau québécois des écoles entrepreneuriales et environnementales (RQEEE) for entrepreneurial projects that promote learning to read. The selection criteria will be posted, in French, on the RQEEE Web site.
- a special prize awarded by the l’Association pour la promotion des services documentaires scolaires (APSDS) for projects integrating school library resources and services
On the day of the awards ceremony, delegation members will have the opportunity to take part in activities presented by professionals in the publishing industry. As a souvenir of the occasion, all delegations will receive at least one work signed by a participating author or illustrator as well as promotional items provided by various organizations associated with the world of books.
Each delegation will also receive a souvenir plaque or certificate and a selection of books. The value of the books will vary.
All projects that win provincial recognition awards will receive media coverage.