Winning projects 2016-2017

Provincial Reading Recognition Awards

La forêt des mal-aimés
École du Coteau
Commission scolaire des Affluents
Principal: Éric Cool
Project coordinators: Christophe Surget, Martine Bernier, Nadine Arsenault, Camelia Draghici, Claude Dionne and Danielle Trépanier with the collaboration of Mélanie Deveault from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

In the forest of the rejected, stroll through themes close to the hearts of adolescents. Each of the three-dimensional trees presents a fable and its moral, creating a place where art and literature come together. Teens from various backgrounds worked diligently to offer the public a rare walk through their world, inspired by a work of art.

Mental Health
Centennial Regional High School
Riverside School Board
Principal: Sherry Tite
Project coordinators: Amber Coones and Patricia Morrissette

Secondary III is a turbulent time for students. There is often an increase in the number of cases of depression and anxiety during that year. Faced with this reality, teachers at Centennial Regional High School took the initiative to address this sensitive subject as part of a literary exploration with Secondary III and IV students. The students were made aware of the realities of mental illness through a variety of reading activities. Through this project, the students improved their literacy skills and became better informed about and equipped to deal with mental illness.

Notre tour du monde
École Christ-Roi
Commission scolaire des Sommets
Principal: Ludovick Saint-Laurent
Project coordinator: Chantal Ferland

A literary collection allows students to develop a taste for literature and acquire knowledge in a variety of domains. With this idea in mind, an Elementary 1 teacher at École Christ-Roi introduced her students to literary collections. A variety of texts allowed the class to take a trip around the world. Many activities resulted from this two-month trip. Discovering the world through books has encouraged the love of reading and helped students acquire knowledge essential to their educational success.

Trouver sa place dans un Québec littéraire et francophone
École Iona
Commission scolaire de Montréal
Principal: Claudine Baril
Project coordinator: Véronique D’Anjou

Faced with her students’ difficulties, a teacher at École Iona decided to delve into youth literature with them. To help them develop a taste for reading, she developed the “Trouver sa place dans un Québec littéraire et francophone” project, which introduced her students to a new series of authors every six weeks, enabling the students to immerse themselves in the universes and styles of these inspiring writers. Through this initiative, the students developed the love of reading and discovered some unexpected literary talents of their own.

Réseau littéraire interdisciplinaire sur la guerre 
Écoles La Mennais and Saint-Paul-de-la-Croix
Commission scolaire de Montréal
Principals: Line Bellerose and Jocelyne Pronovost
Project coordinators: Lucie Béchard and Benita Kanozayire

Deeply touched by the many victims of the crisis in Syria, teachers at École La Mennais and École Saint-Paul-de-la-Croix decided to talk about the subject with their students, the adults of tomorrow. They created three literary collections of storybooks dealing with war. Thanks to this project, the students were able to develop their literacy skills. The project had an even bigger impact on the life of the school: students showed more empathy, less discriminatory behaviour and greater awareness of prejudice.

Pedagogical prize

De la classe à la bibliothèque
École des Saints-Anges
Commission scolaire Marie-Victorin
Principal: Marjorie Noël
Project coordinators: Marie-Claude Préseault, Amélie Pellerin, France Le Petitcorps, Julie-Stéphanie Hermann, Marjorie Noël, Pascale Sandaire, Audrey Therrien, Anik Brochu and Marc-André Petit

What should 21st century school libraries look like? What should be their mission? At École des Saints-Anges, a working committee was formed to answer these questions. The implementation of their action plan transformed the book storage area into a genuine window onto culture. This project demonstrates how a school library can be an extension of the classroom and become a place for culture, research, learning and sharing. 

Association québécoise des utilisateurs d’outils technologiques à des fins pédagogiques et sociales (AQUOPS) Prize

Book Tube Écolier – L’outil pour tout savoir des livres
École des Vieux-Moulins
Commission scolaire de Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup
Principal: Édith Michaud
Project coordinators: Marie-Josée Proulx-St-Pierre et Anik Guérette

In order to share their passion for reading with other young people, the students in Elementary 5 and 6 at École des Vieux-Moulins learned the basics of literary criticism and created a YouTube channel. On Book Tube Écolier Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre., the student stars present literary works that inspired them, a wonderful initiative that promotes reading.

Association pour la promotion des services documentaires scolaires (APSDS) Prize

De la classe à la bibliothèque
École des Saints-Anges
Commission scolaire Marie-Victorin
Principal: Marjorie Noël
Project coordinators: Marie-Claude Préseault, Amélie Pellerin, France Le Petitcorps, Julie-Stéphanie Hermann, Marjorie Noël, Pascale Sandaire, Audrey Therrien, Anik Brochu and Marc-André Petit

What should 21st century school libraries look like? What should be their mission? At École des Saints-Anges, a working committee was formed to answer these questions. The implementation of their action plan transformed the book storage area into a genuine window onto culture. This project demonstrates how a school library can be an extension of the classroom and become a place for culture, research, learning and sharing.

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) Prize

Tintin, un univers qui s’ouvre sur bien d’autres
École C.-E.-Pouliot
Commission scolaire des Chic-Chocs
Principal: Jérôme Béland
Project coordinators: Annie Dugas and Stéphanie Noël

Using comic books rather than novels makes it much easier to spark the love of reading in students who have difficulties with reading. A teacher from École C-E.-Pouliet and the librarian for the Commission scolaire des Chic-Chocs used that knowledge to create an all-in-one literary kit that uses comic books alongside non-fiction works. In the world of comics, the Tintin series is one of the best. It is well-researched and deals with a number of themes covered by the Social Sciences and Ethics and Religious Culture programs of the Québec Education Program. This is why the literary kit was built around Tintin, as a guide to a whole world of possibilities.

Illustration Québec (IQ) Prize

Réseau littéraire interdisciplinaire sur la guerre 
Écoles La Mennais and Saint-Paul-de-la-Croix
Commission scolaire de Montréal
Principals: Line Bellerose and Jocelyne Pronovost
Project coordinators: Lucie Béchard and Benita Kanozayire

Deeply touched by the many victims of the crisis in Syria, teachers at École La Mennais and École Saint-Paul-de-la-Croix decided to talk about the subject with their students, the adults of tomorrow. They created three literary collections of storybooks dealing with war. Thanks to this project, the students were able to develop their literacy skills. The project had an even bigger impact on the life of the school: students showed more empathy, less discriminatory behaviour and greater awareness of prejudice.

Association québécoise des enseignantes et des enseignants du primaire (AQEP) Prize

Notre tour du monde
École Christ-Roi
Commission scolaire des Sommets
Principal: Ludovick Saint-Laurent
Project coordinator: Chantal Ferland

A literary collection allows students to develop a taste for literature and acquire knowledge in a variety of domains. With this idea in mind, an Elementary 1 teacher at École Christ-Roi introduced her students to literary collections. A variety of texts allowed the class to take a trip around the world. Many activities resulted from this two-month trip. Discovering the world through books has encouraged the love of reading and helped students acquire knowledge essential to their educational success.

Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ) Prize

Prête-moi ta plume
École primaire d’éducation internationale
Commission scolaire du Chemin-du-Roy
Principal: Stéphane Ayotte
Project coordinators: Josée Brochu, Florence Cornibert, Maryse Gélinas, Julie Pellerin and Isabelle Trahan

Elementary 1 is a crucial step in learning to read and plays an important role in cultivating a love of reading. To help beginning readers discover their passion, the École primaire d’éducation internationale invited Elementary 1 students to put pen to paper. They were given the chance to be authors. Based on their interests, students wrote either a non-fiction text or a children’s storybook. The effort the students put in is reflected in their proud smiles.

Communication jeunesse (CJ) Prize

La littérature jeunesse au cœur de nos apprentissages
École au Pied-de-la-Montagne, pavillon Jean-Jacques-Olier
Commission scolaire de Montréal
Principal: Nathalie Brunet
Project coordinator: Isabelle Lemaire

An Elementary 3 and 4 teacher at École au Pied-de-la-Montagne challenged herself to put youth literature at the heart of her teaching. To make literature come alive in her classroom, she had to take several steps: rearranging the physical environment, developing projects to promote learning in all subjects, helping discover authors and illustrators, visiting exhibitions and the Salon du livre de Montréal and doing so much more. All of this was made possible by the teacher’s passion for youth literature and her desire to keep learning even more about it by attending training sessions. 

Association québécoise des enseignants de français langue seconde (AQEFLS) Prize

Trouver sa place dans un Québec littéraire et francophone
École Iona
Commission scolaire de Montréal
Principal: Claudine Baril
Project coordinator: Véronique D’Anjou

Faced with her students’ difficulties, a teacher at École Iona decided to delve into youth literature with them. To help them develop a taste for reading, she developed the “Trouver sa place dans un Québec littéraire et francophone” project, which introduced her students to a new series of authors every six weeks, enabling the students to immerse themselves in the universes and styles of these inspiring writers. Through this initiative, the students developed the love of reading and discovered some unexpected literary talents of their own.

Association des bibliothécaires du Québec ‒ Québec Library Association Award (ABQLA)

Sacs d’histoires
Services éducatifs jeunes
Commission scolaire de Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup
Principal: Sonia Julien
Project coordinator: Marie-Josée Proulx-St-Pierre

The exposure to reading that children experience between the ages of 0 and 5 is a key factor in their educational success. The community organization Communauté ouverte et solidaire pour un monde outillé, scolarisé et en santé (COSMOSS) wanted to introduce very young children to books. They enlisted the help of older brothers and sisters who are attending Elementary Cycle One. Story sacks designed for young children were integrated into the literary kits available to teachers throughout the school board.

This project was launched in February 2017, and by the end of the year, more than 200 students will have benefitted from this project, not including their younger brothers and sisters who will have had the pleasure of discovering stories with them.

Association of Teachers of English of Quebec (ATEQ) Prize

Mental Health
Centennial Regional High School
Riverside School Board
Principal: Sherry Tite
Project coordinators: Amber Coones and Patricia Morrissette

Secondary III is a turbulent time for students. There is often an increase in the number of cases of depression and anxiety during that year. Faced with this reality, teachers at Centennial Regional High School took the initiative to address this sensitive subject as part of a literary exploration with Secondary III and IV students. The students were made aware of the realities of mental illness through a variety of reading activities. Through this project, the students improved their literacy skills and became better informed about and equipped to deal with mental illness.

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