Professional Learning Services in New Brunswick: Completed

The following initiative ended in June 2023.

In an effort to expand our professional learning services and to provide on-the-ground engagement at the local and provincial levels, New Brunswick had an Elections Canada education coordinator during the 2022-2023 school year. This initiative was part of the pilot program for the new Grade 10 Civics curriculum in the Anglophone school districts across the province. In addition, this region was selected for a tailored approach to professional learning due to its unique linguistic and cultural communities. The New Brunswick Education Coordinator offered in-person or virtual professional learning activities to teachers across the province, whether or not they participated in the Civics 10 pilot.

Who could participate?

  • Secondary school teachers
  • Instructors, teacher-candidates, and student associations at faculties of education
  • School departments and teachers’ associations
  • Educators and consultants at school departments, districts or ministries of education

What types of activities were offered?

Each professional learning activity was tailored to classroom needs and presented in a variety of environments and approaches, including:

  • Professional learning events
  • Staff or department meetings
  • Co-teaching or classroom demonstrations
  • Faculty of education workshops
  • Student events

Our professional learning services featured Elections Canada’s learning resources. We also touched on the following topics: blended learning strategies, critical thinking, inquiry-based learning, global competencies, civic engagement, literacy skills and language learner needs, and misinformation and disinformation.

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Our New Brunswick Education Coordinator

Picture of Mark Perry

Mark Perry was the Education Coordinator for Elections Canada in New Brunswick. He delivered professional learning services in the province.

For the past 35 years, Mark has been involved in several facets of citizenship education. He has taught high school civics, history, Indigenous studies, world issues, political science and philosophy. He has also held social studies leadership positions, including Social Studies Learning Specialist at the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and First Nation Education and Social Studies Subject Coordinator in Anglophone South School District.

Mark enjoyed working closely with educators and learners to explore the concepts of democracy through the practical use of Elections Canada’s teacher-designed resources. These interactive, inquiry-based activities provide opportunities for authentic and experiential learning.