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Phyllis Arnold Professional Development Awards



Listing of past recipients of Phyllis Arnold Professional Development Awards.

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The Phyllis Arnold Professional Development Awards are an annual subsidy that will help Canadian teachers to participate in conferences or professional development courses in geography or social studies.

Phyllis Arnold received the 2001 Geographic Literacy Award from Can Geo Education, and used her award, along with a personal donation, to create the Phyllis Arnold Endowment Fund. Teachers across Canada can apply for a Phyllis Arnold Professional Development Award to facilitate their work in the classroom, school, district, and community. Applications are accepted yearly in the spring from any current teacher in an accredited K-12 school within Canada.

Amounts and Deadlines
Each year, Can Geo Education grants up to two awards ($300 in personal subsidies) to assist in the participation of geographic or social studies professional development in the current calendar year.

Applications must be received by close of business (5:00 pm EST) on Friday July 3, 2020. Awards will be announced by July 15, 2020.

Application Guidelines and How to Apply
Applications must be sent to Can Geo Education, briefly explaining the professional development opportunity. In order to be eligible for an Arnold award each applicant must be a member of Can Geo Education . Applications will be given favourable consideration if they can demonstrate the willingness to replicate learning in the classroom situation.

Every application must be filled in completely and must be sent to:

Canadian Geographic Education
50 Sussex Drive
Ottawa (Ontario) K1M 2K1
NOTE : Applications may also be faxed to (613) 744-0947 or emailed to

Selection Process
Each application will be reviewed by Canadian Geographic Education against the requirements outlined in these guidelines and for clarity. Can Geo Education will assess applications that meet initial requirements and make recommendations for funding subsidies.

Acceptance of an Arnold Professional Development Award requires the applicant to pursue geographic professional development during the application year. Recipients are later required to submit a very brief summative report (no more than 200 words) detailing the professional development attended and how they intend to implement the strategies they will learn into the classroom.

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