We Love Teachers and Want to Show It!

“A TEACHER IS A COMPASS THAT ACTIVATES THE MAGNETS OF CURIOSITY, KNOWLEDGE, AND WISDOM IN THE PUPILS.”

—EVER GARRISON, AUTHOR AND TEACHER

As school districts everywhere commemorate Teacher Appreciation Week, we have an opportunity to once again thank the people who have meant so much in our lives. But teachers deserve more than a week of recognition for the tireless work they do to shape our children into successful adults.

Our Canvas team wants to add our gratitude with what we are hope are two exciting and helpful edtech initiatives:

FREE TEMPLATES FOR TEACHERS

We know what a time-consuming job teaching is and don’t want to make teachers spend precious hours on instructional design. So we created new homepage templates which are free for all teachers whose districts use the Canvas learning management system. Course landing page templates allow teachers to customize the homepage of their Canvas courses, which can inspire students to engage more deeply with learning materials and allow teachers to focus on their teaching.

You can download the new homepage templates here. One is designed for grades K–5 and the other for grades 6–12. Teaching is not a “one-size-fits-all” endeavor, and these templates will provide flexibility. You can find out more about the templates in this press release.  

TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

The dedication of teachers inspire us to create tools to support them. Now Canvas is launching our inaugural Teacher of the Year Awards to recognize their work.

We will name three winners; one from elementary schools, another from middle schools, and the last from high schools. Each winner will receive a variety of prizes, including complimentary registration code to InstructureCon 2018.

Our judges will consider each nomination on the following criteria: 

-How does this teacher impact student engagement, curiosity, and/or achievement? 

-How does this teacher redefine traditional classroom activities to prepare students for college and careers?

-How does this teacher’s classroom experience improve achievement for at-risk populations?

To nominate a teacher and find additional information, complete this form by Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. We will notify winners by Friday, June 29, 2018. We cannot wait to hear about all of the great things happening thanks to these educators!

 

Keep learning,

Hilary Scharton
VP of K-12 Product Strategy, Instructure