It takes time, dedication and persistence to conduct research, but that didn’t stop four students from St.Mary’s Catholic school in Blind River from doing original research on students with special needs.

The students from the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board had the opportunity to present their research on special education for the Students As Researchers (StAR)   conference in Toronto. With the help of their teacher, they observed four students with special needs and distributed surveys to special education teachers to find out how they can be better supported within the school. St. Mary’s students were the only elementary team involved in this year’s StAR program.

“There are no words to explain how proud I am of these amazing students,” said Nadia   Zanatta, teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Blind River. “This was a brand new experience for all of us – including myself. The leadership demonstrated by these  students is outstanding – so many meaningful experiences and memories created.”

Students As Researchers (StAR) is a program that provides student-teacher teams (approximately four students and one teacher) from grades 7-12 with training to support a student-led ethical collaborative inquiry research project. This program helps to foster student engagement in research to enhance education and critical thinking.

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