2 trustee and a centralized school board election website. Following the start of the new term of office, OPSBA’s Guide to Good Governance: 2018-2022 was released. OPSBA Advocacy Day OPSBA’s President, Executive Council members, the Indigenous Trustees’ Council Vice Chair, student trustee leaders and OPSBA senior staff participated in an Advocacy Day at the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen's Park on April 8, 2019. The day provided an opportunity for OPSBA representatives to build on collaborative relationships with provincial stakeholders – both MPPs and political staff. OPSBA’s advocacy was focused on a commitment to supporting and investing in public education. Mental Health and Well-Being OPSBA continues in its role as founding member of the Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health, which has positioned itself in an advisory capacity with various Ministries to support and model collaborative efforts to positively impact children and youth mental health. The Coalition added members this year to incorporate the voice and advocacy of students at the postsecondary level and is planning a Roundtable/Think Tank meeting during the 2019-20 school year to bring key education partners together to identify challenges and opportunities with the new Ontario health structures. The next Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health is scheduled for April 2021 in Toronto. French as a Second Language (FSL) OPSBA continues to lead the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities-funded Labour Market Partnership Project with all education partners, including the Ministry of Education, to determine recommendations to support increasing the supply pipeline with qualified and language proficient French language teachers. During the second year of a planned three-year timeline, the Project focused on the implementation of the action plans from the Phase 1 recommendations, as well as conducting research on education workers and their support of FSL programs. Indigenous Education OPSBA’s Indigenous Trustees’ Council (ITC) has engaged in a range of initiatives to support the education of Indigenous students, and to ensure all students are educated about the history and culture of Indigenous peoples. Council members have successfully worked on revisions to the mandatory curriculum to include treaty education, the history and legacy of residential schools, the Sixties Scoop, the High Arctic relocation, the Powley Decision, and the impact of the Indian Act. Members of the ITC provided input during the consultations leading up to the 2019-2020 provincial budget and the Grants for Student Needs. The ITC held productive face-to-face meetings in August 2018 and at the Public Education Symposium in January and Annual General Meeting in July. Education Funding In 2018-19, OPSBA staff submitted a brief during the Ministry of Education’s consultations regarding the development of the 2019-20 education funding grants and the Ontario Budget. OPSBA identified several areas of advocacy and concern that have been expressed to the Association through consultation with school boards and school authorities including student transportation, Special Education, supports for mental health, and facilities and capital-related costs. Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining OPSBA remains fully engaged in its role as the bargaining agent for all English public school boards in the province. Preparation for 2019 collective bargaining has been ongoing throughout 2018-2019, with contracts expiring on August 31, 2019. Work has included the development of a critical path, consultation on central items to be bargained, bargaining mandate, bargaining priorities and the development of bargaining positions and a brief. The OPSBA Board of Directors established collective bargaining and consultation models, designed to create mandates and local mechanisms to ensure all voices are heard. Conferences and Seminars The 2018 OPSBA Annual General Meeting, 2019 Public Education Symposium, 2019 Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium, and Regional Meetings held throughout Ontario offered new and returning trustees and school board staff dynamic opportunities for professional learning uniquely tailored to meet the needs of Ontario’s education leaders. Staff have also been planning the 2019 CSBA Congress and National Trustees Gathering on Indigenous Education, which OPSBA will host in Toronto in July 2019.