b'JUNE 2022Thank you REPORT CSBAThis was a record year for ASBA, including more value and more impact for our schooltoboard members. This is due to the great leadership of our Board of Directors and various Committees, as well as the commitment and hard work of ASBAs staff and the passion with Report to the Canadian School Boards Associationwhich our members do their work in support of all Albertas students. ASBA looks forward to another great year of advocacy and collaboration with our inter- provincial school board partners and our national partner, the Canadian School Boards Association.Local elections resources Declaration Act action planBCSTAs elections engagement committee releasedB.C.s government has established a five-year action plan a guide for trustee candidates in preparation for thefocused on advancing the United Nations Declaration on October elections. The guide, available in French andthe Rights of Indigenous Peoples. BCSTA is working with English, outlines how to run in the upcoming elections andthe Ministry of Education and Child Care and boards of promotes the important role locally elected trustees haveeducation to develop an engagement strategy that will in improving student outcomes. BCSTA hosts additionaloutline the implications for districts. Download the plan.resources on the role of trustees and boards on our website.Standardized testing data Indigenous course requirement surveyOn February 9, BCSTA wrote to the Ministryof Education and Child Care supporting a letter from theThe province launched a public engagement for the new First Nations Leadership Council regarding the importanceIndigenous-focused graduation requirement. BCSTA of the Foundation Skills Assessment data as a tool for provided a written response to the ministry regarding the equity in education. new graduation requirements from the perspective of boards of education. Every student in B.C. must complete a four-credit indigenous-focused course as part of their B.C. budget update graduation requirement. A report on what the government B.C.s provincial budget, released in February, continues toheard was released in June.fund enrollment growth in the K-12 sector but falls short of covering increased education costs for districts. View ourUnderstandingresponse. Public consultations on the next provincial budget took place in June, and BCSTA advocated to the Selectsigned with FNESCStanding Committee on Finance and Government ServicesBCSTA proudly signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of B.C.s boards of education regarding theirwith the First Nations Education Steering Committee at our needs for the upcoming school year. recent AGM. Ministry changes Events summary(from left to right): Vice-president Shali Baziuk, President Marilyn Dennis & CEO Dr. Vivian Abboud B.C.s Ministry of Education is now the Ministry of EducationBCSTA hosted its first in-person AGM since 2019 in and Child Care. Learn how this change will benefit students,Vancouver this past April. The event was a major success families and communities.and featured an entire day devoted to Indigenous learning, as well as a session prior to the opening keynote called Member resources Qushintul(Walking Alongside)/ Going Home. This BCSTA continues to provide learning materials for itsspecial session focused on honouring the children found members. We are updating our members-only Learningon residential school sites and provided attendees with Guide, with the first module (governance) ready foran opportunity to learn and heal with Indigenous Elders. download. We also continue to share and promote theRead our report of proceedings for more details. Our Marilyn Dennis Shali Baziuk Dr. Vivian Abboud business session also saw our membership support several ASBA President ASBA Vice-president ASBA CEO critical work of our Indigenous Education Committee.important resolutions and our advocacy work is underway bcsta.org29 30'