Best wishes for a healthy and happy summer from the CSBA!
The Saskatchewan School Boards Association‘s Aboriginal Council is hosting a National Gathering of First Nations and Métis School Board Members in Saskatoon, from June 19th-21st.
The goal of this National Gathering is to share information regarding best practices for engaging First Nations and Métis people in strengthening achievement for First Nations and Métis students.
A sample of presentations include:
- Reflections on First Nations and Métis Achievement (Darren McKee)
- “Strengthening our Voice”-Engaging First Nations and Métis Parents and Community (Karon Shmon)
- Supporting Student Success (Michael Gatin)
The National Gathering will provide many opportunities to discuss and share strategies with colleagues across Canada, and will coincide with National Aboriginal Day on June 21st.
Registration information and a detailed agenda can be accessed through the Saskatchewan School Boards Association’s website.
Researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland have launched an ambitious Pan-Canadian research study in collaboration with the Canadian School Boards Association. The work of Dr. Gerald Galway, Dr. Bruce Sheppard, Dr. Jean Brown (Memorial University) and Dr. John Wiens (University of Manitoba) is aimed at furthering understanding of effective governance practices of school boards/districts across Canada with the goal of understanding its effects on student achievement.
To this end, this study will examine policy-making at the school board level. The relationship of school boards and government will be explored, as well as the factors that impact their respective policy-making decisions.
The researchers are requesting participation from trustees and commissioners across Canada through surveys as well as through focus groups taking place in various provinces. Information will be distributed through the provincial school board Associations.
For more information, please visit the Memorial University Research Project page and check back often for updates.
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, host of the 2011 CSBA Congress, has issued a call for proposals to school boards across Canada. The due date for submissions is February 15th-please see the CSBA 2011 presentation proposal form for details. CSBA Congress 2011 will take place July 7-10th in Ottawa.
Stay tuned for frequent Congress updates.
The Atlantic Conference, a professional development opportunity for trustees and administrators in the Atlantic region, will be hosted by the Nova Scotia School Boards Association from November 25th-27th in Halifax. This years’s theme is “Abacus to Internet: What Next?” and will explore various issues surrounding 21st century learning: specifically;
- effective instruction of 21st century skills in today’s classrooms to accommodate a changing workforce;
- how the public educational system is promoting student engagement;
- use of innovative technology in the classroom
- rural schools and 21st century learning
- perspectives and challenges in French language education
Social media strategist Kevin McCann, who, in his career, has lead award-winning communications campaigns, will kick off the conference with the keynote address.
CSBA wishes all Atlantic Conference attendees an informative and successful professional development session.
School trustees and commissioners create the conditions for student achievement by setting policy and providing strong leadership, in order to meet the needs of their student populations and local communities. In doing so, they uphold the values and culture of the communities that they represent, with a view towards school improvement, accountability and achievement for all students.
Look for upcoming blog posts, as well as reviews of current research and articles in the area of effective school board governance.
In addition, our provincial school board associations have governance resources posted on their websites, customized with information specific to each province.
Do you have comments and suggestions for your colleagues across Canada?
We welcome comments from trustees and commissioners across Canada on innovative Board practices and student achievement in your school boards/districts.
Send us your success stories…so we can learn from each other.