Please check out our recent activities at President Bulletin Fall 2017.
Version français: Bulletin Pres FR janvier2018
Prime Minister of Canada
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Minister of Health
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Council of Ministers of Education
Joint Consortium for School Health
With the introduction of Bill C – 45 – An Act Respecting Cannabis and to Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts – school boards across Canada have been concerned with the potential impact this legislation may have on students in their respective jurisdictions.
As this Legislation has moved forward, the work of the Task Force on Cannabis Legislation and Regulation has been of particular interest to School Boards who have paid attention to and participated in the work of the Task Force. In their final report, the Task Force made several recommendations about how education was to be used as a means to help Canadians understand the potential health risks. It is now essential to ensure that education partners are included to inform this work.
Through these discussions, School Board Associations have also identified those areas that are essential for Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments to consider in the implementation of the Legalization of Cannabis. As a result, the enclosed CSBA Cannabis Declaration has been adopted by these Associations representing Canadian School Boards on behalf of the students and communities we serve.
Floyd Martens, President, CSBA
Chair, School Health and Wellness Committee, CSBA
In 2015, CSBA conducted preliminary research regarding education structure for public boards of education across Canada.
We have recently revised the report in order to better represent current CSBA membership, as well as some other data regarding trustee elections.
The report can be found here: Cross Country Portrait – V 2017
The “go-to bible” Copyright Matters! for educators on copyright issues in the classroom was a collaborative effort of CMEC and the Canadian School Boards Association. The fourth edition was punished in 2016. You can find the french version as well here: Le droit d’auteur ça compte!
The best resource for Copyright information can be found here: http://www.copyrightdecisiontool.ca/
Recently, publishing companies have been pushing against removing Fair Dealing in the upcoming review of the Copyright Act 2017. We at CSBA believe that it is crucial that the federal government do not re-open or amend the fair dealing provision as part of this review process.
Additional documentation regarding our advocacy efforts for Fair Dealing:
CSBA President Floyd Martens will be speaking at the IoT Big Data Education Summit taking place October 17-18.
This is a one-of-a-kind conference focused on challenges our education system is facing today and the opportunities and challenges of applying new technologies in education. Hear from senior educators from School Boards & Universities across Canada as well as leading technology companies.
Download the conference brochure for full speaker overview and the agenda.
Note: Early birds are available till Sept. 8 and educators have a special price.
Bio: Gail has been Executive Director of OPSBA for 17 years. She served as Associate Executive Director and Executive Director of the Association of Large School Boards of Ontario. She played a pivotal role in establishing organizational culture and values, leading the human resources, operations and legal dimensions that contribute to OPSBA’s success. Gail has a BA and a certificate in Personnel and Industrial Relations, a MA in Educational Administration and completed the course requirements as a doctoral candidate from the University of Toronto. She was a founding member of the Cdn. Association for Practical Study of Legal Issues in Education (CAPSLE), member of the Ontario Association of School Business Officials, President of Ontario Education Services Council and helped create the Canadian Centre for Quality Education and Opportunity. Gail took a lead role in the restructuring of the Canadian School Boards Association, helping to revitalize its role as the voice of public education in Canada and creating a collaborative approach in delivering on key priorities and presenting a dynamic communication strategy.
Short Film: https://youtu.be/vwbbok-v3DQ
Bio: Brian was appointed Executive Director / CEO of the Newfoundland and Labrador School Boards Association in September 2004. Since 1969, he has served as a junior and senior high school teacher, high school principal, School District Superintendent and Director of Education for the Avalon East School Board. He was President of the Newfoundland Teachers’ Association, President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and chaired the Canadian Teachers International Development Assistance Program for two years. He has also been a Director of the Canadian Education Association and was an active participant in the Canadian Association of School Administrators. Some of the awards that have recognized Brian’s accomplishments and contributions to education include; the Newfoundland & Labrador School Boards Association Education Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Special Recognition Award for Meritorious Service, and most recently, Life Honorary Membership in the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association. Brian has an extensive background in school district leadership, educational change and organizational development. He is also a member with Education Research & Development Corp. (ERDI), an educational organization enabling forums between Corporate Partner companies delivering programs, services and products to the learners and staff in the schools of Canada. Brian is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Ottawa University. He has been married to Claudia (who he insists is definitely his “Better Half”) for 46 years, and they are the proud parents of 3 and grandparents of 7 grandchildren.
We are proud and excited to kickoff the NTGAE and CSBA Congress on July 5th in Whistler hosted by BCSTA! We recommend that all trustees read the Pocket Guide detailing this year’s schedule, or visit csba2017.ca.
We would also encourage trustees to read our 2016-2017 Annual Report. We have been working hard as an organization to continue the work highlighted in our 2016-2019 Strategic Plan. This includes advocacy and research on our key priorities – Student Health and Wellness, Indigenous Education, and Governance – and growing our capacity to provide resources for more boards across the Country. Take a look!
Mohamed Fahmy spent 438 days in an Egyptian prison—unjustly jailed for conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood, and for fabricating news for Al Jazeera during his tenure as bureau chief for the Qatari network in Egypt. He was released in 2015 following international outcry. While in prison, he conducted interviews behind bars with members of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and others, gaining rare insights into modern terrorism. Onstage, he talks about Middle East politics, ISIS, free speech, and the ongoing struggle for universal human rights.
He completed a riveting book titled The Marriott Cell based on his Kafkaesque trial, which is set for release on November 15th. The book contains exclusive interviews he conducted behind bars with political prisoners and extremists that provides the reader with rare insights on the terrorism dominating our headlines. It is currently being be developed into a feature film by The Development Partnership in the United Kingdom.
During your stay in Whistler, you’ll have access to a full range of activities. Add extra nights to your stay and turn your business trip into a vacation!. Hiking,
PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola experiences, biking, lakes, beaches parks, floatplane tours, helicopter excursions, golfing, Whistler’s acclaimed bike park, white water rafting, horseback riding and so more are at your door step!
With unprecedented registration numbers for the 2017 National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education growing each day, we encourage you to register ASAP to guarantee access to 2017’s conference in July.
CSBA Committee on Student Health and Wellness is committed to working in partnership with government, non-government, and community partners to advocate for active healthy lifestyles. Benefits to creating healthy learning environments include: greater overall achievement, well-rounded students, decreased discipline problems and improved attendance, improved lifelong health, reduced disparities. We are committed to demonstrating leadership and providing a national voice in responding to the health and wellness challenges of students across Canada.
After collaborating with several national partners, the CSBA is proud to adopt a Charter of Commitment to Student Health and Wellness. It provides a clear mission, terms of reference and a framework for our work. Find the full charter in the link below.
News, being what it is, tends to focus on the sensational, scandalous, or shocking. And so it is not a surprise for our colleagues across the country or in the U.S. for that matter, that the role of public school boards is often criticized.
While this negative focus seems to be on very few Canadian School Boards, CSBA has garnishing much attention for the good work which goes on at most board tables across the country. In order to greater provide a national perspective, CSBA will be conducting a nationwide poll to develop a national trustee profile to show who and why Trustees/Commissioners do what they do. It will also provide information on the public cost for this governing body, which is a minuscule percentage of education budgets. We are collaborating on strategies with several partners to further educate the public on the considerable research showing the benefits of publicly elected governors in education. Even though efforts by provincial governments attempt to lessen the role of and splinter school boards, CSBA has recently passed policy providing for more representation at our table and a stronger, more national membership. Finally, good policy means boards regularly self-evaluate for performance and effectiveness. If you continue to put students at the centre of every decision you make you will be demonstrating the strength of democracy and public schools
CSBA Members meet quarterly to discuss shared issues of national importance. We continue to work on our priority areas: Student Health and Wellness, FNMI Education and providing support for school boards across the country. In addition, we are actively working on strategies to show the importance of the role that well-governed school boards play and their positive impact on their communities.
ROLE OF SCHOOL BOARDS – The Saskatchewan government recently published a review of school board structure in which they considered the abolishment of elected boards. The public outcry however, was clearly in favour of keeping democratically elected school boards. Nationally, the role of school boards however has seen some erosion that diminishes their authority to govern. For more information, see our website for a Cross Country Snapshot: Worth looking into: Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia.
FIRST NATIONS, MÉTIS AND INUIT EDUCATION – Advocacy activities have included communications and meetings with the offices of INAC, provincial Premiers and the Prime Minister to call for appropriate funding for FNMI education as well as clarity on plans that will affect education following the Daniels vs. Canada case. Furthermore, we are working with and have offered our full support to the AFN and their initiatives in education. We have been following up on valuable resources provided by partners at the NCTR Round Table in January and have posted them on the CSBA website (including treaty maps, teacher resources and information to support recognition of treaty and traditional territories). Since January, we have completed work on a cross country portrait, also on our website, showing school board structure with FNMI representation, board progress with regards to the TRC Calls to Action and some promising practices today. Going forward, the committee will continue to monitor the framework that the federal ministries, INAC and FCSD are putting together on Childcare; gather information on voluntary self-identification of staff, trustees and students; examine existing agreements between First Nations communities and boards and look into permanency policy for Indigenous teachers.
STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS – After collaborating with several national partners, the CSBA has adopted a Charter of Commitment to Student Health and Wellness. It provides a clear mission, terms of reference and a framework for our work. The Charter is available on our website. Following some collaborative work with the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium on School Health (JCSH) which represents the ministries of both Health and Education in all Canadian jurisdictions, we have added three outstanding tools to our Health and Wellness Resources, all of which are free and bilingual: Positive Mental Health Tool Kit, Youth Engagement Tool Kit, Healthy School Planner. As there is already significant work being done in individual jurisdictions on substance abuse, the SHWC committee will be doing a policy framework survey before providing recommendations for school boards on the Legalization of Cannabis. Our collaboration with Respect in Schools is being developed with a view to providing a ministry supported, national on-line training baseline on abuse, harassment and bullying for all adults who work with youth. The two recent issues of Facts on Education, published in collaboration with CEA address two health and wellness issues, providing research on The Most Effective to Ways to Support Student Mental Wellness and The Best Way to Successfully Integrate Recent Immigrants into Canadian Classrooms (see www.cdnsba.org). We are also working on a National School Health Checklist to help boards identify strengths and weaknesses in their schools.
COPYRIGHT – We continue to monitor the 2017 Federal review of copyright regulations and the impact changes could have on schools and students. CSBA is ready to defend “fair dealing” on a national scale, assisting at the CMEC coalition, with several other concerned partners.
PROVINCIAL ISSUES WITH POTENTIAL NATIONAL IMPACT :
British Columbia: Supreme court ruling (http://www.bcsta.org/TheLeader/index.php/2017/01/30/bc-
A Saskatchewan judgement requiring children to produce a baptismal certificate to attend Catholic schools (GSSD v. CTTS) has gone to appeal.
Federal: Taxation on Employee Health Benefits (https://www.mercer.ca/en/our-thinking/mercer-response-to-benefits-taxation.html
OTHER ACTIVITIES – Prime Minister’s Awards in Teaching Excellence
CSBA sits on the Advisory Board and several members are part of the selection committee for these prestigious awards for Teaching Excellence. The recipients were named and Prime Minister Trudeau distributed the awards this past month. The high quality of applicants makes it a very difficult process. If one of the teachers is from your district, you can be very proud. Our congratulations go out to:
Jim Crescenzo, Vancouver. B.C.
Johanna Gordon-Walker, Bella Bella, B.C.
Robert Hammer, Musquodoboit, N.S.
Erica Thompson, Fort McPherson, NWT
Beth Alexander, Toronto, Ontario
Don Ball, Mississauga, Ontario
Kathy Cepo, St. Thomas, Ontario
Thomas Doherty, Balmertown, Ontario
Rahim Essabhai, Toronto, Ontario
Manon, St-Hilaire, St-Jerome, Quebec
Andrea Regier, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
CSBA ANNUAL CONGRESS 2017
Whistler, BC, JULY 5-8 – The congress hotel block at the Fairmont is full, but 2 additional, adjacent hotels are still available. Please register now. Confirmed speakers include Charlene Bearhead, former Education Lead of the NCTR, Mohamed Fahmy, Canadian journalist formally imprisoned in Egypt and Yong Zhao, international speaker on innovation in education. The congress ends with a mountain top dinner that is separate from your registration, so please reserve if you are planning to attend. www.csba2017.ca
COMING CSBA BOD MEETINGS:
CSBA Annual Congress, July 5-8, 2017, Whistler B.C.;
Oct. 15-16, 2017, Wendake, Quebec