This tragic part of our Canadian history deserves our full attention. This ADVOCACY PAPER, created by the Aboriginal Education Council and adopted by OPSBA unanimously at their recent AGM, is in the process of being adapted for national use. In the words of Paul Martin, “If we do not step forward, then we step back, if we do not protect a right, then we deny it.” It is time to step forward to ensure a bright future for all our young people.
CSBA 2015 is hours away and the stage is set! Information on CSBA Annual Congress as well as the National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education is available at www.csba2015.ca. Welcome to warm and wonderful Saskatoon!
Following elections held during the Canadian School Boards Association Annual General Meeting on July 3, 2014, we are pleased to announce that Janet Foord, President of Saskatchewan School Boards Association was elected as President and Floyd Martens, President of Manitoba School Boards Association was elected Vice President.
Ms. Foord began her term and hit the ground running, attending a meeting with the Council of Ministers of Education in Prince Edward Island, July 9-10, just days later. To learn more about her and her vision for the association, please see the “President’s Message” under About Us.
Michael McEvoy, the outgoing President of 2013-2014, passed the gavel to Ms Foord officially on July 5. He subsequently received a Life Membership to the CSBA as a Past President. The association’s Board of Directors was unanimous in their gratitude and appreciation for his leadership and commitment over the past year.
There is an old Jewish proverb that says “Who is wise? He who learns from other people”. The CSBA congress is an opportunity. Our hosts at OPSBA have brought together some brilliant leaders from all over the world to share their experiences with you. In addition, each delegate attending has something to share with you that could change your perspective or show you a way through a problem. We hope you will join us in Niagara Falls July 3-5, 2014 for an outstanding program of professional development and some great networking. Check program info for more everything you need to know.
Aboriginal children under age 14 make up 7% of all children in Canada. The Aboriginal population is the fastest growing demographic in this country and eighty percent of Aboriginal children attend off-reserve provincial schools. In terms of school success, there are significant gaps in learning outcomes and graduation rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. How can we create conditions to better support Aboriginal students and their success in our public schools…?
C21 Canada seeks to support the accelerated and effective integration of 21st century skills and competencies, teaching practices and learning technologies into Canada’s education systems. CSBA was proud to submit several nominees for the C21 Shifting Minds National Award for distinctive achievement in the field of 21st Century learning and innovation. Three CSBA nominees won in their category:
Individual Leadership Award: Al Reyner, Principal at Sir John A. MacDonald High School in Boutiliers Point, Nova Scotia for inquiry and project based learning.
System Award Red River Valley School Division, Morris, MB for the use of technology in learning and teaching through the “One to the World” technology initiative.
School Team Award: Sisler High School in Winnipeg, for true innovation in education technology.
The Canadian School Boards Association congratulates the above winners on their efforts to integrate technology and the wqst century skills and competencies into their student’s lives.
The leadership booked for the National Aboriginal Trustees Gathering are respected experts in the field and leave no doubt the program will provide excellent opportunities for all who can attend. For more information, got to NATG2014.
Educators and students should be provided with assessment tools to identify issues and gaps for individual students.
Release date: 10 February 2014
Standardized testing is a contentious issue in Canada, and internationally. There is a large body of literature about these large-scale standardized tests with no consensus on their effectiveness. According to the Canadian Education Association’s latest Facts on Education fact sheet, while there is some support for standardized testing, overwhelmingly, research suggests that it does not lead to improved educational outcomes for students.
To access What is the Value of Standardized Testing, go to Facts On Education – Standardized Testing And for other hot button issues such as, Under what conditions does technology impact learning? Do good grades in high school guarantee post-secondary success? How useful is homework? and Do smaller classes improve learning?, please visit: www.cea-ace.ca/facts-on-education
About The Facts on Education
With a generous sponsorship from the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA), CEA has teamed up with researchers from the University of Prince Edward Island’s Faculty of Education to conduct the research and produce the content. Four more facts sheets focusing on what the research says about the correlation of high school grades and post-secondary success, the impact of technology on classrooms, effective approaches to improving students’ mental well-being, creating conditions for Aboriginal student success in our public schools, and defining what standardized testing is actually measuring, will be distributed throughout the 2013-2014 academic year.
Max Cooke, Director of Communications
Canadian Education Assocation