Everything you need to know about CSBA: what we have been doing on your behalf and where we are planning to go. (This document will be presented during the Annual CSBA Presentation at CSBA 2014 on Friday July 4 in Niagara Falls). Annual Report 2014
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.
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.
Already, the program for this year’s CSBA conference is looking amazing! The quality of speakers is reflective of this year’s theme, “Excellence, Reimagined”. Hosted this year by OPSBA, this event is a lifetime opportunity in a spectacular venue.
For more information on program, registration or transportation, go to the CSBA2014 website .
* Please note that the Sheraton on the Falls is already filling up so the Organizing Committee has arranged for additional hotel rooms at the same rate, with shuttle service, at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls Hotel. For help with accommodation please contact Ernesta Graham firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Only 5 % of Canadian school children are meeting the national physical activity standards. Dr. Mark Tremblay, an expert in Children’s Health and part of the team that wrote the 2013 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card, will be at the CSBA conference in Vancouver this week to speak to this critical situation and to offer 10 solutions as a starting point for school boards’ discussions. Student Health and Wellness is a Key Priority for the CSBA and we hope that this Pre-Congress session, which takes place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on July 4, will assist trustees and commissioners from across Canada to take an active role in affecting change.
Please visit http://www.csba2013.ca/index.php/program/july4 for more information on the session or Dr. Tremblay.
The 2013 CSBA congress is only week away! The program is sure to have something for everyone and we hope you can join us for this important opportunity to share and learn from other trustees/commissioners across Canada, as well as experts in the field of education. We are especially looking forward to sharing with you and hearing your questions at the CSBA AGM and the Cross Canada Check In. For those planning to attend the Annual General Meeting, you may download and print the 2013 CSBA Annual Report or simply access our website during the session using the wireless connection in the meeting room. See you in beautiful British Columbia!
BCSTA, hosts of CSBA 2013 have opened registration and hotel reservations for the upcoming conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Go to the congress website here to find out information on speakers, programming, scheduling, tours, etc…everything you will need to know to make your time at the congress a most postive experience. The theme of this year’s conference is Diversity Matters; in the boardroom, in the classroom, in public education and we have had every indication that we can expect nothing less than a spectacular program this summer. Make your arrangements soon. We hope to see you there!
The Board of Directors made a unanimous decision to partner with the Canadian Education Association in the publication of “Facts on Education”, articles that are circulated across the country to inform readers of recent evidence-based research that addresses issues that are of interest to the public. Look for the first issue in September 2013. We hope that we can participate in clarifying the issues that are of importance in the education today.
We are delighted to be working with the CEA on this publication and look forward to sharing in other new initiatives with them over the coming years.