While we support a new way forward in First Nations education, when CSBA was invited to submit comments to AANDC regarding the document “Developing a First Nations Education Act: Discussion Guide”, we clearly expressed our concern that the process used to develop the coming legislation had been far too unilateral in approach, with no attempt to co-develop an education system in true partnership with First Nations. The subsequent “Blueprint for First Nations Education” released in July 2013 served only to increase our concerns. In response, CSBA has asked Minister Valcourt to recognize First Nations as a primary or at very least, an equal partner in decisions that will affect their young people going forward, as well as to address other issues such as funding. The full letter sent to the MInister on behalf of Canadian school boards is available at Letter to AANDC.
When a school break is coming up, we are all working double time to get everything done before the holidays and making sure we can hit the ground running in January. Take a look at the attached CSBA December Newsletter for an update on what we are working on the past few months…
The 2012 PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results were released December 3, 2013. Canada has seen a small decline in results but still remains among the best performers internationally, behind only 9 other countries. “PISA 2012 Results in Focus” is a summary document that provides an international prespective, as well as more detailed comparisons of several provinces and how they perform in the three categories (mathematices, reading and science) vis-à-vis international rankings. In addition to showing above average results in the assessment of skills , Canada is also one of several countries demonstrating leadership in “equity in education opportunities.” Worth a look…
Technology in the classroom is a controversial topic. While some educators are embrace technology and have had success integrating it into their practice, others are concerned that the results are not always worth the investment of time, money, and effort. The factors that must be in place for technology to impact learning – based on current empirical evidence – are included in the latest CSBA Sponsored, Facts on Education published by CEA, a relevant, timely, and easy-to-read fact sheet for parents and educators.” See the document here…
The CSBA Fall 2013 Update is now available, outlining the association’s recent activities and upcoming events. Check out the Cross Country Check-In to see what “Hot Topics” are being addressed right now across the country.
New Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) President Michael McEvoy stated that a strong and united CSBA will support and advocate alongside its provincial partners to safeguard the key role of publicly and democratically-elected school boards.
McEvoy assumed the Presidency before more than 400 school trustees from across Canada attending the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) http://cdnsba.org/ annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia from July 4-7, 2013.
Many trustees expressed concern at the conference about a growing and worrisome trend by provincial governments to bypass or limit the legitimate role of publicly-elected school boards in delivering quality education and maximizing student success.
The annual conference, hosted by the British Columbia School Trustees Association, offered 450 delegates an engaging and inspiring opening keynote address by the Right Honorable Michäelle Jean, former Governor General of Canada, who reminded delegates of her own personal journey and who gave true meaning to the conference theme, Diversity Matters.
Excellent speakers and presentations on such important CSBA themes as Aboriginal Education, Student Health and Wellness and 21st Century Learning Skills were all explored through the prism of respecting diversity within our public school communities.
For more information contact: Valerie McLeod, Managing Director of CSBA at email@example.com
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!
When the CSBA congress in July 2012 was ended, CSBA had a new Managing Director, a new President and the knowledge that the many structural changes the Association had made over the past years required us to “regroup”, to redefine our priorities and especially, develop a road map that reflected what each province wanted from us in our role to affect change on behalf of their behalf. After several meetings, workshops and much discussion, we reconfirmed our mission to support, advocate for, and promote publicly elected School Boards across the country and then worked out a 3-year plan on how we wanted to accomplish that over the coming years. Our Core Issues for Advocacy include Aboriginal Education, 21st Century Learning and our newest addition on our list of national concerns; Student Health and Wellness. The 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, adopted at our March meeting is available at CSBA 2013-2016 Strategic Plan.
MONTREAL, January 2013 – It was with great sadness that the CSBA received the news from the family of Dr. Roy Wilson, that he passed away peacefully recently from cardio-respiratory issues in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He was 74 years old.
Roy Wilson was the longest serving school board trustee in Medicine Hat, and the second longest serving trustee in the Province of Alberta. First elected to the Board of Trustees of School District #76 in 1980, he served continuously from that date, acting as board chairman on three separate occasions. He was, during the 1990’s, president of both the Alberta School Boards Association and the Canadian School Boards Association. Dr. Wilson recently completed serving his second term as senator in the University of Alberta Senate.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Roy received his B.Ed, M.Ed and Ph.D from the University of Alberta. His teaching career began in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1960. He would go on to teach at schools and colleges in Edmonton, Camrose, the Crowsnest Pass and Medicine Hat, retiring in 2003.
He taught over 5000 students in his tenure, and receiving many honours for his work, including the Alberta Home and School Association’s Presidents Award, the Medicine Hat College Academic Achievement Award, the Alberta Centennial Medal for his service to public education in Alberta, Medicine Hat College’s honourary applied baccalaureate degree and honourary life memberships in the Alberta School Boards Association and the Canadian School Boards Association. Dr. Wilson also authored numerous articles on local and educational history and was involved in the production of several historical videos.
Active for many years in the local, provincial and national Canadian Music Festival movement, Dr. Wilson was also a long-time board member and past Chairman of the board of the Good Samaritan Society. And while known throughout the province for his contributions as an educator, trustee and volunteer, his first dedication was to his family. He was a deeply devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Sandi Urban Hall, CSBA President, noted that “Roy’s contributions to education and to the Canadian School Boards was substantial and greatly appreciated. He will be missed by all and his legacy will remain with us”.