CSBA2016 Update, July 6-9, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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The Canadian School Boards Association 2016 Congress and National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education will be coming to Winnipeg in less than five months. This memo will serve to bring you up to date on some recent developments in the planning of these events.


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  • The deadline for the submission of workshop proposals was February 29, 2016. The proposal form was available as a PDF under the workshops tab at csba2016.ca. IMPORTANT: We recently determined that there were some technical problems with the online submission form for certain users. The online submission option has now been removed. If your board submitted a proposal online and you did not receive confirmation of receipt, please contact me (hdemetrioff@mbschoolboards.ca) to ensure that it was received.
  • A limited number of rooms are still available at both the primary Congress hotel (the Delta Winnipeg) and our alternate facility, The Alt. Additional double-bedded rooms were just added to the block at the Delta, so if you were unable to book such a room in the past, you may want to try again. Contact information for both hotels can be found under the hotels tab at csba2016.ca.
  • Most keynote speakers for both events have been confirmed, and information about them can be found under the speakers tab at csba2016.ca. The remaining speakers will be confirmed in the next few weeks.
  • Online registration will open once the program, including all workshops, has been finalized (late March or early April). I will be sending out a notice as soon as that happens.

If you have any questions about these or other matters related to Congress or the National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education, please don’t hesitate to contact Heather Demetrioff at 204-233-1595, or via email at hdemetrioff@mbschoolboards.ca. On behalf of all Manitoba school trustees, we look forward to welcoming you to Winnipeg in July!

The program for CSBA 2016 is beginning to take shape…

abuelaishDr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, now based at the University of Toronto, wrote a memoir called “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey” in which he describes the horrific events surrounding the death of his three daughters. There has not perhaps been a more pertinent time to hear his words or learn from his wisdom so sorrowfully won.

Dr. Abuelaish will be a key-note speaker at the upcoming CSBA Annual Conference. The (call for presentations) has just gone out and we invite you to refer to the conference website for more information on presenting along with this incredible man, Big Daddy Taz, Michael Redhead Champagne and other leaders from across the country.

Winnipeg awaits…

14593696086_a9da8783c4_bSite of the new National Museum for Human Rights, home to the Jets, the Bombers and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg has something to offer for everyone.  Please plan to join us for the Annual CSBA congress, as well as the Gathering on Aboriginal Education for what promises to be an interesting and inspiring opportunity to learn, to grow and to hear from experts in areas that are of utmost importance in education today.  For the first time, CSBA is collaborating with CASSA, also in town for their annual conference, for some of the programming.  Check out the conference website (csba2016.ca) for information on program, accommodation and much more.


The Truth and Reconciliation Report has 94 recommendations.

headings - Version 4This 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.

Check out the last CSBA newsletter…

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The CSBA Newsletter will bring you up to date on recent CSBA activities, provide you with a snapshot of what each province is focusing on at the moment and let you know about programs that may be important to your students.

In case you were wondering who we are, this will answer your questions.  Sign up on the website and receive it each quarter…



Niagara Falls hosted almost 600 people in education from across Canada come to hear the wise speak to what needs to change


School trustees and senior school administrators from across the country attended the CSBA 2014 congress, in addition to the National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education and the OPSBA AGM which were held in conjunction with the annual congress in Niagara Falls this past July.

pasiSahlbergOPSBA were extraordinary hosts of a well run event with an exceptional program. International speakers brought perspective and wisdom and provided direction that certainly will have an impact on the strategic planning of the trustees of our Canadian education system.  

Check out our recent newsletter for more information on this event and the next CSBA Congress.


How can we support Aboriginal student success…?

canadian flag smilingAboriginal 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…?

Check out the Publication and for more information on the research, visit the CEA website.

Three CSBA nominees win awards from C21 Canada

C21_icon-150x150C21 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.





CSBA puts their commitment to Aboriginal Education in writing…

imagesCSBA , in collaboration with Aboriginal Leaders across the country developed and on February 16, 2014 was proud to adopt unanimously the Canadian School Boards Association Charter of Commitment to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education.  While in development the document was requested, reviewed and revised by First Nations Communities and was endorsed enthusiastically by all provinces.   It will now serve as our guide to all we hope to accompish in our school boards.  For their contributions and  hard work in producing this important document, CSBA would like to thank the First Nations communities for their precious guidance, as well as the members of the CSBA Aboriginal Education Committee Members and the Canadian Association of Academic Deans for providing a good, foundational resource for us to adapt.   To download your copy:  CSBA Charter of Commitment; First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education.  Display it proudly in your offices.