The torch is passed…

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Janet Foord, newly elected President of CSBA

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 Assocation 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.

 

Floyd Martens, Vice President, Janet Foord, President and Michael McEvoy, Past President, CSBA

Floyd Martens, Vice President, Janet Foord, President and Michael McEvoy, Past President, CSBA

Michael McEvoy, the outgoing President of 2013-2014, passed the gavel to Ms Foord officially on July 5.  He subsequently received a Life Membershp to the CSBA as a Past President.  The association Board of Directors was unanmous in their gratitude and appreciation for his leadership and commitment over the past year.

Janet Foord presents Michael McEvoy with his Honorary Life Membership to CSBA

Janet Foord presents Michael McEvoy with his Honorary Life Membership to CSBA

 

 

 

CSBA Past Presidents: (clockwise from left) Ruth Ann Furgala, Michael McEvoy, Marcus Tabachnick, Rick Johnson, Gerri Gershon, Nada Borden (missing Goden Comeau, Sandi Urban Hall)

CSBA Past Presidents: (clockwise from left) Ruth Ann Furgala, Michael McEvoy, Marcus Tabachnick, Rick Johnson, Gerri Gershon, Nada Borden.

CSBA 2014 – Destination Niagara Falls

speakersThere 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.

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.

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.

CSBA 2014 is around the corner…

2014_speakersAlready, 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 egraham@opsba.org.

Facts on Education Series: Standardized Testing Does Not Lead to Improved Educational Outcomes for Students

Girl writingJPEGEducators 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 successHow 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

 

PISA results shows that the public education system in Canada is working

global citizens handsFEBRUARY 10, 2014:  The 2012 PISA results were released in December .  The “Programme for International Student Assessment”  is run by the Organization for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD).  Testing is done every three years since 2000.  More than half a million 15-year old students from 65 countries take part in studies assessing their abilities in math, reading and science.  While those of us who work in education are always cautious about the weight given to this kind of testing, it is so far, an important indicator of how Canada measures up academically when compared to other countries.  And this year, we learned a bit more about Canada’s learners, outside the usual academic portrait.

Bottom line, Canada does very well in this testing.  With a mean score of 518, we find ourselves in 10th place.  Higher scores ranged from 519 to 613 and were from China, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Finland, Netherlands, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.  Our neighbors to the south, the United States ranked in 33rd place with a score of 481.

While we have dropped a few spots (partly as other countries improved their scores), it is certainly fair to say that education systems in Canada remain the envy of countries throughout the world.  That is not an accident of history.  It is a success built upon the work of locally elected and accountable public school boards for more than a century.

And what school boards realize is that even with success it is always necessary to re-evaluate and improve what we do.  This is why trustees are constantly working together throughout this country to share ideas and best practices that will help our students succeed.

The importance of school boards and the history of their success is not always recognized when provincial governments discuss educational policies.  But it is school boards and their associations that stand up for students in the face of provincial cut backs to education.

The governance of public education in Canada by locally elected school boards and the advocacy by those boards and their provincial associations has resulted in an education system where:

  • More students go on to university and college (51%) than the average of OECD countries (32%).
  • Policies and practices have had a positive impact on the extent to which socio-economic status influences student success, Canada being one of only 8 countries which were able to combine high performance with high levels of equity in education.

The bottom line is that the work of Canadian school trustees have produced a system that works.   It is the efforts of trustees across this country; listening to their communities and creating the policies and environments that encourage our students to succeed.

The Canadian School Boards Association is proud to support this work.

Michael McEvoy

President, CSBA

 

Ref: PISA 2012 Results in Focus (pisa-2012-results-overview.pdf)

How Canadians Measure Up Internationally (81-590-x2010001-eng.pdf)

CSBA PRESIDENT MICHAEL McEVOY ADVOCATES STRONG ROLE FOR SCHOOL BOARDS

CSBA President Michael McEvoy
CSBA 203 Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C.

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 info@cdnsba.org