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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 9, 2013 - The Canadian School Boards Association is pleased to see the results of the study “School Boards Matter: A Pan-Canadian study of school district governance” by Bruce Sheppard, Gerald Galway, Jean Brown and John Wiens.
The full report, School Boards Matter; A Pan-Canadian Study of School District Governance is available along with a CSBA Executive Summary and a list of other studies with complementary reading.
This important and timely study on school district governance, counters recent literature that has called school boards “wasteful hierarchies” and deals head on with political trends affecting public education across Canada. At the heart of the study, the authors provide convincing evidence that in fact, effective and successful school boards do matter to the education of our children.
The authors draw a strong correlation between effective school boards and successful public school systems and state that “strong and effective boards are essential to maintaining a meaningful and sustainable public school system”. They provide clear answers to the question “What are the attributes of effective school boards in Canada?”.
This study will be of particular interest to local school board trustees/commissioners across Canada, Provincial School Boards Associations and members of the CSBA Board of Directors.
CSBA President, Sandi Urban Hall welcomed the report and stated, “Boards of education use a wealth of research to strengthen their education practices and decisions. This report gives school boards data that will help strengthen school board governance and as a result, student success”.
For more information, contact the CSBA at email@example.com.
The Canadian School Boards Association is excited to endorse “Shifting Minds: A 21st Century Vision of Public Education in Canada“. Produced by C21 Canada following the C21 Summit in February of this year and released October 4, 2012, this document was developed by a group of fifty educational and business leaders with a view to providing our young people with a new set of modern competencies for success. As an active participant in this prestigious group and as one of the founding members of C21, the CSBA is proud to be a part of this important initiative which will provide leadership and a much needed framework that will encourage reflection and inspiration for new, innovative and vitally important practises that will support successful student outcomes.
The document is available at “SHIFTING MINDS”
The Canadian Coalition for the Right of the Child has produced a document on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada ”Right in Principle, Right in Practice“. CCRC, The Rights of Children.
Listen in on a Webcast discussion between the Canadian Government and the United Nations on September 26 and 27, 2012 at www.unicef.ca/turnupthevolume.