Happy 2015! Check out the latest CSBA newsletter…

cover EngJan2015JpegThe CSBA Newsletter January 2015 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 in case you were wondering, it will also give you a quick answer to the question “What exactly is the CSBA?”

Happy reading!

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CSBA 2015 – Destination Saskatoon!

child-painted-with-canadian-flagInformation on CSBA Annual Congress as well as the National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education is now available at www.csba2015.ca. Check out the great program we have planned for you!

For those interested in presenting, the deadline is at the end of February, which is coming fast. You will find the necessary information to submit on the website.

CSBA Annual Report

ANNUAL REPORT coverEverything you need to know about the past year at CSBA; what work we have been doing on your behalf and where we are planning to go as we move into the next few challenging years for school boards.

This Annual Report 2014 was presented during the CSBA Presentation at the Annual congress on Friday July 4 in Niagara Falls.

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 Association 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 Membership to the CSBA as a Past President. The association’s Board of Directors was unanimous 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