2101, 2015

Highlights of the January 20, 2015 Board Meeting

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With Sarah Hoffman declaring her intention to seek the nomination for a provincial seat as a Member of the Legislature, the Board elected Michael Janz as Chair and Michelle Draper as Vice Chair.  Sarah brought many excellent qualities as Chair and I wish her well in her pursuit to serve Edmontonions from the Legislature. I look forward to supporting our new leadership team.

The Board received an information report on lessons learned from the introduction of the Grade 3 Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) – pages 18-21 of the package. The SLAs replaced the Grade 3 Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs). While teachers reported value of an assessment early in the school year, and in the various means by which students could respond to demonstrate their learning, numerous issues and challenges including a lack of clarity around exemptions and accommodations, technical glitches, and misalignment of exemplars of student performance with the scoring rubric were also reported.  The District observations will be shared with Alberta Education.

The Board also received a report on what recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Inclusive Education in Alberta Schools we should consider adopting, and the associated costs – pages 22-24 of the package. The Alberta Teachers Association released the Blue Ribbon report last September.  While administration noted all 38 recommendations have merit, 3 were singled out:

Recommendation 7: Provide a safe environment for teachers and administrators to express their experience as inclusion is implemented.

Recommendation 23: Ensure there is adequate funding for students requiring behaviour support.

Recommendation 28: Provide ongoing professional development during the school day to learn and share strategies to support inclusive practices.

The cost for Edmonton Public is estimated at $30 million per year, not including staff time to explore and implement new strategies.  Our administration spoke to the success achieved to date, but that building more capacity is an ongoing task. This information will help the Board in its advocacy and budget decisions.

Trustee Hoffman has been seeking detailed information to ensure good stewardship of the funds provided by the Edmonton Public School Board to the Alberta School Boards Association.

The Board package can be accessed here.

2001, 2015

LaPerle School Council, January 19, 2015

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Thanks to Chair Todd, the rest of Council, and Principal Bayko for the opportunity to participate.  I was interested to learn how the school is managing increased enrolment, and that the City plowing has improved pedestrian safety.  As at Lymburn Council earlier this same evening, I was interested to hear the need to support inclusive education with other professionals and supports beyond what teachers can provide.

2001, 2015

Lymburn School Council, January 19, 2015

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Thanks to Chair Michelle, the rest of Council, and Principal Collier for the opportunity to participate.  I appreciated Michelle’s overview of the Council, and the opportunity to respond to questions and comments, including the importance of resources adequate to support inclusive education.

2001, 2015

Meeting with City Council, January 16, 2015

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As part of the School Board’s ongoing advocacy, the Board met with the Mayor and a number of Councillors.  The Board briefed them on our planned school modernizations and new school construction, as well as changing demographics of the students population.  The Board and Council discussed opportunities to share information to improve planning to better serve students and their families.

2001, 2015

Centennial School Council, January 12, 2015

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Thanks to Chair Joleen and the rest of Council, as well as Curriculum Coordinator Sangelle Rakowski, for the opportunity to participate.  Sangelle put on a very interesting presentation on how students are utilizing Google Docs as a learning tool.

2001, 2015

Hillcrest School Council January 8, 2015

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Thanks to Chair Jeff and rest of Council, as well as Principal Sas-Evans for the opportunity to participate in the Council meeting. Council discussed the importance of student and staff health and wellness and the need to focus limited resources on existing priorities.  Staff provided an excellent report on supporting student transitions from feeder elementary schools to Hillcrest as well as support for Hillcrest grads to high school.