Congratulations to all Edwin Parr nominees! Each year, principals are invited to nominate first year teachers for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award which is sponsored by the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA). One nominee is selected to represent the District at the zone level.

Nine first year teachers were nominated by their principals for the 2015 ASBA Edwin Parr
Teacher Award. A committee of district leadership staff met to review the nominations relative to the selection criteria established by ASBA. Results from the committee’s assessment, as well as points awarded based on scholastic achievement and student teaching evaluations were compiled. Based on the selection criteria, six semi-finalists were selected:

Cassandra Backs, Eastglen School
Karly Hildebrandt, Michael Strembitsky School (District nominee)
Kristen Kicia, Sifton School
Alexandria Reeson, Windsor Park School
Kathleen Richey, Westglen School
Jason Wass, John D. Bracco School

Thanks to all constituents that provided comments on the Motion re Traffic Safety Initiatives Around Schools and School Zones.

The Board passed an amendment to the original motion: “That the Edmonton Public School Board write a letter to the Mayor and City Council advocating for a portion of the revenue collected from Photo Radar be directed to traffic safety initiatives around schools and school zones”


“That the Edmonton Public School Board write a letter to the Mayor and City Council advocating for traffic safety initiatives around schools and school zones and for increased education and enforcement” because the majority of the Board felt that EPSB should focus on outcomes rather than specific measures.

Trustees also received a report on progress with numeracy and mathematics. Edmonton Public results for the Provincial Achievement Tests acceptable level exceed those for the Province as a whole.  The introduction of the MIPI (Math Intervention / Programming Instrument) is part of the District’s plan for assessment and improvement in student performance in numeracy and mathematics. Approximately 40% of students require interventions based on their MIPI results, providing strong impetus to further action and support.

In response to a report on partnering with Edmonton Public Library, I urged that EPSB seek volunteers for schools through the library network.