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Report


June 19, 2007

EDUCATIONAL ISSUES COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE BOARD
TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2007



Trustees:
Cindy Aitken (Committee Chair), John Chapman, Marg Gaviller, Jan Johnstone, Ross King, Marilyn McComb, Carol Poucher-Urbshott, Natalka Pucan, Jean Sullivan and Jennifer Yenssen
 
Staff:
Steven Reid (Co-ordinator), Mary Anne Alton, Lori Wilder, Alana Murray, and Joan Farrow (Executive Assistant)
 
Regrets:
Marnie Coke, Richard Gerson, Chris Walker (Student Senator) and Nathan Lanz (Student Senator)



INFORMATION:

The Educational Issues Committee received the following reports:
arrow_bullet.jpg        Bluewater Regional Science & Technology Fair 2007
arrow_bullet.jpg        Student Success – First Time Full Time Conference
arrow_bullet.jpg        Link Crew Day September 4, 2007

Bluewater Regional Science & Technology Fair 2007
Steven shared a report from Shona Anderson, a member of the Regional Science and Technology Fair Committee, summarizing this year’s Bluewater Regional Science & Technology Fairs. One hundred and ninety-six students presented one hundred and fifty projects at the Senior Fair on April 4th and two hundred and sixteen students presented one hundred and seventy-one projects at the Junior Fair on April 18th.  Six students were chosen to go on to the Canada Wide Science Fair held May 12th – 20th in Truro, Nova Scotia where they won a total of $9300 in money and scholarships.  The Science Fair Committee is very grateful for the continuing support from Rotary Clubs, Legions, numerous community businesses, schools, teacher organizations, professionals, individuals and both the Bruce Grey Catholic and Bluewater Boards.

Student Success – First Time Full Time Conference
Alana shared information on the second annual First Time Full Time conference held on May 22, 2007 at the CAW Centre in Port Elgin.  This event provided an opportunity for secondary school students to receive industry recognized certification training that is a requirement of the Specialist High Skills Major package of courses now being offered in Bluewater.  Training was available in High Five (a requirement for offering recreational programs to six to twelve year olds), Heart Saver, Forklift, Propane, WHMIS, Chainsaw, Smart Serve, Customer Service, Food Handling and Fall Arrest.  More than two hundred students received evaluations and certification in these areas.  This very successful event will be repeated in the Spring of 2008.

Link Crew – Creating a Learning Community Program
On April 3, 2007 an Information Report regarding Link Crew – Creating a Learning Community was submitted to the Educational Issues Committee.  Secondary principals recommended that the first day of school in September 2007 be a day for grade nine students, staff and Link Leaders only.  The concept was discussed at recent Secondary School Community Council Meetings and unanimous support for staggered entry and implementation of Link Crew for the 2007-2008 school year was received from all eleven Secondary School Community Councils.

The Committee unanimously agreed to support the recommendation to proceed with staggered entry and implementation of Link Crew in secondary schools for September 2007.  Alana shared a media release that summarized the program and proposed implementation on September 4th.  

Learning Fairs
Jacqui Traverse-Thomas provided information on a Learning Fair that took place on May 18, 2007.  The Change Management Collaborative is a ministry funded initiative for school improvement that was undertaken in  twelve Bluewater schools.  It included the two previous Turn Around Schools and ten additional schools chosen by SAT.  Learning teams from the twelve schools took part in the Learning Fair, an opportunity to share strategies for change that have been developed during the school year across the primary, junior and intermediate levels.  The teams also had an opportunity to work on development of their three year plans as the initiative funding has been extended.  A Learning Fair will take place on June 14th in Chesley providing the same opportunity for sharing for the Literacy Contact Teachers and Math Contact Teachers from all areas. The learning teams from the CMC initiative will share their learning with contact teachers from all other schools.

Steven shared information regarding an administrators Learning Fair that took place during the System Administrators’ Meeting on April 25th.  This involved administrator PLC groups from all areas sharing instructional strategies they have investigated over the year.  Topic areas included literacy, numeracy, technology and adaptation of the curriculum due to school needs etc.  Feedback from the administrator PLC work has been positive and activities will continue in 2007/2008.  Administrator PLC work has also contributed to the development and success of school level PLC groups.  

        
RECOMMENDATION:

THAT Bluewater District School Board receives the Educational Issues Committee report dated June 5, 2007.






Submitted to:
Bluewater District School Board
19 June 2007
For more information please contact
Chair Cindy Aitken
or Steven Reid, Superintendent of Instruction

                                                        


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