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Awards of Excellence

June 19, 2007


The Schools on the Move:  Lighthouse Program (The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat) has entered its second year with the recent announcement of 40 Phase II schools.  On Tuesday, June 5, two Bluewater schools participated in the Schools on the Move:  Lighthouse Program Symposium where Phase II schools were introduced to Phase I schools.  

Congratulations are extended to St. Vincent-Euphrasia Elementary School on their selection as a School on the Move.  St. Vincent-Euphrasia joins Port Elgin-Saugeen Public School (identified during Phase I) with this designation.  

The Schools on the Move:  Lighthouse Program was launched by the government this past year to encourage networking and sharing of effective practices that make a difference to student learning.  In its first year, 2006, 23 schools were identified that were making progress, schools where improvement in student learning has been impressive.  Over this school year, these schools reached out to other schools to share their best ideas and help others use similar effective practices to raise student achievement.

The basic criterion for selection was improvement in EQAO scores in reading, writing and mathematics in both Grades 3 and 6 from 2002-03 to 2005-2006.  The Schools on the Move achieved large percentage gains in their scores during this period.  

The second criterion was applied to the entire group of schools chosen.  The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat wanted to make sure that the schools represented the province’s diversity, so that other schools could find a School on the Move that shared some of its challenges.  Thus, the schools are located in all parts of Ontario, in public and Catholic districts, in French- and English-language school systems, and in every type of community.  These schools mirror the rich history and cultural diversity of the province.

The central theme of the project is schools learning from other schools.  Therefore, a third criterion was that the staff at the school had to be articulate as well as successful.  Schools districts were consulted and Student Achievement Officers from The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat then created a short list of schools.  Secretariat members visited these schools and interviewed teachers and principals, asking them to describe what they had done to improve learning.

As the 2007-2008 school year begins, our Bluewater Schools on the Move will be planning their outreach.  Their school profile will be published in the Schools on the Move booklet that is distributed to all schools in the province.  This booklet will be the catalyst for networking among schools within and across school districts.  They will be welcoming visitors who will observe, dialogue and learn with their colleagues.  

Educators in Bluewater have been committed to improved student achievement through engaged professional learning that has been shared on many levels.  Teachers and principals, school leadership teams, divisions, families of schools have in many ways “Learned from Each Other”.   We welcome the opportunity to develop new partnerships and expand our learning networks through the Schools on the Move:  Lighthouse Program.

With two of the sixty-three schools identified as being from Bluewater it is a testiment to the learning culture in Bluewater.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”      Margaret Mead

Submitted to:
Bluewater District School Board
June 19, 2007
For more information please contact
Marnie Coke, Superintendent of Elementary Education or
Steven Reid, Superintendent of Instruction


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