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Equal Voice announces Daughters of the Vote Initiativehttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=125Equal Voice announces Daughters of the Vote Initiative2017-02-16T16:09:45Z<div class="ExternalClass688ABE5CA8884818A6AC6C38D2B66D8B"><p>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="DaughtersOfTheVote.png" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/DaughtersOfTheVote.png" style="margin:5px;" />Three hundred thirty-eight young women leaders have been selected to represent each of Canada's 338 federal ridings for the historic <a title="Daughters of the Vote initiative" href="http://www.daughtersofthevote.ca/" target="_blank">Daughters of the Vote initiative</a>.</p><p>At a day-long forum in each Daughter's home province or territory, they will spend a day learning about the historic – and still incomplete journey – of women in Canadian politics.</p><p>On International Women's Day, March 8, 2017, every Daughter will have the opportunity to take her seat in Parliament when they will be joined by the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Canada's first and only woman Prime Minister, who will deliver an address from the Speaker's chair.</p><p>While on Parliament Hill, the Daughters<em> </em>will also be engaging in a full-day of public policy discussions and participating in Leadership Workshops featuring advice from women in politics, business, the labour movement and voluntary sector.</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=125
Fight for equitable First Nations social services funding continueshttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=124Fight for equitable First Nations social services funding continues2017-02-08T15:25:26Z<div class="ExternalClassD56FA33FB3114D3B8F8DB2A7A3BD0910"><p><span lang="EN-CA"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/GEDSB-1117.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" />February 23, 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the filing of the human rights complaint that found Canada racially discriminated against 165,000 First Nations children by providing inequitable child welfare services and failing to implement <a href="https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1334329827982/1334329861879">Jordan's Principle</a>. </span></p><p><span lang="EN-CA">Some new resources have been created (see below) and key dates noted to help mark the occasion and increase the pressure on the Government of Canada to comply with the legal orders to end known inequalities in other federal services affecting First Nations children.</span></p><ol><li><span lang="EN-CA">Have a Heart Day (February 14, 2017):  Host a Valentine's Day party in your home, school, daycare, or workplace and write Valentine's Day cards to your elected officials so First Nations Children can grow up safely with their families, get a good education, be healthy and proud of who they are.  Events can be registered <a href="http://www.fncaringsociety.com/have-a-heart">on a map</a>.  In Ottawa, approximately 700 children and youth will be reading their letters out, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Parliament Hill.</span></li><li><span lang="EN-CA"></span><span lang="EN-CA">The #Waiting4UCanada Twitter campaign invites users to say what they were doing for the past 10 years to demonstrate how much time has passed.</span></li><li><span lang="EN-CA"></span><span lang="EN-CA">Handy information sheets on the February 23 case are available at <a href="http://www.fnwitness.ca/">http://www.fnwitness.ca</a>.</span></li></ol><p> </p> <p>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=124
OPSBA in the Mediahttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=123OPSBA in the Media2017-02-08T15:48:06Z<div class="ExternalClass69CD28E3274142FBAAED42AAA14599F5"><p>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" /><strong>Cohn misrepresents role of school boards</strong><br><strong>Re: Tragedy opens heart, bigotry doesn’t, Feb. 2</strong><br><strong>OPSBA President Laurie French, Letter to the Editor, The Star, Feb. 6, 2017</strong><br>Tragedy opens heart, bigotry doesn’t, Feb. 2<br>Martin Regg Cohn is right in saying that classrooms in this province should be a sanctuary, a place of learning, fostering and welcoming. Actions or words that violate that sanctuary, especially coming from anyone with responsibility within the school system, are unacceptable and must be answered with transparency and a commitment to heal the wrong.<br><a title="Cohn misrepresents role of school boards" href="https://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2017/02/06/cohn-misrepresents-role-of-school-boards.html" target="_blank">More...</a></p><p><strong></strong><strong><br> </strong></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=123
Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth Conferencehttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=121Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth Conference2017-01-31T18:22:01Z<div class="ExternalClass086DCE427C12488A935B57BA675CAFF1"><p>​<strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Children running " src="/PublishingImages/GEDSB-0962.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:200px;" />Last Call for Registration!</strong></p><p><a title="Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth" href="http://learningtoendabuse.ca/canadian-conference-promoting-healthy-relationships-youth" target="_blank">The Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth: Breaking Down the Silos in Addressing Mental Health & Violence</a> will be held from February 15 to 17 at the London Convention Centre. This conference will bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners working with children and adolescents to prevent and address relationship violence and mental health challenges. </p><p>The purpose? To break down the silos through a recognition that there are overlapping issues with common health promotion, prevention, early identification and intervention strategies. </p><p>The r<strong>egistration deadline is Friday, Feb. 3.</strong></p><p><a href="http://learningtoendabuse.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=757c6a4292a845e08b15b191f&id=cd9c11c60d&e=846659dc5b" target="_blank">Click here</a> for a complete list of speakers and workshops.</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=121
2017 Education Labour Relations & Human Resources Symposiumhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=1202017 Education Labour Relations & Human Resources Symposium2017-01-30T18:40:09Z<div class="ExternalClassCD149E67EE814A399D6B66D0846AF3E3"><p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/_MG_0203_resize.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:200px;" /></p><p>April 6 and 7, 2017<br><a title="Online Reservations Sheration Centre Hotel" href="https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/OBC28A" target="_blank">Sheraton Centre Hotel</a><br>123 Queen Street West<br> Toronto M5H 2M9</p><p>OPSBA's annual Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium is designed to provide professional development in the areas of labour relations and human resources to trustees, directors of education, senior human resources officials and labour relations staff.</p><a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/2017LRSprogram.pdf" target="_blank"><p><strong>Preliminary Program</strong></p></a><p>Online registration available soon.</p><p><strong>HOTEL INFORMATION</strong><br><strong> </strong>OPSBA has secured a preferred rate for delegates at the Sheraton Centre Hotel - $215.00 plus taxes (single/double).  Please contact the hotel directly for reservations.</p><p><strong>Rooms must be booked before </strong><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-2">FRIDAY, </strong><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-2">MARCH 10, 2017</strong><strong>.</strong><br><strong> </strong><br><span lang="EN" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Online Hotel reservations:</strong></span>   <a title="Online Reservations Sheraton Centre Hotel" href="https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/OBC28A" target="_blank">OPSBA Labour Relations Symposium</a><br>OR <br><span lang="EN" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Telephone</strong></span>:  416-361-1000 OR toll free (Central Reservation Office) 1<strong>-</strong>888-627-7175,<strong> and </strong>give either the group name - <strong>OPSBA Labour Relations Symposium - or the code </strong><strong>OBC28A</strong><strong> </strong>for access to the block of rooms.   After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only. </p><p>For more information: Justine Morrison, Manager of Labour Relations; Susan Weinberg, Policy & Professional Development Coordinator; or email <a href="mailto:webmaster@opsba.org">webmaster@opsba.org</a></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=120
Ontario Newsroomhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=119Ontario Newsroom2017-02-15T14:50:55Z<div class="ExternalClassDD713B32AA63464EAE9CE84122B43804"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" /><a title="Ontario Providing Faster Access to Mental Health Services for Thousands of People" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2017/02/ontario-providing-faster-access-to-mental-health-services-for-thousands-of-people.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Ontario Providing Faster Access to Mental Health Services for Thousands of People, Feb. 8, 2017</a></p><p><a title="Strategic Investments Creating Foundation for Prosperity" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2017/02/strategic-investments-creating-foundation-for-prosperity.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Strategic Investments Creating Foundation for Prosperity, Feb. 8, 2017</a></p><p><a title="Statement From Minister Hunter Regarding Tentative Labour Agreement With ETFO" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/02/statement-from-minister-hunter-regarding-tentative-labour-agreement-with-etfo.html" target="_blank">Statement From Minister Hunter Regarding Tentative Labour Agreement With ETFO, Feb. 2, 2017</a></p><p><a title="Statement From Minister Hunter Regarding Tentative Labour Agreement With OCEW​" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/02/statement-from-minister-hunter-regarding-tentative-labour-agreement-with-ocew.html" target="_blank">Statement From Minister Hunter Regarding Tentative Labour Agreement With OCEW​, Feb. 2, 2017</a></p><p><a title="Statement from Minister Coteau on Black History Month" href="https://news.ontario.ca/ard/en/2017/02/statement-from-minister-coteau-on-black-history-month.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Statement from Minister Coteau on Black History Month, Feb. 1, 2017</a></p><p><a title="Statement by Minister Laura Albanese" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mci/en/2017/01/statement-by-minister-laura-albanese.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Statement by Minister Laura Albanese, Jan 29, 2017</a></p><p><a title="Statement From Minister Hunter Regarding Tentative Labour Agreement With OECTA" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2017/01/statement-from-minister-hunter-regarding-tentative-labour-agreement-with-oecta.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Statement From Minister Hunter Regarding Tentative Labour Agreement With OECTA, Jan. 27, 2017</a></p><p><a title="Join the Festivities and Celebrate Ontario's 150th Anniversary!" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mtc/en/2017/01/join-the-festivities-and-celebrate-ontarios-150th-anniversary.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p" target="_blank">Join the Festivities and Celebrate Ontario's 150th Anniversary! Jan. 24, 2017</a></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=119
Ministry of Education Updatehttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=118Ministry of Education Update2017-01-30T18:45:17Z<div class="ExternalClass5415F6C344E9423CBCDC5520A997F1FB"><p>​<img src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/GSNNewsRelease.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>Please see the following updated OPSBA summaries indicated below for information regarding Ministry of Education 2017 Memoranda SB01 and SB02.</p><p><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><font face="Times New Roman">OPSBA Summaries</font></strong></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><a title="Summary of 2017 SB Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2017SB_Memoranda.pdf">2017 SB Memoranda</a></strong><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">(administrative information, clarification on financial matters)</span></font></p><p><a title="Summary of 2016 B Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2016B_Memoranda.pdf?Web=1"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" face="Times New Roman">2016 B Memoranda</font></span></span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font></span>(funding policy, financial matters)</p><p><a title="Summary of 2016 SB Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2016SB_Memoranda.pdf?Web=1"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" face="Times New Roman">2016 SB Memoranda</font></span></span></a></p><p><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><font face="Times New Roman">Ministry of Education Memoranda</font></strong></p><p><a title="Ministry B and SB Memoranda" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos.htm" target="_blank"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" face="Times New Roman">B and SB Memoranda</font></span><span aria-hidden="true"></span></span></a></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=118
Public Education Symposium (PES) 2017http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=117Public Education Symposium (PES) 20172017-01-25T16:21:00Z<div class="ExternalClassFAABF85BE25D4B858F6570A956D0AF6A"><p>​<img alt="Thorndale PS Glee Club performs as PES2017" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/GleeClubPES2017.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:376px;" /></p><p>More than 290 trustees, student trustees, Directors of Education and senior school board administrators participated in the Ontario Public School Boards' Association's (OPSBA) successful PES 2017, jointly hosted with the Association des conseil scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario (ACÉPO) from January 19 to 21, 2017. This leading professional development symposium, specifically designed for school board leaders, offered dynamic sessions on topics directly affecting the role of trustee and the broader environment within which school boards operate. </p><p><strong><em>Pre-Symposium </em></strong><br>Thursday morning began with a strategic planning session opened by Denise Dwyer, Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Education. The workshop supported Boards of Trustees' responsibility to develop a multi-year strategic plan and introduced draft revisions to <em>The Strategic Planner's Guidebook. </em>An orientation to the guidebook and online resources was provided by OPSBA President Laurie French and Linda Savard, Chair of the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO).</p><p>Additional sessions from the pre-Symposium included:</p><ul><li>Theresa MacBeth, Director, Strategy Manager and Communications, Kingston General Hospital – <em>From Scorecards to Storyboards – The Role of Strategy, Engagement and Storytelling in the Remarkable Turnaround of KGH</em></li><li>Sharing Leading Practices – A panel featuring representatives from the Ottawa-Carleton DSB, Algoma DSB and CEPEO</li><li>An interactive workshop activity seeking feedback on the draft revisions of the Guidebook</li><li><em>Effective Preparation for Collective Bargaining</em> – An overview of collective bargaining communications with an opportunity for feedback</li></ul><p><strong><em>Keynotes, Workshops and Panel Discussions</em></strong></p><p><em>Thursday, January 19</em><br> Peter Garrow, Chair of OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council and Upper Canada DSB Trustee, opened the Main Symposium on Thursday evening bringing official greetings and a traditional lands acknowledgement from Ontario's indigenous trustees.</p><p>The evening's keynote was Amy Whitaker, author and Assistant Professor of Visual Arts Management at NYU Steinhardt. She discussed the concept of <em>"Art Thinking,"</em> following an outstanding student performance provided by <em>La Chorale de la Salle</em> from CEPEO.</p><p><em>Friday, January 20</em><br><em> </em>OPSBA was honoured to welcome Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care Indira Naidoo-Harris, who spoke to attendees on Friday morning. They were followed by an enlightening and informative panel discussion on Indigenous Education and reconciliation, moderated by Peter Garrow. Panelists joining Trustee Garrow included Bob Watts, Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University and Elaine Johnston, Trustee, Algoma DSB.</p><p>Chris Vollum, President, CMV SocialMedia Inc., brought his <em>Social Media Fitness</em> experience to PES on Friday afternoon. The session educated and inspired participants to think differently about the role that social media plays in their lives. Chris later joined a social media panel discussion that included Chris Moore, Principal, Lambton Kent DSB and Shawn McKillop, Manager of Communications and Community Relations, Grand Erie DSB. The panel was moderated by OPSBA's Communications and Policy Officer, T.J. Goertz.</p><p>Also on Friday afternoon, Sheila MacKinnon, Partner, Shibley Righton LLP was joined by OPSBA's Jennifer McIntyre, Director of Policy, to provide a well-attended workshop on best practices for private and in-camera board meetings. An additional workshop for Student Trustees, <em>The Leader in You</em>, was led by speaker Brian Jones of the Ministry of Education's Leadership Development and School Board Governance Branch.</p><p><em>Saturday, January 21</em><br><em> </em>Trustees also had an opportunity at Saturday morning regional meetings to network and share issues and solutions with each other on the pressing challenges in today's education environment.  </p><p>Saturday morning's engaging closing keynote, entitled <em>Innovate Like a Toddler – What You Can Learn About Ingenuity from the Early Years,</em> was provided by Jim Grieve, Retired Teachers of Ontario Executive Director and former Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Years Division of the Ministry of Education. </p><p><strong><em>Youth Entertainment and Award Presentation</em></strong><br> The symposium audience was delighted by the outstanding Thursday evening performances of student choir <em>La Chorale de la Salle, </em>from Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario, and musical group Unisson of the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l'Ontario.  </p><p>Friday evening's production featured an incredible show of song and dance from Peel DSB's Thorndale PS <em>The Glee Club</em>. </p><p>Many thanks to all participating students, who showed attendees what an investment in arts education can look like.</p><p>Former Lakehead DSB trustee and OPSBA 1<sup>st</sup> Vice-President Lori Lukinuk, now a registered parliamentarian and President of Ophea, received the Bernardine Yackman Award for her dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution to education in Northern Ontario.</p><p><strong>Additional Information</strong><br> <br><strong>Power Point Presentation</strong><strong>s</strong> from PES sessions will be posted on our <a title="PES conference website" href="/events-and-publications/public-education-symposium"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>PES conference website</strong></span></a>.</p><p><strong>A selection of photographs</strong> from the Symposium will be available on our<strong> </strong><a title="OPSBA flickr page" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/opsba/albums/with/72157650651781355" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Flickr page</strong></span></a> later this month.</p><p><strong>Tweets</strong> from the three days of PES can be read by <a title="Tweets from PES" href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PESym17&src=typd" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>clicking here</strong></span></a>.</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=117
Children's vision and hearing health should be top of mindhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=116Children's vision and hearing health should be top of mind2017-01-25T16:15:17Z<div class="ExternalClass6EA9C124C0BA444FA68BBB2316F98124"><p><img src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/eye-glasses-37706_960_720.png" alt="Eye glasses" class="ms-rtePosition-2 ms-rteImage-0" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:151px;" />The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) and the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) are urging all Ontario educators to ensure that every child in Ontario starting school is healthy and ready to learn.</p><p>To reach their potential, all children require good vision and hearing that has been assessed by a regulated health professional at the optimal time. </p><p><strong>Vision</strong></p><p>As many as one in four children (25%) has a vision problem. Unfortunately, each year, thousands of children start school without ever having an eye exam. Children with amblyopia are a particular concern, as they need to be identified early and <span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">treatment started before vision loss becomes permanent.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">Children who cannot see the board, focus on a picture or follow words in a book may<br>struggle to achieve their full learning potential. Vision problems can also impact their<br>hand-eye coordination for physical activities and even impact their social development.<br></span></p><p><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">The OAO recommends that children have a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist at six to nine months of age, at three years of age, and then every 12 months or as recommended by the optometrist.</span></p><p><strong>Hearing</strong></p><p>Three out of every thousand babies are born with hearing loss that may affect their speech, language, <span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">reading, writing, and social development. This can result in poor academic performance </span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">in children, behavioural issues in teenagers, and isolation, reduced independence, </span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">diminished cognitive function, and depression.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">Early identification, accurate assessment and effective treatment of auditory disorders are </span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">essential to ensuring better outcomes for children.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">The Ontario Infant Hearing Program funded by the Ontario government tests all </span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">ch</span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">ildren soon after birth, and will follow a child if identified as having a hearing </span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">i</span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;">mpairment up to the age of six.</span></p><p>For more information, please see the documents below:</p><ul><li><a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OAO%20OSLA%20visionhearingstatement%20final.pdf" title="OAO/OSLA backgrounder on vision and hearing">OAO/OSLA backgrounder on vision and hearing</a></li><li><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:18.0006px;"></span><a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/Eye%20health%20among%20lowest%20concerns%20for%20Ontario%20parents%20-%20OAO%20-%202016.pdf" title="OAO News Release - Ontario parents turn a blind eye to children’s eye health">OAO News Release - Ontario parents turn a blind eye to children’s eye health</a></li></ul></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=116
Nominations are open for the 2017 OTIP Teaching Awardshttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=115Nominations are open for the 2017 OTIP Teaching Awards2017-01-23T16:16:27Z<div class="ExternalClass15E4EBC68AE74746B91A454F1359F92C"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="OTIPteachingAwards.jpg" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OTIPteachingAwards.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:106px;" />The <span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:18.0006px;">Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP)</span> Teaching Awards include three categories: elementary school teacher, secondary school teacher and beginning teacher in the first five years of teaching. Anyone can nominate a teacher – professional colleagues, students, parents, or the general public. These awards recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions that teachers make to their students' education, to their schools, and within their communities.</p><p><strong><font face="Thread-00002160-Id-000000c5">The nominations deadline is March 31, 2017.</font></strong><br> <br>The OTIP and the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF) are proud sponsors of the OTIP Teaching Awards. For many years, these awards have recognized the excellence of teachers in publicly funded education.</p><p><a title="OTIP Teaching Awards" href="http://teachingawards.ca/" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more information.</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=115

Feb 16
Equal Voice announces Daughters of the Vote Initiative

DaughtersOfTheVote.pngThree hundred thirty-eight young women leaders have been selected to represent each of Canada's 338 federal ridings for the historic Daughters of the Vote initiative.

At a day-long forum in each Daughter's home province or territory, they will spend a day learning about the historic – and still incomplete journey – of women in Canadian politics.

On International Women's Day, March 8, 2017, every Daughter will have the opportunity to take her seat in Parliament when they will be joined by the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Canada's first and only woman Prime Minister, who will deliver an address from the Speaker's chair.

While on Parliament Hill, the Daughters will also be engaging in a full-day of public policy discussions and participating in Leadership Workshops featuring advice from women in politics, business, the labour movement and voluntary sector.

Feb 08
Fight for equitable First Nations social services funding continues

February 23, 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the filing of the human rights complaint that found Canada racially discriminated against 165,000 First Nations children by providing inequitable child welfare services and failing to implement Jordan's Principle.

Some new resources have been created (see below) and key dates noted to help mark the occasion and increase the pressure on the Government of Canada to comply with the legal orders to end known inequalities in other federal services affecting First Nations children.

  1. Have a Heart Day (February 14, 2017):  Host a Valentine's Day party in your home, school, daycare, or workplace and write Valentine's Day cards to your elected officials so First Nations Children can grow up safely with their families, get a good education, be healthy and proud of who they are.  Events can be registered on a map.  In Ottawa, approximately 700 children and youth will be reading their letters out, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Parliament Hill.
  2. The #Waiting4UCanada Twitter campaign invites users to say what they were doing for the past 10 years to demonstrate how much time has passed.
  3. Handy information sheets on the February 23 case are available at http://www.fnwitness.ca.

 

Feb 07
OPSBA in the Media

Cohn misrepresents role of school boards
Re: Tragedy opens heart, bigotry doesn’t, Feb. 2
OPSBA President Laurie French, Letter to the Editor, The Star, Feb. 6, 2017
Tragedy opens heart, bigotry doesn’t, Feb. 2
Martin Regg Cohn is right in saying that classrooms in this province should be a sanctuary, a place of learning, fostering and welcoming. Actions or words that violate that sanctuary, especially coming from anyone with responsibility within the school system, are unacceptable and must be answered with transparency and a commitment to heal the wrong.
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Jan 31
Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth Conference

Children running Last Call for Registration!

The Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth: Breaking Down the Silos in Addressing Mental Health & Violence will be held from February 15 to 17 at the London Convention Centre. This conference will bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners working with children and adolescents to prevent and address relationship violence and mental health challenges.

The purpose? To break down the silos through a recognition that there are overlapping issues with common health promotion, prevention, early identification and intervention strategies. 

The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 3.

Click here for a complete list of speakers and workshops.

Jan 30
2017 Education Labour Relations & Human Resources Symposium

April 6 and 7, 2017
Sheraton Centre Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto M5H 2M9

OPSBA's annual Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium is designed to provide professional development in the areas of labour relations and human resources to trustees, directors of education, senior human resources officials and labour relations staff.

Preliminary Program

Online registration available soon.

HOTEL INFORMATION
OPSBA has secured a preferred rate for delegates at the Sheraton Centre Hotel - $215.00 plus taxes (single/double).  Please contact the hotel directly for reservations.

Rooms must be booked before FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017.

Online Hotel reservations:   OPSBA Labour Relations Symposium
OR 
Telephone:  416-361-1000 OR toll free (Central Reservation Office) 1-888-627-7175, and give either the group name - OPSBA Labour Relations Symposium - or the code OBC28A for access to the block of rooms.   After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only.

For more information: Justine Morrison, Manager of Labour Relations; Susan Weinberg, Policy & Professional Development Coordinator; or email webmaster@opsba.org

Jan 30
Ontario Newsroom
Jan 26
Ministry of Education Update

Please see the following updated OPSBA summaries indicated below for information regarding Ministry of Education 2017 Memoranda SB01 and SB02.

OPSBA Summaries

2017 SB Memoranda (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)

2016 B Memoranda (funding policy, financial matters)

2016 SB Memoranda

Ministry of Education Memoranda

B and SB Memoranda

Jan 25
Public Education Symposium (PES) 2017

Thorndale PS Glee Club performs as PES2017

More than 290 trustees, student trustees, Directors of Education and senior school board administrators participated in the Ontario Public School Boards' Association's (OPSBA) successful PES 2017, jointly hosted with the Association des conseil scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario (ACÉPO) from January 19 to 21, 2017. This leading professional development symposium, specifically designed for school board leaders, offered dynamic sessions on topics directly affecting the role of trustee and the broader environment within which school boards operate. 

Pre-Symposium
Thursday morning began with a strategic planning session opened by Denise Dwyer, Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Education. The workshop supported Boards of Trustees' responsibility to develop a multi-year strategic plan and introduced draft revisions to The Strategic Planner's Guidebook. An orientation to the guidebook and online resources was provided by OPSBA President Laurie French and Linda Savard, Chair of the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO).

Additional sessions from the pre-Symposium included:

  • Theresa MacBeth, Director, Strategy Manager and Communications, Kingston General Hospital – From Scorecards to Storyboards – The Role of Strategy, Engagement and Storytelling in the Remarkable Turnaround of KGH
  • Sharing Leading Practices – A panel featuring representatives from the Ottawa-Carleton DSB, Algoma DSB and CEPEO
  • An interactive workshop activity seeking feedback on the draft revisions of the Guidebook
  • Effective Preparation for Collective Bargaining – An overview of collective bargaining communications with an opportunity for feedback

Keynotes, Workshops and Panel Discussions

Thursday, January 19
Peter Garrow, Chair of OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council and Upper Canada DSB Trustee, opened the Main Symposium on Thursday evening bringing official greetings and a traditional lands acknowledgement from Ontario's indigenous trustees.

The evening's keynote was Amy Whitaker, author and Assistant Professor of Visual Arts Management at NYU Steinhardt. She discussed the concept of "Art Thinking," following an outstanding student performance provided by La Chorale de la Salle from CEPEO.

Friday, January 20
OPSBA was honoured to welcome Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care Indira Naidoo-Harris, who spoke to attendees on Friday morning. They were followed by an enlightening and informative panel discussion on Indigenous Education and reconciliation, moderated by Peter Garrow. Panelists joining Trustee Garrow included Bob Watts, Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University and Elaine Johnston, Trustee, Algoma DSB.

Chris Vollum, President, CMV SocialMedia Inc., brought his Social Media Fitness experience to PES on Friday afternoon. The session educated and inspired participants to think differently about the role that social media plays in their lives. Chris later joined a social media panel discussion that included Chris Moore, Principal, Lambton Kent DSB and Shawn McKillop, Manager of Communications and Community Relations, Grand Erie DSB. The panel was moderated by OPSBA's Communications and Policy Officer, T.J. Goertz.

Also on Friday afternoon, Sheila MacKinnon, Partner, Shibley Righton LLP was joined by OPSBA's Jennifer McIntyre, Director of Policy, to provide a well-attended workshop on best practices for private and in-camera board meetings. An additional workshop for Student Trustees, The Leader in You, was led by speaker Brian Jones of the Ministry of Education's Leadership Development and School Board Governance Branch.

Saturday, January 21
Trustees also had an opportunity at Saturday morning regional meetings to network and share issues and solutions with each other on the pressing challenges in today's education environment.  

Saturday morning's engaging closing keynote, entitled Innovate Like a Toddler – What You Can Learn About Ingenuity from the Early Years, was provided by Jim Grieve, Retired Teachers of Ontario Executive Director and former Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Years Division of the Ministry of Education.

Youth Entertainment and Award Presentation
The symposium audience was delighted by the outstanding Thursday evening performances of student choir La Chorale de la Salle, from Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario, and musical group Unisson of the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l'Ontario. 

Friday evening's production featured an incredible show of song and dance from Peel DSB's Thorndale PS The Glee Club.

Many thanks to all participating students, who showed attendees what an investment in arts education can look like.

Former Lakehead DSB trustee and OPSBA 1st Vice-President Lori Lukinuk, now a registered parliamentarian and President of Ophea, received the Bernardine Yackman Award for her dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution to education in Northern Ontario.

Additional Information

Power Point Presentations from PES sessions will be posted on our PES conference website.

A selection of photographs from the Symposium will be available on our Flickr page later this month.

Tweets from the three days of PES can be read by clicking here.

Jan 24
Children's vision and hearing health should be top of mind

Eye glassesThe Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) and the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) are urging all Ontario educators to ensure that every child in Ontario starting school is healthy and ready to learn.

To reach their potential, all children require good vision and hearing that has been assessed by a regulated health professional at the optimal time. 

Vision

As many as one in four children (25%) has a vision problem. Unfortunately, each year, thousands of children start school without ever having an eye exam. Children with amblyopia are a particular concern, as they need to be identified early and treatment started before vision loss becomes permanent.

Children who cannot see the board, focus on a picture or follow words in a book may
struggle to achieve their full learning potential. Vision problems can also impact their
hand-eye coordination for physical activities and even impact their social development.

The OAO recommends that children have a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist at six to nine months of age, at three years of age, and then every 12 months or as recommended by the optometrist.

Hearing

Three out of every thousand babies are born with hearing loss that may affect their speech, language, reading, writing, and social development. This can result in poor academic performance in children, behavioural issues in teenagers, and isolation, reduced independence, diminished cognitive function, and depression.

Early identification, accurate assessment and effective treatment of auditory disorders are essential to ensuring better outcomes for children.

The Ontario Infant Hearing Program funded by the Ontario government tests all children soon after birth, and will follow a child if identified as having a hearing impairment up to the age of six.

For more information, please see the documents below:

Jan 23
Nominations are open for the 2017 OTIP Teaching Awards

OTIPteachingAwards.jpgThe Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) Teaching Awards include three categories: elementary school teacher, secondary school teacher and beginning teacher in the first five years of teaching. Anyone can nominate a teacher – professional colleagues, students, parents, or the general public. These awards recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions that teachers make to their students' education, to their schools, and within their communities.

The nominations deadline is March 31, 2017.
 
The OTIP and the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF) are proud sponsors of the OTIP Teaching Awards. For many years, these awards have recognized the excellence of teachers in publicly funded education.

Click here for more information.

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