Three 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.
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.
Cohn misrepresents role of school boardsRe: Tragedy opens heart, bigotry doesn’t, Feb. 2OPSBA President Laurie French, Letter to the Editor, The Star, Feb. 6, 2017Tragedy opens heart, bigotry doesn’t, Feb. 2Martin 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.More...
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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.
April 6 and 7, 2017Sheraton Centre Hotel123 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.
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 SymposiumOR 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 email@example.com
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Strategic Investments Creating Foundation for Prosperity, Feb. 8, 2017
Statement From Minister Hunter Regarding Tentative Labour Agreement With ETFO, Feb. 2, 2017
Statement From Minister Hunter Regarding Tentative Labour Agreement With OCEW, Feb. 2, 2017
Statement from Minister Coteau on Black History Month, Feb. 1, 2017
Statement by Minister Laura Albanese, Jan 29, 2017
Statement From Minister Hunter Regarding Tentative Labour Agreement With OECTA, Jan. 27, 2017
Join the Festivities and Celebrate Ontario's 150th Anniversary! Jan. 24, 2017
Please see the following updated OPSBA summaries indicated below for information regarding Ministry of Education 2017 Memoranda SB01 and SB02.
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
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:
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.
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.
To reach their potential, all children require good vision and hearing that has been assessed by a regulated health professional at the optimal time.
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 maystruggle to achieve their full learning potential. Vision problems can also impact theirhand-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.
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:
The 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.
OPSBA Connects is the Ontario Public School Boards' Association's online newsletter, providing the province's public education sector with the news needed to make informed decisions on the issues that matter to students and their families.