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Fast Report: September 21, 2012 | Vol. 24, No. 29

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2012 Northern Regional Meeting & Program, October 19 — 20

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Friday, October 19 - Saturday,  October 20
Delta Hotel and Conference Centre
Sault Ste. Marie

 

REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Program begins:  7:30 p.m. Friday, October 19 

Registration from 6:30 p.m.

Program ends:  Saturday, October 20, after dinner.

 

Sessions:

  • OPSBA and Collective Bargaining
    Geoff Williams, Director of Labour Relations
  • "NEW"
    Bring and Brag Carousel - Sharing Effective Practice

    Judith Nyman, Director of Program Policy (facilitator)

    Boards are invited to give a 5 minute presentation on an innovative program.
    Please choose a presenter from your Board in advance.
    A template will be provided to guide your comments.
    Please bring copies of any relevant materials or a report that can be shared with the participants.
  • Accessibility
  • Northern Region Business Meeting
  • Emerging Issues in Education:
    • Judith Nyman, Director of Program Policy
    • Jeff Sprang, Director of Communications and Media Relations
    • Jennifer McIntyre, Director of Policy and Communications Associate

Program begins:

 Friday, October 19
 6:00 p.m. – Registration
 7:00 p.m. -- Welcome and Opening Remarks

Program ends:

Saturday, October 20
After dinner

Where:

Delta Hotel and Conference Centre
208 St Mary’s River Drive
Sault Ste Marie, P5A 5V4
Tel: 705-949-0611 or Toll Free: 1-888-713-8482

Who:

Trustees, Directors of Education, supervisory officers, student trustees and other board members are encouraged to attend this annual OPSBA meeting.

Hotel Rate:

$119 (plus taxes) single/double
Please contact the hotel directly
and identify the OPSBA rate.

HOTEL CUT-OFF DATE:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
After the deadline, this special rate will be provided on a space available basis only.

Online Registration

Program outline (115K PDF)

For more information: Susan Weinberg, Policy and Professional Development Coordinator, x128; or webmaster

Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health, October 25—26

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Early Bird Registration Deadline extended for Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health — September 28, 2012

Pre-Summit Session regarding Concussion (Acquired Brain Injury) still has space available! Experts in the field and celebrities with lived experience will share their current understanding and focus on materials and resources to promote safe return to play and return to learn. Excellent session for coaches, health care workers, educational assistants, principals, trustees, parents and youth. Do not miss this session.

Main Summit features: Clara Hughes is the keynote speaker on the evening of Thursday, October 25. Friday, October 26 has plenary and break-out sessions all focused on evidence based practices and programs. Two sessions are dedicated francophone sessions.

There are over 30 exhibitors and an amazing student art exhibit.

Register now

Program Outline

For more information: Judith Nyman, Director, Program Policy, ext.125; Susan Weinberg, Policy & Professional Development Coordinator, ext.128; or webmaster

Implementation of the Putting Students First Act and amendments to education funding regulations

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On September 13, the Ministry of Education issued Ministry Memorandum 2012:B14. The Putting Students First Act, 2012, (PSFA) received Royal Assent on September 11 and was proclaimed in force on September 12. The PSFA uses, as a template for collective agreements, the memoranda of understanding (MOUs) between the Government and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) and other partners. The Lieutenant Governor in Council has now made the required amendments to the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) regulations for 2012- 13 to support the PSFA.

The due date for submission of boards' Revised Estimates continues to be December 14, 2012. Given the scope of the changes from Estimates, Revised Estimates must be approved by a motion of the board before submission to the Ministry. If a board anticipates it might be in a deficit situation that would require a deficit management plan, the board should communicate this immediately to its Ministry Financial Officer.

The memorandum also details the amendments that have been made to the 2012-13 GSN and the 2013-14 GSN as a result of the PSFA.

2012: B14, Implementation of the Putting Students First Act and amendments to education funding regulations

Complete list of 2012 B Memoranda

For more information: Wayne McNally, Director, Finance, ext.104; or webmaster

Child Care Modernization—Consultations

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Feedback deadline: September 24, 2012

On June 27, 2012, the government announced its plans to "modernize child care in Ontario" and released "Modernizing Child Care in Ontario: Sharing Conversations, Strengthening Partnerships, Working Together", a discussion paper which will form the basis of consultation on child care.

OPSBA will be providing feedback to the discussion paper. Jennifer McIntyre, OPSBA Policy & Communications Associate, continues to be involved in Ministry policy advisory meetings on Early Learning and Child Care.

To provide feedback on the discussion paper (http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry)

Or by regular to mail:

Child Care Modernization
c/o Early Learning Division
Ministry of Education
Mowat Block, 24th Floor
900 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2

See
Ministry of Education Letter, June 27

Ministry of Education News Release, June 27, 2012

Ministry of Education Backgrounder, June 27, 2012

Modernizing Child Care in Ontario - Discussion Paper, June 2012

Ministry of Education UPDATE

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OPSBA Summaries
2012 B Memoranda (funding policy, financial matters)

2012 SB Memoranda (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)

2011 B Memoranda

2011 SB Memoranda

Ministry of Education Memoranda
B and SB Memoranda

Memoranda Summary

For more information: Wayne McNally, Director, Finance, x104, or webmaster

OPSBA in the MEDIA

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Numbers tell the story
Lori Lukinuk, Vice-President OPSBA, Letter to the editor, Mississauga News, September 13, 2012
Dear Editor:
Re: School board pays $250K for lobbyists, mississauga.com, Sept. 10.
Numbers tell the story.
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) is both a service and an advocacy organization that makes sure the Peel District School Board sees its needs reflected in education funding, makes sure it gets value-added services, and makes sure that students in Peel benefit from every dollar we can save.
Complete story

For more information: Jeff Sprang, Director, Communications & Media Relations, x.111; or webmaster

From OPSBA Members

Give Your School a Hug Day—October 10, 2012

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Heartspeak

October 10, 2012 has been designated as Heartspeak's Give your School a Hug DayTM and your school community is invited to participate. Give Your School a Hug engages the whole school - students and staff - to identify solutions that support well-being, inclusion and achievement at local school and school board levels by engaging in meaningful discussion on topics such as bullying/cyber-bullying, mental health, learning and communication challenges, addictions, and more. This approach builds on and strengthens the Safe Schools, Equity and Inclusive Education strategies and provides a key element for moving forward with Bill 13 (the Accepting Schools Act).

For more information: www.heartspeak.ca

From Education PARTNERS

Career BOARD

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Career Board (from OPSBA members and education partners)

OASBO Job Postings, as of Sep 06 (from OASBO members)

Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 2012

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Friday, September 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
OPSBA Board Room, Toronto

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Friday, September 21, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. &
Saturday, September 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Metropolitan Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-977-5000 or 1-800-668-6600
OPSBA Board of Directors Rate: $168
Hotel cut-off date: August 31

OPSBA GENERAL MEETING
Friday, September 21, 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. &
Saturday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Victoria Room, 2nd Floor, Metropolitan Hotel
OPSBA Corporate Rate: $150

NORTHERN REGION DIRECTORS
Friday, September 21, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
OPSBA Board Room, Toronto

OCTOBER 2012

POLICY DEVELOPMENT / PROGRAM WORK TEAM (Joint Meeting)
Friday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
OPSBA, Toronto

REGIONAL MEETINGS
Saturday, October 13

2012 NORTHERN REGIONAL MEETING & PROGRAM
October 19—20
Delta Conference Centre, 208 St Mary's River Drive, Sault Ste Marie
Phone: 705-949-0611 or  1-888-713-8482
OPSBA rate: $119.00 plus taxes (single and double room)
Hotel cut-off date: September 19

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Thursday, October 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
OPSBA Board Room, Toronto

CHILDREN & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT
October 25—26
Allstream Centre
105 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto

NOVEMBER 2012

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Friday, November 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
OPSBA Board Room, Toronto

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Friday, November 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. &
Saturday, December 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Metropolitan Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-977-5000 or 1-800-668-6600
OPSBA Board of Directors Rate: $158
Cut-off date: October 31

NORTHERN REGION DIRECTORS
Friday, November 30, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
OPSBA Board Room, Toronto

JANUARY 2013

2013 PUBLIC EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
January 31—February 2
Sheraton Centre Hotel
123 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-361-1000 or 1-800-325-3535
OPSBA rate: $190 plus taxes (single); $210 plus taxes (double)
Hotel cut-off date: January 8

MARCH 2013

2013 LABOUR RELATIONS SYMPOSIUM
March 21—23
Sheraton Centre Hotel
123 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-361-1000 or 1-800-325-3535
OPSBA rate: $205 plus taxes (single and double room)
Hotel cut-off date: February 17

JUNE 2013

2013 AGM & PROGRAM
June 6—8
Sheraton on the Falls Hotel
5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls
Phone: 905-374-4444 or 1-888-229-9961
OPSBA rate: $124 (city view) / $164.00 (fallsview) plus taxes (single or double)
Hotel cut-off date: May 13