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Education Today's Spring 2018 Issue now availablehttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=232Education Today's Spring 2018 Issue now available2018-02-20T18:31:32Z<div class="ExternalClass87293512525D4193B54E3A1DF0ADF095"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/PublishingImages/ET_Spring2018_Homepageteaser.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:297px;" />The Spring 2018 edition of OPSBA's Education Today magazine is <a title="ET - Spring 2018" href="/Education%20Today/Current-Issue" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">now available online</a>, featuring articles on financial literacy and internal school board communications, as well as an interview with Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services!</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">If you would like to receive email notifications when future new issues are posted, please click on the <em style="font-style:italic;">Sign up for Email Notification </em>link below to provide your information.<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Thank you for your continued support of Education Today.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Current Issue" href="/Education%20Today/Pages/Current-Issue.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Current Issue</a><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><a title="Back Issues" href="/Education%20Today/Pages/Back-Issues.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Back Issues</a><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><a title="Sign up for Email Notification" href="/Education%20Today/Pages/Sign-up-for-email-notification.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Sign up for Email Notification</a><br></p><p>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=232
Legislative Update, February 16, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=231Legislative Update, February 16, 20182018-02-16T18:20:17Z<div class="ExternalClass06FF1381E79144569DA5BE39DC3A2B3B"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />The Legislative Assembly of Ontario resumes February 20, 2018. Legislation being monitored includes: </p><h3>Bill 191, Education Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), 2017</h3><p>This private member’s bill was introduced on December 13, 2017, by Liberal MPP Sophie Kiwala, MPP (Kingston and the Islands). This bill would require boards to promote awareness and understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), including best practices to support pupils who may have FASD. It would also require boards to facilitate collaboration with parents and FASD Support Groups. </p><h3>Bill 193, Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety)</h3><p>This bill was introduced on December 14, 2017, by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon. If passed, Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2017, and amendments to the Education Act would provide the framework to govern concussion prevention, detection, management and awareness in amateur competitive sport and schools. </p><p>In addition to the legislation, the government had a posting on the Ontario's Regulatory Registry that included discussion questions concerning the bill and its potential requirements. Both of OPSBA’s work teams (Policy Development and Education Program) discussed this at meetings held during the Public Education Symposium. The comments also reflect the <a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Response%20to%20Rowan%27s%20Law%20regulatory%20posting%20-%20Feb%209.pdf">OPSBA submission</a> to the drafting of PPM 158 – School Board Policies on Concussions, which was released in 2014. A main concern remains to ensure our students are able to not only return to play but return to learn. </p><h3>Anti-Racism Data Standards</h3><p>On February 12, 2018, the Anti-Racism Directorate issued a posting on Ontario's Regulatory Registry with proposed standards for the Identification and Monitoring of Systemic Racism (Anti-Racism Data Standards). The proposal includes minimum requirements for the planning, collection, management, analysis and reporting of personal information. This is to include information about Indigenous identity, race and race-related information. OPSBA has reached out the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to determine the Ministry’s expectations and how the Ministry will approach the education sector. </p><p><a title="Regulatory posting, Anti-Racism Directorate" href="http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=26766&language=en" target="_blank">Regulatory posting</a></p><p><a title="OPSBA submission re Bill 115, Anti-Racism Act" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBASubmissionreBill114_AntiRacismAct.pdf" target="_blank">OPSBA submission re Bill 115, <em>Anti-Racism Act</em></a> </p><h3>Other information<br></h3><ul><li>February 6, 2018 - <a title="Ontario Boosting Opportunities for Students to Stay Active" href="http://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2018/02/ontario-boosting-opportunities-for-students-to-stay-active.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Boosting Opportunities for Students to Stay Active</a> </li><li>February 9, 2018 - <a title="Ontario Expanding Early Years Programming for Indigenous Children" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2018/02/ontario-expanding-early-years-programming-for-indigenous-children.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Expanding Early Years Programming for Indigenous Children</a> </li><li>February 14, 2018 - <a title="Ontario Improving Access to High-Speed Internet for Over 250,000 Students" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2018/02/ontario-improving-access-to-high-speed-internet-for-250000-students.html" target="_blank">Ontario Improving Access to High-Speed Internet for Over 250,000 Students</a> </li><li>February 15, 2018 - <a title="Province Investing in Economic Development for Indigenous Communities in Central and Southwestern Ontario" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mirr/en/2018/02/post-1.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Province Investing in Economic Development for Indigenous Communities in Central and Southwestern Ontario</a>​</li></ul></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=231
Register now for the 2018 Summit on Children & Youth Mental Healthhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=230Register now for the 2018 Summit on Children & Youth Mental Health2018-02-12T16:44:30Z<div class="ExternalClassB7A1EB720C204F01AD056A770BDA5ECD"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/Coalition_logo_horizontal_smallpreview.jpg.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:327px;" /><a title="Registration for the 2018 Summit" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/2018-Summit-Online-Registration.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;font-size:18px;text-decoration:underline;">Online registration</a><span style="font-size:18px;"> is now open for the </span><a title="More information about the 2018 Summit." href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/Summit-on-Children---Youth-Mental-Health.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;font-size:18px;text-decoration:underline;">Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health</a><span style="font-size:18px;">!</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">This unique event unites the voices of educators, professional student services personnel, mental health and health professionals, children service agencies, children service advocates, families and students.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="English Save the Date flyer" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/Summit2018_Save_Date.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Save the Date Flyer</a> – English<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"> <a title="French Save the Date flyer" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/Summit2018_Save_Date_FR.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Save the Date Flyer</a> – French</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">April 12 and 13, 2018<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"> <a title="Directions to the Beanfield Centre" href="https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/%27%27/Beanfield+Centre/data=%214m5%214m4%211m0%211m2%211m1%211s0x882b351a5cfd07dd:0xa04969ad09ccfdc5?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiAp7bT-dPTAhXB6oMKHSEdBEYQ9RcIhgEwCw" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Beanfield Centre</a> (formerly Allstream Centre, CNE grounds)<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"> 105 Princes' Boulevard<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"> Toronto  M6K 3C3</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Hosted by the <a title="More information about the Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health" href="/what-we-do/coalition-for-children-and-youth-mental-health" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health </a>– a multi-sector group committed to urgent and positive change for children and youth mental health services in Ontario, the Summit focuses on working across tiered systems of support for promotion, prevention and intervention.  </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">The theme of the 2018 Summit is <em style="font-style:italic;">Beyond Collaboration: Towards Integrated Systems for Supporting Child and Youth Mental Health</em>. Acclaimed speakers will offer evidence-informed practices, programs and resources that have been shown to work and can make a real difference in the lives of children, youth and their families.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Participants will have a unique opportunity to network across sectors.  It is recommended that you register a multi-sector team from your community to continue the dialogue beyond the Summit.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=230
Ministry of Education Update, Feb. 12, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=229Ministry of Education Update, Feb. 12, 20182018-02-12T16:28:44Z<div class="ExternalClassB22F219208D34ACF910458E7E9DD13F3"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/GSNNewsRelease.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:114px;" />Please see the following updated OPSBA summaries indicated below for information regarding Ministry of Education 2017 and 2018 B and SB Memoranda.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">OPSBA Summaries</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2018 B Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2018B_Memoranda.pdf">2018 B Memoranda</a></font></span> (funding policy, financial matters)</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2018 SB Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2018SB_Memoranda.pdf">2018 SB Memoranda</a></font></span> (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)<br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2017 B Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2017B_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2017 B Memoranda</font></span></a></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summary of 2017 SB Memoranda" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/2017SB_Memoranda.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">2017 SB Memoranda</font></span></a></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Ministry of Education Memoranda</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Ministry B and SB Memoranda" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos.htm" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#008ce9" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">B and SB Memoranda</font></span></a>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=229
2018 Education Labour Relations & Human Resources Symposiumhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=2282018 Education Labour Relations & Human Resources Symposium2018-02-08T19:09:44Z<div class="ExternalClass34735DF1BC4B4AD3BCCDF92B328DF396"><h2><img src="/PublishingImages/peopleabstract.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:251px;" />Making a Difference</h2><p style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;">Registration for OPSBA's premier labour relations and human resources professional learning opportunity <a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/2018LRS_OnlineRegistration.aspx" title="Link to Symposium registration">is now open</a>. The 2018 <a href="/events-and-publications/labour-relations-symposium" title="Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium">Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium</a> takes place April 26 and 27 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. </p><p style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;">The Symposium is designed to provide professional development in the areas of labour relations and human resources designed specifically for School Board Trustees, Directors of Boards of Education, Supervisory Officers, and Senior Human Resources and Labour Relations practitioners.  Additionally, senior school board decision makers are provided with opportunities to share ideas and strategies, learn about next and best practices, and explore practical solutions to the challenges faced by Ontario school boards.<br></p><p style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;">Presentations will cover a wide range of relevant topics, including:</p><ul style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;"><li>Best approaches to conducting workplace investigations<br></li><li>Addressing use of medical marijuana in the workplace<br></li><li>Impacts of Bill 148 on school boards<br></li><li>Creating positive teaching and learning cultures for all employees<br></li><li>Navigating workplace violence issues<br></li><li>Best practices used to implement early return to work from sick leave<br></li><li>Understanding the Crown's role in the two-tier bargaining process<br></li><li>Optimal methods to prevent, detect and address IT security threats<br></li><li>Methods of managing sick leave costs and building of relationships<br></li><li>Effective methods to use when completing a workforce census<br></li><li>Expanded understanding of provincial benefit plans<br></li><li>Challenges and duties of boards to address 'invisible disabilities'<br></li><li>Sharing of best HR and LR practices<br></li><li>Proactive strategies to navigate changes in the workplace<br></li><li>Development of organizational health and wellness<br></li></ul><p style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;"><a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/2018LRS_OnlineRegistration.aspx" title="Register for the Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium"><span style="font-weight:600;">Register online</span></a><br><br>April 26 and 27, 2018<br><a href="https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1701245744&key=27D98E11" title="Reserve a hotel room at the Sheraton Centre" target="_blank">Sheraton Centre Hotel</a><br>123 Queen Street West<br>Toronto  M5H 2M9<br><br><span style="font-weight:600;">Hotel Information</span><br></p><p style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;">OPSBA has secured a preferred rate for delegates at the Sheraton Centre - $229.00 plus taxes (single/double). The deadline is March 23. After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only. <br></p><p style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;">Please contact the hotel directly for reservations. <br></p><p style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;"><span style="font-weight:600;">Online Hotel reservations:</span>  <a href="https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1802062674&key=3581A858" title="Reserve a hotel room at the Sheraton Centre" target="_blank">OPSBA Labour Relations Symposium</a><br><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"><br>or</span><br></p><p style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;"><span style="font-weight:600;">Telephone:</span>  416-361-1000 OR toll free (Central Reservation Office) 1-888-627-7175, and quote the group name - OPSBA Labour Relations Symposium.<br></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=228
Call for Policy Resolutions & Proposed Amendments to the OPSBA Constitutionhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=227Call for Policy Resolutions & Proposed Amendments to the OPSBA Constitution2018-02-02T15:26:09Z<div class="ExternalClass194308CA72044A6E9F9E92B7EDD12B14"><h3><span lang="EN"><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/PublishingImages/leadership.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />POLICY RESOLUTIONS</span><span lang="EN"><br> Submission deadline: April 3, 2018</span><span lang="EN"></span></h3><p><span lang="EN">Tuesday, April 3 is the deadline for OPSBA member boards to submit policy resolutions for consideration by the general membership at the 2018 OPSBA Annual General Meeting. Policy resolutions from member boards that are passed at the AGM are incorporated into the work planning that takes place over the summer and are aligned with the action framework to achieve OPSBA's priorities for the year ahead. The Key Work of OPSBA is the OPSBA publication that sets out this action framework.</span></p><p><span lang="EN">Please note:</span></p><ul><li><span lang="EN"></span><span lang="EN">Policy resolutions must reflect the corporate position of a member school board and address issues that have provincial implications.</span></li><li><span lang="EN"></span><span lang="EN">Proposals for action by OPSBA should be clearly described as part of the backgrounder and within the resolution itself.</span></li></ul><p><span lang="EN">Policy resolutions received at OPSBA by <strong>Tuesday, April 3</strong> will be reviewed by a Policy Resolutions Review Committee; i.e., members of Executive Council and Regional Vice-Chairs acting in this capacity. The policy resolutions, along with comments from the Policy Resolutions Review Committee, will be presented to the Board of Directors for information at their April 20-21, 2018 meeting before being forwarded to member boards.</span></p><p><span lang="EN">In accordance with the OPSBA Constitution, policy resolutions may also be presented from the floor of the Annual General Meeting but are first subject to obtaining the approval of two-thirds of the delegates at the AGM to consider the new resolution. Once the approval to consider the new resolution has been obtained, the member board representative (delegate) who has introduced the new resolution from the floor must provide written copies of the resolution for every voting delegate.</span></p><p><span lang="EN"><a title="Guidelines for Submission of Policy Resolutions" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/2018AGM_GuidelinesAndFormForPolicyResolutions.pdf" target="_blank">Guidelines for Submission of Policy Resolutions, including Submission Form</a></span></p><h3><span lang="EN">PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS</span><span lang="EN"><br> Submission deadline: Tuesday, April 3, 2018</span><span lang="EN"></span></h3><p><span lang="EN">Each year, member boards have an opportunity to submit proposals for amendments to the OPSBA Constitution for consideration by the Board of Directors. The deadline for submission this year is <strong>April 3</strong> in order to allow time for staff and legal counsel to review the proposals and to prepare language before submission to the Board of </span><span lang="EN">Directors for consideration at their April 20-21 meeting. Constitutional amendments must be first approved by the Board of Directors and are then forwarded to the OPSBA Annual General Meeting for confirmation by a two-thirds vote of the membership. </span></p><p><span lang="EN">This year, the AGM is being held on <strong>June 1</strong>. The constitutional amendments take effect once they are confirmed by at least two-thirds of the votes cast at the Annual General Meeting. In some cases, a proposed constitutional amendment can be referred to a specially formed work group for further careful study and consideration of the full impact of the proposed change. That work group's recommendation(s) would be provided in time for the following year's process; i.e., consideration by the Board of Directors in April of the following year, and then forwarded to the Annual General Meeting for consideration by the delegates.</span></p><p><span lang="EN"><a title="OPSBA Constitution and By-Laws" href="/Who%20We%20Are/Documents/Constitution_and_By-laws.pdf">OPSBA Constitution and By-Laws</a> (last amended in July 2014)</span></p><p><span lang="EN">Please send your board's submissions, using the form provided, including a clear rationale/background and the proposed Constitutional change, to OPSBA by mail, fax or Email to Jane Hayes (<a href="mailto:jhayes@opsba.org">jhayes@opsba.org</a>) , Executive Coordinator, </span><span lang="EN">439 University Ave., 18th Floor, Toronto M5G 1Y8; fax (416) 340-7571, or </span><a target="_blank"><span lang="EN">webmaster@opsba.org</span></a></p><p><span lang="EN"></span><span lang="EN"><a title="Proposed Constitutional Amendments Form" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/2018AGM_ProposedAmendmentToConstitutionForm.pdf" target="_blank">Proposed Constitutional Amendments Form</a></span>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=227
OPSBA celebrates another successful Public Education Symposiumhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=226OPSBA celebrates another successful Public Education Symposium2018-02-02T14:37:00Z<div class="ExternalClass5AB8F8F357204F11ABDADA1CD377A631"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/PES2018.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:247px;" />OPSBA's 2018 </span><span style="font-size:18px;">Public Education Symposium</span><span style="font-size:18px;"> was held from January 25 to 27 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, in partnership with the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario (</span><span style="font-size:18px;">ACÉPO<strong style="font-weight:600;">)</strong></span><span style="font-size:18px;">. </span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Featuring outstanding speakers, including Professor Yong Zhao of the University of Oregon and University of Kansas, Kevin Lamoureux of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Dr. Hayley Hamilton of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris, the conference provided an engaging and informative professional development opportunity for more than 210 public school trustees and senior staff.  <br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">In addition, Upper Grand DSB Trustees Bruce Schieck and Susan Moziar were awarded the <a title="More information about the OPSBA President's Award." href="/what-we-do/awards-programs/presidents-award" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">OPSBA President's Award</a> for 27 years of service to the students and parents of Ontario. <br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><strong style="font-weight:600;"><a title="PES 2018 Program" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/PES_Program.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">View the full program</a></strong><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><strong style="font-weight:600;"></strong><strong style="font-weight:600;"></strong><strong style="font-weight:600;"><a title="2018 PES photos on Flickr" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/opsba/albums/72157692154789224" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">View photos from the 2018 Public Education Symposium</a></strong><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Feedback from attendees included:<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"></p><ul style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-left:27px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;margin-bottom:13.5px;margin-left:0px;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Had a great time learning at @OPSBA #PESym18 w/ colleagues from @ugdsb & across the province. <br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"><em style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;">Martha MacNeil, Upper Grand DSB Trustee, via Twitter</em><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Thank you for the well-run and well-attended Public Education Symposium. As always, we appreciate all of your hard work and your attention to detail! <em style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;">Carol Ann Sloat, Grand Erie DSB Trustee</em><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">One of the best highlights of our Student Trustee careers was speaking at #PESym18 about @OHSDen @OPSBA <br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"><em style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;">Sean McCloskey and Nic Edge, Renfrew County DSB Student Trustees, via Twitter</em><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Terrific seminar today at @OPSBA #PESym18 from @LimestoneDSB on innovative student transit program with @cityofkingston - the result: top transit ridership growth in the country! Great ideas to bring back home! <br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"><em style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;">Jeff Beattie, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Trustee, via Twitter</em><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Thank you @OPSBA #PESym18 for shining the light on Equity, what it means and how we tackle it. <br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"><em style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;">Penny Deathe, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Trustee, via Twitter</em><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">It was a pleasure speaking at #PESym18 about our collective work to improve public education in Ontario. Thank you for all that you do, as leaders to put our kids on a path to success. <br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"><em style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;">Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris, via Twitter</em><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">Great conference. Thanks for all you did in making it happen. <br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"><em style="font-size:18px;font-style:italic;">Cheryl Lovell, Greater Essex County DSB</em><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li></ul><h2 style="margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#fdc33b;text-transform:none;line-height:36.76px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:26.26px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">Future OPSBA Events<br style="margin:0px;color:#fdc33b;line-height:36.76px;font-size:26.26px;font-weight:300;"></h2><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">We look forward to seeing you at future OPSBA events. Save these dates today!<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/Summit-on-Children---Youth-Mental-Health.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;"><strong style="font-weight:600;">Summit on Children & Youth Mental Health</strong></a><strong style="font-weight:600;"> </strong>(Registration now open)<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><span style="font-size:18px;">April 12 and 13, 2018, Toronto</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium 2018" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/Labour-Relations-Symposium.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;font-size:18px;text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="font-weight:600;">Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium 2018</strong></a><strong style="font-size:18px;font-weight:600;"> </strong><span style="font-size:18px;">(Registration open soon)<br></span><span style="font-size:18px;">April 26 and 27, 2018, Toronto</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><a title="2018 Annual General Meeting and Program" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/AGM---Program.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;font-size:18px;text-decoration:underline;"><strong style="font-weight:600;">2018 Annual General Meeting and Program</strong></a><strong style="font-size:18px;font-weight:600;"> </strong><span style="font-size:18px;">(Registration open soon)<br></span><span style="font-size:18px;">May 31 to June 3, 2018, Niagara Falls</span></p><p>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=226
Legislative Update, February 2, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=225Legislative Update, February 2, 20182018-02-02T15:56:46Z<div class="ExternalClass679CEA7C50334D5D905D4F95B0F89D91"><p class="ExternalClass6BD15366993E4092AC9B8D09FA0B07B6"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains adjourned for Winter Recess and will resume on February 20, 2018. </p><h3 class="ExternalClass6BD15366993E4092AC9B8D09FA0B07B6">PC Party of Ontario</h3><p class="ExternalClass6BD15366993E4092AC9B8D09FA0B07B6">Following recent news and announcements, interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli announced a mini critic shuffle.</p><div class="ExternalClass6BD15366993E4092AC9B8D09FA0B07B6"><ul><li>MPP Lisa Thompson will take the role of Caucus Chair and has been appointed as the PC Caucus representative to the Ontario PC Fund Board. Thompson represents the riding of Huron-Bruce, and will continue to serve as the Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Critic.</li><li>MPP Lisa MacLeod will take the role of Finance Critic. MacLeod represents the riding of Nepean-Carleton, and will continue to serve as the Treasury Board Critic and Anti-Racism Secretariat Critic.</li><li>MPP Lorne Coe will take the role of Education Critic. Coe represents the riding of Whitby-Oshawa, and will continue to serve as the Post-Secondary Education Critic. </li></ul></div><p>The PC executive met with its leadership organization committee on Wednesday night to determine the details of the PC leadership race. The leadership vote will be held on March 10. </p><h3>Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) and Nova Scotia School Boards Association</h3><p>In response to the review and decision conducted by the Nova Scotia government to abolish school board trustees, CSBA held a news conference to convey their frustration and anger over the removal of local democracy and the role of the democratically elected trustee. OPSBA sent <a title="OPSBA letter" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20letter%20re%20Nova%20Scotia%20School%20Boards.pdf">a letter</a> to Zach Churchill, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. </p><h3>Trustee Determination and Distribution Guide 2018</h3><p>On January 31, the Ministry of Education sent <a title="Ministry memo re 2018 school board elections" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MemoD+DguideJan3118.pdf" target="_blank">a memo to Directors of Education</a> regarding the 2018 school board elections. The Determination and Distribution Guide outlines the steps and process to be used by school boards to decide how to distribute trustees across the board’s jurisdiction. Boards can begin this work after receiving their Population of Electoral Group Report from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, which is expected to arrive before February 15, 2018. The Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC) provides a calculator to assist school boards with the determination and distribution of their elected trustee positions. The calculator can be found on the <a title="OESC D&D Guide" href="http://www.oesc-cseo.org/en-ca/Pages/TrusteeCalculator.aspx" target="_blank">OESC’s website.</a> </p><p><a title="Trustee Determiniation and Distribution Guide 2018" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/trustee-elections/TrusteeDeterminationGuide.pdf" target="_blank">Trustee Determination and Distribution Guide 2018</a><br></p><p><a title="Ontario Regulation 412/00" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/000412" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 412/00: Election to and Representation on District School Boards</a> <br></p><h3>Bill 191, Education Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)<em>, </em>2017 </h3><p><a title="Bill 191" href="http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=5555&detailPage=bills_detail_debates" target="_blank">This bill</a> was introduced the second last day before winter recess by Liberal MPP Sophie Kiwala, MPP (Kingston and the Islands). It has only received First Reading.​ This is a private member's bill – not legislation introduced by the Minister of Education or any other member of the Liberal Cabinet. OPSBA will reach out to the Ministry of Education to determine their support as not everything is best dealt with through amendments to the <em>Education Act</em>. We are also connecting with our member boards about the current work being done on this issue. This bill would require boards to promote awareness and understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), including best practices to support pupils who may have FASD. It would also require boards to facilitate collaboration with parents and FASD Support Groups. <br></p><h3>Other information<br></h3><ul><li>January 30, 2018 - New Education Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris sent several letters to various stakeholders, including <a title="Ministry letter to associations" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MofEdLetterStakeholdersJan3018.pdf" target="_blank">a letter to associations</a>.</li><li>January 30, 2018 – The Ministry of Infrastructure issued a <a title="News release re community hubs" href="https://news.ontario.ca/moi/en/2018/01/ontario-supporting-expansion-of-community-hubs-across-the-province.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">news release</a> announcing four new projects supporting Community Hubs through the Surplus Property Transition Initiative (SPTI).</li><li>February 1, 2018 – Following the cabinet shuffle announcement earlier this month, the Liberal government issued a <a title="News release re new parliamentary assistants" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/02/new-parliamentary-assistants-to-focus-on-key-government-priorities.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">news release</a> listing changes to their roster of Parliamentary Assistants.​</li></ul></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=225
OPSBA in the Media, February 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=224OPSBA in the Media, February 20182018-02-20T16:45:50Z<div class="ExternalClass44A427FA648E4D7EA23C5B01FF08FE42"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" /><strong>All welcome here</strong><br><strong>OPSBA Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail, Feb. 20, 2018</strong><br>English public school boards take great pride in being the one system open to all students (The Catholic Funding Debate Needs To Be Schooled By Facts, Feb. 14).<br><a title="All welcome here" href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/letters/feb-20-what-price-pipelines-plus-other-letters-to-the-editor/article38009749/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Ontario school boards intensify spending war to lure students, maintain funding</strong><br><strong>Caroline Alphonso, The Globe and Mail, Feb. 14, 2018</strong><br>From busing students who do not qualify for transportation services to beautifying front lawns, Ontario school boards are spending millions of dollars as they compete to lure families and maintain their provincial funding.<br><a title="Ontario school boards intensify spending war to lure students, maintain funding" href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/ontario-school-boards-intensify-spending-war-to-lure-students-maintain-funding/article37973817/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Trustees recognized by public school boards association</strong><br><strong>The Wellington Advertiser, Feb. 2, 2018</strong><br>GUELPH - Two Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) trustees have been recognized for their dedication to public education.<br><a title="Trustees recognized by public school boards association" href="http://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=38961" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Why we're so proud of Bruce and Susan</strong><br><strong>Guelph Today, Jan. 29, 2018</strong><br>Two Upper Grand District School Board Trustees have been recognized for their dedication to public education. Trustees Bruce Schieck and Susan Moziar are the recipients of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) President’s Award. The award honours trustees “who have stood by their vision and selflessly given of themselves to the students and parents of Ontario for more than 25 years.”<br><a title="Why we're so proud of Bruce and Susan" href="https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/why-were-so-proud-of-bruce-and-susan-825126" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p><strong>Guelph public school board trustees honoured for 25-plus years of service</strong><br><strong>Guelph Mercury Tribune, Jan. 29, 2018</strong><br>Two local public school board trustees have been recognized for their many years of service and dedication to public education.<br><a title="Guelph public school board trustees honoured for 25-plus years of service" href="https://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/8097835-guelph-public-school-board-trustees-honoured-for-25-plus-years-of-service/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><strong style="font-weight:600;">School boards seek raises for executives as province ends a six-year pay freeze</strong><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><strong style="font-weight:600;">Jacquie Miller, The Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 16, 2018</strong><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;">Ontario’s school boards are leading the way in breaking the province’s six-year freeze on executive salaries in the broader public sector that also includes colleges, universities and hospitals.<br><a title="School boards seek raises for executives as province ends a six-year pay freeze" href="http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/school-boards-seek-raises-for-executives-as-province-ends-a-six-year-pay-freeze" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">More</a> ...​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=224
Legislative Update, January 22, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=223Legislative Update, January 22, 20182018-01-22T18:14:18Z<div class="ExternalClass1796494F39FF4ED682DCAB28D037B92F"><p><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"><img src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Lists/Posts/AllPosts/headshot_NH.jpg" alt="headshot_NH.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:280px;height:350px;" />The</span><span style="font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;font-size:1.6rem;"> Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains adjourned for Winter Recess and will resume on February 20, 2018. Please see below for an update on recent items...</span></p><p>On January 17, 2018, the Premier announced changes to the Liberal Cabinet. Of note, Indira Naidoo-Harris becomes Minister of Education and remains Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care. She will be speaking at this week's <a href="/Pages/Register%20now%20for%20the%202018%20Public%20Education%20Symposium.aspx" title="Public Education Symposium information">Public Education Symposium</a>. Minister Naidoo-Harris will maintain two offices and keep the political staff in both the Education and Early Years and Child Care Chief divisions. Mitzie Hunter becomes Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Liz Sandals and Deb Matthews are no longer members of cabinet and there is no Deputy Premier going forward. Deb Matthews remains co-chair of the Liberal Party campaign team.<br></p><p>Click <a href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/01/women-promoted-to-cabinet-in-key-government-roles.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" title="News release: Liberal Cabinet shuffle">here</a> for the government news release.<br></p><h2><span lang="EN-CA">Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017</span></h2><p>Posted last week on <a href="http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=26449&language=en" title="Ontario's Regulatory Registry posting re: cannabis" target="_blank">Ontario's Regulatory Registry</a> is a consultation regarding "Proposed places of use regulations under the Cannabis Act, 2017." The Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) is considering a new regulation that would: restrict where medical cannabis can be used; clarify the places of use rules for recreational cannabis; and permit the consumption of cannabis in hotel rooms, vehicles and boats that are used as residences and private residences that are also workplaces. MAG is also consulting on post-legalization considerations respecting consumption lounges and designated smoking areas in multi-unit dwellings. The deadline for comments is March 5, 2018. </p><p>OPSBA will review the posting for relevant areas concerning the education sector. Bill 174 received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017.<br></p><h2>Other Announcements<br></h2><p>Earlier in the week former Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter made two announcements:</p><ul><li>January 15, 2018: <a href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2018/01/ontario-bringing-new-school-and-more-child-care-spaces-to-kitchener.html?_ga=2.21763515.1011672088.1516287097-715016252.1512587626" title="Ontario Bringing New School and More Child Care Spaces to Kitchener" target="_blank">Ontario Bringing New School and More Child Care Spaces to Kitchener</a></li><li>January 15, 2018: <a href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2018/01/new-schools-and-child-care-spaces-coming-to-communities-across-ontario.html?_ga=2.21050811.1011672088.1516287097-715016252.1512587626" title="New Schools and Child Care Spaces Coming to Communities Across Ontario" target="_blank">New Schools and Child Care Spaces Coming to Communities Across Ontario</a><br></li></ul><p><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=223

Feb 20
Education Today's Spring 2018 Issue now available

The Spring 2018 edition of OPSBA's Education Today magazine is now available online, featuring articles on financial literacy and internal school board communications, as well as an interview with Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services!

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Feb 16
Legislative Update, February 16, 2018

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario resumes February 20, 2018. Legislation being monitored includes: 

Bill 191, Education Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), 2017

This private member’s bill was introduced on December 13, 2017, by Liberal MPP Sophie Kiwala, MPP (Kingston and the Islands). This bill would require boards to promote awareness and understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), including best practices to support pupils who may have FASD. It would also require boards to facilitate collaboration with parents and FASD Support Groups. 

Bill 193, Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety)

This bill was introduced on December 14, 2017, by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon. If passed, Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2017, and amendments to the Education Act would provide the framework to govern concussion prevention, detection, management and awareness in amateur competitive sport and schools. 

In addition to the legislation, the government had a posting on the Ontario's Regulatory Registry that included discussion questions concerning the bill and its potential requirements. Both of OPSBA’s work teams (Policy Development and Education Program) discussed this at meetings held during the Public Education Symposium. The comments also reflect the OPSBA submission to the drafting of PPM 158 – School Board Policies on Concussions, which was released in 2014. A main concern remains to ensure our students are able to not only return to play but return to learn. 

Anti-Racism Data Standards

On February 12, 2018, the Anti-Racism Directorate issued a posting on Ontario's Regulatory Registry with proposed standards for the Identification and Monitoring of Systemic Racism (Anti-Racism Data Standards). The proposal includes minimum requirements for the planning, collection, management, analysis and reporting of personal information. This is to include information about Indigenous identity, race and race-related information. OPSBA has reached out the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to determine the Ministry’s expectations and how the Ministry will approach the education sector. 

Regulatory posting

OPSBA submission re Bill 115, Anti-Racism Act 

Other information

Feb 12
Register now for the 2018 Summit on Children & Youth Mental Health

Online registration is now open for the Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health!

This unique event unites the voices of educators, professional student services personnel, mental health and health professionals, children service agencies, children service advocates, families and students.

Save the Date Flyer – English
Save the Date Flyer – French

April 12 and 13, 2018
Beanfield Centre (formerly Allstream Centre, CNE grounds)
105 Princes' Boulevard
Toronto  M6K 3C3

Hosted by the Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health – a multi-sector group committed to urgent and positive change for children and youth mental health services in Ontario, the Summit focuses on working across tiered systems of support for promotion, prevention and intervention.  

The theme of the 2018 Summit is Beyond Collaboration: Towards Integrated Systems for Supporting Child and Youth Mental Health. Acclaimed speakers will offer evidence-informed practices, programs and resources that have been shown to work and can make a real difference in the lives of children, youth and their families.

Participants will have a unique opportunity to network across sectors.  It is recommended that you register a multi-sector team from your community to continue the dialogue beyond the Summit.​

Feb 12
Ministry of Education Update, Feb. 12, 2018

Please see the following updated OPSBA summaries indicated below for information regarding Ministry of Education 2017 and 2018 B and SB Memoranda.

OPSBA Summaries

2018 B Memoranda (funding policy, financial matters)

2018 SB Memoranda (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)

2017 B Memoranda

2017 SB Memoranda

Ministry of Education Memoranda

B and SB Memoranda

Feb 08
2018 Education Labour Relations & Human Resources Symposium

Making a Difference

Registration for OPSBA's premier labour relations and human resources professional learning opportunity is now open. The 2018 Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium takes place April 26 and 27 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. 

The Symposium is designed to provide professional development in the areas of labour relations and human resources designed specifically for School Board Trustees, Directors of Boards of Education, Supervisory Officers, and Senior Human Resources and Labour Relations practitioners.  Additionally, senior school board decision makers are provided with opportunities to share ideas and strategies, learn about next and best practices, and explore practical solutions to the challenges faced by Ontario school boards.

Presentations will cover a wide range of relevant topics, including:

  • Best approaches to conducting workplace investigations
  • Addressing use of medical marijuana in the workplace
  • Impacts of Bill 148 on school boards
  • Creating positive teaching and learning cultures for all employees
  • Navigating workplace violence issues
  • Best practices used to implement early return to work from sick leave
  • Understanding the Crown's role in the two-tier bargaining process
  • Optimal methods to prevent, detect and address IT security threats
  • Methods of managing sick leave costs and building of relationships
  • Effective methods to use when completing a workforce census
  • Expanded understanding of provincial benefit plans
  • Challenges and duties of boards to address 'invisible disabilities'
  • Sharing of best HR and LR practices
  • Proactive strategies to navigate changes in the workplace
  • Development of organizational health and wellness

Register online

April 26 and 27, 2018
Sheraton Centre Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto  M5H 2M9

Hotel Information

OPSBA has secured a preferred rate for delegates at the Sheraton Centre - $229.00 plus taxes (single/double). The deadline is March 23. After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only. 

Please contact the hotel directly for reservations. 

Online Hotel reservations:  OPSBA Labour Relations Symposium

or

Telephone:  416-361-1000 OR toll free (Central Reservation Office) 1-888-627-7175, and quote the group name - OPSBA Labour Relations Symposium.


Feb 02
Call for Policy Resolutions & Proposed Amendments to the OPSBA Constitution

POLICY RESOLUTIONS
Submission deadline: April 3, 2018

Tuesday, April 3 is the deadline for OPSBA member boards to submit policy resolutions for consideration by the general membership at the 2018 OPSBA Annual General Meeting. Policy resolutions from member boards that are passed at the AGM are incorporated into the work planning that takes place over the summer and are aligned with the action framework to achieve OPSBA's priorities for the year ahead. The Key Work of OPSBA is the OPSBA publication that sets out this action framework.

Please note:

  • Policy resolutions must reflect the corporate position of a member school board and address issues that have provincial implications.
  • Proposals for action by OPSBA should be clearly described as part of the backgrounder and within the resolution itself.

Policy resolutions received at OPSBA by Tuesday, April 3 will be reviewed by a Policy Resolutions Review Committee; i.e., members of Executive Council and Regional Vice-Chairs acting in this capacity. The policy resolutions, along with comments from the Policy Resolutions Review Committee, will be presented to the Board of Directors for information at their April 20-21, 2018 meeting before being forwarded to member boards.

In accordance with the OPSBA Constitution, policy resolutions may also be presented from the floor of the Annual General Meeting but are first subject to obtaining the approval of two-thirds of the delegates at the AGM to consider the new resolution. Once the approval to consider the new resolution has been obtained, the member board representative (delegate) who has introduced the new resolution from the floor must provide written copies of the resolution for every voting delegate.

Guidelines for Submission of Policy Resolutions, including Submission Form

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Submission deadline: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Each year, member boards have an opportunity to submit proposals for amendments to the OPSBA Constitution for consideration by the Board of Directors. The deadline for submission this year is April 3 in order to allow time for staff and legal counsel to review the proposals and to prepare language before submission to the Board of Directors for consideration at their April 20-21 meeting. Constitutional amendments must be first approved by the Board of Directors and are then forwarded to the OPSBA Annual General Meeting for confirmation by a two-thirds vote of the membership.

This year, the AGM is being held on June 1. The constitutional amendments take effect once they are confirmed by at least two-thirds of the votes cast at the Annual General Meeting. In some cases, a proposed constitutional amendment can be referred to a specially formed work group for further careful study and consideration of the full impact of the proposed change. That work group's recommendation(s) would be provided in time for the following year's process; i.e., consideration by the Board of Directors in April of the following year, and then forwarded to the Annual General Meeting for consideration by the delegates.

OPSBA Constitution and By-Laws (last amended in July 2014)

Please send your board's submissions, using the form provided, including a clear rationale/background and the proposed Constitutional change, to OPSBA by mail, fax or Email to Jane Hayes (jhayes@opsba.org) , Executive Coordinator, 439 University Ave., 18th Floor, Toronto M5G 1Y8; fax (416) 340-7571, or webmaster@opsba.org

Proposed Constitutional Amendments Form

Feb 02
OPSBA celebrates another successful Public Education Symposium

OPSBA's 2018 Public Education Symposium was held from January 25 to 27 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, in partnership with the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario (ACÉPO)

Featuring outstanding speakers, including Professor Yong Zhao of the University of Oregon and University of Kansas, Kevin Lamoureux of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Dr. Hayley Hamilton of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris, the conference provided an engaging and informative professional development opportunity for more than 210 public school trustees and senior staff.  

In addition, Upper Grand DSB Trustees Bruce Schieck and Susan Moziar were awarded the OPSBA President's Award for 27 years of service to the students and parents of Ontario.

View the full program

View photos from the 2018 Public Education Symposium

Feedback from attendees included:

  • Had a great time learning at @OPSBA #PESym18 w/ colleagues from @ugdsb & across the province.
    Martha MacNeil, Upper Grand DSB Trustee, via Twitter
  • Thank you for the well-run and well-attended Public Education Symposium. As always, we appreciate all of your hard work and your attention to detail! Carol Ann Sloat, Grand Erie DSB Trustee
  • One of the best highlights of our Student Trustee careers was speaking at #PESym18 about @OHSDen @OPSBA
    Sean McCloskey and Nic Edge, Renfrew County DSB Student Trustees, via Twitter
  • Terrific seminar today at @OPSBA #PESym18 from @LimestoneDSB on innovative student transit program with @cityofkingston - the result: top transit ridership growth in the country! Great ideas to bring back home!
    Jeff Beattie, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Trustee, via Twitter
  • Thank you @OPSBA #PESym18 for shining the light on Equity, what it means and how we tackle it.
    Penny Deathe, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Trustee, via Twitter
  • It was a pleasure speaking at #PESym18 about our collective work to improve public education in Ontario. Thank you for all that you do, as leaders to put our kids on a path to success.
    Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris, via Twitter
  • Great conference. Thanks for all you did in making it happen.
    Cheryl Lovell, Greater Essex County DSB

Future OPSBA Events

We look forward to seeing you at future OPSBA events. Save these dates today!

Summit on Children & Youth Mental Health (Registration now open)
April 12 and 13, 2018, Toronto

Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium 2018 (Registration open soon)
April 26 and 27, 2018, Toronto

2018 Annual General Meeting and Program (Registration open soon)
May 31 to June 3, 2018, Niagara Falls

Feb 02
Legislative Update, February 2, 2018

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains adjourned for Winter Recess and will resume on February 20, 2018. 

PC Party of Ontario

Following recent news and announcements, interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli announced a mini critic shuffle.

  • MPP Lisa Thompson will take the role of Caucus Chair and has been appointed as the PC Caucus representative to the Ontario PC Fund Board. Thompson represents the riding of Huron-Bruce, and will continue to serve as the Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Critic.
  • MPP Lisa MacLeod will take the role of Finance Critic. MacLeod represents the riding of Nepean-Carleton, and will continue to serve as the Treasury Board Critic and Anti-Racism Secretariat Critic.
  • MPP Lorne Coe will take the role of Education Critic. Coe represents the riding of Whitby-Oshawa, and will continue to serve as the Post-Secondary Education Critic. 

The PC executive met with its leadership organization committee on Wednesday night to determine the details of the PC leadership race. The leadership vote will be held on March 10. 

Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) and Nova Scotia School Boards Association

In response to the review and decision conducted by the Nova Scotia government to abolish school board trustees, CSBA held a news conference to convey their frustration and anger over the removal of local democracy and the role of the democratically elected trustee. OPSBA sent a letter to Zach Churchill, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. 

Trustee Determination and Distribution Guide 2018

On January 31, the Ministry of Education sent a memo to Directors of Education regarding the 2018 school board elections. The Determination and Distribution Guide outlines the steps and process to be used by school boards to decide how to distribute trustees across the board’s jurisdiction. Boards can begin this work after receiving their Population of Electoral Group Report from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, which is expected to arrive before February 15, 2018. The Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC) provides a calculator to assist school boards with the determination and distribution of their elected trustee positions. The calculator can be found on the OESC’s website. 

Trustee Determination and Distribution Guide 2018

Ontario Regulation 412/00: Election to and Representation on District School Boards 

Bill 191, Education Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), 2017

This bill was introduced the second last day before winter recess by Liberal MPP Sophie Kiwala, MPP (Kingston and the Islands). It has only received First Reading.​ This is a private member's bill – not legislation introduced by the Minister of Education or any other member of the Liberal Cabinet. OPSBA will reach out to the Ministry of Education to determine their support as not everything is best dealt with through amendments to the Education Act. We are also connecting with our member boards about the current work being done on this issue. This bill would require boards to promote awareness and understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), including best practices to support pupils who may have FASD. It would also require boards to facilitate collaboration with parents and FASD Support Groups. 

Other information

  • January 30, 2018 - New Education Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris sent several letters to various stakeholders, including a letter to associations.
  • January 30, 2018 – The Ministry of Infrastructure issued a news release announcing four new projects supporting Community Hubs through the Surplus Property Transition Initiative (SPTI).
  • February 1, 2018 – Following the cabinet shuffle announcement earlier this month, the Liberal government issued a news release listing changes to their roster of Parliamentary Assistants.​
Jan 31
OPSBA in the Media, February 2018

All welcome here
OPSBA Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail, Feb. 20, 2018
English public school boards take great pride in being the one system open to all students (The Catholic Funding Debate Needs To Be Schooled By Facts, Feb. 14).
More ...

Ontario school boards intensify spending war to lure students, maintain funding
Caroline Alphonso, The Globe and Mail, Feb. 14, 2018
From busing students who do not qualify for transportation services to beautifying front lawns, Ontario school boards are spending millions of dollars as they compete to lure families and maintain their provincial funding.
More ...

Trustees recognized by public school boards association
The Wellington Advertiser, Feb. 2, 2018
GUELPH - Two Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) trustees have been recognized for their dedication to public education.
More ...

Why we're so proud of Bruce and Susan
Guelph Today, Jan. 29, 2018
Two Upper Grand District School Board Trustees have been recognized for their dedication to public education. Trustees Bruce Schieck and Susan Moziar are the recipients of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) President’s Award. The award honours trustees “who have stood by their vision and selflessly given of themselves to the students and parents of Ontario for more than 25 years.”
More ...

Guelph public school board trustees honoured for 25-plus years of service
Guelph Mercury Tribune, Jan. 29, 2018
Two local public school board trustees have been recognized for their many years of service and dedication to public education.
More ...

School boards seek raises for executives as province ends a six-year pay freeze
Jacquie Miller, The Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 16, 2018
Ontario’s school boards are leading the way in breaking the province’s six-year freeze on executive salaries in the broader public sector that also includes colleges, universities and hospitals.
More ...​

Jan 22
Legislative Update, January 22, 2018

headshot_NH.jpgThe Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains adjourned for Winter Recess and will resume on February 20, 2018. Please see below for an update on recent items...

On January 17, 2018, the Premier announced changes to the Liberal Cabinet. Of note, Indira Naidoo-Harris becomes Minister of Education and remains Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care. She will be speaking at this week's Public Education Symposium. Minister Naidoo-Harris will maintain two offices and keep the political staff in both the Education and Early Years and Child Care Chief divisions. Mitzie Hunter becomes Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Liz Sandals and Deb Matthews are no longer members of cabinet and there is no Deputy Premier going forward. Deb Matthews remains co-chair of the Liberal Party campaign team.

Click here for the government news release.

Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017

Posted last week on Ontario's Regulatory Registry is a consultation regarding "Proposed places of use regulations under the Cannabis Act, 2017." The Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) is considering a new regulation that would: restrict where medical cannabis can be used; clarify the places of use rules for recreational cannabis; and permit the consumption of cannabis in hotel rooms, vehicles and boats that are used as residences and private residences that are also workplaces. MAG is also consulting on post-legalization considerations respecting consumption lounges and designated smoking areas in multi-unit dwellings. The deadline for comments is March 5, 2018. 

OPSBA will review the posting for relevant areas concerning the education sector. Bill 174 received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017.

Other Announcements

Earlier in the week former Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter made two announcements:


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