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OPSBA in the Media, May 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=255OPSBA in the Media, May 20182018-05-11T14:17:36Z<div class="ExternalClassE0BC0B116FCF4DF7BF75FE6740F16C0F"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" /><strong>School bulletin with LHS 75, Ron Felsen and Shelley Laskin</strong><br><strong>The South Bayview Bulldog, May 10, 2018</strong><br>easide High School 75 occurs in 2020 — all those years since the 1945 upheaval of peaceful pastures at Eglinton East and Hanna Rd. It’s been good. Now the Leaside High School Alumni Association will meet Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the school to make plans. The meeting is open to LHS alumni. No doubt there will be a warm welcome from the committee headed by Larry Hurd.  Also on board are Earl Manners, Barb Wasson Dafoe, Lynda Green, Catherine Rooney, Elaine LeBlanc, Caroline Miller, Nick Mitchell, Simon Stevenson, Jeannette Plonka (principal). More are needed.<br><a title="School bulletin with LHS 75, Ron Felsen and Shelley Laskin" href="http://bayview-news.com/2018/05/school-bulletin-with-lhs-75-ron-felsen-and-shelley-laskin.html/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>OPSBA Declares May 23 Education Day</strong><strong>​</strong><br><strong>Port Stanley News, May 9, 2018</strong><br>Toronto, May 9, 2018 - The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) has declared May 23 Education Day in the province of Ontario. On this day, candidates from the four major provincial parties have been invited by local school board trustees throughout the province to share their views and answer questions on issues affecting public education.<br><a title="OPSBA Declares May 23 Education Day​" href="http://www.portstanleynews.com/details/headline.aspx?menu=laptop_regional_regional_opsba-declares-may-23-education-day" target="_blank">More</a> ... <br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=255
Legislative Update, May 9, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=254Legislative Update, May 9, 20182018-05-09T14:36:01Z<div class="ExternalClassB2E0D05B4CD449B48CBD70039FD244E3"><h3>Provincial Election 2018<br></h3><p>It’s official – On May 8, Premier Kathleen Wynne asked Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell to dissolve the final session of the 41st Parliament of the Province of Ontario, effective as of 2 p.m. The writ will be issued naming Thursday, June 7, as the date of Ontario's next general election. </p><p>OPSBA will continue to post answers the answers to our Priorities Questionnaire from the four main political party leaders. The NDP and Liberal Party have shared their answers and we expect replies from the PC and Green parties soon. Once all platforms are released, we will cross reference their education pledges with our priorities. All election resources and related <span lang="EN-US">information can be found at: </span><a title="Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election" href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx"><span lang="EN-US">Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election</span></a><span lang="EN-US">.</span> </p><p>And don’t forget we need your local support for OPSBA Education Day on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Trustees and boards can choose to participate in Education Day activities anytime during the week of May 22-25, 2018. Resources can be found on our <a href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx">webpage</a>. Please send us the details for any local plans. </p><h3>School Board Governance – One newly updated Regulation</h3><p>On May 3, 2018, <a title="Ont. Reg. 7/07 Student Trustees" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/070007?search=student+trustees" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 7/07 Student Trustees</a> was filed and posted. This updated regulation allows student trustees to have one to two year terms, staggered terms and moves their election date. This regulation filing follow recent updates and additions to other governance-related matters including Code of Conduct, Honoraria and Electronic Meetings. Attached is the memo sent to Directors of Education about these four regulations. All governance-related submissions, memos, and letters are posted on our website’s <a title="School Board Governance" href="/advocacy-and-action/trustees-–-building-leadership-capacity/school-board-governance">School Board Governance</a> section.<br></p><p><a title="May 7 memo re Regulatory Amendments" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoGovernanceMay0718.pdf" target="_blank">Ministry memo re Regulatory Amendments, may 7, 2018</a> </p><h3>Other Ministry Memos<br></h3><ul><li>May 8, 2018. <a title="Recreational Cannabis Legalization" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoRecreationalCannabisFundingMay0818.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Supporting Schools – Recreational Cannabis Legalization: Revised Funding Allocations</em></a>. This memo includes board-by-board funding to support specific training needs. The memo also provides links to Ministry of Education resources, including fact sheets for parents/guardians/caregivers as well as a fact sheet for educators. Another resource is intended for youth with factual information about the risks/misuse. Click <a href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschools/educators-resources.html">here</a> for additional information.</li><li>May 3, 2018. <em><a title="Musical Instrument Refurbishment" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoInstrumentRefurbishmentMay0318.pdf" target="_blank">Musical Instrument Refurbishment</a></em>. This memo describes Music Canada’s program to refurbish and repair musical instruments in schools.</li><li>May 3, 2018. <a title="Ontario’s Early Years and Child Care Workforce Strategy" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryMemoEarlyYears+ChildCareMay0318.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Growing Together: Ontario’s Early Years and Child Care Workforce Strategy</em></a>. This memo outlines the ministry’s strategy for stronger workforce in the early years and child care sector. It outlines five areas of action: </li><ul><li>Establishing fair compensation</li><li>Improving working conditions</li><li>Enhancing skills and opportunities</li><li>Valuing contributions</li><li>Increasing recruitment</li></ul></ul></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=254
Legislative Update, May 8, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=253Legislative Update, May 8, 20182018-05-08T14:17:22Z<div class="ExternalClass592010C7D12E40DC81750A574CC6AA5F"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />The writ<span lang="EN"> of election is set for May 9, 2018, </span>with t<span lang="EN">he next provincial election on June 7, 2018.  As of today, there are three sitting days before the writ and 35 days before the election.</span> <br></p><h3><span lang="EN-US">Revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline and an update on integrated planning initiatives</span></h3><p><span lang="EN-US">Last week, the Ministry provided an update on the revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and on integrated planning initiatives. The <a title="final PARG" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/reviewguide.html" target="_blank">final PARG</a> is now posted on the ministry’s website. Following response to the initial fall 2017 engagement and the second phase of consultations in March 2018, the province made revisions to the PARG which included:</span></p><ul><li><span lang="EN-US">Additional public meeting(s), which extends timeframes, for a standard pupil accommodation review</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Limiting the use of the shorter, modified pupil accommodation review</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">New information requirements for the initial staff report</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Promotion of community input in the pupil accommodation review process and inclusion of student voice</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Streamlining the administrative review process by allowing e-signatures</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Development of ministry supports</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Consideration of elementary student input into the accommodation decision</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Extending the timeframe for the first public meeting from 30 to 40 business days</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Requiring the municipal/community partner meeting to take place prior to the first public meeting.</span></li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US">The ministry will be working with its partner ministries and education and municipal stakeholders to develop templates (including initial staff report and economic impact assessment templates) and other resources before fall 2018 to support boards in conducting pupil accommodation reviews. Until these resources are developed, the moratorium on pupil accommodation reviews will remain in place unless they are related to coterminous board joint use initiatives.</span><span lang="EN-US"><br></span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"> There are no changes currently planned for Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG). The ministry will be updating it within the next year. Until then, school boards should continue using the existing CPPG.  </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">The Ministry also announced that they are launching a new engagement focused on the challenges facing education planning in urban areas this fall, which will include: </span></p><ul><li><span lang="EN-US">Urban Student Accommodation Engagement:  focusing on supports for pupil accommodation in urban areas experiencing rapid population intensification and will include Education Development Charges</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Land Priorities Enhancement:  the government will increase funding from $60 million to $100 million this year which will support land acquisition for all boards.</span></li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US">OPSBA staff will follow up with the ministry to get more information and clarity about school closure moratorium timelines, input into templates, the connection of the Voluntary Integrated Planning and Partnerships Initiative (VIPPI) and Community Hubs, funding timing, and participation in the Urban Student Accommodation Engagement. We will also ask to see what was communicated to our municipal partners.</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">March 23, 2018 - OPSBA Submission: <a title="OPSBA Ffeedback on draft PARG revisions" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Submission%20-%20PARG%20Revisions%20FINAL.docx.pdf">Feedback on Draft Revisions to Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG) Submission</a></span> <br></p><h3>School Board Governance – Two Updated Regulations</h3><p>On April 20, 2018, two regulations regarding governance were updated, filed and now posted. </p><ol><li><a title="Ont. Reg. 357/06 Honoraris for Board Members" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/060357" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 357/06 Honoraria for Board Members</a> -- This regulation includes the increased base amount for all trustees. It also directs compensation to appointed Section 68 school board trustees – something we have long advocated for. </li><li><a title="Ontario Regulation 463/97 Electronic Meeting" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/970463" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 463/97 Electronic Meeting</a> -- This regulation has a longer implementation date (next term 2022) for this to be in place. It will require a chair or designate to be “physically present for at least half of the meetings of the board for any 12 month period beginning November 15 and may provide that the chair or designate must be physically present for a greater proportion of meetings.” </li></ol><p>All recent governance-related submissions, memos and letter are posted on our website’s <a title="School Board Governance" href="/advocacy-and-action/trustees-–-building-leadership-capacity/school-board-governance">School Board Governance</a> section. This includes the Fall 2017 OPSBA Submission re: Governance-Related Issues, the March 26 memo from the Minister of Education to stakeholders, the OPSBA follow-up letter (April 5, 2018)  and the Ministry’s letter of response (April 20, 2018). </p><h3>Provincial Election and Party Platforms </h3><p>OPSBA has contacted the four main political party leaders and shared a series of Association priority-related questions for the four parties to answer. The NDP and Liberal Parties have shared their answers and these are posted on our web site. All election resources and related <span lang="EN-US">information can be found at: </span><a title="Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election" href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx"><span lang="EN-US">Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election</span></a><span lang="EN-US">.</span> </p><h3>Municipal and School Board Elections - <span lang="EN-US">Nomination and Campaign Period Began May 1, 2018</span></h3><p><span lang="EN-US"><strong><em>Don’t forget</em></strong></span><span lang="EN-US"><strong><em>:</em></strong> </span>Candidates vying for school board trustee positions are able to file their paperwork as of May 1. Candidates have until July 27 at 2 p.m. to file their papers with municipal clerks. Note: this is a much shorter campaign period compared to the last election. </p><p><span lang="EN-US">OPSBA has created a Frequently Asked Questions document to provide best practices and suggestions regarding use of social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) by current trustees who are running for re-election. This can be found at: <a title="Social Media Use Q&A" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/Municipal%20and%20School%20Board%20Elections%202018%20-%20Social%20Media%20Use%20QA%20FINAL.pdf">Social Media Use Q&A</a>.</span> </p><p>All candidates are welcome to submit their profiles to <a>TrusteeCandidateInfo@oesc-cseo.org</a>  Please include your name, school board and ward. You may also include a photo, a brief biography, your email address and website address with your profile.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=253
Champion of Diversity Awardhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=252Champion of Diversity Award2018-05-02T14:45:31Z<div class="ExternalClass80CFBC4262A34EA89707256C4B0DBB85"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="champion_of_diversity_en.png" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Lists/Posts/Post/champion_of_diversity_en.png" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:250px;" />Nominations for the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration's Champion of Diversity Award is open until May 15. </p><p><span style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;font-size:18px;line-height:28.8px;font-family:plantin, georgia, cambria, "times new roman", times, serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">This Award recognizes individuals, groups and employers who help promote immigrant success, economic growth, and inclusion in Ontario and includes three categories: </span>Inclusion and Diversity, Cross-Cultural Understanding, and Business Leadership in Immigrant Employment.</p><p><a title="Ministry Letter, March 2018" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/ChampionDiversityAward2018.pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a> for information about how to submit a nomination or <a title="Champion of Diversity Award" href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/honours-and-awards-inclusion" target="_blank">click here</a> for more information.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=252
Legislative Update, April 30, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=251Legislative Update, April 30, 20182018-04-30T14:49:25Z<div class="ExternalClass7A5E6C5C7D5B46B69BDF21A5FCD7487A"><h3><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/OntarioLegislature.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />Election Time Frames – A Quick Overview</h3><p><strong>Pre-Writ</strong></p><ul><li>No official stopping of government initiatives but things tend to slow down, as do communications.<br></li></ul><p><strong>Writ Period (May 9 – June 7)</strong></p><ul><li>Legislative Assembly dissolves and MPPs are no longer members but Ministers remain as Ministers.<br></li><li>Government takes on a “caretaking role” and addresses only “routine” and “urgent” matters.</li><li>All policy and communications are suspended – no new announcements.<br></li></ul><p><strong>Post-Election (after June 7)</strong></p><ul><li>There will be a new government – same party, new party or a minority government.</li><li>Caretaker role continues until either incumbent government wins or until a new government is sworn in.<br></li><li>Time to form a new government varies – typically two to five weeks.<br><br></li></ul><h3>Recently Introduced Legislation<br></h3><p><strong>Bill 31, <em>Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures)<br></em></strong>This legislation is the government’s budget bill and was introduced on March 28, 2018, by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa. The omnibus bill includes 31 schedules – amendments to various Acts. There is a proposed amendment to the <em>Education Act</em>, included in Schedule 9. This involves the recent work by the Ministry of Education and Indigenous stakeholders (including OPSBA’s Indigenous Trustees’ Council) about a Reciprocal Education Approach. The proposed legislation will enable parents of Indigenous students to choose the school system to which their child will attend. If an Indigenous child lives off reserve, but wants to attend a school on reserve, or a school operated by a First Nation or a First Nation organization off reserve, the parent will have the right to do so, provided the school is on an approved list that will be developed by the Ministry. Funding will flow through the school board to the school of choice.</p><p><a title="OPSBA submission re Bill 31" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Response%20letter%20to%20Schedule%209.pdf">OPSBA Bill 31 submission</a><br></p><p>The education-related bills listed below will not have time to move through the legislative process but have been introduced or re-introduced as Private Member’s Bills. </p><p><strong>Bill 38, <em>Youth Political Engagement Act, 2018</em></strong></p><ul><li>Introduced on April 10 by Liberal MPP Arthur Potts. The Bill amends the <em>Election Act</em> to lower the age for persons to be eligible to vote in an election to the Legislative Assembly from 18 years to 16 years.<br><em>Status: Referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy</em><br></li></ul><p><strong>Bill 44, <em>Education Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), 2018</em></strong></p><ul><li>Re-introduced on April 11 by Liberal MPP Sophie Kiwala. The bill amends the <em>Education Act</em> to provide for board activities to promote awareness and understanding of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), including best practices to support pupils who may have FASD.<br><em>Status: First Reading</em><br></li></ul><p><strong>Bill 47, <em>School Boards Property and Development Transparency Act, 2018</em></strong></p><ul><li>Introduced on April 12 by Liberal MPP Mike Colle. The bill would require all school boards in the province to notify the public whenever they purchase land or they sell land, or, if they have a development agreement with a developer to develop school property, they would be required to let the public know that they have undertaken such agreements.<br><em>Status: First Reading</em><br></li></ul><p><strong>Bill 52, <em>Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions Act, 2018</em></strong></p><ul><li>Introduced on April 17 by NDP MPP Teresa Armstrong. The bill would establish a new standalone Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to coordinate the transformation of Ontario’s mental health and addiction services to ensure that every Ontarian can access the mental health and addiction supports they need when they need it and in their own communities.<br><em>Status: Referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy </em></li></ul><h3>Provincial Election and OPSBA Education Day – May 23, 2018</h3><p>REMINDER: <span lang="EN-US">During provincial elections, the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) advocates for non-partisan strategies to engage politicians in issues that focus on education and the well-being of children and youth. On April 18, an initial set of </span>resources was sent to all trustees to support OPSBA Education Day on May 23, 2018. Trustees and boards can choose to participate in Education Day activities anytime during the week of May 22-25, 2018. </p><p>OPSBA has contacted the four main political party leaders about Education Day and has followed up with several MPPs from all parties, including the current education critics. We are a non-partisan association that advocates for public education regardless of which political party is in power at Queen’s Park. Our Priorities will not change, but our advocacy tactics and areas of emphasis may change. Included in our resources is a document called OPSBA's Provincial Election Package that outlines the Association’s Priorities and a series of questions for the four parties to answer. These questions have been shared with each party directly and answers will be shared with all members when they are returned. The NDP have responded and <a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/NDP%20Response%20(April%2026).pdf" title="NDP education responses">their answers </a>are available on the OPSBA website: <span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:28.8px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:0px;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><a title="Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election" href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx" style="outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:underline;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><span lang="EN-US" style="outline:transparent 0px;color:#444444;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election.</span></a><br></p><p>Upcoming resources will include a final candidates list, additional communications and social media support. OPSBA will post party platforms as they become available and cross-reference them against the Association’s priorities. <br></p><h3>2018 Municipal and School Board Elections</h3><p><span lang="EN-US">Copies of <em>Making a Difference for Kids: Running for Election as a School Board Trustee</em> have been distributed to Boards via the Director of Education’s office. The electronic PDF version will be sent to boards in early May to coincide with the launch of the public awareness campaign website. It has also been sent to municipalities, libraries and community hubs across the province. Additional electronic resources (posters and newspaper ads) will also be shared in the coming weeks and we will be asking school boards and municipalities to post these resources on their websites where appropriate.</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span lang="EN-US"><strong><em>Don’t forget</em></strong></span><span lang="EN-US"><strong>: Nomination and Campaign Period Begins Tuesday, May 1, 2018.</strong></span></p><h3>School Board Governance – Code of Conduct Regulation</h3><p>On April 16, 2018, <a title="Regulation 246/18 Member of School Boards – Code of Conduct" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/180246" target="_blank">Regulation 246/18 Member of School Boards – Code of Conduct</a> was filed. This regulation requires all school boards to adopt a code of conduct for Trustees by no later than May 15, 2019. In addition, all Trustee codes of conduct must now be made available to the public. If a school board already has a trustee code of conduct, it must be reviewed by May 15, 2019, and every school board must review its trustee code of conduct by May 15 every fourth year thereafter.</p><p> NOTE: Recently the Ministry of Education announced the creation of a working group to look at minimum standard to be included in a policy. OPSBA will be a member of this working group and share our existing 2012 policy template. </p><p>All recent governance-related submissions, memos and letters are available at: <a title="School Board Governance" href="/advocacy-and-action/trustees-–-building-leadership-capacity/school-board-governance">School Board Governance</a>. This includes the Fall 2017 OPSBA Submission re: Governance-Related Issues, the March 26 memo from the Minister of Education to stakeholders, the OPSBA follow-up letter (April 5, 2018) and the Ministry’s letter of response (April 20, 2018). </p><h3><span lang="EN-US">Anti-Racism Data Standards (ARDS) </span></h3><p><span lang="EN-US">OPSBA attended the launch and technical briefing of the Anti-Racism Data Standards (ARDS) by the Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD). The establishing of data standards is one of the key initiatives in the government’s </span><a title="3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan" href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/better-way-forward-ontarios-3-year-anti-racism-strategic-plan" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US">3-Year Anti-Racism</span><span lang="EN-US"> Strategic Plan: A Better Way Forward</span></a><span lang="EN-US">. The data standards were created for the purpose of addressing systemic racism and set out for public sector organizations (PSOs) (e.g. school boards) how to collect, use, analyze and report Indigenous, race and race-based data. These standards would help to enable PSOs to fulfil their obligations under the </span><a title="Anti-Racism Act 2017" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/17a15" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US"><em>Anti-Racism Act 2017</em></span></a> <span lang="EN-US">(ARA) to identify and monitor racial disparities in order to eliminate systemic racism and advance racial equality.</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">To start, the three-year strategy will focus on the Child Welfare, Justice and Education sectors. Data standards must be phased in over five years within PSOs in each of those sectors. Under </span><a title="Ontario Regulation 267/18" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/180267" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US">Ontario Regulation 267/18</span></a><span lang="EN-US">, all school boards are:</span></p><ul><li><span lang="EN-US"><strong><em>Authorized</em></strong> </span><span lang="EN-US">to use the Data Standards starting on May 1, 2018</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US"><strong><em>Required</em></strong></span><span lang="EN-US"> </span><span lang="EN-US">to use the Data Standards by July 1, 2023</span></li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US">OPSBA is following up with the Anti-Racism Directorate for communication plans to school boards and implementation timelines. </span><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><h3><span lang="EN-US">EQAO Report - Ontario: A Learning Province </span></h3><p><span lang="EN-US">On April 24, 2018, The Ministry of Education released <em>Ontario: A Learning Province</em>. This report is the summation of the government’s commissioned review of student assessment and reporting led by Dr. Carol Campbell. The report has two sections: </span></p><ul><li><span lang="EN-US">Classroom Assessment: The government will proceed with the 18 recommendations and work with the Transformation Steering Committee to develop an implementation plan.</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US">L</span><span lang="EN-US">arge Scale Assessment: There was no clear consensus and further sector engagement will take place. Until that time, EQAO will continue, status quo, with no break in delivering assessments.</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span></li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US"><a href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/MinistryletterIndependentReviewAssessment+ReportingApr2418.pdf" title="Minister Naidoo-Harris letter to stakeholders">Minister Naidoo-Harris letter to stakeholders</a> </span></p><p><a title="Independent Review of Assessment and Reporting" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/CurriculumRefresh/learning-province-en.pdf" target="_blank">Independent Review of Assessment and Reporting</a><br></p><p><a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA_EQAO_DiscussionPaper.pdf" title="OPSBA Discussion Paper re Large Scale Testing in Ontario (December 2016)​">OPSBA Discussion Paper re Large Scale Testing in Ontario (December 2016)</a><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=251
Education Week 2018 – May 7 to 11http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=250Education Week 2018 – May 7 to 112018-05-09T13:59:33Z<div class="ExternalClass4AA8FE114351479892C3AED0E365D0C3"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/GEDSB-3897.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:167px;" />Ontario schools celebrate Education Week every year during the first week of May. This year, Education Week will be held from May 7 to 11 and the theme for celebration is <em>Equity in Action. </em></p><p>The amazing activities happening in schools will be highlighted, equity champions in classrooms and schools, including the contributions of students, parents, teachers and education workers who promote and ensure equity at the local level, will be acknowledged. </p><p>Share your activities on Twitter using #EdWeekON2018.</p><p>Here's how some OPSBA member boards are observing Education Week:<br></p><p><a title="Education Week at Halton DSB" href="https://www.hdsb.ca/our-board/Pages/News/News-Description.aspx?NewsID=461" target="_blank">Halton DSB</a></p><p><a title="Education Week at Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB" href="http://www.kprschools.ca/en/our_schools/findaschool/upcomingschoolevents.html" target="_blank">Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB</a><br></p><p><a title="Education Week at Lambton Kent DSB" href="http://www.lkdsb.net/Board/Community/EducationWeek/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Lambton Kent DSB</a></p><p><a title="Education Week at Limestone DSB" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=55PiNQqP1D4" target="_blank">Limestone DSB</a><br></p><p><a title="Education Week at Peel DSB" href="http://www.peelschools.org/media/newsreleases/Pages/Article.aspx?art-id=2230" target="_blank">Peel DSB</a>​</p><p><a title="Education Week at Upper Canada DSB" href="http://www.ucdsb.on.ca/u_c_d_s_b_news/what_s_new/students_learn_diversity_international_visit" target="_blank">Upper Canada DSB</a><br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=250
CSBA Congress 2018 & National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Educationhttp://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=249CSBA Congress 2018 & National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education2018-04-30T19:29:19Z<div class="ExternalClass7D50915F4EBD40638B2AA41EF7316E83"><p><strong>National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education<br></strong>July 4 – 5, 2018<br> <strong>and </strong><br><strong>CSBA Congress 2018<br></strong>July 5 <span style="font:400 18px/28.8px "plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">–</span> 7</p><p>Westin Nova Scotian<br>1181 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia<br></p><p><a href="/events-and-publications/csba-online-registration"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>REGISTER NOW</strong></span></a>. Registration for both the National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education and CSBA Congress 2018 is hosted on the OPSBA website.<br></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><strong><a title=" Program Outline - CSBA Congress 2018" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/CSBAschedule.pdf" target="_blank">Program Outline</a></strong></span><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>HOTEL </strong>information:  <br>A preferred rate of $189 plus taxes (Traditional room), and $219 plus taxes (Harbourview), has been secured for delegates at The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations. Both rates are for single/double accommodation.<br>Rooms must be booked before <strong class="ms-rteForeColor-2">Sunday</strong><span class="ms-rteForeColor-2">, </span><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-2">June 3, 2018</strong>. After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only. Please <strong>quote the group name</strong> "NOVA SCOTIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION" to ensure you receive the preferred guestroom rate.<br></p><p><a href="https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1709132047&key=177BCA54"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Online HOTEL reservations<br></strong></span></a>OR<span lang="EN-US"><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Telephone</strong></span>:  Toll free 1<strong>-</strong>888-627-8553.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=249
OPSBA Board of Directors Meeting – April 20 and 21, 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=248OPSBA Board of Directors Meeting – April 20 and 21, 20182018-04-24T14:33:28Z<div class="ExternalClass5ED75C75C0C7474EBCD43E4EBABA69EE"><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="BODFeb2018.jpg" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/Lists/Posts/Post/BODFeb2018.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:188px;" />The OPSBA Board of Directors held a meeting on April 20 and 21, 2018, in Toronto. OPSBA President Laurie French gave an acknowledgement that the meeting was being held on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the Métis Nation.</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA">Education policy and program issues that were discussed at the meeting are summarized below.</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><strong><em>Finance</em></strong><br> Updates were provided on the following issues related to education funding:</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>2018-19 Grants for Student Needs</em><br><em> </em>On March 26, 2018, the Ministry of Education released memo B06 – Grants for Student Needs. Highlights are available on <a title="OPSBA highlights, 2018-19 GSN" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Review%20of%202018-19%20GSN.pdf">the OPSBA website</a>.<br></p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>Student Transportation</em><br><em> </em>As part of the Ministry's ongoing multi-stakeholder engagement to solicit input and feedback to renew the vision of student transportation in Ontario, OPSBA and the other trustee associations met with the consultation working group in January to provide initial comments. OPSBA undertook a survey of all member school boards and used this feedback to <a title="OPSBA submission re student transportation" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20submission%20re%20Transportation%20Consultation%20-%20April%204%202018.pdf">provide formal input to the working group</a> on April 4. </p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA">A summary of B and SB memoranda is available on <a title="OPSB B & SB Memoranda Summary" href="/advocacy-and-action/education-funding/b-sb-memoranda">the OPSBA website.</a></p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><strong><em>Indigenous Trustees' Council</em></strong><br><strong><em> </em></strong>Donna Danielli, Executive Council liaison to the Indigenous Trustees' Council, provided a report that included updates on the following:</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>Working Group – Education Service Agreements and Reverse Education Service Agreements</em><br><em> </em>As part of the budget bill, the government introduced proposed changes to the legislation on ESAs/RESAs. The proposed legislation will enable parents of Indigenous students to choose the school system to which their child will attend. </p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>TRC Curriculum Steering Committee</em><br><em> </em>The Committee met on April 9, 2018 to review the curriculum progress that has been made to date, and to provide advice on progress for Phase 2. Training took place for Board staff in December, 2017 and January 2017 on the mandatory curriculum revisions made in Phase 1, and the <a title="Draft First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies Courses" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/memos/april2018/indigenous-studies-courses-draft.html" target="_blank">documents were released</a> on April 6. These revisions focused on social studies and history courses from Grades 4 to 10. Phase 2 will revise the Grades 1-3 social studies curriculum, Grade 9 Geography, Grade 10 Civics, and a set of courses in Grade 11 and 12 Canadian and World Studies and Grade 11 and 12 Social Sciences and Humanities. Phase 3 is anticipated to be revisions to other elementary and secondary curricula in areas such as literature and English courses.<br><br><strong><em>Communications and Media Relations</em></strong><br> Updates on recent OPSBA communications issues were provided. There has been some media activity involving OPSBA since the February Board of Directors meeting, which can be found <a title="OPSBA in the Media" href="/Media%20Desk/opsba-in-the-media">on the OPSBA website</a>. OPSBA sent out one news release in the past two months:</p><div class="ExternalClassBD51A24199034CA2B039F9D8C0EEFEAE"><ul><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA">March 26, 2018 – <a title="OPSB news release, Mar. 26, 2018" href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/Education-Funding-Targeting-Key-Areas-to-Better-Support-Student-Health,-Well-Being-and-Success.aspx">Education Funding Targeting Key Areas to Better Support Student Health, Well-Being and Success</a></div></li></ul></div><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA">Communications support was also provided for issues and projects including:</p><ul><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><a title="2018-19 Ontario Budget" href="http://budget.ontario.ca/2018/index.html" target="_blank">2018-19 Ontario Budget</a><br></div></li><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><a title="2018 Children and Youth Mental Health Summit" href="/events-and-publications/summit-on-children-and-youth-mental-health">2018 Children and Youth Mental Health Summit </a><br></div></li><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><a title="OPSBA's PARG & CPPG feedback submission" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Submission%20-%20PARG%20Revisions%20FINAL.docx.pdf">OPSBA's PARG & CPPG feedback submission</a><br></div></li><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><a title="FSL Labour Market Partnership research" href="/advocacy-and-action/new-generation-education/fsl">FSL Labour Market Partnership research</a><br></div></li><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><a title="2018 Provincial Election (Education Day)" href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx">2018 Provincial Election (Education Day)</a><br></div></li><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><a title="2018 Municipal and School Board Elections" href="/advocacy-and-action/trustees-–-building-leadership-capacity/municipal-elections">2018 Municipal and School Board Elections</a><br></div></li><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><a title="Education Today" href="/Education%20Today/">Education Today</a><br> <br></div></li></ul><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><strong><em>Legislature and Government Relations</em></strong><br> An update on activities of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario was provided. The Assembly resumed on Feb. 20, 2018. The writ of election is set for May 9, 2018, with the next provincial election on June 7, 2018. There will be a total of 124 ridings in play for the next election, and <a title="Elections Ontario" href="https://www.elections.on.ca/en.html" target="_blank">Elections Ontario</a> has now updated their website to include the listing of all electoral districts. </p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>Bill 31, Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures)</em><br>This legislation is the government's budget bill and was introduced on March 28, 2018, by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa. The bill has been time allocated with public hearings scheduled for April 26.</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>Provincial Election and OPSBA Education Day</em><br><em> </em>OPSBA staff have finalized plans for the 2018 election and the resources to support <a title="Education Day on May 23" href="/Pages/Resources%20for%20the%202018%20Ontario%20Provincial%20Election.aspx" target="_blank">Education Day on May 23</a> in the province of Ontario. On that day, candidates from the four major provincial parties will be invited to attend Provincial Candidates Meetings in their ridings across the province. Staff have created an OPSBA 2018 Provincial Election Package that highlights the Association's priorities and includes a set of questions for each party.</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>2018 Municipal and School Board Elections</em><br><em> </em>OPSBA and OESC have been actively working to update their first two resources for the elections - <em>Making a Difference for Kids: Running for Election as a School Board Trustee</em> and <em>Your Guide to Hosting a School Board Trustee All Candidates Meeting</em>. The start of nominations and beginning of the campaign is May 1, 2018. Nominations close July 27, 2018, and Election Day is October 22, 2018.</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>School Board Governance</em><br><em> </em>Last Fall, OPSBA participated in a ministry consultation that included five areas of discussion: Code of Conduct & Integrity Commissioners, Trustee Honoraria, Student Trustees, Electronic Meetings and Director of Education Qualifications. Following the release of the 2018-19 GSNs, the government sent a memo outlining the next steps for each of these topics, including Trustee Honoraria which was identified in the GSN. There is to be an interim increase of $400 raising the new base limit to $6,300. It must be noted that many of the decisions and directions taken reflect <a title="OPSB response to governance-related issues" href="/OUR%20PRIORITIES/PublishingImages/advocacy-and-action/Submission_Governance_Related_Issues_Nov2417.pdf">OPSBA's advocacy work</a>.</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>Code of Conduct</em><br> Ontario Regulation 246/18 Members of School Boards – Code of Conduct was filed on April 16, 2018. The regulation requires all boards to have a code of conduct in place by May 15, 2019. A working group will be established by the Ministry of Education to discuss the contents of a code of conduct policy.</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><strong><em>Program Policy Update</em></strong><br> A summary of Ministry meetings, workgroups and program-related announcements was provided. Information shared included updates on the following:</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>FSL-Labour Market Partnership Project</em><br><em> </em>OPSBA is leading a labour market partnership project, <em>Meeting Labour Market Needs for </em><a title="French as a Second Language Instruction" href="/advocacy-and-action/new-generation-education/fsl"><em>French as a Second Language Instruction</em></a><em> in Ontario.</em> The project is a three-year initiative, which will be approved on a year-by-year basis by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. An interim report following Year 1 of the projected is expected to be released by the end of May.</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>Summit 2018</em><br><em> </em>The 2018 Summit for Children and Youth Mental Health was hosted by the Ontario Coalition of Children on April 12 and 13, 2018. This year the theme was <em>Beyond Collaboration: Towards Integrated Systems for Supporting Child and Youth Mental Health</em>. Sessions focused on working across tiered systems of support for promotion, prevention and intervention.</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>Education Assessment Review </em><br>In 2016-17 OPSBA distributed a <a title="OPSBA discussion document" href="/OUR%20PRIORITIES/Pages/EQAO-and-Large-Scale-Testing.aspx">discussion document</a> with recommendations for EQAO, and large-scale assessments. Over the last school year OPSBA staff met with Ministry staff and the Minister's staff to discuss the recommendations and to reinforce the key request, which was to have the Minister facilitate and engage in a dialogue with education partners on OPSBA's recommendations. A final report with recommendations is now with the Minister of Education and will be released late in April 2018.</p><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA">OPSBA representatives continue to participate in additional provincial committees, including:</p><ul><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>Collaborative Professionalism Sub-Committee of the Ministry Initiatives Committee</em></div></li><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>Transformation Steering Committee</em></div></li><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>Renewed Math Strategy Sub-Committee</em></div></li><li><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em>Ministry Student Well-Being Sub-Committee</em><br></div></li></ul><div class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><em> </em><br><strong><em>OPSBA Ad-Hoc Committee regarding Student Trustees</em></strong><br><strong><em> </em></strong>The Board of Directors unanimously passed a one-year pilot for additional involvement of student trustees in OPSBA for the 2018-19 school year.</div><p class="ExternalClass4E9A478E22FF4FD6AB245675180070EA"><strong><em>OPSBA Annual General Meeting</em></strong><br><strong><em> </em></strong>The 2018 <a title="Public Education Symposium (PES" href="/events-and-publications/public-education-symposium">Public Education Symposium (PES)</a> was held from January 25 to 27 at the Sheraton in Toronto in partnership with ACÉPO. Speakers included Professor Yong Zhao of the University of Oregon and University of Kansas, Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris, Patrick Case, Kevin Lamoureux and more.​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=248
The 2018 OPSBA AGM - May 31 to June 3http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=247The 2018 OPSBA AGM - May 31 to June 32018-05-14T14:36:27Z<div class="ExternalClass247B1E8975A0481298E4357C9DC24A82"><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/NiagaraFalls.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:248px;" />A</span><span style="font-size:18px;">t the Annual General Meeting, OP</span><span style="font-size:18px;">SBA members determine priorities and directions for the coming year, elect officers and plan for the future. This event </span><span style="font-size:18px;">also includes a comprehensive professional development program for trustees.</span></p><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;">2018 AGM and Program<br style="margin:0px;color:#fdc33b;line-height:36.76px;font-size:26.26px;font-weight:300;"></h2><h3 style="margin:0px;text-align:left;color:#262626;text-transform:none;line-height:29.02px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:20.73px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:300;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">May 31 to June 3, 2018<br style="margin:0px;color:#262626;line-height:29.02px;font-size:20.73px;font-weight:300;"></h3><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;">Marriott on the Falls<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;">6755 Fallsview Boulevard<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;">Niagara Falls, L2G 3W7</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 lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><a title="2018 AGM Program Outline" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/AGM_Program.pdf" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Program Outline</a></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;"><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><a title="2018 AGM Online Registration" href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/2018-AGM-Online-Registration.aspx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Online Registration</a></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;">Keynote addresses, panels and presentations include:<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;"><font face="plantin, georgia, cambria, times new roman, times, serif" style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"><span style="font-size:18px;">Ann Lopez, Associate Professor, OISE - <em style="font-style:italic;">Teaching, Leading and Learning in Ontario: Diversity as a Strength of Public Education</em><em style="font-style:italic;"></em></span></font></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;"><em style="font-style:italic;"></em>Carol Campbell, Associate Professor, OISE - <em style="font-style:italic;">Review and Evaluation of EQAO's Assessment Findings</em><em style="font-style:italic;"></em><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;"><em style="font-style:italic;"></em>Peter Gamwell, Former Supervisory Officer, Ottawa-Carleton DSB - <em style="font-style:italic;">The Wonder Wall: Leading Creative Schools and Organizations in an Age of Complexity</em><br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;"><em style="font-style:italic;"></em>OPSBA's <a title="interim research report on FSL" href="/advocacy-and-action/new-generation-education/fsl" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">interim research report on FSL</a> will be presented and followed by a panel discussion on French Immersion<br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">A variety of 10-minute presentations on innovative and successful practices from school boards across Ontario<br style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:0px;"></li><li style="margin:0px;color:#444444;padding-left:1.26px;">A pre-Collective Bargaining feedback session<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;">Hotel Information<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;"><span style="line-height:28.8px;font-size:18px;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;">Preferred hotel rate: $199 plus taxes <span style="margin:0px;color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"georgia",serif;font-size:13.5pt;">(single/double – City view)</span>; $219 <span style="line-height:28.8px;font-stretch:normal;background-color:transparent;">plus taxes </span><span style="margin:0px;color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-size:13.5pt;">(single/double – Falls view)</span></span><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><a title="Online Hotel Reservations" href="https://www.marriottonthefalls.com/company/ontario-public-school-boards-association" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Book online</a><br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;">OR<br style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;">Telephone: <span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;"><span class="baec5a81-e4d6-4674-97f3-e9220f0136c1" style="white-space:nowrap;">1-877-353-2557<a title="Call: 1-877-353-2557" href="/events-and-publications/agm-program" style="margin:0px;outline:0px;border:0px #008ce9;left:0px;top:0px;width:auto;height:auto;right:0px;bottom:0px;color:#008ce9;overflow:hidden;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:middle;display:inline;float:none;background-color:transparent;"></a></span> (<span aria-hidden="true" style="margin:0px;line-height:28.8px;padding-top:0px;font-size:18px;background-color:transparent;"></span><span style="line-height:28.8px;font-size:18px;background-color:transparent;">Reservations</span> <span style="font:400 18px/18.66px "georgia",serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;background-color:transparent;">–</span> toll free) before <span style="font-weight:600;"><span class="ms-rteForeColor-2">Friday, May 11, </span><span class="ms-rteForeColor-2">2018</span>. Please quote "Ontario Public School Boards' Association Conference"</span> in order to receive the preferred rate. After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only.</span>​</p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=247
OPSBA in the Media, April 2018http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=246OPSBA in the Media, April 20182018-04-20T17:48:43Z<div class="ExternalClassB19B71BDA7CE459F9D1E9B097D49CA84"><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/PublishingImages/TheNews.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:193px;" /><strong>School board upset it wasn't consulted on location of Guelph's marijuana store</strong><br><strong>GuelphToday.com, Apr. 20, 2018</strong><br>The Upper Grand District School Board is upset the board wasn’t consulted by the province or the city before deciding on a location for the retail marijuana outlet in Guelph.<br><a title="School board upset it wasn't consulted on location of Guelph's marijuana store" href="https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/school-board-upset-it-wasnt-consulted-on-location-of-guelphs-marijuana-store-899868" target="_blank">More</a> ... </p><p><strong>Pot shop, or no pot shop?</strong><br><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Caledon Enterprise (Metroland Media Group), Apr. 18, 2018</strong><br></span>Where should we sell pot?<br>It’s a question the GTA’s school boards say they didn’t get asked, and now, according to statements from Premier Kathleen Wynne herself, the province will go back and seek consultation from school boards on the location of retail marijuana outlets.<br><a title="Pot shop, or no pot shop?" href="https://www.caledonenterprise.com/news-story/8402877-pot-shop-or-no-pot-shop-/" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p>Hamilton says province should keep pot shops away from schools, pedestrians and LRT<br><strong>CBC News, Apr. 17, 2018<br></strong>The city is hoping to keep provincial cannabis stores away from schools, day cares and detox centres and off of busy pedestrian streets.<br><a title="Hamilton says province should keep pot shops away from schools, pedestrians and LRT" href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/hamilton-cannabis-store-location-considerations-1.4603563" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Premier asks for community consultation on cannabis store locations</strong><br><strong>Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star, Apr. 16, 2018</strong><br>Premier Kathleen Wynne is not sure how consultations on the province’s cannabis stores went to pot — but she’s now ordered that school boards have a say in where the outlets are located.<br><a title="Premier asks for community consultation on cannabis store locations" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/04/16/premier-asks-for-community-consultation-on-cannabis-store-locations.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Wynne wants answers on Toronto cannabis store location near school</strong><br><strong>CBC Toronto (from the Canadian Press), Apr. 12, 2018</strong><br>Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is looking into how a decision was made to place one of the province's first government-run cannabis stores less than a kilometre from a school, as school board officials say they were left out of the process.<br><a title="Wynne wants answers on Toronto cannabis store location near school" href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/first-to-pot-shop-controversy-1.4617671" target="_blank">More</a> ...​</p><p><strong>Ontario’s first four pot shops to be located in Toronto, Kingston, Guelph and Thunder Bay</strong><br><strong>Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star, Apr. 12, 2018</strong><br>The province has announced the locations of its first four marijuana shops — including one in Toronto that will be located in a strip mall alongside a student tutoring service, a kids’ martial arts centre and a McDonald’s.<br><a title="Ontario’s first four pot shops to be located in Toronto, Kingston, Guelph and Thunder Bay" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/04/11/ontarios-first-four-pot-shops-to-be-located-in-toronto-kingston-guelph-and-thunder-bay.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p></div>http://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=246

May 09
OPSBA in the Media, May 2018

School bulletin with LHS 75, Ron Felsen and Shelley Laskin
The South Bayview Bulldog, May 10, 2018
easide High School 75 occurs in 2020 — all those years since the 1945 upheaval of peaceful pastures at Eglinton East and Hanna Rd. It’s been good. Now the Leaside High School Alumni Association will meet Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the school to make plans. The meeting is open to LHS alumni. No doubt there will be a warm welcome from the committee headed by Larry Hurd.  Also on board are Earl Manners, Barb Wasson Dafoe, Lynda Green, Catherine Rooney, Elaine LeBlanc, Caroline Miller, Nick Mitchell, Simon Stevenson, Jeannette Plonka (principal). More are needed.
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OPSBA Declares May 23 Education Day
Port Stanley News, May 9, 2018
Toronto, May 9, 2018 - The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) has declared May 23 Education Day in the province of Ontario. On this day, candidates from the four major provincial parties have been invited by local school board trustees throughout the province to share their views and answer questions on issues affecting public education.
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May 09
Legislative Update, May 9, 2018

Provincial Election 2018

It’s official – On May 8, Premier Kathleen Wynne asked Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell to dissolve the final session of the 41st Parliament of the Province of Ontario, effective as of 2 p.m. The writ will be issued naming Thursday, June 7, as the date of Ontario's next general election. 

OPSBA will continue to post answers the answers to our Priorities Questionnaire from the four main political party leaders. The NDP and Liberal Party have shared their answers and we expect replies from the PC and Green parties soon. Once all platforms are released, we will cross reference their education pledges with our priorities. All election resources and related information can be found at: Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election. 

And don’t forget we need your local support for OPSBA Education Day on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Trustees and boards can choose to participate in Education Day activities anytime during the week of May 22-25, 2018. Resources can be found on our webpage. Please send us the details for any local plans. 

School Board Governance – One newly updated Regulation

On May 3, 2018, Ontario Regulation 7/07 Student Trustees was filed and posted. This updated regulation allows student trustees to have one to two year terms, staggered terms and moves their election date. This regulation filing follow recent updates and additions to other governance-related matters including Code of Conduct, Honoraria and Electronic Meetings. Attached is the memo sent to Directors of Education about these four regulations. All governance-related submissions, memos, and letters are posted on our website’s School Board Governance section.

Ministry memo re Regulatory Amendments, may 7, 2018 

Other Ministry Memos

May 08
Legislative Update, May 8, 2018

The writ of election is set for May 9, 2018, with the next provincial election on June 7, 2018.  As of today, there are three sitting days before the writ and 35 days before the election. 

Revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline and an update on integrated planning initiatives

Last week, the Ministry provided an update on the revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and on integrated planning initiatives. The final PARG is now posted on the ministry’s website. Following response to the initial fall 2017 engagement and the second phase of consultations in March 2018, the province made revisions to the PARG which included:

  • Additional public meeting(s), which extends timeframes, for a standard pupil accommodation review
  • Limiting the use of the shorter, modified pupil accommodation review
  • New information requirements for the initial staff report
  • Promotion of community input in the pupil accommodation review process and inclusion of student voice
  • Streamlining the administrative review process by allowing e-signatures
  • Development of ministry supports
  • Consideration of elementary student input into the accommodation decision
  • Extending the timeframe for the first public meeting from 30 to 40 business days
  • Requiring the municipal/community partner meeting to take place prior to the first public meeting.

The ministry will be working with its partner ministries and education and municipal stakeholders to develop templates (including initial staff report and economic impact assessment templates) and other resources before fall 2018 to support boards in conducting pupil accommodation reviews. Until these resources are developed, the moratorium on pupil accommodation reviews will remain in place unless they are related to coterminous board joint use initiatives.

There are no changes currently planned for Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG). The ministry will be updating it within the next year. Until then, school boards should continue using the existing CPPG. 

The Ministry also announced that they are launching a new engagement focused on the challenges facing education planning in urban areas this fall, which will include:

  • Urban Student Accommodation Engagement:  focusing on supports for pupil accommodation in urban areas experiencing rapid population intensification and will include Education Development Charges
  • Land Priorities Enhancement:  the government will increase funding from $60 million to $100 million this year which will support land acquisition for all boards.

OPSBA staff will follow up with the ministry to get more information and clarity about school closure moratorium timelines, input into templates, the connection of the Voluntary Integrated Planning and Partnerships Initiative (VIPPI) and Community Hubs, funding timing, and participation in the Urban Student Accommodation Engagement. We will also ask to see what was communicated to our municipal partners. 

March 23, 2018 - OPSBA Submission: Feedback on Draft Revisions to Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG) Submission 

School Board Governance – Two Updated Regulations

On April 20, 2018, two regulations regarding governance were updated, filed and now posted. 

  1. Ontario Regulation 357/06 Honoraria for Board Members -- This regulation includes the increased base amount for all trustees. It also directs compensation to appointed Section 68 school board trustees – something we have long advocated for. 
  2. Ontario Regulation 463/97 Electronic Meeting -- This regulation has a longer implementation date (next term 2022) for this to be in place. It will require a chair or designate to be “physically present for at least half of the meetings of the board for any 12 month period beginning November 15 and may provide that the chair or designate must be physically present for a greater proportion of meetings.” 

All recent governance-related submissions, memos and letter are posted on our website’s School Board Governance section. This includes the Fall 2017 OPSBA Submission re: Governance-Related Issues, the March 26 memo from the Minister of Education to stakeholders, the OPSBA follow-up letter (April 5, 2018)  and the Ministry’s letter of response (April 20, 2018). 

Provincial Election and Party Platforms 

OPSBA has contacted the four main political party leaders and shared a series of Association priority-related questions for the four parties to answer. The NDP and Liberal Parties have shared their answers and these are posted on our web site. All election resources and related information can be found at: Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election. 

Municipal and School Board Elections - Nomination and Campaign Period Began May 1, 2018

Don’t forget: Candidates vying for school board trustee positions are able to file their paperwork as of May 1. Candidates have until July 27 at 2 p.m. to file their papers with municipal clerks. Note: this is a much shorter campaign period compared to the last election. 

OPSBA has created a Frequently Asked Questions document to provide best practices and suggestions regarding use of social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) by current trustees who are running for re-election. This can be found at: Social Media Use Q&A. 

All candidates are welcome to submit their profiles to TrusteeCandidateInfo@oesc-cseo.org  Please include your name, school board and ward. You may also include a photo, a brief biography, your email address and website address with your profile.​

May 02
Champion of Diversity Award

champion_of_diversity_en.pngNominations for the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration's Champion of Diversity Award is open until May 15. 

This Award recognizes individuals, groups and employers who help promote immigrant success, economic growth, and inclusion in Ontario and includes three categories: Inclusion and Diversity, Cross-Cultural Understanding, and Business Leadership in Immigrant Employment.

Click here for information about how to submit a nomination or click here for more information.​

Apr 30
Legislative Update, April 30, 2018

Election Time Frames – A Quick Overview

Pre-Writ

  • No official stopping of government initiatives but things tend to slow down, as do communications.

Writ Period (May 9 – June 7)

  • Legislative Assembly dissolves and MPPs are no longer members but Ministers remain as Ministers.
  • Government takes on a “caretaking role” and addresses only “routine” and “urgent” matters.
  • All policy and communications are suspended – no new announcements.

Post-Election (after June 7)

  • There will be a new government – same party, new party or a minority government.
  • Caretaker role continues until either incumbent government wins or until a new government is sworn in.
  • Time to form a new government varies – typically two to five weeks.

Recently Introduced Legislation

Bill 31, Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures)
This legislation is the government’s budget bill and was introduced on March 28, 2018, by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa. The omnibus bill includes 31 schedules – amendments to various Acts. There is a proposed amendment to the Education Act, included in Schedule 9. This involves the recent work by the Ministry of Education and Indigenous stakeholders (including OPSBA’s Indigenous Trustees’ Council) about a Reciprocal Education Approach. The proposed legislation will enable parents of Indigenous students to choose the school system to which their child will attend. If an Indigenous child lives off reserve, but wants to attend a school on reserve, or a school operated by a First Nation or a First Nation organization off reserve, the parent will have the right to do so, provided the school is on an approved list that will be developed by the Ministry. Funding will flow through the school board to the school of choice.

OPSBA Bill 31 submission

The education-related bills listed below will not have time to move through the legislative process but have been introduced or re-introduced as Private Member’s Bills. 

Bill 38, Youth Political Engagement Act, 2018

  • Introduced on April 10 by Liberal MPP Arthur Potts. The Bill amends the Election Act to lower the age for persons to be eligible to vote in an election to the Legislative Assembly from 18 years to 16 years.
    Status: Referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy

Bill 44, Education Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), 2018

  • Re-introduced on April 11 by Liberal MPP Sophie Kiwala. The bill amends the Education Act to provide for board activities to promote awareness and understanding of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), including best practices to support pupils who may have FASD.
    Status: First Reading

Bill 47, School Boards Property and Development Transparency Act, 2018

  • Introduced on April 12 by Liberal MPP Mike Colle. The bill would require all school boards in the province to notify the public whenever they purchase land or they sell land, or, if they have a development agreement with a developer to develop school property, they would be required to let the public know that they have undertaken such agreements.
    Status: First Reading

Bill 52, Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions Act, 2018

  • Introduced on April 17 by NDP MPP Teresa Armstrong. The bill would establish a new standalone Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to coordinate the transformation of Ontario’s mental health and addiction services to ensure that every Ontarian can access the mental health and addiction supports they need when they need it and in their own communities.
    Status: Referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy 

Provincial Election and OPSBA Education Day – May 23, 2018

REMINDER: During provincial elections, the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) advocates for non-partisan strategies to engage politicians in issues that focus on education and the well-being of children and youth. On April 18, an initial set of resources was sent to all trustees to support OPSBA Education Day on May 23, 2018. Trustees and boards can choose to participate in Education Day activities anytime during the week of May 22-25, 2018. 

OPSBA has contacted the four main political party leaders about Education Day and has followed up with several MPPs from all parties, including the current education critics. We are a non-partisan association that advocates for public education regardless of which political party is in power at Queen’s Park. Our Priorities will not change, but our advocacy tactics and areas of emphasis may change. Included in our resources is a document called OPSBA's Provincial Election Package that outlines the Association’s Priorities and a series of questions for the four parties to answer. These questions have been shared with each party directly and answers will be shared with all members when they are returned. The NDP have responded and their answers are available on the OPSBA website: Resources for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election.

Upcoming resources will include a final candidates list, additional communications and social media support. OPSBA will post party platforms as they become available and cross-reference them against the Association’s priorities. 

2018 Municipal and School Board Elections

Copies of Making a Difference for Kids: Running for Election as a School Board Trustee have been distributed to Boards via the Director of Education’s office. The electronic PDF version will be sent to boards in early May to coincide with the launch of the public awareness campaign website. It has also been sent to municipalities, libraries and community hubs across the province. Additional electronic resources (posters and newspaper ads) will also be shared in the coming weeks and we will be asking school boards and municipalities to post these resources on their websites where appropriate. 

Don’t forget: Nomination and Campaign Period Begins Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

School Board Governance – Code of Conduct Regulation

On April 16, 2018, Regulation 246/18 Member of School Boards – Code of Conduct was filed. This regulation requires all school boards to adopt a code of conduct for Trustees by no later than May 15, 2019. In addition, all Trustee codes of conduct must now be made available to the public. If a school board already has a trustee code of conduct, it must be reviewed by May 15, 2019, and every school board must review its trustee code of conduct by May 15 every fourth year thereafter.

NOTE: Recently the Ministry of Education announced the creation of a working group to look at minimum standard to be included in a policy. OPSBA will be a member of this working group and share our existing 2012 policy template. 

All recent governance-related submissions, memos and letters are available at: School Board Governance. This includes the Fall 2017 OPSBA Submission re: Governance-Related Issues, the March 26 memo from the Minister of Education to stakeholders, the OPSBA follow-up letter (April 5, 2018) and the Ministry’s letter of response (April 20, 2018). 

Anti-Racism Data Standards (ARDS)

OPSBA attended the launch and technical briefing of the Anti-Racism Data Standards (ARDS) by the Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD). The establishing of data standards is one of the key initiatives in the government’s 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan: A Better Way Forward. The data standards were created for the purpose of addressing systemic racism and set out for public sector organizations (PSOs) (e.g. school boards) how to collect, use, analyze and report Indigenous, race and race-based data. These standards would help to enable PSOs to fulfil their obligations under the Anti-Racism Act 2017 (ARA) to identify and monitor racial disparities in order to eliminate systemic racism and advance racial equality. 

To start, the three-year strategy will focus on the Child Welfare, Justice and Education sectors. Data standards must be phased in over five years within PSOs in each of those sectors. Under Ontario Regulation 267/18, all school boards are:

  • Authorized to use the Data Standards starting on May 1, 2018
  • Required to use the Data Standards by July 1, 2023

OPSBA is following up with the Anti-Racism Directorate for communication plans to school boards and implementation timelines.  

EQAO Report - Ontario: A Learning Province

On April 24, 2018, The Ministry of Education released Ontario: A Learning Province. This report is the summation of the government’s commissioned review of student assessment and reporting led by Dr. Carol Campbell. The report has two sections:

  • Classroom Assessment: The government will proceed with the 18 recommendations and work with the Transformation Steering Committee to develop an implementation plan.
  • Large Scale Assessment: There was no clear consensus and further sector engagement will take place. Until that time, EQAO will continue, status quo, with no break in delivering assessments. 

Minister Naidoo-Harris letter to stakeholders 

Independent Review of Assessment and Reporting

OPSBA Discussion Paper re Large Scale Testing in Ontario (December 2016)

Apr 27
Education Week 2018 – May 7 to 11

Ontario schools celebrate Education Week every year during the first week of May. This year, Education Week will be held from May 7 to 11 and the theme for celebration is Equity in Action. 

The amazing activities happening in schools will be highlighted, equity champions in classrooms and schools, including the contributions of students, parents, teachers and education workers who promote and ensure equity at the local level, will be acknowledged.

Share your activities on Twitter using #EdWeekON2018.

Here's how some OPSBA member boards are observing Education Week:

Halton DSB

Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB

Lambton Kent DSB

Limestone DSB

Peel DSB

Upper Canada DSB

Apr 24
CSBA Congress 2018 & National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education

National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education
July 4 – 5, 2018
and
CSBA Congress 2018
July 5 7

Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

REGISTER NOW. Registration for both the National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education and CSBA Congress 2018 is hosted on the OPSBA website.

Program Outline

HOTEL information: 
A preferred rate of $189 plus taxes (Traditional room), and $219 plus taxes (Harbourview), has been secured for delegates at The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations. Both rates are for single/double accommodation.
Rooms must be booked before Sunday, June 3, 2018. After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only. Please quote the group name "NOVA SCOTIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION" to ensure you receive the preferred guestroom rate.

Online HOTEL reservations
OR
Telephone
:  Toll free 1-888-627-8553.​

Apr 23
OPSBA Board of Directors Meeting – April 20 and 21, 2018

BODFeb2018.jpgThe OPSBA Board of Directors held a meeting on April 20 and 21, 2018, in Toronto. OPSBA President Laurie French gave an acknowledgement that the meeting was being held on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the Métis Nation.

Education policy and program issues that were discussed at the meeting are summarized below.

Finance
Updates were provided on the following issues related to education funding:

2018-19 Grants for Student Needs
On March 26, 2018, the Ministry of Education released memo B06 – Grants for Student Needs. Highlights are available on the OPSBA website.

Student Transportation
As part of the Ministry's ongoing multi-stakeholder engagement to solicit input and feedback to renew the vision of student transportation in Ontario, OPSBA and the other trustee associations met with the consultation working group in January to provide initial comments. OPSBA undertook a survey of all member school boards and used this feedback to provide formal input to the working group on April 4.

A summary of B and SB memoranda is available on the OPSBA website.

Indigenous Trustees' Council
Donna Danielli, Executive Council liaison to the Indigenous Trustees' Council, provided a report that included updates on the following:

Working Group – Education Service Agreements and Reverse Education Service Agreements
As part of the budget bill, the government introduced proposed changes to the legislation on ESAs/RESAs. The proposed legislation will enable parents of Indigenous students to choose the school system to which their child will attend.

TRC Curriculum Steering Committee
The Committee met on April 9, 2018 to review the curriculum progress that has been made to date, and to provide advice on progress for Phase 2. Training took place for Board staff in December, 2017 and January 2017 on the mandatory curriculum revisions made in Phase 1, and the documents were released on April 6. These revisions focused on social studies and history courses from Grades 4 to 10. Phase 2 will revise the Grades 1-3 social studies curriculum, Grade 9 Geography, Grade 10 Civics, and a set of courses in Grade 11 and 12 Canadian and World Studies and Grade 11 and 12 Social Sciences and Humanities. Phase 3 is anticipated to be revisions to other elementary and secondary curricula in areas such as literature and English courses.

Communications and Media Relations
Updates on recent OPSBA communications issues were provided. There has been some media activity involving OPSBA since the February Board of Directors meeting, which can be found on the OPSBA website. OPSBA sent out one news release in the past two months:

Communications support was also provided for issues and projects including:

Legislature and Government Relations
An update on activities of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario was provided. The Assembly resumed on Feb. 20, 2018. The writ of election is set for May 9, 2018, with the next provincial election on June 7, 2018. There will be a total of 124 ridings in play for the next election, and Elections Ontario has now updated their website to include the listing of all electoral districts.

Bill 31, Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures)
This legislation is the government's budget bill and was introduced on March 28, 2018, by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa. The bill has been time allocated with public hearings scheduled for April 26.

Provincial Election and OPSBA Education Day
OPSBA staff have finalized plans for the 2018 election and the resources to support Education Day on May 23 in the province of Ontario. On that day, candidates from the four major provincial parties will be invited to attend Provincial Candidates Meetings in their ridings across the province. Staff have created an OPSBA 2018 Provincial Election Package that highlights the Association's priorities and includes a set of questions for each party.

2018 Municipal and School Board Elections
OPSBA and OESC have been actively working to update their first two resources for the elections - Making a Difference for Kids: Running for Election as a School Board Trustee and Your Guide to Hosting a School Board Trustee All Candidates Meeting. The start of nominations and beginning of the campaign is May 1, 2018. Nominations close July 27, 2018, and Election Day is October 22, 2018.

School Board Governance
Last Fall, OPSBA participated in a ministry consultation that included five areas of discussion: Code of Conduct & Integrity Commissioners, Trustee Honoraria, Student Trustees, Electronic Meetings and Director of Education Qualifications. Following the release of the 2018-19 GSNs, the government sent a memo outlining the next steps for each of these topics, including Trustee Honoraria which was identified in the GSN. There is to be an interim increase of $400 raising the new base limit to $6,300. It must be noted that many of the decisions and directions taken reflect OPSBA's advocacy work.

Code of Conduct
Ontario Regulation 246/18 Members of School Boards – Code of Conduct was filed on April 16, 2018. The regulation requires all boards to have a code of conduct in place by May 15, 2019. A working group will be established by the Ministry of Education to discuss the contents of a code of conduct policy.

Program Policy Update
A summary of Ministry meetings, workgroups and program-related announcements was provided. Information shared included updates on the following:

FSL-Labour Market Partnership Project
OPSBA is leading a labour market partnership project, Meeting Labour Market Needs for French as a Second Language Instruction in Ontario. The project is a three-year initiative, which will be approved on a year-by-year basis by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. An interim report following Year 1 of the projected is expected to be released by the end of May.

Summit 2018
The 2018 Summit for Children and Youth Mental Health was hosted by the Ontario Coalition of Children on April 12 and 13, 2018. This year the theme was Beyond Collaboration: Towards Integrated Systems for Supporting Child and Youth Mental Health. Sessions focused on working across tiered systems of support for promotion, prevention and intervention.

Education Assessment Review
In 2016-17 OPSBA distributed a discussion document with recommendations for EQAO, and large-scale assessments. Over the last school year OPSBA staff met with Ministry staff and the Minister's staff to discuss the recommendations and to reinforce the key request, which was to have the Minister facilitate and engage in a dialogue with education partners on OPSBA's recommendations. A final report with recommendations is now with the Minister of Education and will be released late in April 2018.

OPSBA representatives continue to participate in additional provincial committees, including:

  • Collaborative Professionalism Sub-Committee of the Ministry Initiatives Committee
  • Transformation Steering Committee
  • Renewed Math Strategy Sub-Committee
  • Ministry Student Well-Being Sub-Committee
 
OPSBA Ad-Hoc Committee regarding Student Trustees
The Board of Directors unanimously passed a one-year pilot for additional involvement of student trustees in OPSBA for the 2018-19 school year.

OPSBA Annual General Meeting
The 2018 Public Education Symposium (PES) was held from January 25 to 27 at the Sheraton in Toronto in partnership with ACÉPO. Speakers included Professor Yong Zhao of the University of Oregon and University of Kansas, Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris, Patrick Case, Kevin Lamoureux and more.​

Apr 17
The 2018 OPSBA AGM - May 31 to June 3

At the Annual General Meeting, OPSBA members determine priorities and directions for the coming year, elect officers and plan for the future. This event also includes a comprehensive professional development program for trustees.

2018 AGM and Program

May 31 to June 3, 2018

Marriott on the Falls
6755 Fallsview Boulevard
Niagara Falls, L2G 3W7

Program Outline

Online Registration

Keynote addresses, panels and presentations include:

  • Ann Lopez, Associate Professor, OISE - Teaching, Leading and Learning in Ontario: Diversity as a Strength of Public Education
  • Carol Campbell, Associate Professor, OISE - Review and Evaluation of EQAO's Assessment Findings
  • Peter Gamwell, Former Supervisory Officer, Ottawa-Carleton DSB - The Wonder Wall: Leading Creative Schools and Organizations in an Age of Complexity
  • OPSBA's interim research report on FSL will be presented and followed by a panel discussion on French Immersion
  • A variety of 10-minute presentations on innovative and successful practices from school boards across Ontario
  • A pre-Collective Bargaining feedback session

Hotel Information

Preferred hotel rate: $199 plus taxes (single/double – City view); $219 plus taxes (single/double – Falls view)
Book online
OR
Telephone: 1-877-353-2557 (Reservations  toll free) before Friday, May 11, 2018. Please quote "Ontario Public School Boards' Association Conference" in order to receive the preferred rate. After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only.

Apr 17
OPSBA in the Media, April 2018

School board upset it wasn't consulted on location of Guelph's marijuana store
GuelphToday.com, Apr. 20, 2018
The Upper Grand District School Board is upset the board wasn’t consulted by the province or the city before deciding on a location for the retail marijuana outlet in Guelph.
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Pot shop, or no pot shop?
Caledon Enterprise (Metroland Media Group), Apr. 18, 2018
Where should we sell pot?
It’s a question the GTA’s school boards say they didn’t get asked, and now, according to statements from Premier Kathleen Wynne herself, the province will go back and seek consultation from school boards on the location of retail marijuana outlets.
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Hamilton says province should keep pot shops away from schools, pedestrians and LRT
CBC News, Apr. 17, 2018
The city is hoping to keep provincial cannabis stores away from schools, day cares and detox centres and off of busy pedestrian streets.
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Premier asks for community consultation on cannabis store locations
Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star, Apr. 16, 2018
Premier Kathleen Wynne is not sure how consultations on the province’s cannabis stores went to pot — but she’s now ordered that school boards have a say in where the outlets are located.
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Wynne wants answers on Toronto cannabis store location near school
CBC Toronto (from the Canadian Press), Apr. 12, 2018
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is looking into how a decision was made to place one of the province's first government-run cannabis stores less than a kilometre from a school, as school board officials say they were left out of the process.
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Ontario’s first four pot shops to be located in Toronto, Kingston, Guelph and Thunder Bay
Kristin Rushowy, Toronto Star, Apr. 12, 2018
The province has announced the locations of its first four marijuana shops — including one in Toronto that will be located in a strip mall alongside a student tutoring service, a kids’ martial arts centre and a McDonald’s.
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