School bulletin with LHS 75, Ron Felsen and Shelley LaskinThe South Bayview Bulldog, May 10, 2018easide 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.More ...
OPSBA Declares May 23 Education DayPort Stanley News, May 9, 2018Toronto, 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.More ...
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
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
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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:
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
2018 - OPSBA Submission: Feedback
on Draft Revisions to Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community
Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG) Submission
On April 20, 2018, two regulations regarding governance were
updated, filed and now posted.
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).
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
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
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.
Nominations 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.
Writ Period (May 9 – June 7)
Post-Election (after June 7)
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
education-related bills listed below will not have time to move through the
legislative process but have been introduced or re-introduced as Private
38, Youth Political Engagement Act, 2018
44, Education Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), 2018
47, School Boards Property and Development Transparency Act, 2018
52, Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions Act, 2018
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
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.
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
Don’t forget: Nomination and
Campaign Period Begins Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
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).
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
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.
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:
following up with the Anti-Racism Directorate for communication plans to school
boards and implementation timelines.
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
Minister Naidoo-Harris letter to stakeholders
Independent Review of Assessment and Reporting
OPSBA Discussion Paper re Large Scale Testing in Ontario (December 2016)
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:
Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB
Lambton Kent DSB
Upper Canada DSB
National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal EducationJuly 4 – 5, 2018 and CSBA Congress 2018July 5 – 7
Westin Nova Scotian1181 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.
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 reservationsORTelephone: Toll free 1-888-627-8553.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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