Thank you to all who helped with the package that was presented to the principals on August 31, 2006, at
Special thanks to Leanne Marcil for her efforts in organizing the package.
Many schools are spending time with PEBS during their Professional Development day on Friday. Best of luck with this venture.
I look forward to working with all the new principals, vice-principals and consultants as they take on new or added responsibilities for the 2006-2007 school year. I wish everyone the best and feel free to contact me if I can be of any benefit to you.
All P-6 teachers and principals were provided professional development sessions on the Board′s Staff Development Days, September 6 & 7. Topics included:
▪ Differentiated Classroom
▪ Teachers in Action (a new P-3 resource from Department of Education)
▪ Grade five teachers had a session on a new text at that grade level
▪ On September 6 & 7, Reading Recovery teachers took part in professional development sessions related to implementation of Literacy Lessons designed for individuals.
Professional development will also be provided for new administrators on September 20, with a session on The School Learning Environment.
On September 25 & 27, new hires and teachers new to a grade level will have an opportunity to attend a Literacy workshop.
On September 18 & 19, grade three teachers will be attending a session to prepare them and their students for a Department of Education Mathematical Literacy Assessment in June, 2007.
There will be two inservice sessions for the Reading Recovery trained teachers on September 21 & 28. Teacher leaders will attend a regional Teacher Leader professional development session in the
From September 11 to October 15,
Elementary Programs Division has provided a school year′s calendar which was passed out to all P-6 principals and teachers at the Professional Development sessions on September 6 & 7. With the calendar, teachers will know ahead of time significant upcoming events as well as ethnic, religious, national and United Nations days/weeks/months.
Individual schools are planning Parent Curriculum Nights for September to give parents an overview of the elementary curriculum, teacher instruction as well as assessment practices at the school site.
There are currently 70 Nova Scotia International Student Program students enrolled in ten schools within the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.
There are Breakfast for Learning Programs in 44 school sites within the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.
The Junior High Regional Professional Development Days, September 6-7, 2006, held at
The Senior High Regional Professional Development Day, held at Riverview Rural High, September 6-7, 2006, was also facilitated by Diane Brennick, English Language Arts Consultant (7-12), with a great deal of help from Erin Connors in Social Studies, True Burke and Jennifer Moss in Mathematics and Science, and Lauren Furdas (Eskasoni) and Phonse Martell in English Language Arts. The focus was
Physical Education Staff (63 in total), participated in a two-day Regional Professional Development Session, September 6-7, 2006, at Sherwood Park Education Centre. The focus of the sessions was
Plans are underway for a Substance Use Prevention Education Session for Teachers of both PDR (Personal Development and Relationships) and CALM (Career and Life Management), October 12-13, 2006.
Plans are underway for Professional Development for all Principals. This would be a two-day session focussing on Communication.
True Burke, Science & Technology Fair Chairperson, and Jennifer Moss, Teacher, Riverview Rural High, are working on the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board′s Science & Technology Fair Website, and plan to unveil it soon.
Coordinator Rick Simm is happy to welcome two new consultants to the Programs Department – Dorothy Tennant, IEI Consultant, and Sheila Kublek, Assistive Technology. These consultants join Bill Tennant, Consultant for Tech PD, Jim McNeil, Data Manager, and Rick to form the Information Technology Team. This group has spent the last weeks in August preparing for the Principals′ meeting and for the September PD days. Dorothy, Bill and Sheila were PD presenters to teachers and administration.
The IEI Initiative continues to provide us with much needed technology. This year, the emphasis is on Grade 9 allowing us to provide clusters of four computers including infrastructure, software and PD. With some extra resources, we will be able to provide limited technology to grades P-3. Rick will attend an provincial technology meeting later in September at which the IEI details will be finalized.
The Mentoring model for PD will be continued again this year. This has proven to be our best method of helping teachers with technology integration with the curriculum. It is our goal to place at least 20 mentors in schools from grades P-12.
Cathy Viva, Coordinator
The Coordinator of Student Services attended a four day
school board. Differentiation of the classroom was a primary focus of the delivery of programs for inclusive classrooms and it confirms the direction of program and student services with the differentiation professional development initiative.
Preparation for the September inservice days began in August with the Differentiation team, the Junior High resource team, the ASD team and the Facilitators for the Lion′s Quest program meeting to prepare materials and organize their presentations and activities. On September 6th and 7th the following workshops were held for Student Services Staff:
1. The Elementary Learning Centre Teachers attended a two day workshop on the STAR curriculum. The STAR curriculum is a program developed for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. It uses ‘best practices’ from several interventions built around addressing the needs of ASD. It includes Discreet Trial, Pivotal Response and the TEACCH methodology. STARS is a provincial initiative through the Department of Education.
2. Elementary Resource Teachers, Learning Disabilities Teachers, School Psychologists and Speech Language Pathologists attended a one day workshop on Differentiation in the classroom. Differentiation is good classroom practices that allow teachers to meet the needs of all students in their classes with an appreciation for their talents, skills and with a clear direction for progress. On the second day of inservicing teachers were introduced to the new ‘Primary to Three’ supplement for the Language Arts Curriculum.
3. The Junior High Resource Teachers, Learning Disabilities Teachers, Learning Centre Teachers and High School Learning Strategies Teachers attended a two day workshop on programming and building Individual Program Plans for students with special needs. The workshop was created to help teachers work on the skills needed to facilitate the program planning process and the participants were given practical strategies and materials to assist students in their schools.
4. High School Learning Centre Teachers and Teacher Assistants attended a two day workshop on Non-violent Crises Intervention. Each of the participants will be certified in Non-violent crises intervention.
5. Teachers and teacher assistants from STEPS to Success programs attended a two day workshop in the Lion′s Quest Curriculum and the Junior and Senior High Curriculums from Thrive
Evaluations from the two days were reviewed and were overwhelmingly positive. Clear direction for future professional development has been developed for the groups. The teams who provided the workshops will continue to be actively involved in future initiatives.
Our School Board has been chosen by the Nova Scotia Department of Education to be a pilot site for Teacher Training for the STAR curriculum. Teachers from our pilot site at Sydney River Elementary and our Teacher Trainer will be attending an inservice in
Guidance Counsellors and Social Workers are preparing for an upcoming Professional Development Refresher Session on their role in Crisis Intervention. Teams have been identified and with many new members, the update will be welcomed.
Interest in the two pilot Pre-Primary classes at Boularderie and
The School Accreditation initiative continues to grow with the Principals and Co-chairs of eight new school communities about to participate in two days of inservicing on Thursday, September 14th, and Friday, September 15th at the North Star Inn. The six school communities who began the initiative last year are either finalizing their external review or beginning to implement their school improvement plan.
Grade three teachers will be participating in an Early Elementary Mathematical Literacy Assessment Orientation Session, at the Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre on September 18-19th. This is in preparation for the Grade 3 Mathematics Assessment scheduled for early June 2007. Materials and information will be forthcoming shortly for this year′s Grade 6 Elementary Literacy Assessment scheduled for mid-October. On another front, attention will be increasingly focussed on Grade 9 students in preparation for the Junior High Literacy Assessment scheduled for late May 2007.
The Network for Children and Youth, in collaboration with the Children′s Aid Society of Cape Breton-Victoria and the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, will be hosting a one-day consultation on September 20, 2006, from 9:00 – 12:00, at the Delta Hotel.
The purpose of the consultation, which will have representation from a number of agencies, will be to discuss present realities with high risk youth, what needs to be done, and priority of these wishes with a view to developing an action plan to better serve this group of youth.
Teacher assistants, library technicians, and student support workers participated in workshops on Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Child Abuse/Child Welfare Act on September 6th and 7th. Feedback received from participants was very positive.
In November, the Department of Education will continue the implementation of the Racial Equity Policy for senior high schools, location TBA.