Sep. 16, 2014 Board Meeting

Here is an outline of the public agenda and reports for the September 16, 2014 board meeting.

– School presentation (Pineridge School)

– Update/Discussion on Student Learning Assessments (pg. 3-1 to 3-6). This year, Grade 3 students will participate in the pilot project of the new Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) which will replace the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs). SLAs will be written in the Fall (rather than at the end of the year as was done with PATs) and parents and schools will receive reports of the results that can be used to help students succeed throughout the coming school year. More information on SLAs can be found on the Alberta Education website.

The following correspondence and reports are on the “Consent Agenda” which means that they become part of the public record, but are not discussed during the board meeting. All motions for action items (eg. approval of policy compliance) on the consent agenda are unanimously approved unless a trustee “pulls” the item off of the consent agenda for a vote.

– Monitoring of policy OE-2Temporary Chief Superintendent Succession (pg. 6-20 to 6-24). The Board of Trustees approves that the policy is in compliance.

– Chief Superintendent’s Update (pg. 6-1 to 6-14). A summary of the following CBE initiatives throughout the 2013-14 school year are included in this report:

– Personalized learning

– Spaces (New school and modernization announcements, relocation of programs)

– Iris (CBE’s web-based application being used in 75 schools to further personalize learning)

– Assessment and reporting

– High school success

– Curriculum development prototyping (more information can be found at inspiredcurriculum.ca)

– Partnerships with corporations, post-secondary institutions and the Calgary Catholic School District

– Canadian Bureau for International Education Board of Directors Award for Comprehensive Internationalization (Wow, that’s a long name for an award. The CBE was awarded it in 2013.)

– Collaborating for success (Early Years Evaluation – Teacher Assessment, also known as EYE-TA) assesses students in the Fall and Spring of Kindergarten to identify student learning needs in a timely fashion.

– Early Development Centres (EDC) for preschool children with exceptional needs are now in eight CBE schools

– Technology enhancements

– Build professional capital (i.e. what staff have learned and improved on throughout the year)

– Engage our public (Interesting fact: There were 1065 media stories about the CBE last year!)

– Steward our resources (Another interesting fact: The CBE uses more buses to transport students than Calgary Transit)

There are currently no in-camera agenda items, so the meeting should be adjourned at the conclusion of the public meeting.

You can watch the proceedings in person at the Education Centre (1221 – 8 St. SW) or online either live, or through the video recording posted within a few days of the meeting. All board meetings begin at noon.

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