Trina Hurdman

Sep. 9, 2014 Board Meeting

The first board meeting of the 2014-15 school year will begin at noon on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Here is an outline of the public agenda and reports.

– Encore Doorway Award (I look forward to learning more about this award, which I assume has to do with Encore CBE)

– Monitoring of policy OE-2: Temporary Chief Superintendent Succession (pg. 5-1 to 5-4). The Chief Superintendent has indicated that this policy is in compliance.

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.

– Construction projects status report (pg. 8-22 to 8-37). The CBE also has a website devoted to construction projects which is updated regularly.

– Official correspondence received by or sent by the Board of Trustees (pg. 8-38 to 8-52).

– Roster for Second-Vice Chair (pg. 8-53). Trustees (other than the Chair and Vice-Chair) rotate being the second vice-chair throughout the year.

Trustees will be moving in-camera following this public portion.

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.

2 thoughts on “Sep. 9, 2014 Board Meeting

  1. Sharon George

    Has the CBE ever looked at the Finnish model of schools. According to the OECD ,”Finland is one of the world’s leaders in the academic performance of its secondary school students, a position it has held for the past decade. This top performance is also remarkably consistent across schools,. Finnish schools seem to serve all students well regardless of family background socioeconomic status or ability.” (Globe and Mail August 30, 2014.)
    The article goes on to explain this system . “The most recent PISA survey showed several provinces were slipping in academic performance, particularly math. (ibid)
    I can certainly believe that. My grandson didn’t get taught division in grade 5 because the teacher ran out of time to teach that unit. He is now in grade 12 and has still never been taught how. Luckily he has a grandmother who was a teacher. Hoping you can bring this up at some meeting in the future.

  2. Trina Hurdman Post author

    There are many things that we could learn from Finland and that Finland could learn from us. In 2010, Alberta and Finland created a partnership for this very purpose. Here is a post about the partnership written by Pasi Sahlberg who wrote the book, “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn about Educational Change in Finland” (2011).
    http://www.teachers.ab.ca/Publications/ATA%20Magazine/Volume%2092/Number-2/Pages/Finland-Alberta-Partnership.aspx
    I agree that it is important to continually look at the successes within our system and around the world in order to improve our own practices.

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