Serving and Supporting BC’s Boards of Education

Thanks for Joining us at Trustee Academy 2017

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We hope you enjoyed and found this year’s Academy useful to your important work as a trustee. Trustee Academy 2017 was planned to inspire delegates as they assemble under the theme of “Education Evolution: Student-Centred Governance.” The goal of this year’s academy was to highlight the important role students play in the governance of our

New Trustee Learning Guide Launched

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Attendees at this year’s Trustee Academy were provided an overview of BCSTA’s great new learning resource for boards, individual trustees, senior district staff and partners – The Learning Guide.  This very extensive on-line learning resource covers a myriad of topics that are of interest and/or applicability to trustees, boards and senior staff in their roles governing, leading

BCSTA HUB Now Open for Business

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BCSTA’s new members-only area of our website, the BCSTA HUB, is now open for business.  The HUB will provide a number of new features and services aimed at providing improved services and communications for all members. Included within the HUB will be: The BCSTA Events Calendar Member notifications and information updates Discussion Groups (i.e. Listservs)

Trustee Academy 2017 Concurrent Sessions

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Trustee Academy 2017 is just around the corner, featuring a variety of concurrent session that are set to inspire trustees as they assemble under the theme of “Education Evolution: Student-Centred Governance” this November. The goal of this year’s academy is to highlight the important role students play in the governance of our public education system.

Raising the Valuation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

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In the spring of 2016, I had the privilege of hearing Mr. Tom Child recount the story of a Kwakiutl elder, Ms. Sara Sampare, who described her experience during the Great Depression of the 1930s. She had spoken of how during this time of national hardship, when everyone across North America was always hungry, the

Our Journey of Awareness and Understanding of Aboriginal Culture

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On September 18, 2015, the culture of the Squamish People came to life at Eastview Elementary School in North Vancouver. Our year long journey of awareness and understanding of Aboriginal ways was witnessed and celebrated through a presentation ceremony of our Welcome Figure. Over the year, every Eastview student contributed to the pole under the

Message of Support for SOGI Policies and Initiatives

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Vancouver, B.C, – September 22, 2017] – The British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) would like to express its full support for boards of education, the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Government in their work towards fostering safer and more inclusive communities for all British Columbians, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In

Surrey School District Takes Their Data to a New Digital Level

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Surrey Schools has designed a creative, innovative and interactive online tool called Our Data Story as part of the Our Learning Story webpage established to share facts and stories with parents and the public about student success in the district. “Over the past few years, the district has been supporting teachers to explore the use of digital portfolios as

New Learning Guide Sets Trustees on Path to Success

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Gordon Swan will never forget the pressures of being an novice trustee in the newly merged Nicola-Similkameen School District. With hard decisions to be made around school closures, Swan and his fellow board members were forced to learn quickly about their new roles and responsibilities in the face of passionate opinions from parents. “Having a