By Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director & CEO, National School Boards Association: If there is one thing to know as a school leader, it’s that there is more than one thing to know. Back in the 1800s, when public schools first were being formed in most places around the country, the local school board provided
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School trustees from all 60 boards of education in BC came together and made their concerns heard this past October at the BCSTA Provincial Council meeting in Vancouver. It was here that a motion regarding vaping cessation targeted at youth was discussed, and ultimately passed. The motion itself received strong support from attendees, highlighting the importance
BCSTA’s Indigenous Education Committee will present Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) at this year’s Trustee Academy. Edge of the Knife is inspired by Gaagiixit, a traditional Haida legend, and is the first film ever made in the Haida language. The film, directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, is set on Vancouver Island in
A new generation of Greasers are getting an adrenaline rush at Windsor Secondary – while breaking stereotypes. Student Kaitlyn Clark grips the steering wheel of the white 1980 Camaro Z28, one hand on the shifter, anxiously anticipating the green light. At the first flash of green, it’s pedal to the metal for Clark as she takes off
School District 71 (Comox Valley) is the first district in Canada to sign-on with the Downie-Wenjack Legacy Schools Program. The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) Legacy School program is a national initiative to engage, empower and connect students and educators to further reconciliation through awareness, education and action (reconciliACTION).
October is traditionally a busy month for the British Columbia School Trustees Association’s membership, with several events sprinkled throughout the month every year. The re-opening of schools after a short summer holiday are now memories as the real work begins, signaled by the arrival of autumn.
Interacting with nature boosts mental health, and School District 47 (Powell River) is investing in getting students in the woods, on the water and in the garden.
What should districts know about Focused Education Resources? Focused Education Resources (FocusED) is a new not-for-profit organization created to support excellence in K-12 education in British Columbia. We provide support and build capacity for school districts, independent and First Nations schools, other stakeholders and partners, and ultimately students.
Uy’skweyul. It is my pleasure to re-introduce our monthly newsletters for the 2019/20 school year. Each month through the school year, The Education Leader will highlight stories related to public education in BC.
September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, a day to recognize and remember the damage caused by Canada’s residential school system. Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake BC. The event is based on the story of Phyllis Jack Webstad, who attended the St. Joseph Mission Indian Residential School in 1973.
BCSTA President Stephanie Higginson was on hand for a sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) education funding announcement in Burnaby September 7.
A new study based on a survey of 140 BC trustees reveals that they often turn to local information sources available in their communities when making decisions.
On April 25-28, close to 500 trustees, senior district staff, and others attended the 115th Annual General Meeting of the British Columbia School Trustees Association at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC.
The governance structure of the BCSTA includes several standing committees established to consider the organization’s business in specific areas and to provide recommendations to the BCSTA Board of Directors.
A group of Indigenous students from Burnaby spent five days together to create and record an original song. In a project created by the Burnaby School District’s Indigenous Education Department, the students found their voice and shared a powerful experience.
Every child deserves the right to be able to read, yet many get left behind in spite of the hard work of their teachers. Research consistently demonstrates that when children fall behind in reading, they rarely catch up to their peers.
Gabrielle Scrimshaw is a Dene woman from Hatchet Lake, a small community in northern Saskatchewan. She grew up in a family with two sisters and her father, a single parent. She knows the challenges that Indigenous people face in Canada and said in her TEDx talk in Toronto, that by all statistics, she should not
In February of this year, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages released a study it had commissioned on supply and demand of French Second Language (FSL) teachers in Canada. The study was led by the Canadian Parents for French and conducted by researchers from across Canada, including Mimi Masson, Elizabeth Larson, Paule Desgroseilliers,
The governance structure of the BCSTA includes several standing committees established to consider the organization’s business in specific areas and to provide recommendations to the Board of Directors. The committees also provide members with opportunities to engage directly in BCSTA work and to provide perspectives from the membership.
Keneisha Charles is a grade 12 student from Rutland Secondary School in the Central Okanagan (SD 23). After learning about a battalion of black Canadian soldiers in the First World War, she decided to write a poem and essay about Pte. Aubrey Mitchell.
Following the BCSTA AGM in 2018, the Board of Directors approved a Strategic Plan, an element of which under the Advocacy goal is to: “Create specific working groups in support of achieving our advocacy goals and addressing the major identified themes (including consideration of involvement with partner groups and external organizations).”
If you ask one hundred people “what is the purpose of public schooling?” you will likely get a range of responses. But, if you boil all those responses down, you will arrive at something to do with intellectual development, social-emotional development, and career development, the stated goals of education in British Columbia.
Over the years 2013 to 2016, the Early Development Instrument (EDI) results in School District 84 (Vancouver Island West) showed that 53% of children in the community were vulnerable on one or more of the five scales (physical health and well-being, language and cognitive development, social competence, emotional maturity, and communication skills and general knowledge).
School District 69 was invited to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — and students from Ballenas Secondary responded. In fact, their experiment was judged to be worthy of being sent into space this summer! Their project, called Investigating the Growth Patterns of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Sprouts in Microgravity: A Potential Nourishment for Future