Highlights from the Education & Student Services Committee (III) of March 9.
New ways to use digital technology in the classroom were demonstrated, supports for teachers wanting to explore technology options were presented, as well as our systems for providing digital devices in schools.
Report: Verbal update
Enhanced Services Update
Two years ago staff were asked to undertake a comprehensive examination of existing services and programs in the Inner-city Schools Program. This program is now called Enhanced Services but the intent is still to support our most vulnerable students. Appendix A gives an update on progress over the last year, with 11/14 recommendations completed. The next steps are:
- Review Social Services Index annually – make any necessary changes to support as required
- Ensure service continues to be delivered in appropriate ways
- Follow through on initiatives that arise as a result of the revisioning process (e.g. Attendance Supports)
Draft Policy – Acceptable Use of Technology
This draft policy outlines the expectations of the district for our employees, students and stakeholders when using technology, giving clarity and direction for use in acceptable and legal ways.
An online process is being developed to administer and record the review and acknowledgement of the policy by students, employees and trustees. The anticipated timeline for current users is September 2016 and new users will review and acknowledge as they join our district.
Thank you to all our stakeholders who raised concerns and provided feedback during the development of this draft policy. The committee supported moving the draft policy to the board for approval.
Second Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (AEEA)
An Enhancement Agreement (EA) is a working agreement between a school district, all local Aboriginal communities, and the Ministry of Education designed to enhance the educational achievement of Aboriginal students. EAs highlight the importance of academic performance and more importantly, stress the integral nature of Aboriginal traditional culture and languages to Aboriginal student development and success.
The proposed new agreement was created, and will be implemented and monitored, by the AEEA Implementation & Monitoring Committee. The three goals will remain the same as in the first agreement: belonging, mastery, and culture and community. Attached to each goal are indicators and targets that will be used to measure individual, school and district growth in each area. Strategies and structures are outlined for each goal.
The members of the AEEA Implementation & Monitoring Committee have been able to work together to ensure that the participation of and collaboration with the Aboriginal communities has been a genuine and integral part of the process and that the best interests of the school district’s Aboriginal students is always at the forefront of all plans and decisions.
The committee supported moving the draft agreement to the board for approval.
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