OCSB Faith Mentors come together each Fall to share ideas and resources on how to enhance the Catholic culture in our schools. Every OCSB elementary school has a Faith Mentor who helps animate learning and faith formation in partnership with their school principal. Any school staff member can volunteer for this position.
Our Faith Mentors help plan liturgies, masses, prayers and other faith activities throughout the year, helping to strengthen their school’s relationship with their parish. They collaborate on how to best serve our students and families through creating ministry initiatives with students such as altar serving, music ministry, and Catholic social teaching projects.
Jan Bentham, Coordinator of Religious Education and Family Life, presented an overview of the Faith Mentor program at the October 24 Board meeting. She affirmed that The Good News speaks to the lives of all children, and our school communities are thriving thanks in part to the good will that our Faith Mentors promote.
Learning Environments and Deep Learning
Presented by Thomas D’Amico, Associate Director of Education
The OCSB continues to use Deep Learning as our framework for teaching and learning, and this school year we will be focussing on unpacking the global competencies for our students. An update on the system-wide implementation of Deep Learning was presented to the Board at the October 24 Board meeting by Angelina Glynn, Coordinator in the Learning technologies Department, and Jennifer Flinn, Educational Consultant in Elementary Student Success.
The presentation elaborated on the OCSB’s deep learning focus for the month of October — Learning Environments — and how these environments are ongoing a visible transformation. Learning environments that promote deep learning are student-centres, flexible, extend beyond four walls, and foster a growth mindset.
Learning Environments Ignite
The Board has set monthly foci for to promote deep learning throughout the system during the current 2017-2018 current school year:
Unpacking and exploring BIPSAW goals
Presented by Steve McCabe, Superintendent of Leading and Learning and Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services
The OCSB’s Board Innovation Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW) was developed by interdepartmental teams led by Superintendents of Schools and organized around specific goals. The needs assessment guiding the plan was informed from a variety of sources, including School Innovation Plans, District Processes, EQAO results, anecdotal evidence, school self assessments and student achievement data. Based on this data, evidence-based strategies has been put in place, and monitoring the plan is ongoing. Two of the key components were presented to the Board on October 24: Community, Culture and Caring; and Pathways. The Literacy and Numeracy goals will be presented at subsequent Board meetings in November.
News from the Boardroom Summary (October 24, 2017)
This blog post covers the following topics:
- Inspiring students to be leaders in Faith
- Learning Environments and Deep Learning
- Unpacking and exploring BIPSAW goals
- School Board Governance Consultation
- Approved requests for excursions
- OSTA update
- Legal fees and Trustee kilometerage claims
Briefs from the Boardroom
School Board Governance Consultation
Approved requests for excursions
The Board approved the following requests for excursions:
- Holy Trinity High School to El Salvador from February 10 to 17, 2018
- St. Francis Xavier and Sacred Heart high schools to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain from March 23 to 30, 2018
- Lester B. Pearson and St. Peter high schools to London, England from March 26 to April 2, 2018
- St. Joseph High School to Guatemala from February 16 to 25, 2018
- St. Mark, St. Pius X, St. Mother Teresa, and St. Joseph high schools to Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy) from March 23 to April 1, 2018