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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Oct 25, 2016

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • Deep Learning 
  • Renewed Math Strategy 
  • Appointment of Vice-Principal 
  • Audit Committee - Recruitment of volunteer community members

Deep Learning

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​Associate Director of Education, Tom D'Amico, updated the Board on the ongoing New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). This school year and with an interdepartmental team, Deep Learning has been introduced as a framework for teaching and learning at all OCSB schools. 

What is Deep Learning? Deep Learning is defined as creating and using new knowledge in the world. This goes beyond the mastery of existing content knowledge. Deep learning is characterized by exploration, connectedness and broader, real-world purposes. -- Adapted from A Rich Seam by Fullan & Langworthy, 2014. 

The goals of deep learning at the OCSB are that our Catholic graduates will develop the competencies and dispositions that will prepare them to be creative, connected, and collaborative lifelong problem solvers. For more information, see pages 18-26 of the October 25, 2016 Board Agenda.

Renewed Math Strategy

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Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary and Simone Oliver, Superintendent of Student Success, Elementary, shared the implementation of the Ministry of Education's Renewed Math Strategy.

The strategy provides a new form of support to schools to provide targeted professional learning opportunities for educators - increased support to some schools, and intensive support to a select group of schools with the greatest needs in mathematics. School by school, this can mean a focus on students with learning disabilities or, at the secondary level, focus on students taking compulsory courses in Applied Mathematics.

The strategy and our implementation plan takes the latest research, along with what we have learned from our journey, to improve student achievement allowing better outcomes in mathematics.

Our work with schools focuses on professional learning opportunities connected to student learning, allowing teachers to plan for a balanced approach to learning and teaching. This facilitates understanding, proficiency, and ways of thinking on how mathematics is used in everyday life.

For detailed information on the OCSB implementation of the strategy, go to pages 27-37 of the October 25, 2016 Board Agenda.

Appointment of Vice-Principal

The Board approved the appointment of Cindy Bissonnette as Vice-Principal. Effective October 11, Ms. Bissonnette's first assignment is at St. Luke School (Nepean). She has been a teacher at several schools, most recently at Thomas D'Arcy McGee School. As well, she served as a consultant in Special Education & Student Services.

Audit Committee - Recruitment of volunteer community members

The Ottawa Catholic School Board is seeking two (2) community members, with financial expertise and business knowledge, to serve on its Audit Committee for a three-year term, effective January 3, 2017. 

The Audit Committee is comprised of three trustees and two independent members drawn from the community-at-large. The primary role of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its duties related to governance and oversight. The duties of the Audit Committee include the following key areas: the financial reporting process, internal control framework, risk management practices, performance and function of the Board's internal and external auditors, and the Board's compliance with its obligations under legislation. 

The Audit Committee meets at least three times a year (meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm). The Audit Committee may also hold additional meetings as required. Induction training material is available online to all committee members to clarify roles and responsibilities of audit committees in the school board sector.

At the October 25th Board meeting, the Trustees approved the selection process for volunteers and named the following persons to the Committee: Denise Andre, Director of Education; David Leach, Superintendent of Finance and Administration; and Elaine McMahon, Chairperson, OCSB (or designate). Trustee Brian Coburn volunteered to be the designate.

For details on the application process for volunteer community members, go to ocsb.ca/notices or see pages 41-46 of the October 25, 2016 Board Agenda.


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