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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Jan 10, 2017

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

  • Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) - Learning Partnerships 
  • Community Planning and Facility Partnerships 
  • Board Innovation Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW) 2016-2017

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) - Learning Partnerships

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Superintendent of Student Success, Manon Seguin, introduced the talented team of students involved in the Specialist High Skills Major - Arts and Culture at St. Peter High School. Team leader Bernie Leger highlighted the collaborative nature of the program and the partnerships built in the city, post-secondary, and arts communities. Students from the program shared excerpts from their current show: The Little Shop of Horrors

In SHSMs, students participate in deep learning and gain real life experience as they assess career options while at high school (examples at St.Peter: working with an L.A. playwright, working with unions at Shenkman/NAC plus receiving actual stage combat training.)

Left-right: Principal Deborah Kealey, SHSM students Katherine Armstrong, Brandon Mainville (back), Benjamin Massey, and C.J. Jura; Bernard Leger, SHSM champion teacher; Elaine McMahon, Chairperson; and Manon Seguin, Superintendent.

Community Planning and Facility Partnerships

The Board indicated its willingness to consider a Community Partnership for St. Thomas More School in conjunction with a request for a new school in Leitrim/Findlay Creek. Potential community partners for Board facility partnerships must make expressions of interest in writing to the Director of Education and demonstrate how they would be beneficial to the school. For more information, see complete details about space in existing schools, new schools, and the Annual Public Meeting (TBA) on pages 34-36 of the January 10, 2017 Board agenda.


Board Innovation Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW) 2016-2017

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The Board Innovation Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW) is based on the 2016-2017 Board Priorities established for the school year. 

The BIPSAW was developed by interdepartmental teams led by Superintendents of Schools and organized around specific goals: 

Goal 1: Community, Culture and Caring led by Superintendent Steve McCabe 
Goal 2: Literacy led by Superintendent Manon Seguin
Goal 3: Numeracy led by Superintendent Simone Oliver, and,
Goal 4: Pathways, Planning and Programming led by Superintendent Mary Donaghy. 

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 the data collected, evidence-based strategies have been put in place. Monitoring of the plan is ongoing and led by the teams that developed the BIPSAW. For complete details on the learning stance for each goal as well as challenge of practice, critical targeted moves, monitoring and data to support actions, see the complete BIPSAW document.

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