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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Nov 8, 2016

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

  • SCHOOL PROFILE: St. Matthew's StARs - Students as Researchers 
  • Building Thinking Classrooms 
  • Kindergarten Registration 2017 
  • Ottawa 2017

SCHOOL PROFILE: St. Matthew's StARs - Students as Researchers

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A team of students from St. Matthew High School presented a summary of their research project entitled "Learning On-Line vs. Off-Line." The study examined whether students prefer to learn online or offline in a classroom setting. One of the most interesting and surprising results study indicated students prefer physical textbooks over online textbooks. 

The project was part of the Students as Researchers (StAR) initiative, hosted by the Ministry of Education, providing student-teacher research teams from grades 7-12 with training to support a student led collaborative inquiry based research project on topics of student interest. 

The team of four students attended a two day forum before undertaking the project, where they learned more about the different phases and components of research. During their study, they were supported by their teacher, Chantal Tadiello, and OCSB Research Officer, Donna Mailloux, to ensure that internal research ethics were followed.

Back row (left to right): Brian Coburn, Trustee; Chantal Tadiello, Teacher; Debbie Clark, Principal; Donna Mailloux, Research Officer; Steve McCabe, Superintendent of Leading and Learning, Manon Seguin; Superintendent of Student Success (Intermediate/Secondary) and Elaine McMahon, Board Chairperson. Front row: St. Matthew students Melodie Lafontaine; Emma Kardon, Kaleigh Johnson-Martin; and Vanessa In.

Building Thinking Classrooms

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Educational Consultant, Rob Cop, supported by Superintendent of Student Success (Intermediate/Secondary), Manon Seguin, presented "Building Thinking Classrooms," a pedagogical approach which allows innovative classroom designs and learning spaces in order to support conditions for teaching and learning of Mathematics. 

The presentation defined the "Thinking Classroom" and outlined evidence of its implementation in our schools. This innovative way of working helps focus attention on deep learning elements, allowing student to develop skills to become creative, connected and collaborative lifelong problem solvers.


Kindergarten Registration 2017

The Board approved January 16 to 20, 2017 Kindergarten Registration Week 2017. Simone Oliver, Superintendent of Student Success (Elementary), outlined the various ways in which awareness will be raised for this week and to support the important transition for young children. Further details can be found on pages 41-42 of the November 8, 2016, Board agenda.


Ottawa 2017

Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, and the City of Ottawa will be the epicentre of national celebrations. Ottawa 2017 will deliver events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations, complementary to federal government plans and to recurring annual festivals, events and attractions in Canada's Capital. In addition to signature events, community celebrations will be organized at the local level across the city.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board is a Program Partner with the City of Ottawa as part of this celebration. Associate Director of Education, Thomas D'Amico, shared various opportunities for student involvement, along with confirmed activities in which our students will participate in over the two academic years that span the year 2017.

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