Webinar Sessions for 2012-2013
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Ministry of Ed Curr Renewal webinars archived link Learning AZ programs training videos archived link Vernier science probeware training videos archived link Discovery Education webinars archived link Classroom Audio Systems Kim Bell archived link Walk through Connect/Teams
archived link Health Teachers HIV Support Alicia Slywka archived link Oxford Next Adrian Maszko
Contact D Hall
SST Review Process Jan Stewart LIT Facilitator Update David Hall Collaborative Support Model Jan Stewart Treaty Teaching Vivian Gauvin Solution Focused Schools
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How Are Our Students Doing?
Higher Literacy & Achievement Committee Monitoring Report: How Are Our Students Doing?
As part of their regular reporting cycle, the Board received an informative presentation from Curriculum Coordinator and member of the Prairie South Learning Team, David Hall. Hall presented on behalf of the Higher Literacy & Achievement Committee a report entitled 'How Are Our Students Doing?' which shares the recent student achievement data.
The report was a snapshot on Reading and Writing, and includes tools such as the Fountas & Pinnell reading assessment and the Assessment for Learning (AFL) Writing Assessment. The AFL, which is a provincial assessment, serves as a vehicle for improving student learning outcomes in targeted key areas and is a key tool that demonstrates the progress of the Board's goals and strategic plan.
More information available here, How Are Our Students Doing release
November Board Highlights
The November Board Highlights are now available!
Educational Research Webinars
Educational Research is a company that contracts current experts in a wide variety of topics. Some of these include RTI, instructional coaching and strategies to improve Math, Reading and Writing. Each webinar costs about $200.00 and can be viewed either live or after the fact through the CD that is provided. For more information, please click this link.
It's official...LINC Agreement Signing
Members from the Board, Division staff and PSTA Committee gathered last night to celebrate the official signing of the new LINC Bargaining Agreement.
The amended agreement is the result of the June 11th negotiations, which were focused on the language in the agreement and not monetary in nature - a first for everyone at the table. "Conversations like this are unique, and don't happen often" says Ryan Boughen, Superintendent of Human Resources. "This speaks volumes about the relationship between the Division and the Prairie South Teachers Association."
The Board approved the revisions to the contract, which clarified the language in the agreement. This not only makes it easier for both parties to administer the agreement, it ensures everyone is on the same page, interpreting content the same way and communicating it clearly.
Read the agreement here: LINC agreement 2012-2013
Archived Webinars from 2011-2012
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The 4 Level Rubric archived link David Hall RAZ Kids: How to Use It archived link Rayleen Eberl Discovery Education archived link Dean Shareski F & P: How To Use It archived link Rayleen Eberl WCRA: How To Use It archived link Heather Hobbs Sk Common Math Assessments archived link Tim Eirich Mathletics archived link Tim Eirich Core French Survival archived link Yasmina Lemieux Learning Improvement Teams archived link
David Hall & Chad Burkholder
PPP vs SSP vs ROA archived link Joyleen Podgursky Adaptations & Modifications archived link Jan Stewart Buffalo Kits archived link Vivian Gauvin Interventions archived link Joyleen Podgursky Circle of Courage archived link Krista Seip Differentiated Instruction Pt I archived link Rayleen Eberl & Michelle Michaluk Authentic Assessment archived link David Hall Digital Portfolios archived link Rayleen Eberl & Shelley Wright Classroom Management archived link Heather Hobbs & Katie Letnes The Referral Process archived link Joyleen Podgursky Treaty Education archived link Kate Carlisle The DI Mindset archived link Michelle Michaluk & Rayleeen Eberl Reading with Self Regulation archived link Shelley Wright & Jenni Kilgour Questioning and SQ3R archived link Heather Hobbs Project of Heart archived link Vivian Gauvin
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- Open the "Java" ("Java 32-bit") - May have to switch to View-> Small Icons (Top Right)
- Click "Advanced" tab
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Charlene Bearhead joining Prairie South again!
100 Years of Loss and the Project of Heart
"I am excited to educate teachers so that students will have a different perspective and world view about First Nations and Métis people" - Charlene Bearhead, the Program Manager for the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation (Native Counseling Services of Alberta)
Charlene Bearhead spent the day of June 13 with many of the Prairie South School Division teachers, counselors from SIAST, as well as a few members from Holy Trinity School Division. Charlene was sharing the "100 years of Loss" kit and gave an overview of the Project of Heart. The day consisted of raising awareness and teaching about the history and legacy of residential schools.
The kit has many tools for the classrooms, but more specifically, it has an extraordinary teacher-friendly guide that has grade specific reproducible pages that would complement the First Nations and Métis outcomes.
Charlene will be joining Prairie South Schools again on September 26, 2012. Please email if you are interested in attending. You can view the Prospectus for the workshop here: 100 years of loss Prospectus or click here for more information and to visit the Legacy of Hope website.
Vivian Gauvin, First Nations and Métis Consultant
The 100 Years of Hope exhibit is also coming to the Moose Jaw Art Gallery from mid-October to mid-November!
Welcome back to school
Good morning everyone, and welcome to another wonderful new school year!
Although it does seem to go by rather quickly, I hope you have enjoyed the summer. Perhaps you traveled to far away places and made new discoveries. Or perhaps discovering the beauty in your own backyard filled your summer days. Whatever adventures you embarked on, I hope you found time to relax and connect with family and friends.
I'd like to take a moment and extend a warm welcome to everyone who is new to the Prairie South team. It's an exciting time in the Division, with new projects and programs and many opportunities to learn from the wonderful people in your school or office. We look forward to the contributions you will bring to the team, and trust you will find your experience here to be satisfying and rewarding.
There has been quite a bit of activity at our schools over the summer. You may notice the many upgrades and repairs that have kept our facilities and maintenance teams busy. There are a few small pieces left to finish, a coat of paint here and a repair there, and we appreciate your patience as we work to finish as quickly as possible.
The start of the school year also brings some new and some familiar Division programs that support our strategic vision. The implementation of the Learning Improvement Teams (LITs) in all of our schools, the continuation of the Learning Improvement Plans and the focus on our Early Learning Programs. All of which work to build a stronger Prairie South.
I believe that what I said at the end of last year bears repeating, that no matter what your role is, everyone plays an integral part in delivering the best education we can to our students. Whether in the office or in the classroom, we all begin September with high hopes, spirits and expectations. I hope that this school year brings you great joy and thank you for all that you do.
Director of Education
Comprehensive Learning Framework (CLf)
Prairie South School Division was created in 2006 from the amalgamation of seven legacy school divisions. In 2010, a variety of issues surfaced that indicated a need to re-evaluate our operations in light of education changes. School administrators and staffs expressed concern regarding the growing number of education initiatives, provincial mandates to report student learning and consequent responsibility to improve student achievement. As a result, the Central Administrative Council (CAC) and Administrators' Quad Chairs began to research options that would support our learning in how to handle this work. Discussions were held with Dr. Douglas Reeves and Dr. Connie Kamm from the Leadership and Learning Center who were then invited to submit a proposal. Dr. Connie Kamm met with the CAC one day in August and two days in December of 2010 to refine the proposal and to develop direction for the initiative.
A Design Team, formed in January 2011, was comprised of an array of fifty stakeholders including teachers, administrators, trustees, and members of School Community Councils and the Central Administrative Council. The Design Team met for eight days, between February and May 2011, to synthesize their understanding of system-wide change as represented within this Comprehensive Learning framework (CLf) document.
The purpose of the CLf is to build the capacity of Prairie South School Division as a learning organization for continuous improvement. It will serve as a constructive tool to ensure that outstanding teaching, learning, and leading are demonstrated, supported, and celebrated through:
• inclusion of both the Division-Wide Performance Indicators and the School Indicators that guide the division and school Learning Improvement Plans (LIPs)
• analysis of relevant assessment evidence and other pertinent information, with the ultimate goal of improving instruction as a direct connection to improved academic achievement for all students
• development and implementation of research-based, effective educational practices, and
• establishment of a communication plan among students, parents, staff, Board of Trustees and the community.
Download the CLf here Comprehensive Learning Framework (CLf)
The Historical Thinking Project
The Historical Thinking Project: Re-engaging Students with History
The Historical Thinking Project was designed to foster a new approach to history education — with the potential to shift how teachers teach and how students learn, in line with recent international research on history learning. It revolves around the proposition that historical thinking — like scientific thinking in science instruction and mathematical thinking in math instruction — is central to history instruction and that students should become more competent as historical thinkers as they progress through their schooling.
For more information go to http://historicalthinking.ca
The Six Historical Thinking Concepts focuses on concepts rather than the content. Covering less content and spending more time on conceptual ideas may assist in making history more meaningful to students.
Six Historical Thinking Concepts:
1. Historical Significance: What's worth studying? How do we decide whose stories to tell? Whose voice is dominant and whose is silenced?
2. Evidence: How do we know what we know?
3. Continuity and Change: How are historical changes interwoven with continuities? How do we think about change?
4. Cause and Consequence: Why do things happen and then what happens after that? It's multi-layered.
5. Historical Perspectives: How can we ever understand the past? What are the similarities and differences?
6. The Ethical Dimension: Consider how the past still impacts us today.
Jill Colyer, the National Coordinator for the project states it is "Working Better with Historical Sources".
*Lessons are available: http://historicalthinking.ca *Detailed instructions *Handouts are linked to the lessons *Assessment terms used *Concept pages and templates to be used with students
Check out a few Online Sites:
Shaping Canada (McGraw –Hill Ryerson) www.shapingcanada.ca
All 4 Each – grade 8 Social Studies: Teacher resource (tied to SLO's)
The Historical Thinking Project posters are available. See the website.
The release of the new Canadian history text:
The Big Six: Historical Thinking Concepts from Nelson
Just a Thought:
Dr. Joel Westheimer believes, "Justice oriented citizens critically assess social, political, and economic structures and consider collective strategies for change that challenge injustice and, when possible, address root causes of problems." His article reinforces how educators can prepare students to improve society by critically examining and speaking to social issues and injustices. The Historical Thinking Concepts may compliment the "Justice- Oriented Citizen".
First Nations and Metis Consultant
I am pleased to announce that a new collective agreement for the term September 1 2009 to August 31st 2012 was signed Friday March 30th. A number of items are now in effect. The new agreement will be posted to both the Prairie South and the CUPE websites. Here are some of the highlights:
* Return of Service (ROS) – is effective September 1 2011. The ability to earn up to 4 paid days in recognition of service outside of employees' regular working hours directly involving students (e.g. sports, drama, choir, yearbook). Previous maximum was 3 paid days after 180 hours of service. Employees can now access 3 paid days after 150 hours of service.
* Seniority – The accumulation, maintenance and loss are now all in one place in the agreement.
* Layoff process was made simpler and easier to administer
* Posting - the employer can use previous applicants to competitions rather than having to repost
* Project work – we now can participate in government programs.
* Discipline – new language on progressive discipline was agreed to.
* Workplace flexibility (e.g. job sharing, administrative assistant flex time)
* Boiler checks – we eliminated the need for boiler checks except those required by legislation.
* Overpayments – underpayments – language and time limits now in the agreement.
* Immediate Family definition – made crystal clear.
* Employees required to use their personal phone or cell phone for employer business will be reimbursed for long-distance charges (as is the current practice).
* Administrative Assistants in rural areas provided an additional $400 per year (up from $200) if required to travel using their own vehicle effective September 1st - 2011
* New provision providing a top-up for employees on maternity leave up to 95% of normal weekly earnings for a period of 12 weeks commencing the date of delivery.
* 10-month Administrative Assistants can earn up to three days off for voluntary administrative time worked outside of their assigned days in a school year. Days off can be taken in full or half days and a substitute employee provided, if required.
* New language allowing for job sharing of permanent positions.
* Flex-time can accumulate up to one full day at a time, an increase from one-half day and, in exceptional circumstances, a substitute may be provided for a minimum of one-half day.
* New provision allowing the employee to bump into another position within their classification with a similar work schedule when the employer proposes a significant change (more than two hours) in a shift of an employee's work schedule.
* New language allowing employees to retain union status for up to a 90-day trial period in an out-of-scope position provided they pay union dues.
If anyone has any questions please contact myself or the other bargaining committee members Ryan Boughen or Aline Kirk.
Rory Griffith, MHRM
Manager of Human Resources
Prairie South School Division
Download the full agreement here: CUPE Agreement
Learning Support Teams
Looking for feedback on how our Learning Support Teams impact schools? Posted in the Read More section are two videos: the first is a conversation with administrator Gord Taylor regarding the support his teachers have experienced from the LST. In the second interview, teacher Tana Arnott explains how the LST assisted in planning a unit through technology integration.
Once again the McDowell Foundation is inviting teachers, administrators, and others involved in public education to apply for funding for teacher-led research projects that enhance publicly funded PreK-12 schools. You'll find more information at the McDowell website.