NSSBA Responds to the Auditor General's Report
Auditor General's Report on School Boards offers recommendations
Many of the observations and recommendations from the Nova Scotia Office of the Auditor General align with the work being done by the Nova Scotia School Boards Association to support school boards
Dartmouth, NS - HALIFAX, NS, November 18, 2015 – In a report to the House of Assembly, the Auditor General made multiple recommendations to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and three audited school boards to improve oversight of education programming. The Nova Scotia School Boards Association has identified an alignment of association priorities with the recommendations from the report, and is committed to working with school boards across the province.
NSSBA offers Self-Assessment Materials for Boards
During a multi-day professional development session for school board members across the province, the NSSBA introduced self-assessment materials for Nova Scotia school boards.
Over the past few months the Self-Assessment and Professional Development Steering Committee has been working on a number of materials for school board members. The first two materials to be introuduced were Nova Scotia School Board Self-Assessment and Nova Scotia School Board Legislation Self-Assessment.
School boards across Nova Scotia are encouraged to discuss the materials at their board tables, and determine how they would like to make use of the tools. Below are the materials in PDF format. If you have any questions about the materials, please contact the NSSBA at 902-491-2888
Nova Scotia School Board Self-Assessment
Nova Scotia School Board Legislation Self-AssessmentP
Supports for our youngest students important
September 16, 2015
Open letter to the people of Nova Scotia from Susan Ritchie, President, Nova SCotia School Boards Association
Learning happens long before students take their first steps into their primary classroom on the first day of school. As parents and caregivers know, children start learning and observing the moment they are born.
School boards across the province have shown their support for early learning initiatives and integrated service delivery for students for many years. Through resolutions presented at the annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, members have acknowledged the importance of early learning. Board-based initiatives have also had some success in meeting the needs of their families and communities. However, a provincial strategy to address early learning was needed.
Students get creative in addressing school bus red light violations
As part of the School Bus Safety Week kick-off, students from across Nova Scotia produced short videos reminding drivers to stop for the school bus
Dartmouth, NS - HALIFAX, NS, October 14, 2015 – Over the past two days, the importance of school bus safety has been acknowledged, marking the launch of School Bus Safety Week October 19-23, 2015. The first event, hosted by Q104’s Kate Peardon, took place at Safety Services Nova Scotia in Dartmouth. At the event winners from the student video contest were announced in all three categories: elementary, middle/junior high and high school. The second event was held this morning at Meadowfields Community School in Yarmouth where students celebrated their success as the video contest winners in the elementary category.
Fall NSSBA Professional Development Session
The NSSBA will be providing a professional development session on October 30 and 31 for all school board members. The focus of the session will be self-assessment, with an emphasis on legislation. Staff from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will facilitate a workshop on specific aspects of the Education Act.
Click HERE to view the preliminary program
NSSBA to Participate in the Nova Scotia Education Transition Task Force
As the provincial voice for Nova Scotia school boards, the NSSBA has been seeking ways to increase collaboration with education partners, both vertically and horizontally. The association is pleased that the government commitment to establish a transition task force has been announced, and that the NSSBA is a partner in this important work.
Under the leadership of the Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Deputy Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Sue Ritchie, NSSBA President will join members from the public education community, universities, NSCC and other industry and business leaders. The task force will make recommendations to the departments supporting successful student transitions to post-secondary education and career paths.
The NSSBA and member boards have supported this kind of collaboration for many years. In the 2014 report, About Innovation, we stated that a stakeholder group for high school curriculum redesign should include these partners. We are happy to see this task force coming together, and we are looking forward to participating in the work.
Canadian School Boards Association Congress
School board members, school board staff and school board association presidents and staff from across the country came together at the Canadian School Boards Association Congress 2015 in Saskatoon.
Pictured below are Presidents and Executive Directors from school board associations across Canada.
School Bus Red Light Violation Awareness
The NSSBA has been working with Safety Services Nova Scotia, provincial government departments, and local law enforcement agencies to address the issue of school bus red light violations.
Each day motorists pass stopped school buses with their red lights flashing, and their stop sign arm extended. When buses are stopped like this, students are boarding or exiting the bus, and expect cars to be stopped. Passing a stopped school bus can be fatal, and also carries hefty fines.
Check out Safety Services Nova Scotia to learn more about the School Bus Safety Week Student Video Contest, where students are asked to help spread this important safety message.
Three NSSBA Focus Papers
We are pleased to share our three focus papers — About Learning, About Engagement, and About Innovation — as supporting documents to our discussion paper, Shaping a New Vision for Public Education in Nova Scotia.