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Trustee News Ronald Eamer, Chair (Cornwall-Glengarry) Volume : V Numb e r: 8 May 2011 Karen McAllister (Stormont-Dundas) Brent Laton, Vice-Chair (Grenville County and Elizabethtown-Kitley Township) Robin Reil (City of Brockville, Town of Smiths Falls, and Leeds County) Nancy Kirby (Lanark) Sue Wilson (Prescott-Russell) Todd Lalonde (Cornwall-Glengarry) Hillary Geneau (Catholic Student Trustee) The Junior Mathematics Intervention Initiative has been The Board is currently involved in the development of a response established by the Ministry of Education in response to existing initiative, in collaboration with other community partners, to gaps in mathematics achievement at the junior level across establish an early intervention protocol, to potential acts of Ontario. EQAO results in Grade 6 mathematics have stalled across violence. The potential for violence in schools, as well as attacks the Province over the past ﬁve years. The intervention program is worldwide, have resulted in an increase in concerns in our designed to help boost achievement levels for Grade 6 students communities. This has made it necessary for schools and struggling in math. The model connects teacher learning with communities to develop formal procedures to assess high-risk improved instructional strategies and student learning. The and threat making behaviour. strategy is in line with research which demonstrates that explicit instruction improves math achievement in struggling learners. The protocol is the result of a community eﬀort by senior school The intervention targets students who have had diﬃculty board administration, board clinical staﬀ, police, mental health achieving success, while providing beneﬁts to other learners. partners, child protection agencies, probation and youth justice partners, and hospital emergency staﬀ; all of whom share the Materials have been prepared by the Ministry and are available to common goal of keeping communities safe. Under the initiative, all teachers. They consist of a Teacher’s Guide and a Student the Board will respond, with community partners, to student Workbook. The teacher’s guide provides detailed instructions for behaviours that may pose a potential risk for violence. The every lesson contained in all of the Modules. The lessons resulting early intervention will reduce and manage school or implement the use of manipulatives to build knowledge, and community violence, and harm to self or others. The protocol provide questions for teachers to ask which develop a deeper supports collaborative planning to reduce and respond to understanding. violence, and the timely sharing of information to identify the potential for serious violence, before the violent act occurs. Opportunities for junior division teachers to participate in a series of professional learning sessions with the Board’s Math Coach will The draft protocol was shared at regional forums where also be available. One notable goal of the sessions is to emphasize educators and community partners provided feedback. A ﬁnal the importance of collaboration and how it leads to maximizing draft will be completed by the end of June and a formal signing capacity building in schools. ceremony will take place in the Fall of 2011. From March 31 to April 2, seventeen students from eight The Continuing Education: Personal Support Worker (PSW) CDSBEO Catholic secondary schools attended the inaugural Program has successfully graduated more than 300 students Ontario Catholic Student Leadership Conference. Among those since its inception in 2008. Upon completion, students receive in attendance was Catholic Student Trustee, Hillary Geneau. The six credits, a Personal Support Worker certiﬁcation, and a pin Lighting the Way Conference, hosted by the Niagara Catholic sponsored by the Long Term Care Association. Many graduates District School Board, took place in Niagara Falls. The opening are now working in seniors’ residences, long-term care facilities, evening festivities included greetings from Bishop Gerard hospitals, community associations, and private homes. These Bergie, Premier Dalton McGuinty, Education Minister, Leona organizations have provided valuable partnerships and an Dombrowsky, and OCSTA President and CDSBEO Trustee, Nancy authentic hands-on experience for our students. Kirby, among others. The students took part in prayer services, listened to keynote addresses, and attended breakout sessions Other graduates have gone on to pursue Registered Practical that focused on the value and vision of Catholic education from Nursing (RPN) programs in college, with some granted a youth perspective. equivalency status for certain PSW program credits. Currently, the CDSBEO delivers the PSW program in two locations: The next conference will be held in April of 2013. The CDSBEO will Kemptville and Cornwall. Forty-two students are enrolled and be co-hosting the event with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. will graduate in July 2011. Board Meeting Dates: May 3, 2011 and May 17, 2011 @ 7:00 p.m., Kemptville Board Oﬃce Visit our website at www.cdsbeo.on.ca for information, news on school events, bus cancellation updates, Board Meeting Highlights, or to visit our Trustee section under Board Information.
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