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April 16, 2008 - Education/Human Resources Committee Minutes
Education/Human Resources Committee
April 16, 2008

A meeting of the Education/Human Resources Committee was held in the Board Room on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 4:30 p.m.                      
Present Trustees:
H. Brown, Chair
H. Chadwick
A. Goodfellow, Ex-Officio
D. Jackson
P. Murray
Present Staff:
D. Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary
D. Midwood, Supervising Principal
A. Nahorny, Secondary Program Consultant
M. Sewell, Program Leader, Skills Training & Technology
P. Warren-Chaplin, Superintendent of Education  
Trustee George Beavis
Trustee Barb McLaren
Chair Brown welcomed those present to the meeting and called the meeting to order. She reported that regrets were received from Trustees Beavis and McLaren.

Approval of Agenda                                                                              
Trustee Murray advised that she would like an item concerning OPSBA Reports added to the agenda under Other Business.

MOVED BY Trustee Chadwick, that the agenda, as amended to add an item concerning OPSBA Reports under Other Business, be approved.–Carried

“Expanded Opportunities”

Superintendent Warren-Chaplin stated that she was delighted to have Supervising Principal Midwood, Ms. Nahorny and Mr. Sewell attend this afternoon’s meeting to present information about “Expanded Opportunities” for students to succeed.

Mr. Midwood thanked the Committee for inviting him, Ms. Nahorny and Mr. Sewell to the meeting. He advised that “Expanded Opportunities” is a Ministry initiative which came as a result of the Ministry’s Student Success Initiative.

Mr. Midwood distributed the Ministry’s “More ways to succeed in high school: a booklet for parents and students”, the Board’s “Exploring the Possibilities!” booklet, and other reading materials in the form of brochures, credit tracker, newspaper articles of events, etc.

Mr. Sewell provided information about Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM), noting that the programs let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests. Each major is a bundle of 7-10 courses in a selected field. Mr. Sewell advised that students who choose a major learn on the job with employers and at skills training centres, as well as in school. Students can earn valuable industry certifications.

Mr. Sewell reported that the LDSB is starting its third year of offering Specialist High Skills Majors. The first year we were involved in a Construction High Skills Major pilot project, noting that we were one of 22 boards involved. The four schools offering Specialist High Skills Majors are QECVI, Napanee District SS, North Addington Education Centre and LCVI. Mr. Sewell reported that so far 22 LDSB students graduated with a Specialist High Skills Major designation on their diplomas.

Mr. Sewell stated that this year, the Board has continued with the Construction High Skills Major, and it is also involved in new pilots in Manufacturing and Hospitality & Tourism. He said that we anticipate close to 40 SHSM graduates this year.

Mr. Midwood advised that next year the Board has applied to expand the number of school sites for the existing pilots from 6 to 10, and we have applied to offer a SHSM in Arts and Culture at five sites.

Mr. Midwood commented on Focus Programs as a cornerstone of the “Expanded Opportunities” initiative, and noted the four areas:

•       Broad-based Technology
•       Career/Unique
•       OYAP – Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
•       Referral

Mr. Sewell provided information about the OYAP Program, as follows:

•       Designed to assist students seeking hands-on post-secondary education in the world of Skilled Trade.
•       There are now more than 200 recognized skilled trades in Ontario.
•       LDSB had 251 students on co-op placement in a skilled trade related field in semester one 2007.
•       LSDB has already signed to date, 53 apprentices to indentured contracts with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
•       Students are on placements in Horse stables, within CFB Kingston motor pool, Daycare centres, and at the Radisson Hotel and the Block D high rise towers.

Ms. Nahorny provided information about Expanded Co-op, as follows:

•       Opportunity for additional compulsory credits through Co-op;
•       Co-op is working;
•       Management Tool for Experiential Learning (MTEL) – program the Board purchased this year for all co-op teachers;
•       Co-operative Education by e-school.

Ms. Nahorny advised that Expanded Co-ops are innovative local programs that help students who need extra support and attention to stay in school. These projects help students accumulate credits, take programs linked to colleges, and encourage youth who have left school to return. Expanded co-op programs are for students who are struggling in a regular classroom setting or who want to return to high school.

Mr. Midwood commented on Student Success Initiative, noting that it encourages new ideas and innovative approaches to helping students graduate from high school. It builds upon a culture of high expectations and individualized attention and caring. He said that it helps students, noting that when teachers learn about new opportunities, they are better able to give students choices and match students with an appropriate alternative to regular classroom learning.

Mr. Midwood commented on the Ministry’s main directions:

•       Achievement for All
•       Closing the Gap
•       Increasing Public Confidence

Ms.Nahorny commented on the Dual Credit Program, noting that students can earn a number of credits by participating in apprenticeship training and post secondary courses. Courses count towards both their high school diploma and their post secondary diploma, degree, or apprenticeship certification. This program is for all students who are heading for university, college, apprenticeship or the workplace.

Ms. Nahorny stated that the Board offered dual credits in IMC@SLC, Triple Play, Construction Internship Program during the first year of the program. This year, the Board offers dual credits in the above-noted programs as well as in Photography and Culture. Mr. Midwood advised that next year, the Board will also offer a dual credit program in the areas of Community Service Worker, and Law and Security.

Mr. Midwood advised that the Board has Student Success Teams in each of its secondary schools. The teams are made up of administrators, teachers, guidance counsellors, and LPS teachers. The teams provide extra attention and support for individual students when needed. Student Success Teams identify and support struggling students, provide more options for learning and track students’ progress.

Mr. Midwood advised that there are five Student Success Team Deliverables, including responsibility for tracking and supporting students at-risk. As well, there are Credit Intervention and Credit Recovery programs.

Mr. Sewell commented on Workplace Certification, as follows:

•       Industry specific certification and training that leads directly to the workplace either full or part time.
        •       New Certification Brochure 2007
        •       Number of certificate courses offered increased from seven offerings in 2005 to 12 in 2008
        •       Number of participants increased from 281 in 2005 to over 400 in 2007, and over 500 in 2008.
        •       LDSB now has trained six additional teachers to deliver industry certified programming.

Mr. Midwood stated that the Grades 7,8,9 Transition is a Ministry program initiative to guarantee a positive start to high school for all students. It helps students as they move from elementary school to secondary school with increased individual attention and programming tailored to fit their needs.

Mr. Midwood commented on the “Exploring the Possibilities” booklet, Sharing Form and “Destinations of Choice (Pathways)” information.

Mr. Sewell commented on the Elementary Technology Success Strategies, as follows:

•       Elementary Technology Project Checklist, all schools
•       Three models of best practice classroom delivery, all schools
•       Safety in the Elementary Technology Classroom, all schools
•       Design Challenge, Bit of a Lift project and the Pick and Place Contest, six schools
•       Lego Robotics NXT version upgrade, six schools
•       Technology Sharing project, four schools
•       Entry Level Vocational Instructional Skills strategy, three families of schools

Mr. Midwood thanked Ms. Nahorny and Superintendent Warren-Chaplin for their work in producing and distributing the LDSB “Exploring the Possibilities” booklet.

Mr. Sewell advised that the LDSB Skills Competition was held on April 3, 2008, with 300 elementary and secondary student competitors at St. Lawrence College in attendance; 2008 marked the first year that all secondary schools were represented. He advised that the Ontario Skills Competition is being held May 5 and 6 in Waterloo. He further advised that 37 LDSB secondary school students, and 15 LDSB elementary school students have qualified to attend this event. Mr. Midwood stated that the Skills competition is a pathway opportunity that demonstrates to students the practical applicaiton of the skills they have acquired for all post-secondary destinations.

Mr. Midwood showed a clip from the 2008 Skills Competition held at St. Lawrence College. He thanked Brian Stewart, a retired teacher, for his work in producing the clip.

Mr. Midwood stated that there is a lot of energy going into opportunities for students to make them successful. He stated that Director Hunter has been very supportive in this initiatives, as have Superintendents Marsh and Warren-Chaplin. He said that “Expanded Opportunities” is an excellent example of the Board’s commitment to quality programming for all students.

Mr. Midwood thanked Mike Sewell for his leadership in the skills and technology area, noting that he does an outstanding job. He also thanked Ms. Nahorny for her leadership, noting that she comes from a guidance background and has a solid understanding of co-op programs.

Mr. Midwood also thanked the Trustees for their support.

In response to comments, Mr. Midwood commented on the sustainability of the programs.

Trustee Goodfellow commented on how the OYAP, and co-op programs have grown over the years.

Trustee Murray stated that she is pleased that these programs are in place to support our students.

Chair Brown thanked Ms.Nahorny, and Messrs. Midwood and Sewell for providing information about the “Expanded Opportunities” for students.

Ms. Nahorny, and Messrs. Midwood and Sewell withdrew from the meeting.

Other Business

Trustee Murray suggested that the OPSBA reports given at the Board be presented at the committee level in order to allow for more discussion, then they be presented at the Board. This suggestion was to be discussed with Trustee French, OPSBA Representative, for her input and then could be brought back to the Committee.

Trustee Jackson commented on the Strategy Room at the Upper Canada District School Board Office.

Next Meeting Date

The next meeting of the Education/Human Resources Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at 4:30 p.m.


MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, that the meeting adjourn at 6:00 p.m.–Carried