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November 24, 2009 - Education/Human Resources Committee Minutes
Education/Human Resources Committee
November 24, 2009

A meeting of the Education/Human Resources Committee was held in the Board Room at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, on Tuesday, November 24, 2009, at 4:30 p.m.                 
Present Trustees:
G. Beavis, Chair
H. Brown
H. Chadwick
A. Goodfellow, Ex-Officio
D. Jackson
B. McLaren
Present Staff:
M Akey, Supervising Principal
B. Fraser-Stiff, Superintendent of Education
A. Labrie, Superintendent of Human Resources
N. Marsh, Superintendent of Education
D. Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary     
        Chair Beavis called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the meeting.

Approval of Agenda                                                                              

        MOVED BY Trustee McLaren, that the agenda, as distributed, be approved.–Carried

Aboriginal Education Update

        Superintendent Marsh introduced Kevin Reed, Aboriginal Education Consultant.

        Superintendent Marsh stated that she and Mr. Reed will provide a brief update around some of the work the Board is doing in Aboriginal education in the district.

        Superintendent Marsh advised that currently there are 389 students who have participated in the self-identification process.  The majority (326) are at the elementary level.  There are only five schools in our district that do not have student that have self-identified.  Superintendent Marsh stated that the Board would like to persist with self-identification as staff believe that there are a number of students in our schools are Aboriginal who have not self-identified.

        In response to comments from Trustee Goodfellow, Superintendent Marsh stated that the Native Studies course is open to all students, as long as there is sufficient enrolment at the secondary level.  She said that with regard to helping Aboriginal students access their languages, it is challenging as we do not have sufficient enrolment at schools to fund hiring a teacher to offer it like we offer French.  The Board is advertising externally for a Mohawk language teacher.  She said that to offer the Mohawk language is more complicated, as it would replace an Aboriginal student’s French class, and in some situations the teaching of Mohawk would not occur during a French class.  She indicated that more provincial support is needed.

        Superintendent Marsh reported that the Board will track the achievement of students who have self-identified to see how we are serving their needs.

        Superintendent Marsh said that the Board has two new programs this year to meet the needs of Aboriginal students who need to become engaged in school; one housed at Odessa Public School, and the other at QECVI for semester 2.

        Mr. Reed reviewed the initiatives that emerged from grants received from the Ministry of Education, as follows:

Developing a Coordinated Plan for Incorporating Aboriginal Content and Pedagogical Approaches in Elementary Schools
Bring elementary teachers (2 per grade from K-8) together to review curriculum to see where Aboriginal content can be incorporated and to devise a curriculum plan with resource links to guide teachers in their classrooms.  This resource will be posted on the Board website so that teachers can access it easily.
Four Winds Student Conference on Aboriginal Culture
This event will be hosted at KCVI and Queen’s University in early May.  It will draw 15 students from each high school and will focus on Aboriginal cultures.
Teacher Forum
The Board will offer several after-school events for LDSB teachers to learn more about Aboriginal cultures.
Aboriginal Person Resource Bank
The Board has created a list of Aboriginal resource people in the Kingston area to encourage schools to include Aboriginal people in the provision of cultural activities.
Large Venue guest performers
The Board will host large concerts with Aboriginal performers for elementary schools.
Art and Restorative Justice
Three junior classes at Frontenac PS will participate in sessions with an art therapist and will receive instruction in Aboriginal restorative justice.
Walking in Beauty mural painting
This initiative at Truedell PS begins with Aboriginal storytelling with a focus on the Seven Grandfather teachings.  Two murals with Aboriginal themes will be created and the school will host an event for the school community to showcase the murals.
This initiative at Sharbot Lake HS will create a First Nations drumming group comprised of male and female students.  The group will receive First Nations teachings and will participate at the Kingston Powwow in 2010.  All year.

Play Days
Joint Initiative with ALCDSB
Students at Sharbot Lake feeder schools will receive teachings and participate in craft making activities. There will be a culminating Play Day event to which parents will be invited.
Local Powwow
Joint Initiative with ALCDSB
Students from elementary schools will be bused to the Kingston Powwow in 2010.
Storytelling and Strawberry Moon Festival
Joint Initiative with the ALCDSB
An Aboriginal employee of the Sharbot Lake Child Centre will visit Sharbot Lake feed schools to tell stories and teach some Algonquin words.  The initiative culminates in a gather of storytelling and craft making during the Strawberry Moon Festival.

        In response to comments from Trustee Jackson, Superintendent Marsh stated that counselling for Aboriginal students comes from a referral from the student’s school, which is the same process as for any student.  She said that the Aboriginal counsellor works out of Educational Services.  The counsellor may identify any additional support that the student may need, and in those cases, Educational Services has organized additional support.

        In response to comments from Trustee Jackson, Mr. Reed stated that with respect to Métis students, meeting the needs of them is of concern.  He reported that the Board does have an Aboriginal Advisory Committee.  Superintendent Marsh advised that the Métis have a contact at the Ottawa office who is active on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

        In response to comments from Trustee Jackson, Superintendent Marsh stated that with respect to language training, the Ministry of Education is directing calls to her from other boards.  She said that the LDSB continues to talk about language acquisition for its students.  She said that we want to have a teacher physically present in the Board who can speak Mohawk, rather than through Adobe Connect.  Superintendent Marsh stated that the Ministry recognizes the diverse number of languages being requested.

        In response to comments by Trustee Chadwick, Superintendent Marsh said that when staff investigated to see if language training could be offered through the Limestone School of Community Education on Saturdays or after school, in order to receive funding from the Ministry of Education for Aboriginal language courses, the courses would need to be offered during the instructional day.  Superintendent Labrie indicated that the Mandarin language course offered on Saturdays through the Limestone School of Community Education is funded through those attending the course.

        Trustee Chadwick commended Superintendent Marsh and Kevin Reed, as well as the other individuals who are involved in the Aboriginal Education initiative for their work.

       Superintendent Marsh reported that this year, Native Studies courses are being offered at Frontenac SS, LCVI, KCVI, LaSalle SS, Sharbot Lake HS, QECVI, and Bayridge SS.  To support teachers in creating rich programs, the Board is hosting four professional learning days, October 20, November 10, March 5, April 13 for teachers of Native Studies.  The Board is inviting teachers from
Eastern Ontario Region so that the group is diverse and the teachers are able to connect with someone else who is teaching the same Native Studies course, as there are many different courses available.

        Superintendent Marsh stated that Kevin Reed is well known provincially.  She said that the Limestone Board is doing an incredible amount of work in this area.

        Trustee Goodfellow congratulated Superintendent Marsh and Mr. Reed on their work.

        In response to comments from Trustee Jackson, Superintendent Marsh said that the Ministry funds few initiatives provincially around the urban dynamic.

        Trustee Jackson stated that the City of Kingston is looking how to have a more diverse cultural approach, and that the Board may want to combine its efforts with the City’s.

        Superintendent Marsh said that the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee is having a meeting soon, and two self-identified students have been invited to represent students as participants on the Advisory Committee.  She said that it is important that students are at the table to hear the conversation and to contribute to it.

        Chair Beavis thanked Superintendent Marsh and Mr. Reed for providing the above-noted information.

Child In Need of Protection – Administrative Procedure 341 (Child in Need of Protection), Form 341 (Staff Guide for Responding to a Child in Need of Protection), and Administrative Procedure 446 (Professional Misconduct by Staff Members and Volunteers

        Supervising Principal Akey reviewed the revisions in Administrative Procedures 341 and 446.  She also reviewed Form 341 (Staff Guide for Responding to a Child in Need of Protection).  She said that the revisions were made as a result of changes in the Child and Family Services Act, noting that Chris Herron, Educational Services, did an incredible amount of work in this area.

        Supervising Principal Akey presented the following information:

Purpose of Revisions

•       Development of the Community based Child Abuse Protocol for Kingston and Frontenac, Best Practice Guidelines for a Collaborative Response to Child Abuse
•       Update our procedures to reflect changes in the Child and Family Services Act and to incorporate our community partners, Frontenac Children’s Aid Society, and Lennox and Addington Family and Children’s Services


•       Collaborative effort of school board personnel, Frontenac Children’s Aid Society and Lennox and Addington Family and Children’s Services
•       Coordination with the Community Child Abuse Protocol
•       Coordination with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board protocol

Administrative Procedure 341 (Child in Need of Protection)

Revisions include:

•       Section 2.0 Definitions of Child in Need of Protection
•       Section 3.0 Duty to Report – more emphasis on requirement to report, when and who must report and failure to report
•       Section 4.0 School Board Procedures – 4.7.0-4.15.0 addressed the Child Protection agency’s responsibilities, documentation of information, ongoing investigations and changes in LDSB administration practices
•       Section 5.0 Alleged Offender a Board employee

Administrative Procedure 446 (Professional Misconduct by Staff Members and Volunteers)

Revisions include:

•       Section 1.2.0 Sexual Abuse of a student has been revised to include Child in Need of Protection
•       Broader definition of misconduct

Responding to a Child in Need of Protection: A Staff Guide

•       Revisions reflect changes in AP 341
•       Incorporates both Frontenac Children’s Aid Society and Lennox and Addington Family and Children’s Services
•       Comprehensive list of resources

Let’s Talk Let’s Listen Initiative

        Ms. Akey said that Laurie Labrie, LaSalle Secondary School, and Chris Herron, Educational Services, worked on the Let’s Talk Let’s Listen initiative.  She provided the following information:

•       Need for greater community awareness on the topic of abuse, child abuse, harassment and bullying
•       Need to report concerns, how to report and how to access support
•       Poster
•       Pamphlet
•       Agenda inclusion
•       Community newsletter
•       Website and e-mail contact that children can access

        Chair Beavis thanked Ms. Akey for providing the above-noted information.

Early Learning Program

        Supervising Principal Akey reported that at this time, there is no further explicit information to be brought forward.  She indicated that the consultation process has taken longer, noting that boards were asked to make sure they talked to their community partners.  She indicated that the Best Start Network has been part of the consultation.  She said that there is a Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Child and Youth Services Steering Committee.

        Supervising Principal Akey reported that one of the subcommittees is the Integration of Education Committee, in which our community partners are involved.  She said that we also had to meet with the Consolidated Municipal Services Managers.  She indicated that all of our partners have given their support for the Early Learning Program.

        Supervising Principal Akey advised that the Board is now looking at its sites where the Early Learning Program would be good for its students.

        In response to a question from Trustee Jackson, Ms. Akey stated that the Child and Youth Services Steering Committee is involved in the consultation, and that she did not know if the City of Kingston Poverty Roundtable is a member of the Steering Committee, but would check.

Next Meeting Date

        The next meeting of the Education/Human Resources Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at 4:30 p.m.

        MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, that the meeting adjourn at 5:20 p.m.–Carried