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Slides from my Manitoba School Boards Association Keynote and Concurrent Presentations

Slides from my Manitoba School Boards Association Keynote and Concurrent Presentations

On March 16 I was honoured to present the opening Keynote to the 2017 MSBA Annual Conference on the topic of "Linking Effective Governnce to Student Success". I also presented a concurrent session on "Building a Strong Relationship Between the Board and Superintendent through Performance Planning and Review". For those participants who requested a copy of … Continue reading Slides from my Manitoba School Boards Association Keynote and Concurrent Presentations

Stronger Together – Support Your Provincial Association

Stronger Together – Support Your Provincial Association

Most of the articles on this blog focus on the importance and improvement of locally elected school boards, but no matter how skilled any single board may be, it cannot be its best in isolation.  Most provinces have school board/trustee associations that provide support and advocacy on behalf of their members. There is also the … Continue reading Stronger Together – Support Your Provincial Association

Do School Boards Affect Student Achievement?

Do School Boards Affect Student Achievement?

Public education in Canada has much to be happy about given the recently announced 2015 PISA results. Overall, Canadian students ranked among the world’s very best in reading, science and math. Although the PISA scores tell only part of the story about a country’s education system, clearly Canada is doing something right - or more … Continue reading Do School Boards Affect Student Achievement?

Court Decisions, Smaller Classes and What Research Can Teach Us

Court Decisions, Smaller Classes and What Research Can Teach Us

In November 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) made a landmark ruling in favour of the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF). The court confirmed that in 2002 the BC provincial government violated the teachers' constitutional rights when it removed class size and composition language from their contracts. The result will be an opening of the … Continue reading Court Decisions, Smaller Classes and What Research Can Teach Us

Does Local Governance Matter?

Does Local Governance Matter?

Sometimes it's the things that are closest to us that we take for granted and notice the least. When it comes to governance and politics it’s often the big “newsy” stories that catch our attention, such as the approaching American election, the Brexit decision, or the Royal Visit, – big stories, big headlines, famous people. … Continue reading Does Local Governance Matter?

Part Two: Why Bother with Superintendent Performance Reviews?

Part Two: Why Bother with Superintendent Performance Reviews?

In Part One of this series I outlined the challenges and ineffectiveness of traditional performance review processes for School Superintendents. While this begs the question of why bother doing them at all, there are beneficial and necessary reasons to do performance reviews, provided they are done well. Many school boards have performance reviews written into … Continue reading Part Two: Why Bother with Superintendent Performance Reviews?

Democracy Rules – Part Two of Can’t We All Just Get Along? – Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Democracy Rules – Part Two of Can’t We All Just Get Along? – Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Although self-evident it is worth repeating – the reason we have publicly elected school boards is to provide the public with a voice in one of society’s most important “public goods” - education. By exercising this right we select individuals from our local communities to represent our interests in public education. To be clear, this is … Continue reading Democracy Rules – Part Two of Can’t We All Just Get Along? – Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Informed Board Decision Making

Informed Board Decision Making

  As publicly elected representatives, the primary responsibility of boards of education/school boards is to improve student achievement in their communities. They reflect the education priorities and unique requirements of these communities by establishing policies, bylaws, district-wide plans and annual budgets. Throughout its term a board will be faced with many issues requiring informed decisions. … Continue reading Informed Board Decision Making

How Schools Can Help Refugee Families

How Schools Can Help Refugee Families

With the imminent arrival of Syrian refugee families our elementary and secondary schools will have a key role to play. Government and other local agencies will immediately provide shelter, food and clothing. However, the long-term success of these future citizens will be dependent on them eventually finding employment and becoming part of the community fabric. … Continue reading How Schools Can Help Refugee Families