April 3/17: Ed Policy&Directions: Food Policy/ Professional Learning For Administrators / Gifted Students

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Education Policy and Directions April 3/17
Chair: Whiteaker
Members: Ferris, Nohr, Orcherton , Whiteaker, Loring-Kuhanga ex officio (vote but not counted for quorum)
Present:  McNally, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker

Absent: Ferris, Leonard, Loring-Kuhanga, Nohr,  Orcherton

Territory Acknowledgement900

1. Approval [Adoption] of Agenda:  No quorum – Ferris, Nohr, Orcherton not present. Those present agreed to go forward with the agenda, agreeing that no business could be conducted as no quorum = no votes.
2. Approval of Ed Policy & Directions Minutes: Jan 9/17 & Mar 6/17: To be approved at next EP&D meeting. Lined Paper report Jan 9 and Mar 6 .
3. Business Arising From the Minutes: N/A
4. Presentations to the Committee: None (Anyone’s opportunity to address the Committee for up to 5 minutes; discussion encouraged.]
5. New Business
A. Student Representative:
Justin Lo, Mt Doug: Regrets

B.Annual Report – Information Technology (Pp 11-13 agenda): Ted Pennell, Director of Information Technology

Tech updates not put into Vic High yet, given seismic remediation next year. Schools still underway with installation: Arbutus, Mt Doug, Sir James Douglas, Margaret Jenkins, Monterey. 31 on IT team: 1/2 on help desk&school techs, 1/2 infrastructure, Communicating Student Learning reporting tool, other. Significant rollout of laptops for teachers, Chromebooks and iPads. Forward looking plan will come to the Board later.

  • McNally: MyEducationBC hosted in Canada? / Director of IT:Yes, Vancouver.
  • Turcotte, GVTA: More teacher inservice on FreshGrade next year? Has been a seamless IT integration experience. What about portables and new classroom spaces?/ Deputy Superintendent: Yes, more inservice. /  Superintendent: Still working on portables and new classrooms; looking at number of classroom spaces for next year.Will address over next months along with classroom furniture needs.
  • Watters: Do we survey teachers? Trends over time? /  Director IT: Work order system gives this kind of info – locations, kinds of problems. Noted improvements over 5 years.

C. Administrator Professional Learning (Pp 8-9 agenda):

  • District Principal Learning Team: Breaking out of silos /  watching how our colleagues practice beaks down isolation / trying to make this structural not just happenstance mentoring and support / Ed Camp model to bring out  and list issues / staffing intensive for principals especially new principals / budget intensive in August for new administrators.Generative dialogue in mentoring – action oriented. [ Closest definition seems to be this.]
  • South Park principal:  Evaluation / performance appraisal process . Based on presumed competence. Personalized, strength based, standards and competencies; inquiry questions individually designed with monthly review ; individual creation of a learning demo portfolio. Safety and support /  continuous shaping of learning – as I’d hope for my staff and for students. Generative dialogues with staff.
  • District Principal Learning Team: Generative dialogue- regular, purposeful, focused on a key question- what is the most important thing you are trying to develop in your learning as an administrator? Leadership Standards for Principals and vice Principals in BC. Want learning to be sustainable, structured.
  • Monterey Middle School Principal: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast!” Generative dialogue non-directive, m non-judgmental, no unsolicited advice. Working with David Townsend and Pamela Adams. Royal Roads University  involvement. 6 meeting per year, next ones late April, late May.”Leaders” are really colleague to listen and talk to.
  • Central Middle School Principal: Clarifying ideas, trust,positive environment. Question oneself in response to someone else’s questions. Have wanted more structure for professional growth – provides excellent structure for that.
  • Superintendent: Process is inquiry and growth, not making a “to do ” list. Not tasks. Question to e developed is abut personal professional practice. Focused. Eg my own:  1. In what ways and to what extent can I develop a positive learning culture  for all? 2. In what ways and to what extent can I  influence provincial directions in education in BC?  Creates focus.


D. Food Awareness Report: Deputy Superintendent (Pp 8-9 agenda): In response to motion carried at Board meeting  October 2016That the Board request the Deputy Superintendent to bring forward to the March 6th , 2017 Education Policy and Directions Committee meeting, an interim report to the Board of Education on the District’s food awareness initiative.” [ Lined Paper report on Food Awareness discussion October 2016 here  at 5.D ]

  • Marnice Jones, Coordinator – Healthy, Safe and Caring Schools, and Tiffany Smyth, District Coordinator for CommunityLINK:  Provided as addenda to agenda

    • Policy  (Jan 1975) and Regulation (Oct 2007) 6164.3 Consumption of Nutritious Foods /
    • Policy (June 2007) and Regulation (January 1994) 3313.0 School Meal Program 
    • Policy (January 1975) and Regulation 6164.1 Health Services
    •  Facilities Department Guideline (April 7, 2002)  “Tree Planting, Landscaping, Equipment Placement ”
    • SD61 2017 Food Awareness Survey
    • Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools (2013)
  • McNally: 2010 United Nations report on unsustainability  of meat and dairy. Not only unsustainable but cruel and inhumane practices. As a vegan, which is increasingly mainstream, want to see more emphasis on the so-called “alternatives” to meat and dairy.

As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.

  • Watters: Are we updating any of these polices, like the one from 1994? Have they been reviewed? Expected recommendations re what we should be doing re policy. Would like to see all nutrition related policy drafted into one as was previously mentioned, reflecting current food guides.  Also want a clear updated gardens policy.

6. Notices of Motion:None
7. General Announcements :
a) Mitch Barnes, SD61 Gifted Program teacher (did not get on agenda; invited by Paynter after agenda set )

SD61 Gifted Education info here.

  • Paynter: Barnes working in gifted education  Prime Minister’s Award twice for  Teaching Excellence, the Canadian Teachers Association National Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.  Accompanying him is student Katrina McLaughlin
  • Barnes; Wide diversity of offerings at high schools for students designated
    “Gifted”.3% of population. Challenge programs at Mount Douglas and Esquimalt High Schools. Every Middle School has .1 gifted education teacher [.2 FTE = 1 day a week]. Ministry of education recorded numbers for gifted students has fallen significantly-  some districts no longer test since there is no funding from the Ministry. In the late 1980s were District Elementary Challenge programs. SD61 is a lighthouse district – people consider moving here for the services for gifted students.

That drop has many causes, including a lack of funding, a lack of urgency and a culture in North America that discourages the label of gifted, said Owen Lo, an assistant professor of education at the University of British Columbia. …“These type of students need special grouping or mentoring to let their intelligence shine.”Lo said North American cultural beliefs in equality and that everyone is gifted in some way discourage identification of exceptionally smart kids.

  • McLoughlin: [Spoke extensively about Barnes’ open to any student “V8” program, project based learning, self paced, self directed – this year focussed on Butch Dick’s spindle whorls, resulting in a collaborative  Hyperstudio production – unfortunate not linkable.]
  • Paynter: Dr. Elizabeth Wallace “gifted” designation has been a problem for some students who are sometimes expected to do twice as much or do  learning on their own. Often other challenges associated, ie dual diagnosis. Pullout programs are an appreciated refuge for many.
  • Barnes: Research says it is important for gifted students to periodically be with like minded peers and to make connections.Breaking down the feeling of loneliness is so important. Identification of Gifted students can happen two ways; either through a full psycho-educational assessment or through a process which includes a student survey, a parent survey, a teacher survey (all of which are variations of the Williams scale of Giftedness) and the Otis Lennon test.
  • Turcotte (GVTA): Transportation to programs can be difficult for students in elementary school to get to an activity at another school. Can the District  help with that?

Gifted chart

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b) McNally: Will attend View Royal council  April 4 ( 7 pm tomorrow) and speak as individual in favour of extension of Choices transitional shelter to December 2017 for transfer of residents, and March 2017 end of Choices at former Youth Detention Centre, 94 Talcott Road. Also publicly in favour of Our Place vision for site, Therapeutic Recovery Community.

8. Adjournment:9.25pm

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