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Highlights from October 26
Board of Trustees Meeting

(Brockville) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, October 26 to discuss a number of topics including:

1)     Presentation by Thousand Islands Secondary School (TISS): Principal Terry Gardiner presented on how TISS is using its School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement to improve students’ math and literacy skills. The school is focusing literacy efforts on reading using effective strategies across all subject areas, such as prescribed note taking and the use of charts displayed in the classroom to guide student learning. The school is working to improve math results through collaboration among secondary and elementary math teachers, including co-teaching of lessons where two or more teachers teach a lesson to a group of students. Teachers meet to discuss instruction and ways to help intermediate students successfully transition from elementary to secondary math classes. The school is also using a three-part math lesson strategy, and new math resources to enhance student understanding. Gardiner’s presentation also focused on school efforts to improve student wellness through initiatives to help them cope with anxiety and stress, and the school’s role as a “conduit to success” in the community through partnerships with Brockville-area businesses.

2)     EQAO Presentation: Superintendent Valerie Allen spoke about the board’s success in Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) testing. Allen noted that combined overall Grade 3 and 6 EQAO results have increased 17 per cent since 2002-2003. That progress is the result of focused provincial work centred around improving classroom teaching and learning, school improvement planning, leadership capacity building, and research and evaluation. Results in primary reading have jumped four per cent since 2011-2012.  Junior reading results have jumped seven per cent, and junior writing has increased six per cent over the same period. Results in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, as well as applied and academic math testing, are areas for improvement.

Allen said the board is addressing the EQAO data in several ways:

·         Examining the data, school by school, to identify what the board needs to focus on in school improvement planning

·         Identifying students at risk, due to low performance, and targeting supports for them

·         Using data to inform instructional approaches as part of the Renewed Math Strategy of changing the pedagogy in our math classrooms

For more information, please call:

Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board
(613) 342-0371 ext. 1234

Jeff McMillan
Chair
Upper Canada District School Board
613-340-5515

Posted October 27, 2016

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Contact Information
Director Stephen Sliwa
Brockville Board Office
Phone: (613) 342-0371 ext. 1234
Email: stephen.sliwa@ucdsb.on.ca