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May, 2013
SRTAExecutive
President SuzanneMoore,DTS VicePresident PatLiss,DTS Secretary JennSeesahai,ESNI Treasurer ChantalTytgat,CLC CollectiveBargaining PatLiss,DTS
ProfessionalDevelopment JonathanWaite,ARB MyDearColleagues:

Volume 8.4

NewExecutive
At its council meeting on April 23, 2013, the SRTA Executive for 20132014 was finalized. Thefollowingisyournewexecutive:

WeHaveaNew Website!
Kudostoourincoming presidentwhohasbeen verybusyalreadyandhas createdanewwebsitefor us:http:// seineriverteachers.com Ourthanksgooutto ShannonKeithforinitiating ourfirstwebsiteandfor gettingusonline.Wemade afurtherdecisiontosecure ourowndomainandto supportitwithPublic Relationsbudget.The websitewillbecompletedin thenearfuture.

President Jonathan Waite VicePresident Pat Liss Secretary Jennifer Seesahai Treasurer Chantal Tytgat Collective Bargaining Pat Liss Professional Development Allison Graham Workplace Safety & Health Kathy Dubesky Employee Benefits Wendy Chase Health & Wellness Colleen KachurReico Education Finance Jason Sparling

Health&Wellness ColleenKachurReico,EIDCS Equity&SocialJustice RebeccaSheffield,DO EducationFinance JasonSparling,CSNC Resolutions SuzanneMoore,DTS EmployeeBenefits WendyChase,SAC PublicRelations RebeccaBrown,EIDCS WorkplaceSafety&Health KathyDubesky,CSNC

ExcellenceinEducationOutstandingSchoolLeaderYvan St.Vincent
IwasveryprivilegedtoattendtheprovincesExcellenceinEducation AwardsonThursday,April18,2013attheManitobaLegislatureand celebratewithYvanSt.VincentashewasgiventheOutstandingSchool LeaderAwardfor2013.(Seestoryinnewsletter)

NeedHelp?
TheroleofthepresidentoftheSRTAistohelpmembers andguidethemthroughconflicts,findanswersordirect themtoavailableresources.Donthesitatetocontact meatsrta.mts@gmail.comorcallmeat2042700215. Wishingallofyouareallywarm MayandJunetomakeupforthe pasttwomonths!
Suzanne

SAGE2013
ThedateofOctober25,2013has beensetasthedateforSAGE thiscomingfall.Thesenior administratorshaveassuredme thatadministratorsretreatwill notconflictwithSAGEthis comingyear.

Canadian Museum of Human Rights


Members were polled regarding support of a $1.5 million donation to the Canadian Human Rights Museum. According to the results, approximately 60% of the members either support or have no problem with the donation. In order to reflect the members wishes, the five SRTA delegates to the Annual General Meeting of The Manitoba Teachers Society will vote in kind: 3 of the 5 delegates will vote in favour, and 2 will vote in opposition.

Health & Wellness


Spring Into Spring Social Activity The 35 or so members who attended our social gathering at the Dawson Trail Motor Inn on March 21st each received a Health & Wellness kit, dined on hors doeuvres and enjoyed each others company. As an added bonus, prizes were drawn: Kindle was won by Dianne Bulloch iPad Mini was won by Glen Dawyduk

Toques That Touch


Kudos to Rebecca Brown, Public Relations Chairperson, for successfully landing an MTS grant to purchase 300 SRTA toques. These toques have arrived and will be distributed in the fall; 10 toques will be sent to each school in the division and to each Health Centre in the division for children who are in need of winter head gear.

MTS Annual Golf Tournament


Saturday, June 15, 2013 (1 p.m. Shotgun Start) at the Meadows at East St. Paul Golf Course, Manitoba Presented by the River East Transcona Teachers Association

SRTA Texas Scramble and Dinner


Come out and enjoy our second annual SRTA Texas Scramble and Dinner on Thursday, May 23 @ the Southside Golf Course. The game and dinner are free to members, and at a minimal cost to any friends or significant others who wish to join us. Just be sure to register with Laura Nault (lnault@srsd.ca) for either or both activities.

$85/golfer includes 18 holes, golf cart, dinner or $65.00/golfer includes 18 holes & dinner (no power cart)

MTS Golf Tournament


The Seine River Teachers Association sponsors a team of four, or up to four individuals who would like to participate in the annual MTS Golf Tournament. This year, the tournament will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Meadows at East St. Paul Golf Course, Manitoba; 1:00 p.m. start. If you would like to participate, please contact Suzanne srta.mts@gmail.com By May 30, 2013

Hockey Tournament Funds


Last year, we hosted the MTS annual hockey tournament and were able to realize a profit of just over $1000.00. The funds are being used to purchase an extra set of hockey jerseys and socks in a white colour, as well as ice time for a scrimmage for all interested members.

If I get injured at work, what happens to my pay and my sick leave?


Ifyougetinjuredatwork,youwill bepaidfullwagesuntilyourun outofsickleave.Then,Short termDisabilitykicksintocoverapproximately80%of yourtakehomepay.Whenyoureturntowork,yoursick dayswillbecreditedbacktoyou.

Can I take time off to care for a seriously ill family member?
Yes.UndertheManitobaEmployment StandardsCode,youareentitledto compassionateleaveupto8(eight)weeksto providecareorsupporttoaseriouslyill familymember.Youwouldnotbereceivingfullpay,however. YourincomewouldbeEIbenefitsforthoseeightweeks. Further,accordingtoourcollectiveagreement,attheendof yourleave,thedivisionshallreinstateyouthepositionyou occupiedwhentheleavebegan,ifavailable.Ifnot,thena comparablepositionwillbegiven.

Why is the SRTA charging $195.00 for substitute costs for Professional Development?
Inthepast,substitutecostsrangedanywherefrom$128/day to$450/day,dependingonwhowassubstitutingandfor howlonghe/shehadalreadybeensubstitutinginthe division.Asyouareaware,afterfivedaysofconsistentwork inourdivision,substitutesreceivefullpayondaysix, retroactivetothefirstdayoftheassignment.Asan example,wehavehadinvoicesof$900foratwoday seminarforoneteacher. InanefforttostandardizecostsforthePDFund,andtoease intheinvoicingoftheSRTAPDfundfortheschooldivision, weagreedonasetcostforallsubstitutedaysused.The SRTAPDfundpaysthedivision$195.00/dayforany substitutecostsincurred.

If I started teaching in October, when can I expect to receive an increment in pay next year?
AccordingtoourCollectiveAgreement,the anniversarydateforannualincrementsshallbe September1,January1orApril1,whichever dateimmediatelyfollowstheaccumulationof onecompleteyearofexperience.Inyourcase, youcanexpectyourpaychequeinJanuarythefollowingyearto reflectanincrementincreaseinpay. therequirementsand challengesof conductingresearch inthefieldof education.Any teachersinterestedin conductingresearch wouldbenefitfrom takingthiscourse. teachersunderstandingofbullying, designingandreportingona questionnaire(subjectofchoice),a personalreflectiononourexperiences

If I leave Seine River at the end of December or April, what happens to my summer pay?
IfyouleavetheemployofSeineRiverduringthecourse oftheschoolyear,theportionofyoursalarythatisset asideforthemonthsofJulyandAugustwillbepaid withinthefirst10(ten)daysofthemonthafteryouleave youremployment.

University courseworkEducational Research


Iattendedawintercoursethroughthe UniversityofManitobathiswinter sessionentitled(5800)Educational Research.Thiscourseisarequirement formymastersdegree. Thecontentofthiscoursefocusedon

Thecoursetextbook isentitledEducational Research,by Creswell.The textbookisverywell written,usingsimple anddirectlanguage.Issuessuchas ethics,methodologyandliterature reviewsareaddressed.Manyexamples areprovidedwhichclarifytheconcepts presented.Thecharacteristicswhich differentiatebetweenqualitativeand quantitativeresearcharediscussedat length. Theassignmentsforthiscourseincluded writingacriticalanalysisofanarticleon

witheducationalresearchanda literaturereviewonasubjectofchoice. Thiscoursewasveryinformativeand invaluableforanyoneinterestedin eitherpursuingwritingathesisordoing othereducationalresearch.


Holly Sorenson

What constitutes
Harassment is defined by the Workplace Safety and Health Act as:
a) b) Objectionableconductthatcreatesa risktothehealthofanemployee,or Severeconductthatadverselyaffects anemployeespsychologicalwellbe: Race Creed Religion Colour Sex Sexualorientation Genderdeterminedcharacteristics Maritalstatus Familystatus Sourceofincome Politicalbelief Politicalassociation Politicalactivity Disability Physicalsizeorweight Age Nationalancestryorplaceoforigin

Harassment?
employedperson(s)orcontractor(s) contractedbythedivision.

What is not considered Harassment?


Harassmentisnot: a.

b.

Appropriateperformancereviews, counselling,coachingordisciplinebya supervisorormanager No.Naturally,anylocationwherebythe businessofthedivisionisbeingcarriedoutis Daytodaymanagementor coveredbythispolicy.Butotherlocations supervisorydecisionsinvolvingwork andsituationsalsoarecoveredbythispolicy, assignments,andimplementationof appropriatedresscodes,providedthey suchasduringprofessionaldevelopment arecarriedoutinamannerthatis reasonableandnotabusive Physicalcontactnecessaryforthe performanceoftheworkusing industry/professionstandards Conflictordisagreementsinthe workplacethatarenotbasedonanyof theobjectionableconductlistedin3.2 ofGBECApolicy,andanyother conductthatwouldreasonablebe consideredacceptablewithina workplacesetting Occasionalmisunderstandings, thoughtlessnessorpoor communication

Does the Harassment Policy only cover divisional buildings?

c.

d.

e.

When is conduct considered to be severe under a complaint of harassment?

f.

Conductissevereifitcouldreasonablycause anemployeetobehumiliatedorintimidated g. andisrepeated,orinthecaseofasingle occurrence,hasalasting,harmfuleffectonan employee.

conferences,workrelatedsocialgatherings, Reasonablewordsoractionsrelatedto businesstravel,extracurricularprograms, etc....andwheretheprohibitedbehaviour isolatedstressorfrustrations mayhaveasubsequentimpactonthe encounteredintheperformanceof workingrelationship,environmentand/or workduties. performance. Consensualbanterorconduct,or romanticrelationships,wherethe peopleinvolveddonotfinditoffensive What can I do if I feel I am orunwelcomingandconsenttowhatis being harassed? happening. Ifyoufeelthatyouhavebeenharassed,and feelcomfortabledoingso,youare encouragedtoadvisetheallegedharasser thatthebehaviourisunwelcomeandshould stop.Ifhe/shestopsthebehaviour,andyou aresatisfiedwiththeoutcome,youdonot havetogoanyfurther. Ifthisapproachdoesnotstoptheunwelcome behaviour,orifyoufeelunableorunwillingto usethisapproach,youareencouragedto approachyourdirectsupervisor/manageror schooladministratorwithaharassment complaint.Ifyoufeelyouarebeingsubjected toharassment,youareencouragedtokeepa writtenlogofallincidents,includingdates, timesandotherindividualsinthearea,and detaileddescriptionoftheevents.

Who is covered by the new What vehicles of behaviour Harassment Policy fall under the Workplace (GBECA)? Safety and Health Act that Thispolicyappliestoallemployees, could constitute volunteersandstudentsofSeineRiverSchool harassment? Division,includingpersonsemployedorself
Anybehaviourthatisknownorshouldbe knowntobeoffensive,embarrassingor humiliatingtootherindividualscanbe regardedasharassment.Suchconductmay include: a. b. c. d. Written Verbal Electronicmediaand/or Physicalconduct

Harrassment Continued
How do I file a harassment complaint?
toHumanResources.(5.2ofGBECA) complaintwiththedivision.

GotoSharePoint,underWorkplaceSafetyand Ifthecomplaintisnotappropriatefor Health,andopenthelink:GBECA_Statement informalresolution,oriftheresolutionisnot acceptable,itwillbeforwardedtoHuman ofComplaintForm,Harassment Resourcesandaninvestigationmustbeginas Afteryoucompletethecomplaint,ina soonaspossible,butnolaterthan2days. confidentialenvelope,submityourstatement ofcomplainttoyourimmediatesupervisor, beingeitherSupervisor/Principal/Manager. Will the person named in Pleasebesuretomakeacopyforyourself, the complaint be made andsendacopytoyourpresident.

I am afraid of submitting a complaint of harassment for fear of retaliation.


Anyonewhoretaliatesinanywayagainsta personwhohasbroughtforthacomplaintor allegationofharassmentmaybeguiltyof harassmentandwillbeheldaccountableif evidenceofretaliationisfoundandwillbe subjecttoanyofthefollowingcorrective actions:(thoughnotlimitedtotheseactions) formalapology counselingand/oreducationon harassment awrittenwarning suspensionwithoutpay adisciplinarytransfer terminationorremovalofoffending worker,contractorofperson

a) Confidentialityofthepersonsinvolvedinthe complaintwillbemaintained,asisreasonably b) practicable,andisallowedbylaw.The complaintmaybedisclosedtotherespondent c) Ifthepersonbeingaddressedinyour inanattempttoarriveataresolutionofyour complaintisyoursupervisor/principal/ d) complaint. manager,sendtheenvelopeorfaxmarked e) ConfidentialdirectlytoHumanResourcesat DivisionOffice. f)

What if the person I am complaining about is my immediate supervisor?

aware of who is making the complaint?

When can I expect an investigation to occur?


Thefilingofthecomplaintdoesnotguarantee thataninvestigationwilloccur.The supervisor/managerorschooladministrator willendeavourtohelpallpartiesreacha resolution.Ifthisissuccessful,acopyofthe complaintanditsresolutionwillbeforwarded

What if I am not pleased with the investigation or resolution of the complaint?

Yourcomplaintmaybecoveredunderthe HumanRightsCode(ManitobaHumanRights) ortheSRTACollectiveAgreement.Ifthe complaintfitsthecriteria,youarealwaysable tofileacomplaintundertheseavenues, regardlessifyouhavealreadyfileda

Outstanding School Leader


(as spoken by Minister Allen)

YvanSt.Vincentof Ste.AnneCollegiate andSte.Anne ElementarySchoolin theSeineRiver SchoolDivisionSt. Vincentbecame principalatatime whentheadjoining schoolswerefacing manychallenges withstudent performanceand behaviour,staff moraleandthe schoolsreputation inthecommunity.

St.Vincent demonstrated excellencein leadership throughhis clarityofvision, hisprogressive ideasandhis collaborative approach. Teachersfrom bothschools werebrought togetherintoan effectiveand cohesivegroupthat feltempoweredand

respected.Students academic,socialand wereengagedin emotionalskillsthat waysthatimproved wouldallowthemto succeedand thriveaslearners. Parentsand community leaderswere invitedtowork collectivelywith educatorsto fosterschoolpride andtostrengthen thepositiverole theschoolclimate oftheschoolwithin whilefocusingon thecommunity. developingthe

Mentoring for Teachers 5870- University of Manitoba


Thecourseexaminedthenotionof mentorshipexploringtheeducative practicesofmentoringteacher candidatesandnewteachers.Themain ideaofthecoursewasthatinorderto providementorship,mentorsmust considerwhatitmeanstolearntoteach andwhatlearningtoteachdoestothe teacher.Thiscoursedrawsonliteratures ofteachermentorship,aswellfromthe broaderfieldofteachereducation,in ordertoconsider:thediscoursesof teacher,teacheridentity,teacher development,andmentoring;the contextofteachermentorship;aswellas howthementorteachersgiven theissuesanddifficulties encounteredinbeingateacher andinlearningtoteach. Someofthekeyquestionsand issuesaddressedintheclasswere: 1. Howdoteachers experience,constructand negotiatetheirteacher identity?Teacherscome intotheircareerwithalot ofpastexperiences, baggageifyouwilland howdoesthatimpacttheir teachingexperience? 2. Inwhatwaystoteacher candidates(aswellas teachers)experiencethe becomingofateacher? 3. Howdoweengagein mentorshipwhenthe processoflearningtoteach itselfissuchatroubled endeavour? Thesequestionsplusmanyothers providedforalotofinterestingand

thoughtprovokingdiscussionswithpeers fromaroundtheprovincewhowerein thisclass.Oneparticularlyinteresting assignmentwehadtodowasto constructoureducationalbiography.The purposewastoexaminethetensions thatsurroundthisbecoming,thedifficult momentsthatchallengeand,perhaps inform(ed)ourbecomingofateacher.It wasaveryrelevantassignmenttowhat wedoinourjobsandforthatreasonhad alotofvaluewhichmadeiteasyto engagein.Overall,agoodcoursetotake foranyteacher,especiallythosewhoare inaleadershiproleandhavehadorwill havestudentteachersintheirclassroom.
YvanStVincent

Professional Development Fund Update


Headingintothehomestretch,Iamexcitedtosaythat theSRTAPDFundhasbeenaccessedmorethan100 times!Sofar,almost$55,000hasgonetowardsfunding autonomousprofessionaldevelopmentforourassociation members,whichincludes

Diversity in Seine River


Diversity Policy OurEquityandSocialJusticechair, RebeccaSheffield,hasbeenworking withadministrationtodraftadiversity policyforourdivision.Shehasasked metoletyouknowthatthepolicyisin theeditingstage,withintenttobringit totheboardintheverynearfuture.

62inareaapplications, twelveoutofareaapplications, 18universitycourseapplications,and sixgroupapplications!

TherearestillfundsavailableforPDopportunitiesforthe remainderofthisterm,whichrunsuntilSeptember.So,if itsasummercourse,agreatoutofareaconference,ora localseminaryouwanttoattend,pleaseapplysowecan helpyouinyourprofessionaldevelopmentgoals! Jonathan Waite, PD Chair

Iparticipatedinthefollowing sessions:The Making and Unmaking of a Bully, Current Trends in the Drug Culture, The Dos and Donts of Discipline, Boys March 1818, 2013 Adrift, The Teacher Every Student ThiswasthesecondtimethatI Wants, Anxiety Disorders in havebeenfortunateenoughto Children and Teens, and Self participateinthisconference.Two Injurious Behaviours yearsago,duringmyfirstyearas Withoutadoubt,myfavorite theguidancecounselorat Arborgate,IaccessedtheSRTAPD sessionswastheBoysAdrift fundtoattendthisconference,as seminar,which itseemedtoprovideanendlesslist focussedonthe minisessionsallofwhichseemed difficultiesseenin theabilityforboth valuabletosomeonenewtothe educatorto guidancerole.Itwasbecauseof thevalueIfoundinthisconference motivateyoung in2011thatIcontinuallykeptmy boystoexcelin education,aswell eyesopentoseeifthisyears asthelackof conferencewouldagainbe offeringsessionsthatIwouldsee intrinsic asinformativeaswellasbeneficial motivationseenin youngboysto tomyskillset.Iwasnot motivatethemselves.Ifoundit disappointed. veryinterestingasthespeakertied Thisisnowmythirdyearinthe currenttrendsineducationto guidancecounselorsroleat supportingthenatural Arborgate.Withafewyears developmentalstagesofgirlsfar behindmenow,Icannow morethanboys.Take effectivelylookinthemirrorand Kindergartenforexample;itisno selfassesmyownstrengthsand newnewsthatgirlsare thoseareasthatIwanttodevelop. developmentallymoreoftenthan ItwaswiththatmindsetthatI notbetterpreparedtosucceedin selectedwhichsessionsIwasto therigorsoftheirfirstschoolyear. attend. WhatIdidnotknowwasthatboys atthatagetendtolearnbetter

Western Canadian Students at Risk Conference

standingandmoving,thanina seatedposition.Yetinschool, whatwouldayoungboyhearfrom histeacherifhewasconstantly leavinghischairandmovingabout theroom.Notpositives,that muchiscertain.Boysare encouragedtosteerclearof writingonnaturalthingsof interest,likeexplosions,guns,car wrecksandthelike.Theschool systemfromveryearlytendsto

femalein2008,acomplete reversalfromaslittleasthelate 80searly90swhen68%of applicantsweremale.Threetimes asmanymalesthatdoattendpost secondaryschoolingaremore likelytodropoutthanfemalesand thosemalesthatdoachievea degreewereclosetofourtimes lesslikelytoachievehonorrole calibregrades.

EverysessionIattendedhadat leastabitofmaterialthatIwould categoriseasnewtomyselfwhich isexactlywhatIwaslookingforin attendingtheconference.Iwould absolutelyencourageanyonein myroletoatleastconsider attendingthiseventatleastonce. Itwaswellrun,withinthecost rangethatourPDfundcould supportandevenprovided participantswithcomplimentary leanonthenaturalgiftsofthe luncheseachday.Anotherperk younggirl,whiletapsintothe naturalshortcomingsoftheyoung notfoundalotinothersessions boy.Oftenveryquickly,theyoung thatIhaveattendedwasthatall boybecomesawarethateventhe butoneofthepresentersthatI tookinofferedtoemailtheir interactionshehaswithschool powerpointstothosein personalaregenerallyduetohis attendance.Itallowsmeto inabilities,ratherthanhis supportdiscussionsinstaff successes. meetingsshouldtheneedarise Ifonelooksdowntheroadtothe withgreatpowerpointsthatIfeelI universityyears,Ifounditstartling canspeaktowithcompetence. thatcloseto70%ofUniversity Thankyoufortheexperience applicantscountrywidewere TrevorZetaruk

Assessment and Instruction in Inclusive Special Education


AssessmentandInstructionintheInclusive ClassroomisacorecoursetowardsaPost BaccalaureateinInclusiveSpecial Education.Thiscoursequalifiesyouasa resourceteachertodoLevelBtesting whichisessentialwhendiggingdeeperinto whyastudentisstruggling.Inotonly learnedhowtoassessforthestruggling learnersbutalsothatitisfundamentalfor teacherstolearnhowtoassessinorderto programproperlyforstudents.Assessment drivesourinstruction.Weneedtoknow whatourstudentsalreadyknowbeforewe canplanourlessons.Ifweonlyassessafter alessonorunitiscomplete,therearenoother opportunitiestoreteach.Iaskedmyself:What doIneedtoteachinorderforstudentsto understandtheessentialoutcomes?Whatdo mystudentsalreadyknow?HowdoIhelpmy strugglinglearners?DoIneedtodifferentiate? Whatarethedifferentlearningstylesofmy students? Thiscourseofferedopportunitiesnotonlyto exploreassessmentbutalsotodiscusshow importantclassroomcommunityisforall students.Childrenssocialandemotionalwell

beingiskeytosuccessinschool.We,as andModifications). teachers,needtoensureeverychildfeelssafe Therewereatotalof8assignments,allrelated andwelcomeinourclassrooms.Theyneedto tooneparticularstudentwithlearning feelneededandvaluedforthegiftsandtalents difficulties.Theideawastofollowthis studentanddevelopprogrammingtobest assisthimorhertoattainacademicor behaviouralgoals.Throughouttheyear,we weretobuildaclassroomprofileontheclass, alearningprofileforthechosenstudent,and thenfinallydevelopanIndividualized LearningPlanforhimorher.Weweregiven tonsofopportunitiestodiscussand troubleshootwithourpeersthroughoutthe course.Forme,coteachingandcollaborating withmypeerswasbyfarthebestwayto learn. theybringtotheclassroomcommunity.In ordertoenablechildrentorecognizetheir talents,weneedtoteachthemallthedifferent waysinwhichwelearn.Thefirstpartofthis coursefocusedonbuildingaclassroom communityandmultipleintelligences.The secondpartwasplanningourteachingaround thesedifferentlearningstyles(Universal Design)andfinallyassessingstudentswith learningdifficultiesand/orbehaviourissuesin ordertoprogramappropriatelyforthese studentsneeds(Differentiation,Adaptations Theclasswasveryrewardingandusefultomy professionallearning.Itgavememoreinsight onhowtobetterprogramforALLstudents.It showedmehowimportantclassroom communityistothesocialandemotionalwell beingofourstudentsandhowthisdirectly relatestotheirlearningandengagement.Ifa childfeelssafeandisactivelyengagedinhisor herlearningtherearelesslikelytobe behaviourissues.Ifweplantodifferentiatefor theneedsofallourstudents;allofour studentscanandwilllearn.Lori Gauthier, DO

Manitobas Celebration of Excellence in Teaching


The following are excerpts of comments from staff at Ste. Anne Collegiate that were submitted to the province of Manitoba, nominating Yvan St. Vincent as outstanding school leader:

Overall,asourleader,Yvanhas highexpectationsforourschool; Insportsterminology,Yvanwould bothforstudentbehaviourand becalleda"players'coach".That achievement.Hehasworkedat is,staffmembershaveadeep thislocationinseveralroles respectforhimandwanttodoa already,andtakesgreatpridein goodjob,basedonthatgeneral Yvanactivelyengagesstaffin theschoolandthecommunities administrativedecisions,especially sentiment.Moreover,thisfeeling goesalongwayinkeeping whenstaffmembersand/or schoolmoraleatahighlevel! studentsareimpacted.Healso encouragesstafftoworkwithand Yvanstrustworthinessisso forourstudents,keepingour contagiousthatstaff overallgoalofeducationinmind membersneednotworry andourpriorityofimprovingthe aboutconfidentialitywith livesofourstudents. him.Personalissuescanbe Yvanacknowledgesthechallenges broughttohisattention,in completeassuranceof facingschoolstaffmembers.He privacy. listenstotheirconcernsandis empathetic.Thisallowsstaffto movebeyondtheimmediate issuesanddeveloprealisticplans toaddressthechallenges. Yvanisextremely approachableanddoesnot get'caughtup'inschool politics!Heremainsvery connectedtoandsupportive Yvansupportsresourceteachers ofthelocalcommunity(Ste. andcounsellorswithout micromanagingthem.Heexpects Anne,MB),andhasworked diligentlytoimprovethe tobekept'intheloop'ofall studentplansandtogetinvolved, overallimageofourschool. wherenecessary.However,staff Fromcooperatingwithtown officialstoraisingfundsfora isencouragedtotryavarietyof needyfamily,Yvanhasremained strategiesthatmatchtheirown personalstyleandtothink'outside focussedontheimmediateissues, inamostproactiveway.

thebox'forsolutions!

overasprincipal. Indealingwithbothstudentsand staff,Yvanisexceptionally respectful.Forinstance,when addressingstudents,hedoesnot talkdowntothem,butrather includesthemintheproblem solvingprocess,asequalpartners workingtowardsacommongoal; e.g.establishingadresscodeat school.Healsomaintainsaspecial relationshipwithGrade12 students,whoareintheirfinal yearofhighschoolandonthe vergeofgraduating. Yvanhastheinnateabilityto connectwithpeople,asafriendly humanbeing,consciousoftheir strengthsandweaknesses,ina respectfulway. Withthishumbleyetassertive approachtodealingwithstudents, parents,staffpersonneland communitymembers,Yvanhas beenverysuccessfulin establishinggoodrelations, buildingbridges,andrallying peopleofmutualconcernto commoncausesforthe bettermentofallinvolved.

ourstudentsarefrom.Yvanhas consistentlycommunicatedthese expectationsinawaythatis positiveandencouragingtoboth studentsandstaff,sincetaking

Canada second behind Finland in education and skills, says study


CanadaissecondonlytoFinlandin educationandskillsamong16developed nations,saystheConferenceBoardof Canada. Inareportcardcoveringawiderangeof criteria,CanadaandFinlandweretheonly twocountriestobegivenanAfor educationandskills. Whiletheresultsofthestudywere releasedlastmonth,theywereroundly ignoredbythemedia. TheboardsaysthatCanadasstrengthis deliveringhighqualityeducationwith comparativelymodestspending. WhileCanadiansareatschool,they becomewelleducated(forthemostpart) incoresubjectslikemathematics,reading, and science,itsays.Canadanowhasthe secondhighestrateofhighschool completionandthehighestrateofcollege completionamongitspeers. Canadarankedhighlyinwhattheboard calledequityinlearningoutcomes. Inotherwords,therewaslessofagap betweenstudentsindisadvantaged schoolsandleastdisadvantagedschools. Amongafewweaknessescited,theboard saidCanadaneedstoimproveworkplace skillstrainingandlifelongeducation. Canadasadultliteracyskillsare mediocre,withalargeproportionof adultslackingtheliteracyskillsnecessary tofunctionintheworkplace.Canadagets aCandranks10thoutof15peer countriesontheindicatormeasuringadult participationinjobrelatednonformal education.
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