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Calgary Board of Education Board of Trustees January 12, 2011 System Parent Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Henry Wise Wood High School 910 – 75 Avenue S.W.

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1 Calgary Board of Education Board of Trustees January 12, 2011 System Parent Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Henry Wise Wood High School 910 – 75 Avenue S.W.

2 AGENDA  7:05Topic Presentations  -Board Introductions and Ends Statements – Pat Cochrane, Trustee, Wards 8 & 9  -Role of Trustee/Board – Pamela King, Trustee, Wards 5 & 10  -Operating Budget – Carol Bazinet, Trustee, Wards 12 & 14  -Infrastructure – Lynn Ferguson, Trustee, Wards 3 & 4  -New Education Act – Joy Bowen-Eyre, Trustee, Wards 1 & 2  -Programs of Choice – George Lane, Trustee, Wards 6 & 7  7:25Group Discussion Topic Presentation – Sheila Taylor, Trustee, Wards 11 & 13  7:45Groups Present Highlights of Discussion/ Webinar concludes  8:05Ward Break-Out Sessions  -Parents represented by Lynn Ferguson, Trustee, Wards 3 &4 are welcome to attend another break out session or submit questions to be answered and posted online following the meeting.  8:30Meeting Concludes

3 Board of Trustees & Wards Calgary is divided into fourteen wards. Each Trustee is responsible for two wards.

4 Board of Trustees & Wards Joy Bowen-Eyre Wards 1&2 Lynn Ferguson Wards 3&4 Pamela King Wards 5&10 George Lane Wards 6&7 Pat Cochrane Wards 8&9 Sheila Taylor Wards 11&13 Carol Bazinet Wards 12&14

5 Pat Cochrane Trustee, Wards 8&9  First elected in  Board member for Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Calgary.  Board member of the Child and Family Services Authority of Calgary and Area.  Founding Governor and member of the Board of Governors of EducationMatters.  Member of the Samaritan Club of Calgary.

6 Our Ends Mega End Each student, in keeping with his or her individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning to function effectively in life, work and continued learning. Academic Success Each student will possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for academic success and be effectively prepared for life, work and further learning. Citizenship Each student will be a responsible citizen by being an informed and involved member in his or her local, national and global communities. Personal Development Each student will acquire the skills, attitudes and knowledge to achieve personal highest potential. Character Each student will possess the character to do what is right, act morally with wisdom, and balance individual concerns with the rights and needs of others.

7 Pamela King Trustee, Wards 5&10  First elected in  Native Calgarian, long term resident of the Forest Heights community.  Involved in her neighborhood schools since 1993  Served on the parent council at David D. Oughten School, Sir Wilfrid Laurier School and Jack James High School.

8 Role of a Trustee & the Board of Trustees Public School trustees perform a variety of tasks including:  Preparing for, attending and participating in board meetings and stakeholder group meetings  Responding to constituents’ questions and concerns  Visiting schools and attending other CBE meetings and events

9 Role of a Trustee & the Board of Trustees The Board of Trustees is responsible for:  Ensuring that the Ends are the focus of organizational performance  Defining three-year priorities to drive school district performance  Approving the annual operating and capital budgets  Evaluating the Chief Superintendent of Schools  Developing, reviewing and monitoring governance policies  Advocating on behalf of students, the school system and Calgarians with other governments, agencies and organizations to ensure a strong legislative environment for public education in Calgary

10 Carol Bazinet Trustee, Wards 12&14  First elected in  Earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.  Initially became involved in public education as a classroom volunteer in her children’s schools and with school councils.  Past president of the Calgary Association of parents and School Councils. (CAPSC)

11 Operating Budget  The CBE did not receive a grant rate increase and the change to class size funding resulted in a reduction of $4.9 million.  Our Board continues to ask the provincial government to establish a predictable, sustainable and equitable funding model.  The operating budget supports the CBE’s Three-Year Education Plan  Approximately 77% of the CBE’s budget is tied to staff salaries and benefits.

12 Lynn Ferguson Trustee, Wards 1&2  First elected in  Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg and undertook postgraduate studies on the Connaught Fellowship.  Founding member and past Vice-President of the Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils.(CAPSC)  Past member of the Steering Committee for Support Public Education-Act for Kids.  Founding member and past Vice-President for KIDS FIRST.

13 Infrastructure  Our Board was pleased to open six new schools this past Fall, which have welcomed a total of 2,075 elementary students through their doors.  We anticipate that the West Calgary High School (Ernest Manning High replacement) will open in September.  Trustees continue to advocate for new school construction, however we have not received a response from Alberta Education on our School Capital Plan, which was submitted last Spring.

14 Joy Bowen-Eyre Trustee, Wards 1&2  Elected in  Earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary.  Currently a graduate student in Interdisciplinary studies at Athabasca University, with a specialization in Education.  Works with individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  Member of the Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network and the Calgary FASP Justice Support Project.

15 New Education Act  Alberta Education is reviewing the School Act and new legislation is expected to be introduced in the Legislature this Spring.  There has not be a major revision of the School Act since 1988  Inspiring Education and Setting the Direction for Special Education are two initiatives undertaken by Alberta Education in order to identify the vision Albertans have for the K-12 education system.  Inspiring Action is Alberta Education’s response to the information gathered through Inspiring Education.  The Board of Trustees hopes the new Education Act will be student focused and outcomes focused, which will give locally elected boards more flexibility in how they meet student needs.

16 George Lane Trustee, Wards 6&7  First elected in  Taught grades 1-9 in one of Alberta’s last one-room schools.  Holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.  Previously Dean of the Faculty of Management (now the Haskayne School of Business), University of Calgary.  Member of the Board of Governors of EducationMatters.  Previous board member and founding Chair of the Development Disabilities Resource Centre.

17 Programs of Choice  The CBE offers several programs of choice in addition to the regular program offered at most of our schools.  Programs of choice give students an opportunity to explore their individual interests and learn in an environment that best suits their learning style.  Programs of choice are offered in regular school settings, unique settings and on-line through CBe-learn.

18 Sheila Taylor Trustee, Wards 11&13  Elected in  Earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, with concentration in Marketing and Finance.  Trustee Member on the Board Evaluation Committee and acts as a Liaison for the Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils ( CAPSC)  Past Treasurer of the School Council at Sam Livingston Elementary School.  Director of her local community association.

19 Group Discussion Albertans identified the following as qualities they believe a student in K-12 system should be gaining: Engaged Thinker:  Who thinks critically and makes discoveries  Who uses technology to learn, innovate, communicate and discover  Who works with multiple perspectives and disciplines to identify problems and find the best solutions  Who communicates these ideas to others  Who, as a life-long learner, adapts to change with an attitude of optimism and hope for the future.

20 Group Discussion Ethical Citizen:  Who builds relationships based on humility, fairness and open- mindedness  Who demonstrates respect, empathy and compassion  Who through teamwork, collaboration and communication contributes fully to the community and the world.

21 Group Discussion Entrepreneurial Spirit:  Who creates opportunities and achieves goals through hard work, perseverance and discipline  Who strives for excellence and earns success  Who explores ideas and challenges the status quo  Who is competitive, adaptable and resilient  Who has the confidence to take risks and make bold decisions in the face of adversity.

22 Can you identify the challenges CBE students might have in gaining these qualities? How could the CBE help students overcome these challenges?


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