November has been an exciting month of innovation! On November 2 and 3, more than 100 teachers attended HRCE’s 4th Annual Innovation in Teaching Day. This year, the event was held over the course of a Friday evening and a Saturday. I recognize that professional learning on a weekend is not ideal, however, it presented an opportunity for all interested participants to attend without the need for a substitute. More than half of those who took part had never been to a previous Innovation in Teaching Day. This teacher-led, hands-on conference is a chance to share, discover, collaborate, practice – and best of all – play! The goal was to have teachers take what they’ve learned from one another and put it into practice immediately. I participated in the event in full and even learned to code a microbit to simulate flipping a coin so to learn about theoretical and experimental probability. I was most captivated by the sheer excitement and engagement of teachers as they too learned something new. I’ve heard from teachers whose interest was piqued by something they’ve learned from peers at a previous conference, and the idea blossomed into something much bigger with students back at their school. There’s a very powerful example of the impact that teacher- learning can have on students on page 3. Thanks to Meagan Boudreau, Chris Cocek and Mario Eleftheros, also known as our Technology Integration Lead Team (TILT) for organizing the event, and our 25 presenters for bringing innovation to life. On a provincial level, Grades 7 and 8 students from across Nova Scotia attended STEMfest in early November. STEMfest was an opportunity for students to participate in hands-on, inquiry-based, career-related workshops in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while teachers attended professional learning. The event was organized by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) and workshops were facilitated by industry leaders, academics and educators. Hear what some students had to say about their experience at STEMfest on the cover of this report. In addition, HRCE Fine Arts Specialist Sabine Fels, along with artist Miro Davis, led a series of student workshops creating a collective legacy art installation to be displayed in the Halifax Convention Centre. Learn more about this incredibly thoughtful project, called Radiant Abyss, on page 6. In early November, staff of HRCE and EECD hosted professional development (PD) for School Advisory Councils (SAC). These sessions gave members the opportunity to participate in learning related to the enhanced roles and responsibilities of the SAC and the new SAC Spending Guidelines to support school improvement and policy implementation. There was also an opportunity for participants to provide input on a draft Provincial policy: Supervision of Extracurricular Activities. The role of the advisory council is critically important: members bring unique and valuable perspectives from the school community that can help shape decisions at the school level and student success. Thanks to those who have stepped up and taken on this role; your willingness to give your time and expertise is greatly appreciated! A few reminders for SACs: • Please update your SAC Agreement (formerly Letter of Agreement) by April 1, 2019 and submit to the School Administration Supervisor; • Provide feedback on the draft Supervision of Extracurricular Activities Policy by Dec 21, 2018; and • Provide feedback on the SAC Handbook by April 1, 2019 to stomie@hrce.ca Finally, the province is looking for public input on student transportation. The Nova Scotia Bus Survey is live until December 5. Please share your thoughts and experiences to help shape a future provincial policy. Please access the survey here. Have questions, concerns or an innovative story idea? You can always connect with us at connect@hrce.ca. We are listening! Elwin LeRoux Regional Executive Director’s Message 2 Our Goals: watch for these symbols next to featured stories each month Improving Student Achievement Equitable Education Fine Arts Programming Inclusive Education Council to Improve Classroom Conditions System Review: Transition and Expansion Instruction and Leadership