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3Toachieveequitablelearningopportunitiesforallstudents.TobuildengagementsupportandcondenceinHRSB.HRSBsSchoolNutritionistJillWhiteRDisnurturingstrongrelationshipswithmanyofourpartnersthroughherinvolvementinNourishNovaScotia.Nourishisaregisteredcharitythatsupportsnourishmentandfoodliteracyprogramsinschoolcommunitiesacrosstheprovince.NourishisalsothelargestfunderofbreakfastprogramsintheHRSBproviding239140forthe2014-2015schoolyear.TheBoardofDirectorsatNourishismadeupofrepresentativesfromtheDepartmentofEducationandEarlyChildhoodDevelop-menttheDepartmentofHealthandWellnessregistereddietitiansfromschoolboardsettingsacrosstheprovinceandthecommu-nity.AsanorganizationNourishisrootedinprinciplesofsharedleadershipandcollaborationeveryonehasavoice.Nourishpartnersmeetmonthlytosupportthegoodfoodmovementnutritionprogramspoliciesandinitiativesthatsupportthehealthandlearningofchildrenandyouth.Jillprovidesperspectivefromthefront-linesofHRSBschools.ThisinsighthelpstoinformanddirectNourishsdecision-makingwhichinturnsupportsHRSBsuniqueneeds.AsanexampleNourishisworkingtodevelopitsnextprogramediblegardens.ThiswasidentiedasaneedinpartasaresultofthepopularityoftheediblegardenprogramatHRSB.JillisworkingcollaborativelywithNourishtoprovideinsightintowhatschoolsneedtointegratelearningopportunitieswithschoolgardensintothecurriculum.Nourishinturnworksinpartnershiptodeveloptheseresourcesforschoolsthroughouttheprovince.NourishisalsoworkingonapilotforschoolsforahealthylocalfoodfundraiserinwhichafewHRSBschoolswillbeinvitedtoparticipate.NourishisaresourceforHRSBschoolsonmanylevels.Notonlydoesitprovidenancialsupporttobreakfastprogramsitalsoregularlyprovidesvaluableinformationforschoolstosharewiththeirschoolcommunities.Nourishprovidesmonthlynewslettertipsforschoolsthattheycaneasilyaddtotheirschoolnewsletters.Thesepiecescanrangefromhealthylunchideastoexpertadviceongettingkidstotrynewfoodstothelinksbetweengoodnutritionandlearning.NourishalsopartnerswithHRSBtodeliverprofessionaldevelopmentonfoodliteracyandbreakfastprogramstoteachersandvolunteersfromtheHRSBschoolcommunity.ThepartnershipbetweenNourishNSandHRSBisatruesynergy.NourishprovidesthenancestoHRSBtodeliverthenutritionprograms.InturnNourishreliesonandtrustsHRSBfortheknowledgeandfeedbackfromtheprogramlevel.NourishandHRSBpositivelycollaboratetodevelopfurtherresourcestosupportnutritionprogrammingattheschoollevel.Thisrelation-shipeasestheburdenonschoolssothattheycanfocusonprovidingstudentswithgreatqualitynutritionprograms.YoucanlearnmorebyfollowingNourishonTwitterNourishNS.WhatcouldmakejuniorhighschoolstudentswanttodoschoolworkonasnowdayAsFiveBridgesJuniorHighSchoolPrincipalRamonaJosephlearnedrst-handinFebruaryitsGoogleAppsforEducationGAFEEightypercentofourGrade9sparticipatedinreal-timediscussionwiththeirteachersandcollaboratedwiththeirclassmatesthroughGoogleDocsonadaywhenschoolwasactuallyclosed.GAFEisacollectionoftoolsthatincludesGmailCalendarDriveDocsSheetsSlidesSitesandmore.Theseappsallowstudentsandteacherstoaccesslesfromcloud-basedstoragefromanydevicewithInternetconnection.Theyallowforlivecollaborationonanylesimultaneouslyfromanywhere.Collaboratorscanseeoneanothersworkontheirscreentheycanreviewtheentirerevisionhistoryandsavinghappensautomatically.NovaScotiasDepartmentofEarlyEducationandChildhoodDevelopmentisintroducingtheGAFEsuiteoftoolsasameanstosupportNovaScotiasActionPlanforEducation2015.Morethan20ofthe137schoolsintheHalifaxRegionalSchoolBoardHRSBhavebegunusingGoogleAppsforEducation.Justeightweeksinthereviewsfromstudentsteachersandadministratorsareoverwhelminglypositive.TeachersareusingGAFEtosupportstudentsandworkwiththemasifthestudentweresittingnexttothemsaidJoseph.IamalsoabletobepartofProfessionalLearningCommunityPLCmeetingsandnotevenbeintheroombyusingGAFE.ItsnotchangingourworkitschangingthewayweworksaidJoseph.HRSBsTechnologyIntegrationLeadTeamTILTisprovidingtheprofessionaldevelopmentforGAFE.AlexanderMacDougallandMarioEleftheroshaveneverseenademandfortechnology-relatedPDasgreatandasenthusiasticasitisforGAFE.GoogleAppsisthebiggestsingletechnology-relatedgamechangerforourschoolssincecomputerswererstintroducedsaidMacDougall.Itenablesteacherstomoreeasilyreachbeyondtheclassroomandprovidesasmoothandvirtuallyseamlessplatformonwhicheveryonecanshareideasandinformationbecreativeandgetorganized.MacDougallbelievesthatHRSBwillseeGAFEchangethewaystudentsworkcollaborativelyandindependentlybothinandoutoftheclassroom.IttakeslearningsharingandcollaboratingtoawholenewlevelsaidEleftheros.Itistruecollaborationusingtoolsthatareaccessibletoeveryone.ItsexcitingtoseehowGoogleAppsforEducationwillenhancethewayweworkattheboardlevelthewayweteachandthewaystudentsengageintheirlearninginschoolorathomeontheirowntimeevenonasnowdayItishoweverimportantthatwedontlosesightthatnotechnologycanbesuccessfulwithoutateacherwhoisusingitinmeaningfulwaystosupportthelearningofallstudents.