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2 How are we addressing the gap in achievement results for African Nova Scotian students On March 31 professional development was provided to all junior high principals with a focus on our priority to increase academic achievement of our African Nova Scotian learners. This session focused on results of the recent provincial Grade 8 literacy and math assessments including urgent concerns regarding the disaggregated results for African Nova Scotian students reviewing the assessment itself and discussing strategies to help prepare teachers to work with students for improved results on upcoming provincial assessments which will be held between May 24 and June 3 2016 and creating a school specific action plan. Using information from PowerSchool principals learned to disaggregate their own schools data to gain a greater sense of where their African Nova Scotian learners are in terms of meeting curriculum outcomes. They also looked at strategies to help set their students up for success on provincial assessments. In groups principals examined which outcomes the province will be assessing and samples of what the questions on the assessment will look like. They also took time to discuss the areas that needed improvement in their individual schools as well as for individual students. In addition each principal committed to developing an action plan for their school as a strategy to work with their teachers to create a successful assessment environment where every student knows what is expected of them. These plans contained details about how to share information with staff as well as specific strategies and interventions that will support all learners. School administration supervisors will assist principals to carry out their plans. Goal 1 To improve student achievement Building relationships influences everything within the school community. This can change school climate for the better. HRSB Junior High Teacher 2016 Shout out to HRSBs Math Coach Blog Dan Meyer a well-known North American math educator recently gave a nod to HRSB Math Coaches Erick Lee and Kelli Zincks new math blog Way to go Shout out to HRSBs Math Coach Blog Dan Meyer a well-known North American math educator recently gave a nod to HRSB Math Coaches Erick Lee and Kelli Zincks new math blog Way to go