Superintendent’s REPORT to the Halifax Regional School Board 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth, N.S., B3B 1X7 902.464.2000 @Elwin_LeRoux @HRSB_Official Providing high quality education for every student every day IMPORTANT DATES: May is Asian Heritage Month April 27 AM: PD Day, PM: Parent/Teacher Interviews (no classes, High School only) May 4 Innovation in Teaching Day May 11/12 CRP Symposium April 2017 May 16/17 New Pedagogies for Deep Learning May 18 Milestone Awards May 19 PD Day P-12 (no classes) May 22 Victoria Day (no classes) Spring has finally arrived…the birds are singing, the buds are budding and temperatures are starting to rise! Here at Central Office, the telltale sign of spring is that planning for the 2017-2018 school year is well underway. Official registration was held in the month of February, but it’s always the right time to sign up for school. Do you know a family that is moving or changing schools? Let them know that now is the time to register their child(ren) in a new area by visiting the neighbourhood school. It is just as important to let us know if an existing student is switching schools as it is if a student is starting in the Halifax Regional School Board for the very first time. Early registration allows us to project enrollment and build a staffing model that accurately reflects student populations and in the case of high schools, their course selections. It also helps to minimize disruption in September as we fine-tune staffing based on actual enrollment numbers. Our decisions are based on the data we’re given, so please help us spread the word! As part of our preparations for the year ahead, we congratulated 29 participants who completed the Leadership Development Program (LDP) this week. These leaders are dedicated and driven individuals who aspire to become administrators in our board. They took part in a variety of sessions designed by our School Administration team to help them develop leadership skills and gain an understanding of how our system operates from an administrator’s perspective. I thank each participant for their interest in a leadership role, and I wish them all the best on their upcoming interviews for the Vice Principal pool. The Council on Classroom Conditions met for another three days last week to continue discussions on a variety of topics, including: Individualized Program Plans (IPP), TIENET, PowerSchool, email response times for teachers, class size caps, data collection and reporting as well as assessments. The Council also recently reviewed and revised the draft Student Attendance and Engagement Policy based on input from teachers. The EECD is asking for public feedback on this draft. Submissions will be accepted until end-of-day on May 9. The month of May brings a number of fantastic learning opportunities! I am looking forward to the 2nd Annual Innovation in Teaching Day taking place on May 4 here at Central Office. More than 160 participants have signed up to share strategies and learn more about the innovative ways teachers are using technology and new instructional practices to engage and support student learning. Watch for a re-cap of this exciting day of teacher discovery in next month’s Superintendent’s Report. On May 11 and 12, our Diversity Team is hosting a Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) Symposium for principals and teachers. A variety of sessions and guest speakers will engage participants in discussions and workshops around improving student achievement through critical consciousness, collaborative action and community engagement. Another exciting bit of news is that HRSB is joining the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) movement! NPDL is a global initiative involving students, teachers, school leaders and other education stakeholders working together to address