Regional Executive Director’s Report Halifax Regional Centre for Education 902.464.2000 As we enter the final stretch of the 2017-18 school year, preparations are well underway for opening in September. There are many exciting changes ahead that are geared toward enhancing the learning experience for each and every student in our growing system. Did you know we are projecting an increased enrollment of 600 students for 2018-19? That’s the equivalent of 24 classes with 25 students! We have also recently hired more than 50 new graduates from Bachelor of Education programs in Nova Scotia to support our need for substitute teachers. We are finalizing our budget. Recommendations coming from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, the Commission on Inclusive Education and Dr. Avis Glaze are driving student-focused changes coming this fall. Once it’s ready, I will share the details widely. What I can highlight now is that a $15-million province- wide investment in inclusive education is resulting in the creation of 49 positions and two program expansions for the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. An overview of what’s to come can be found on page 4. In addition to our provincially funded budget, we are incredibly fortunate to have financial support from the residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) through the Supplementary Education Fund. This fund comes from a tax levied by HRM, provided specifically to support enhancements, such as arts and music programming, for all students in our system. This year, there are a number of new initiatives planned. They include: • four new family of schools Fine Arts Specialists, bringing the total to 9; • two new regional Fine Arts Specialists, one with an African Nova Scotian focus and one with a Mi’kmaq/ Aboriginal focus; • a new fine arts lab at Rocky Lake Junior High open to students in the entire system; and • a new Regional Lead of Fine Arts to oversee the implementation, development and growth of visual arts, dance, drama and music enhancement programs. Learn more about the expansion of arts education in this CBC interview with David Zinck, who is currently the Department Head for Fine Arts Supplementary Funding. Special thanks to our municipal councillors for their leadership that supports the Supplementary Education Fund, and to all HRM residents for the ongoing support. I look forward to watching these programs – and the students who take part – continue to grow! Over the past month, I have had the pleasure of attending the Black Educator’s Association (BEA) Spelling Bee and The Learning Partnership’s celebration for students and their success in the Turning Points writing program. I also attended two national conferences here in Halifax: Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education (CAPSLE) and the Canadian Assessment for Learning Network (CAFLN). CAPSLE focused on current issues in education law – search and seizure of student digital devices, cannabis and social media to name a few. Of particular interest was an overview of notable decisions in education cases in the last year and a review of Truth and Reconciliation in Education and the Law. At CAFLN, I co-facilitated an assessment for learning workshop for educators and education leaders from across the country. I was in excellent company, as students from the Halifax Regional Arts (formerly Halifax All-City) Wind Ensemble led the keynote presentation! Find out more about this innovative approach to teaching educators about the importance of immediate feedback in Goal 1. May 2018 Who do i contact with questions or concerns? R start with your child’s teacher R follow up with the school principal R if a resolution is not reached, call HRCE at 902.464.2000 & we will connect you with the right person* *an Administrative Supervisor is assigned to each school & it’s part of their role to support families & problem-solve concerns