COMPANION PLANTING - Working with School Boards to Support Healthy Eating

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Speakers: Mary Lynn Biggley and Erin Beagle
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COMPANION PLANTING - Working with School Boards to Support Healthy Eating

  1. 1. COMPANION PLANTING - Working with School Boards to Support Healthy Eating Mary Lynn Biggley Community Development, Greater Essex County District Board and Jumpstart Student Nutrition Program Erin Beagle Executive Director Roots to Harvest Thunder Bay
  2. 2.  A Closer Look at School Boards  Speaking ‘Board’ Language  Making Successful Approaches  Examples from Practice  School Board Policy  Community Approaches to Board Policy An Overview  How Boards Make Decisions
  3. 3. SCHOOL BOARDS: TAKING A CLOSER LOOK  School Board Priorities: Student Achievement and Well-Being  School Board Governance:  Trustees  Senior Administration (Director & Superintendents)  Schools: Principals and Vice-Principals  Board: Managers and Supervisors  School Boards Value: Partnerships .
  4. 4. HOW SCHOOL BOARDS MAKE DECISIONS  Policies & Administrative Procedures  Protocol  Process  Partnerships  Priorities
  5. 5. SPEAKING SCHOOL BOARD LANGUAGE
  6. 6. DOING YOUR HOMEWORK  Read the strategic plan, operating plan and policies  Find any policy directives from the Ministry of Education  Relate initiatives back to education goals of your board  Find credible research that supports the initiative
  7. 7. MAKING A SUCCESSFUL APPROACH  Offer a united voice  Be timely and organized  Diplomacy  Bring evidence and examples  Be ready to negotiate  Enlist champions both at the board and outside of it
  8. 8. THEORY TO PRACTICE CREATING SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS  What’s possible … what isn’t … and why  Understanding the system  Who needs to know and why  Checkpoints and challenges or barriers  Timelines, and  ???
  9. 9. THEORY TO PRACTICE SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP WITH LAKEHEAD DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
  10. 10. ELEMENTS OF FARM TO CAF SUCCESS  Opportunity  Initial approach & proposal  Decision makers  Collaboration  Negotiation  Follow through
  11. 11. SCHOOL BOARD POLICY DEVELOPMENT  What DIRECTS policy development  What GUIDES policy development  Who CREATES policy  How is policy DEVELOPED  Do school boards differ in policy development?
  12. 12. SCHOOL BOARD POLICY – COMMUNITY
  13. 13. COMMUNITY INPUT FOR RESULTS
  14. 14. POLICY RESULTS IN PROCEDURES
  15. 15. SETTING THE TABLE FOR SUCCESS LET’S REVIEW  Community partnerships are valued  Understand your school board governance and partnership processes  Take time to review Ministry policies and procedures, including but not limited the Ministry of Education and those for your organization(s)  Successful projects take time … dialogue … understanding … flexibility … patience and persistance
  16. 16. Contact Us Mary Lynn Biggley MaryLynn.Biggley@publicboard.ca 519.255-3200 x 10231 gecdsb@publicboard.ca Erin Beagle info@rootstoharvest.org 807.631.8585 www.rootstoharvest.org

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