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An overview of BC's Rural Education Strategy

An overview of BC's Rural Education Strategy

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  • 3rd year that the ministry has funded a provincial rural strategy This year the structure supports a full time Chair, a part time educator in the field, and is supported by the Ministry through the DL Unit The staff meet monthly with a Rural Strategy Steering Committee – membership consists of 5 Superintendents, 1 Assistant Superintendent, 1 Director of Instruction, 1 BCPVPA rep, 1 small schools PSA teacher rep, 1 Secretary Treasurer rep, 1 BCSTA rep, and 1 parent rep. We also have 2 consultants on the committee.
  • Based on our current data the purpose of the rural strategy remains the same. In our work in rural education we find ourselves at a critical juncture; much of the necessary groundwork has been laid to support the rural superintendents in providing dynamic educational experience for their students. But the work has only begun. Our job of building the capacity for quality instruction in classrooms is a long-term project. The Rural strategy is proposing more high yield strategies that are both practical in nature and will help the school system revitalize education in areas that are suffering from declining student numbers, lower achievement rates, high teacher turn over rates along with a slow down in local economies.
  • Slide 3 It continues to be important for rural districts to find solutions that capitalize on local strengths and differences and not to impose urban solutions on rural schools. In order to overcome size and resource limitations rural schools need to focus on instructional quality.
  • Each program and project that the rural strategy is planning and implementing this year is based on this concentric action plan. An integrated plan is optimum for improvement in rural districts where people resources are limited. It’s everyone’s work within the district to be focused on student achievement
  • The Rural Strategy’s Third Annual Conference, “Rural Communities Working Together to Enhance Student Learning” will : Teaching and learning in diverse classrooms Forging positive and meaningful relationships with Aboriginal learners and their families Building learning communities Using technology as a learning tool Leading for learning – a role for everyone Addressing social issues in schools through community An October 22, 2008 pre-conference session brought together representatives from Aboriginal and Band operated schools and representatives from public schools to seek ways to enhance the achievement of all students.
  • New Teachers program Now in its third year, almost 100 new and inexperienced teachers from rural districts are working with mentors to develop the necessary skills to provide effective instruction.
  • New Teachers program Now in its third year, almost 100 new and inexperienced teachers from rural districts are working with mentors to develop the necessary skills to provide effective instruction.
  • Professional On-Line Learning series focused on instruction Weekly on-line professional development activities are provided for rural teachers and leaders. Sessions are archived for retrieval at a later date. Three years worth of archived sessions are currently available.
  • Connected Classrooms Now in its third year, this program is designed to connect classrooms and teachers in rural schools with each other and experts from a variety of disciplines in order to expand and enhance the educational opportunities available to all students.
  • Small Secondary Schools forum Also in its second year, representatives from small rural secondary schools are brought together to develop linked small school strategies informed by the best of regional, provincial and international thinking on small school research and practice. Schools are encouraged to build from their strengths and commit to further action by connecting with similar schools School Leadership Capacity: Leadership capacity is critical in the development of a culture of continuous school improvement. Effective supervision practices will support classroom teachers in providing quality instruction. Principals and leaders in small schools face a myriad of challenges related to their geographical and professional isolation and the vulnerability of their students. In many cases Principals are relatively inexperienced themselves both as educators and in helping their school communities developing a vision, a culture of inquiry and internal accountability to systematically lift the achievement rates of each and every learner in their care. Building collaborative cultures where adults learn together and teachers assume leadership roles is complex and difficult, and can only be accomplished over time. Rural Strategy to Partner with FNESC and FNSA to support Aboriginal Student Success. At a Round Table on October 22nd, 2008 the Rural Strategy plans to bring together key academics, K-12 educators and Ministry personnel with representatives from FNESC and Independent Band schools to consider avenues of research which will expand our understanding of the needs of Aboriginal students in British Columbia.  In addition this event will provide us with an opportunity to forge new links with FNESC and others with common goals.

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  •  
    • Being The Best
    • Spark
    • @Work
    • Core Policy Review
    • Corporate HR Plans
    • Workforce Planning Data
    • Work Environment Survey (WES)
    • Innovation Champions – Culture Change
    • Employee engagement
    • Citizen engagement
    • Online Channel Office
    • Moving from a once in a while to an ongoing dialogue.
    • Focus on stakeholders and public.
    • Sometimes, but doesn’t always, involve technology.
    • Our team provides support to Ministries who have ideas or want to work differently.
    • Brainstorming ideas, implementation advice, assist with approvals and Executive support, fact finding, scaling out, technology liaison, profiling success.
    • First of many types of sessions on citizen engagement
    • Combination of online and face-to-face, articles, profile of projects, Live Meetings.
    • First speaker was chosen not at all because of the tools, but more because they had a reason for building an ongoing dialogue and they took a comprehensive approach to doing so.
    • Formerly online teacher, taught everything from English to photography
    • Former co-principal of an online school, 1000 students who were learning primarily online, based out of Vanderhoof
    • Brings the quality lens to online experience
    • Vast expertise in how to build ongoing dialogue
    • Now responsible for building rural network of teachers
  • Rural Education in British Columbia
  • Agenda
    • Rural Strategy
      • Provincial Structure
      • Rural Experience
      • Strategies
    • Rural Resources
  • The Rural Strategy
    • Rural Task Force
    • Steering Committee
    • Leadership embedded in rural district
  • Rural Assets
    • New legislation - First Nations Jurisdiction over Education
    • Rural schools and classrooms tend to be smaller
    • Lots of opportunity for action research and innovation
    • Close working relationships
    • Opportunities for professional growth
    • Ability to represent local culture in the regular curriculum
  • Rural Challenges
    • Overall declining enrolment
    • Growing diversity in classrooms – social/economic pressures
    • Retention of specialist teachers
    • Opportunities for professional development
    • Equitable and accessible secondary course options
  • Purpose of the Rural Strategy
    • To address the long standing achievement gap that exists
    • To connect rural students to wide variety of completion options in order to build a sense of optimism for their future
    • To provide a culturally relevant school experience to promote a sense of well being in our youth.
  • Work of the Rural Strategy
    • Create structures and strategies that enhance the work in Rural Districts
    • Support professional development in small districts so they continue to focus on Learning
    • Build teams at all levels
    • Break down the isolation mentality by building connections
    • Personalize our approach in Rural
    • Use Inquiry as our approach to improvement
  • Critical Challenges for Educators
    • Remodel classroom instruction to keep pace with the knowledge based society we live in
    • Develop new approaches to learning
    • Encourage students to co-construct content
    • Deal with the digital gap that exists between rural and urban communities.
  • Rural Strategy’s Action Plan
    • Student Achievement
    District Leadership School Leadership Classroom instruction
  • Rural Strategy Steering Committee
    • Initiatives
      • Conference
      • New Teacher Support
      • Professional Online Series
      • Classroom Connections
      • Online Community
      • District Based Train the Trainer session
  • Rural Initiative: October 2008 Conference
    • Keynote Speaker:
      • Calvin Helin, Author
    • Plenary Speakers:
      • Russell Bishop, Power Relationships in Classrooms
      • Faye Brownlie & Leyton Schnellert – Literacy and Universal Design
  • October 2008 Conference cont’d
    • Themes:
      • Teaching and Learning in Multi-Age Classrooms
      • Successful Strategies for Engaging Aboriginal Learners
      • Supporting Special Needs Students
      • e-Learning
      • Creating Community
      • Boards and parents working together to support learning communities
  • Rural Initiative: New Educator Training
    • Rural Educators with less than two years experience
      • One face-to-face training experience
      • Three facilitated learning opportunities supported through technology
      • On-going cohort discussions with master teacher/facilitators
  • Rural Initiative: New Educator Training
    • Instructional Themes:
      • Formative Assessment and Performance Standards
      • Managing Curriculum and Resources - Secondary and Elementary
      • Parents and Community
  • Rural Initiative: Professional Online Series
    • Weekly Online Series
    • Technical Support
    • Archiving
    • Professional Learning Modules
  • Rural Initiative: Connected Classrooms
    • Classroom Connections Archives
      • Music
  • Rural Initiative: Connected Classrooms
    • Classroom Connections Archives
      • Music
      • Artist Trading Cards
        • ( http://ruralteachers.wikispaces.com/Artist+Trading+Cards )
  • Rural Initiative: Connected Classrooms
    • Classroom Connections Archives
      • Music
      • Art
      • Poetry Rocks
  • Rural Initiative: Connected Classrooms
    • Classroom Connections Archives
      • Music
      • Art
      • Science World
      • Aboriginal Literature Circles
        • Aboriginal Authors
        • (http://aboriginalliteraturecircle.wikispaces.com/ )
  • Rural Initiative: Online Community
    • Online Community
      • Rural Blog (http://bcrural.blogspot.com/)
      • Rural Wiki (http://ruralteachers.wikispaces.com/)
      • Newsletter (https://ruralteachers.wikispaces.com/newsletters)
  • Other Rural Strategies
    • Leadership Capacity Building
      • Community/School Based Leadership Teams
    • Small Secondary Schools Forum
      • Teams from Secondary Schools with less than 200 students
      • Teams from Secondary Schools with more than 50% aboriginal populations
      • Teams from Band Operated Secondary Schools
  • Resources:
    • Learn Now BC
      • Students
      • Parents
      • Educators
  • DL Community
    • DL Community PLE
      • iGoogle
      • PageFlakes
      • Netvibes
    • Community of Expertise in Educational Technology
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