Edited 2009 Vss Conference Presentation

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This is a presentation made at the BC Virtual School Society's conference in April, 2009. It addresses the work and programs of BC's Rural Education Strategy.

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Edited 2009 Vss Conference Presentation

  1. 1. Rural Education in British Columbia
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Rural Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provincial Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rural Resources </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Rural Strategy <ul><li>Rural Task Force </li></ul><ul><li>Steering Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership embedded in rural district </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rural Assets <ul><li>New legislation - First Nations Jurisdiction over Education </li></ul><ul><li>Rural schools and classrooms tend to be smaller </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of opportunity for action research and innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Close working relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for professional growth </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to represent local culture in the regular curriculum </li></ul>
  5. 5. Rural Challenges <ul><li>Overall declining enrolment </li></ul><ul><li>Growing diversity in classrooms – social/economic pressures </li></ul><ul><li>Retention of specialist teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Equitable and accessible secondary course options </li></ul>
  6. 6. Purpose of the Rural Strategy <ul><li>To address the long standing achievement gap that exists </li></ul><ul><li>To connect rural students to wide variety of completion options in order to build a sense of optimism for their future </li></ul><ul><li>To provide a culturally relevant school experience to promote a sense of well being in our youth. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Work of the Rural Strategy <ul><li>Create structures and strategies that enhance the work in Rural Districts </li></ul><ul><li>Support professional development in small districts so they continue to focus on Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Build teams at all levels </li></ul><ul><li>Break down the isolation mentality by building connections </li></ul><ul><li>Personalize our approach in Rural </li></ul><ul><li>Use Inquiry as our approach to improvement </li></ul>
  8. 8. Critical Challenges for Educators <ul><li>Remodel classroom instruction to keep pace with the knowledge based society we live in </li></ul><ul><li>Develop new approaches to learning </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to co-construct content </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with the digital gap that exists between rural and urban communities. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Rural Strategy’s Action Plan <ul><li>Student Achievement </li></ul>District Leadership School Leadership Classroom instruction
  10. 10. Rural Strategy Steering Committee <ul><li>Initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Teacher Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Online Series </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom Connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District Based Train the Trainer session </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Rural Initiative: October 2008 Conference <ul><li>Keynote Speaker: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Calvin Helin, Author </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plenary Speakers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Russell Bishop, Power Relationships in Classrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faye Brownlie & Leyton Schnellert – Literacy and Universal Design </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. October 2008 Conference cont’d <ul><li>Themes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching and Learning in Multi-Age Classrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Successful Strategies for Engaging Aboriginal Learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting Special Needs Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boards and parents working together to support learning communities </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Rural Initiative: New Educator Training <ul><li>Rural Educators with less than two years experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One face-to-face training experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three facilitated learning opportunities supported through technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-going cohort discussions with master teacher/facilitators </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Rural Initiative: New Educator Training <ul><li>Instructional Themes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formative Assessment and Performance Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing Curriculum and Resources - Secondary and Elementary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents and Community </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Rural Initiative: Professional Online Series <ul><li>Weekly Online Series </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>( http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =-4auERaPl2c ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical Support </li></ul><ul><li>Archiving </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Learning Modules </li></ul>
  16. 16. Rural Initiative: Connected Classrooms <ul><li>Classroom Connections Archives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>( http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =kF3WWF_-kIM ) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Rural Initiative: Connected Classrooms <ul><li>Classroom Connections Archives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Artist Trading Cards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>( http:// ruralteachers.wikispaces.com/Artist+Trading+Cards ) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Rural Initiative: Connected Classrooms <ul><li>Classroom Connections Archives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poetry Rocks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>( http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =lXAwJoqP8SI ) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Rural Initiative: Connected Classrooms <ul><li>Classroom Connections Archives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science World </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aboriginal Literature Circles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aboriginal Authors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(http:// aboriginalliteraturecircle.wikispaces.com / ) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Rural Initiative: Online Community <ul><li>Online Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural Blog (http://bcrural.blogspot.com/) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural Wiki (http://ruralteachers.wikispaces.com/) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsletter (https://ruralteachers.wikispaces.com/newsletters) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Other Rural Strategies <ul><li>Leadership Capacity Building </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community/School Based Leadership Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Small Secondary Schools Forum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teams from Secondary Schools with less than 200 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teams from Secondary Schools with more than 50% aboriginal populations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teams from Band Operated Secondary Schools </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Resources: <ul><li>Learn Now BC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educators </li></ul></ul>

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