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Community Access & Inclusion Expo – May 11, 2017

This event is free and open to everyone.  Over 100 agencies invited.

Join us anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Summerside Intermediate School,  247 Central Street, Summerside for the 2017 Community Access & Inclusion Expo, hosted by the Public Schools Branch.

Each year, inclusive agencies and service providers from across PEI gather at the Expo to provide information about the opportunities they offer, such as: Continue reading

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Special Meeting of the Board of Directors Will be Live-streamed

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will make its decisions on the school review recommendations at a special meeting of the Board tonight at Bluefield High School.  Government of Prince Edward Island will be live-streaming this meeting beginning at 7:30 this evening.  You can watch it on their YouTube channel:

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School Review Decisions

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will make its decisions on the school review recommendations at a special meeting of the Board on April 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Bluefield High School.

Following public consultations in November 2016, 31 recommendations were made to address overcrowding and under-utilization of Island schools. Another 60-day consultation was held from January 11 to March 11 to allow the public to respond to the Board on the recommendations.

The Board of Directors has considered the input and will make its decisions at the April 3rd meeting. Based on the Public Schools Branch school change policy, the Board will respond to the recommendations by resolution at a public meeting.

The Board has the authority to make decisions regarding school attendance zones and the grades in a school. Decisions on school closures require final approval by Cabinet.

The Public Schools Branch is required to review schools every five years to ensure that students have equitable opportunities to learn and resources are being used in the most effective way.

An in-depth review was undertaken in six families of schools: Charlottetown Rural, Morell, Colonel Gray, Kinkora, Westisle, and Montague families of schools.

Data shows that some schools are under-utilized, others are overcrowded and some may not have the capacity to accommodate increased enrollment over the next five years.

The recommendations of the review include ways to balance the distribution of students and provide more consistent access to programming, teachers, specialized education resources, transportation and physical space.

Islanders were very engaged in the review. During the 60-day period for public input on the recommendations, the Board received 511 online submissions and 356 written submissions. There were close to 100 presentations made to the Board during this period.

Media contact:
Jean Doherty
Education, Early Learning and Culture
902 314 5702

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Canada’s Outstanding Principal

The Learning Partnership has just announced the names of 40 exceptional educators from across the country as Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2017. We want to extend congratulations to Prince Street Elementary School Principal, Erin Johnston, for her inclusion to this group. We are so pleased that Ms. Johnston has been recognized for the unique and vital contributions she has made to her school community, and the Public Schools Branch. She has all the qualities required to be one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals. Principal Johnston is extremely dedicated, hardworking, and very well respected by students, staff, and parents. She is tireless in her efforts to meet the needs of her students.

The 40 principals, nominated by parents, colleagues, and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, leadership and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities within their school communities. They will be awarded for their accomplishments at the annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals gala on February 28 in Toronto. The winners also benefit from an exclusive five-day executive leadership training program at one of Canada’s top business schools, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

“We are delighted to be celebrating these exceptional principals for their contributions to their schools and communities,” says Rod Thompson, Director of Executive Leadership Programs at The Learning Partnership. “Their dedication to building and leading teams of great teachers plays a vital role in positively impacting student achievement and success and we are elated to recognize these dynamic leaders in the Canadian public education system.”

Congratulations, Principal Johnston!  She is most deserving of this honour for the work she does now at Prince Street and everything she has accomplished and done for others during her career. The Public Schools Branch is fortunate to have Principal Johnston as a COP recipient, as she represents so well what we all try to do.


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Public Presentation: How Families, Schools and Communities Make Young Children Resilient

Dr. Michael Ungar is among the best known writers and researchers on the topic of resilience in the world. His work has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between people and their families, schools, workplaces, and communities.

All are welcome to attend a free public presentation by Dr. Ungar on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Delta Charlottetown (Henry Johnson room) on the topic: How Families, Schools and Communities make Young Children Resilient. The information will be interesting for parents, teachers, and other interested members of our school communities.

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