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Learning Partners Advisory Council

Learning Partners Advisory Council agendas, updates and materials

Learning is a life-long endeavour. The Learning Partners Advisory Council will help shape a culture of learning on PEI to advance the prosperity and quality of life of all Islanders. This council will advise the Premier on policies, programs and strategies needed to support learners throughout their lives.

Learning Partners Advisory Council

No society is going to see the development required for prosperity unless the strongest system possible is in place to educate youth. Achieving learner excellence will require all hands on deck. The council's first task is to support a process to renew the philosophy, vision and goals for PEI's education system. This process is to be led by the Premier, Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, and Department staff. Premier MacLauchlan will serve as an inaugural co-chair with a community representative. UPEI Professor Bill Whalen, co-chair of the Education Governance Commission, will serve as the inaugural community co-chair.

The Council will:

  • identify priorities, strategic directions and targets for learning and learners;
  • identify areas and opportunities for innovation in learning;
  • shape public policy on education and learning;
  • identify opportunities for integration of government services (e.g. mental health and addictions) to support learners;
  • foster a culture/attitude of innovation and entrepreneurship among Island youth;
  • develop a vision and plan to position education and learning as the pillars to support prosperity.

Along with broader issues, including strategies to:

  • Increase the level of skilled workers in the general population
  • Improve literacy and numeracy within workplaces
  • Support the learning needs of older workers to support reintegration into the workforce
  • Support for seasonal workers

Learning Partners founding members:

• Co-Chairs: Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Dr. Bill Whelan

• Angela Arsenault, Marshfield; Teacher, Eliot River Elementary School

• Anne Bernard-Bourgeois, Wellington; Superintendent, Commission scolaire de langue française

• Jeff Brant, Summerside; Business leader in design and delivery of adult learning and capacity building to aboriginal adults and youth

• Amanda Brazil, Mermaid; Director of Programs and Policy, Canadian Mental Health Association

• Jackie Charchuk, Elmsdale; Retired educator

• Donald DesRoches, Brookfield; President of Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É

• Kathleen Flanagan, DeGros Marsh; Internationally-recognized authority on early childhood education

• Amber Jadis, Scotchfort; Engineer and entrepreneur

• Lori Johnston Executive Director, Workplace Learning PEI

• Shawn Loo, Springfield; Researcher completing PhD in water resources, organic farmer, and 21 Inc. young leader

• Michelle MacCallum, Breadalbane; Director of Youth and Parent Programs, Women's Network PEI

• Rocio MacCallum, Charlottetown; School Settlement Worker with the Association of Newcomers to PEI

• Dr. Ron MacDonald, Stratford; Dean of Education , University of Prince Edward Island

• Anna MacKenzie, Eglinton; Principal of Georgetown Elementary School

• Bethany MacLeod, President, PEI Teachers Federation

• Moira McGuire, Wellington; Teacher in Lennox Island and West Prince

• Tracey Michael, Charlottetown; Dietitian with the Healthy Eating Alliance

• Natalie Mitton, Charlottetown; Director of Programs, Holland College

• Peter Rukavina, Charlottetown; Past President of the PEI Home and School Federation

• Dr. Bonnie Stewart, Charlottetown; Coordinator of Adult Teaching, UPEI-Holland College joint program

To promote a cross-government approach, ex officio members include:

    No (education) system in the world has progressed without strong rapport between the government and its teachers and principals." - Michael Fullan, education scholar and special advisor to the Premier of Ontario
  • Deputy Minister, Education, Early Learning and Culture
  • Deputy Minister, Family and Human Services
  • Deputy Minister, Workforce and Advanced Learning

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