15 Feb Four Important Benefits for Students from the Glaze Report
As Liberals we understand the importance of public education. We know that a strong public education system paves the way to a prosperous future for our students and for Nova Scotia as a whole.
We do not take the challenges in our education system lightly. We have worked hard within government, with parents, teachers, and students to ensure we make positive changes to the education system.
We know that change can be hard but we also know that when it comes to our children, the status quo will not do.
Positive change requires real benefits for our students. That’s why we’re ensuring parents have greater influence and control, our specialists are working in classroom with students, and teachers have more control over the materials they need to do their job to the best of their ability.
Benefit #1 – Bringing Students together with the Specialists they need
As our education system developed, we allowed some of our most important education specialists to get caught up in bureaucracy. That’s why we’re moving teaching support specialists like literacy leads and math mentors out of regional education offices and into classrooms four days a week. We’ll also ensure they have more time for planning and preparation.
Ensuring that our teaching support specialists can do the work they love—instead of paperwork—strengthens our classrooms and provides more student support where it’s needed.
Benefit #2 – A Stronger Local Voice for Parents
We know that providing a voice for local parents and their communities in their local schools is essential. Nova Scotia students will benefit from enhanced local influence through the creation of vibrant School Advisory Councils (SACs) for all schools (or families of schools) in the province.
These new SACs will include quarterly progress updates and accountability sessions with regional executive directors of education (the new job title for superintendents) as well as an annual meeting with the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development to discuss priorities, policies and issues. The new model for SACs serves one central purpose and that is to provide an opportunity for parents, community, principals, and students to have a say in the future of our schools.
In the months to come, we’ll work with Nova Scotians to ensure that mandate, make-up, and roles of the new SACs will be reviewed and clarified to ensure the best for our students.
Benefit #3 – Learning materials and books chosen by Teachers
The current Provincial Book Bureau System is outdated and broken. Using departmental guidelines and with access to funding, principals and teachers will be empowered to select the text books and learning materials that best support their teaching.
Passionate teachers, empowered by relevant, appropriate learning materials will be better able to provide a better learning experience for our students.
These three positive changes will result in significant benefit to Nova Scotia’s students and are only three small parts of the hard work ahead. Your Liberal government is making positive changes to our education system to ensure our students benefit from stronger classrooms in a stronger education system.
Benefit #4 – Prioritizing Extracurricular Activities, Sports, and Community Volunteers
Make clear the importance of extracurricular activities, sports, and community volunteer support by creating a dedicated Physical Activity and Extracurricular Coordinator to help with the coordination and promotion of a broad range of extracurricular activities. We’re also streamlining transportation and volunteer policies so all students have the same rules and opportunities.
School athletic directors will also get more supports to handle the significant responsibilities that come with their job. This position is essential to schools but is not recognized in the Education Act or any staffing models provided to schools.
Schools are integral parts of our local communities and can provide an accessible venue for recreational and group activities. School facilities can provide a place for the community to come together, volunteer, access community programs, develop skills and lifetime passions, become physically active, build character and strong and healthy communities.