DEC to study sus­tain­abil­ity of Sackville schools

Pub­lic en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in up­com­ing meet­ings

Sackville Tribune - - CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS - Sub­mit­ted by the Sackville Schools 2020 com­mit­tee

In Septem­ber of 2015, Sackville Schools 2020 ini­ti­ated a dis­cus­sion with the An­glo­phone East School District Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil ( DEC) on our goal to cre­ate a move­ment to de­liver a 21st Cen­tury learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment to Sackville’s stu­dents.

We also re­quested the wider com­mu­nity be a part of the re­view and plan­ning process for the Sackville area schools, rec­og­niz­ing that ed­u­ca­tion is the cen­tral so­cial and eco­nomic life of our com­mu­nity. We were de­lighted with the re­cent news that the DEC will be look­ing for fur­ther in­volve­ment and en­gage­ment from our com­mu­nity.

Over the last three years, mem­bers of Sackville Schools 2020 have spent hun­dreds of hours meet­ing with peo­ple through­out our com­mu­nity, our schools, our fed­eral, provin­cial and lo­cal gov­ern­ments, and with ed­u­ca­tional con­sul­tants, ed­u­ca­tional re­searchers, busi­ness lead­ers, de­vel­op­ers, and ar­chi­tects, here and across the con­ti­nent. These con­nec­tions and part­ner­ships have en­er­gized and in­formed our view that now is the time to bring 21st cen­tury learn­ing to our com­mu­nity, and to cre­ate a com­mu­nity-based ed­u­ca­tion model, which spans pre-school to post-sec­ondary lev­els.

Our model is firmly rooted in the Sackville ex­pe­ri­ence but also aligns well with that of the prov­ince’s 10- year ed­u­ca­tion plan, ti­tled, Ev­ery­one at Their Best. We have re­ceived broad sup­port from those who see the power of deep learn­ing and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment across the ed­u­ca­tional spec­trum in this com­mu­nity. In fact, sev­eral other com­mu­ni­ties out­side of New Bruns­wick have con­sulted with us and are now adapt­ing our model to their own com­mu­ni­ties.

What is it all about? The Sackville Schools model sees our fa­cil­i­ties as places that:

– Are ad­justed for cur­ricu­lum fac­tors to in­clude 21st Cen­tury teach­ing and learn­ing spa­ces that in­clude the com­mu­nity in that ed­u­ca­tion.

– Are shared with the com­mu­nity through­out the day and evening and year-round, in­clud- ing li­braries, meet­ing space, per­for­mance and ath­letic fa­cil­i­ties.

– Make con­nec­tions to the trades and ad­vanced learn­ing and set stu­dents up to suc­ceed in a num­ber of cho­sen ca­reer paths.

– Ad­dress com­mu­nity is­sues and prob­lems.

– Cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing life skills and spa­ces for com­mu­nity out­reach, such as kitchens and maker-spa­ces.

We have pre­sented to the Sackville mayor and coun­cil on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. In­deed, the town’s strate­gic plan seeks to sup­port the vi­sion of a com­mu­nity- sup­ported ed­u­ca­tion model. One very pos­i­tive as­pect of our work over the last year has been our abil­ity to in­ter­act di­rectly and work col­lab­o­ra­tively with the prin­ci­pals of all three schools in Sackville, as well as Dorch­ester and Port El­gin.

This group, our Tantra­mar Fam­ily of Schools, has worked to change the ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in our schools now, ahead of any in­fra­struc­ture changes that may be made in the years ahead. Our schools are mov­ing to­ward deep learn­ing and prob­lem-based and ex­pe­ri­en­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as out- door ed­u­ca­tion and in­di­vid­u­al­ized learn­ing – all part of 21st Cen­tury learn­ing. This is the key to a true com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion model that we in­tend to share at the DEC sus­tain­abil­ity study meet­ings this fall.

We en­cour­age ev­ery­one who has an in­ter­est in ed­u­ca­tion to par­tic­i­pate in this process so we can have “ev­ery­one at their best” in Sackville by 2020. We be­lieve the type of study un­der­taken now by the DEC and the town should go be­yond the stan­dard sus­tain­abil­ity ap­proach of enu­mer­at­ing class spa­ces and pop­u­la­tion pro­jec­tions within the an­ti­quated school space spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture.

These are fre­quently based on the cheap­est, one- size- fit­sall model, and they do not serve our unique pop­u­la­tion and set­ting well at all. We are con­fi­dent that those who hear what we have learned and en­vi­sioned will think so too. This is a vi­sion of ed­u­ca­tion that rep­re­sents ex­cit­ing growth op­por­tu­ni­ties for our town and its young peo­ple.

The DEC has sched­uled three pub­lic meet­ings as part of the for­mal con­sul­ta­tion process as­so­ci­ated with Provin­cial pol­icy #409. School su­per­in­ten­dent Gregg Inger­soll has pro­vided the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion about these meet­ings:

• Oct. 16, 2018 - Pre­sen­ta­tion by Of­fice of the Su­per­in­ten­dent – Tantra­mar Re­gional High School, 7 p.m. At this meet­ing there will be an ex­pla­na­tion of the process and a pre­sen­ta­tion of facts in line with, but not lim­ited to, the cat­e­gories in this ar­ti­cle. The staff of An­glo­phone East School District will gather and or­ga­nize in­for­ma­tion for this pre­sen­ta­tion. There will be an op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions

re­lated to the pre­sen­ta­tion.

• Nov. 12, 2018 - Pre­sen­ta­tion by Pub­lic – Tantra­mar Re­gional High School, 7 p.m. The meet­ing will al­low for in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als, stake­hold­ers, and par­ties to present in­for­ma­tion to be con­sid­ered in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process. A reg­is­tra­tion process to present at this meet­ing will be shared at the first meet­ing. Sackville Schools 2020 in­tends to make a pre­sen­ta­tion.

• Nov. 20, 2018 – District Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil Pub­lic Meet­ing – Lou Mac­narin School (555 Gau­vin Rd) in Dieppe, 7 p.m. At this time, the District Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil will dis­cuss the study and vote on a fi­nal rec­om­men­da­tion.

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