Funds for class­room im­prove­ment

The McLeod River Post - - Education Matters -

Grande Yel­low­head Pub­lic School Divi­sion is pleased to have re­ceived ap­proval for their Class­room Im­prove­ment Fund­ing (CIF) pro­posal as part of the prov­ince’s cen­tral agree­ment reached with the Al­berta Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion in May of 2017. School boards and teach­ers have un­til De­cem­ber 15, 2017 to sub­mit their pro­pos­als for the fund and all the money must be spent by the end of the 2017-18 school year. GYPSD sub­mit­ted their pro­posal af­ter their CIF com­mit­tee, com­prised of man­age­ment, trustee and teacher rep­re­sen­ta­tives, col­lab­o­rated to de­velop the pa­ram­e­ters around the $594,000 grant which is the divi­sion’s share of the prov­ince’s $75 mil­lion class­room im­prove­ment fund.

As a mem­ber of the divi­sion’s CIF Com­mit­tee, Chief Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Ewen Mur­ray be­lieves that the ap­proved pro­posal will greatly sup­port teacher ef­fi­cacy when deal­ing with chal­lenges in their class­room. “Our project cen­ters around pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment (PD) as the com­mit­tee felt that pro­vid­ing aug­mented PD, along with maker spa­ces and sen­sory room ma­te­ri­als and re­sources, will have the great­est im­pact in our schools, and for our stu­dents.”

The com­mit­tee for­mally met to re­view the grant pro­posal and process on June 22, 2017, and de­vel­oped a sur­vey to as­sess teach­ers’ wants and needs that was sent to divi­sion prin­ci­pals in Au­gust. Mur­ray con­tin­ued. “Three clear ar­eas of fo­cus came from the sur­vey: new or aug­mented pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties; maker space/ dig­i­tal li­brary re­sources and new equip­ment/ tools to sup­port self-reg­u­la­tion strate­gies in sen­sory rooms.”

Al­most 80per cent of the funds, ap­prox.$475,000, will go to­wards new ma­te­ri­als or non­cap­i­tal equip­ment for in­di­vid­ual schools, with the bal­ance for in-house teacher pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives.

The prov­ince will be pay­ing the CIF grant fund­ing in equal monthly in­stall­ments be­gin­ning Oc­to­ber 2017 and end­ing Au­gust 2018.

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