Reform Update of august 24, 1998, No. 8
The education reform is
in full swing. One of its cornerstones, namely, school administration based
on a partnership approach, will be in place in September 1998 with the
establishment of the governing boards, whose duties and powers are defined in
the Education Act.
The governing boards will
bring together parents, school staff (including the principal) and community
representatives. The success of the education reform is contingent upon the
ability of the boards to work together while recognizing the respective roles
of the various partners involved in the school and pursuing the central goal
of the reform, which is to promote student success. Training will be provided
to the governing boards in order to help them get a start in the right direction.
The training sessions are the result of joint efforts by the Ministère
de lÉducation and organizations whose members will be sitting on
the governing boards.
The training is designed
to achieve three goals: (1) to meet the requests for training needs expressed
by members of the school community at the hearings of the parliamentary committee
on Bill 180 and recently reiterated by numerous partners in education;
(2) to give all governing board members access to the same information; (3)
to equip the governing boards with tools and resources that will help them to
fulfil their function efficiently.
In order to meet these objectives,
the training plan is divided into three parts. The first part will consist in
delivering the same message to all governing board members. The message
will be approved at the provincial level by organizations with some member representatives
on the boards. This message will focus on the central goal of the reform, on
key aspects of the Education Act relating to the governing boards, on
the partnership necessary to implement such a reform, and on the responsibilities
of the boards and of each of their members. It is hoped that, by hearing the
same message, members of each governing board will share a common vision of
the goal to be attained, of the work to be accomplished, of their respective
roles and of the spirit in which all efforts must be directed in order to maximize
chances of achieving the desired results. In other words, the governing board
members must realize that they are facing the same challenge, which is to promote
the success of the greatest possible number of students in their school, and
that they will be able to meet this challenge only if they are willing to work
together toward the same goal.
The second part of the training
plan will focus on providing the governing boards with useful tools and resources.
Once these tools have been assessed and identified, they will be made available
to the governing boards. They will be varied, ranging from reference documents
(policy statements, plans of action, etc.) to other more technical materials
(such as guidelines for conducting meetings and writing minutes), and their
purpose will be to provide the boards with the appropriate support to fulfil
The third component of the
training plan will be aimed at creating a communication network among
the individual governing boards and between the governing boards and the Ministère.
The boards will thus be able to help and support each other, pool their information
and share their experiences. As was the case during the process leading up to
the establishment of the linguistic school boards, the governing boards will
also be able to query the Ministère in order to clarify certain aspects
of their role. The Ministère will set up a mechanism to make sure that
the governing boards get answers to their questions as quickly as possible and
that all governing boards have access to the corpus of questions and answers.
The training will be delivered
in two ways. First, local training sessions will be offered to the governing
boards through the Ministères regional offices. The goal of these
sessions will be to convey the message discussed above. The form and nature
of the sessions may vary from region to region, but their content will be the
same. It should be possible to organize these sessions as soon as the governing
boards are established. A timetable will be drawn up in each region and made
public at the beginning of the school year.
Second, an Internet site
will be created especially for the governing boards. Through this site,
the boards will be able to communicate with each other and with the Ministère.
In keeping with the third part of the training plan, the governing boards will
thus become resources for each other. The site will also give them access to
the abovementioned reference documents and technical tools, and will post the
content of the training session to be offered by the regional offices.
Although still under construction,
the site may be accessed at the following address: http://www.mels.gouv.qc.ca/conseils. The content of the training
session and certain reference documents will be the first items to be posted
on the site, which will be inaugurated in mid-September and updated and expanded
throughout the year.
Third, a CD-ROM will
be produced. This CD-ROM will contain a portion of the information and documents
posted on the Internet site (content of the training session, reference documents
and so on). Its purpose will be to make the information available to as many
governing boards as possible, particularly to those who do not have ready access
to the Internet.
The goal of the above training
plan is to encourage strong, productive partnerships within the governing boards
so that they may work as effectively as possible toward the success of the greatest
possible number of students. The training plan itself is the outcome of such
a partnershipcoordinated by the Ministère, it is supported, validated
and monitored by the provincial organizations most directly concerned by the
work of the governing boards. A promising beginning!
SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
about the education reform, please contact the Ministère's regional
office in your area.
purpose of Education Reform Update is to keep readers up-to-date on the
progress of the reform set out in A New Direction for Success: Ministerial
Plan of Action for the Reform of the Education System. The newsletter is published
by the communications branch of the ministère de l'Éducation, in
cooperation with the office of the Deputy Minister of Education.
of Communications: Daniel Legault
Coordinator: Michel Moisan
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