MONTREAL, JUNE 6, 2012 – The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will host a video screening on Monday, June 18 (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) at 6000 Fielding Avenue in NDG, which summarizes the learning gained by two school recipients of a John Killingbeck Teacher/Administrator Scholarship.
Teams from Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount of the EMSB and St. Lawrence Academy Senior School in LaSalle of the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) will share what they learned from their visit to three schools of The Halifax Regional School Board. Both school teams gained a better understanding of how Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at the school level use various sources of student achievement data to make informed decisions about teaching practices that directly impact students and lead to increased student success.
The John Killingbeck Teacher/Administrator program provides teachers, in-school administrators and centre directors, with funding opportunities for short-term study visits to exemplary schools or centres to experience good practice, carry out research and share information with a network of other participants. The objectives are to expand the knowledge base of teachers and administrators in order to improve student learning and to create a network within the English educational community for the sharing of successful practices.
A requirement of the scholarship is for school teams to produce a video account of their visit highlighting the purpose, the location and sites, their learning and how they plan to implement what they learned in their respective schools. Therefore, on June 18 the schools will premiere a 10 minute video documenting and then sharing their reactions of their experience. The Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) Evidence Based Practice Project (EBPP), was instrumental in helping the schools organize and plan for the visits, develop the video report and provide onsite professional development to consolidate learning, share understanding and guide the process of creating each school’s plan of action for the next school year.
From Roslyn School, Principal Jim McMorran, Vice-Principal Tina Spridigliozzi and teachers Laura Primiano, Sandra Tchalekian and Linda Butt worked with their counterparts from St. Lawrence Academy Senior School: Principal Jane Fullerton-Kelly and teachers Isabelle Robert, Dominique Paumier, Dominique Laurence, Jeff Haynes and Queenie D’Souza. These two school teams were supported by MELS EBPP Project Leader Geneviève Légaré and EBPP members Gil Abisdris and Lina Zielinski, EMSB pedagogical consultants, and Marcelle Auger, LBPSB educational consultant.