|EMSB AND McGILL ANNOUNCE PLANS TO EXPLORE HISTORIC COLLABORATION|
MONTREAL, MAY 27, 2002- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) and McGill University’s Faculty of Education are pleased to announce an agreement to explore new avenues of school board - university collaboration with a view to:
Initially, this partnership would allow teachers at Bancroft Elementary School and MIND High School to share their field expertise with the faculty and student teachers at McGill and to benefit in turn from greater on-going access to the latest developments in research and educational technologies under the aegis of the Faculty of Education. Student teachers in this model would act as additional on-site resources and the school for its part will provide them with the opportunity for on-site observation and action research.
To initiate this collaboration, a working group will be established consisting of board and school administrators, teachers, school governing board representatives, and members of the Faculty of Education. The role of this committee will be to develop a long-term plan of action, including the activities, steps, and required timelines. In addition to the activities identified above, consideration will be given to such initiatives as:
The Faculty of Education and the EMSB look forward to developing "teaching schools" that would benefit both learning communities and serve as models for future endeavors to bridge the gap between theory and practice. It is expected that some of these initiatives will be implemented as early as the Fall of 2002. But first, the proposal will brought to the attention of the Bancroft governing board and MIND Community Council to seek their support.
Michael J. Cohen