|EMSB TO PRESENT ITS BRIEF ON EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 3, 2016- The English Montreal School Board has responded to the consultation process launched by Minister of Education Sébastien Proulx on education success with a comprehensive brief entitled Towards A Policy On Educational Success: Education, Let’s Talk About The Future. It will be presented on Friday morning, November 4 in Montreal at l'Hôtel Zéro, salle Alys Robi, (1 Boulevard René-Lévesque E). No specific timeslots have been allocated.
Prepared by the EMSB Education Committee, composed of commissioners, board directors, in-school administrators, parents and elected representatives of the unions, many of the recommendations include, but are not limited to: all students achieving their full potential; a favourable context for student learning, personal development and success; and mobilization of partners and stakeholders in support of educational success.
The Education Committee promotes the importance of all students being able to achieve their full potential. This includes early intervention at the pre-school age, focusing on early development of literacy and numeracy skills, as well as active and regular exposure to cultural activities and outings. This especially needs to be promoted in low socio-economic areas and for students with special needs at the pre-school level.
Starting school earlier, at the age of four for example through a Pre-Kindergarten program, would be beneficial. However, extending the compulsory school age from 16 to 18 in youth is not optimal and will likely have little positive impact on “engagement” for at risk
All students should have an opportunity to explore options for the future via the curriculum. As such, self-exploration type courses should begin to be offered at the elementary school level and not be geared to only at-risk students as all would benefit.
There should be an increase in professional services offered at the elementary level to identify and support students with special needs and health issues. The same can be said for the secondary level, thereby facilitating the transition to adult or vocational education or CEGEP.
The WOTP (The Work-Oriented Training Path) Pre-Work program should be extended from three to five years, with the percentage of academic study becoming more equally balanced with the percentage of time spent on the work study placements.
Part-time, evening, weekend and online classes should be offered at universities to allow teachers already employed in Adult Education and Vocational Services to earn their teacher certification without having to leave their job and return to school full time during the day.
All students achieving their full potential must also be understood as a function of a large number of competencies that represent countless possibilities and ways of succeeding, throughout their schooling and on the labour market.
A more solid foundation in reading, writing and mathematics will enable them to develop competencies in a variety of fields, opening up more choices to them.
The EMSB believes in the importance of the development of competencies in the areas of basic reading, writing and arithmetic across all levels of schooling, youth and adult while fostering bilingualism.
Adults who would like to improve their literacy and numeracy skills should be actively welcomed back to school in the adult education sector.
While new immigrants do not have English eligibility, Anglophone school boards do receive international students and as such strive to provide services that welcome these new arrivals to Quebec. English boards would therefore benefit from being able to offer welcoming classes (les classes d’acceuils).
The EMSB also urges the Ministry of Education to allow English school boards greater flexibility to determine, based on the wishes of a school community, the percentage of French taught in an English school.
Furthermore it is recommended that a digital citizenship course start at the cycle three elementary level.
Michael J. Cohen