“We want classrooms to be authentic”

Superintendent Peter Barron used the regular board meeting on as a platform to brief trustees on "first choice" learning environment.

Superintendent Peter Barron of Clearview School Division used the regular board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29 as a platform to brief trustees on how Clearview schools plan to move forward with an education plan to create a “first choice” learning environment with an emphasis on digital citizenship.

Speaking of digital citizenship and how Google chromebooks are assisting students in the classrooms, Barron said, “We need to recognize how does technology support the learning, and how we are adopting it in our classrooms.”

“We have to make learning more authentic, because we want classrooms to be authentic, and often its starting with our principals,” added Barron. “Technology is not only about being able to use it to perform some functions, which were manually done earlier, it’s about embracing it in our problem-solving approach and in thinking logically.”

Barron reported that along with Deputy Superintendent Brenda MacDonald, he met with the Dean of Education and the Dean of Business from Red Deer College on Oct. 14, and discussed opportunities to provide online courses for Clearview’s learning assistants, and dual credit possibilities.

On Oct. 15 and 16, Barron attended the Learning and Technology Policy Framework (LTPF) Community of Practice meeting in Bonnyville along with two principals, Sharon Fischer and Mike Flieger, and the Director of Technology, Steve Meyer.

At this meeting, participants from ten jurisdictions shared their plans for LTPF implementation for the academic year 2015-2016.

Barron also informed the trustees that he had been requested by Alberta Education to sit on a superintendents’ panel at the Jurisdiction Technology Contact event on Nov. 24.

Neitz acclaimed as board chair for one-year term, John Schofer vice-chair

At the organizational part of the meeting of the board of trustees, Cheri Neitz was acclaimed as board chair, while John Schofer was acclaimed as board vice-chair for one-year terms, each.

The various committee appointments were also made at the meeting, with Staci Gerlitz being the trustee liaison for Stettler Elementary and Dave Goodwin for William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus, as before.

Karen Holloway was retained as the trustee liaison for Castor’s Gus Wetter, Cheri Neitz for the Erskine and Donalda schools, Yvette Cassidy for Big Valley, John Schofer for Botha and Byemoor, Ken Checkel for Brownfield and Coronation, while the trustee by ward would represent the colony schools.

Rates with respect to meal allowance and non-hotel stay allowance for trustees will remain unchanged for the year 2015-2016, with breakfast allowance being $11, lunch $16 and dinner $24, as before, while the non-hotel stay allowance will remain the same at $40 per night. Per kilometre rate for mileage will follow the Canada Revenue Agency rate, currently at $0.55 effective November 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 operating year.

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