Eastern Townships School Board EBP Journey
In 2016, Québec’s nine English school boards generously shared their stories with the EBP project about how they implemented evidence-based practices in their schools. In doing so, they hoped that the experience and knowledge gained as well as the support they received could illuminate and inform others embarking on a similar journey.
Whereas important aspects of these stories have been captured on video , the story here provides a fuller picture of a complex work in progress and reflects how local conditions, constraints and challenges, such as the school board’s mission, the size of its territory and demographic make-up, factor into making this school board’s implementation journey unique.
Helping Schools Accomplish their Mission
How do you have an influence on instructional activities that impact on student achievement and success? For Kandy Mackey, Assistant Director General and Director of Educational Services at the Eastern Townships School Board, it’s about implementing Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and it’s about realizing the Board’s mission of Moving Ahead. Together. It sounds deceptively simple, but it isn’t. Through the efforts of the ETSB in this regard, we will learn that it is about going slowly and purposefully forward with a meaningful change, without taking your eye off the ball, and piloting to show the relevance of the goal to the organization as a whole. It is also about building ownership and capacity for this change at all levels of the Board, and that behind it all is a leader with a firm hand on the tiller with the organizational know-how to channel the energy of individuals towards this common goal.
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