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Lester B. Pearson School Board Portfolio

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Lester B Pearson 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.


From That “Aha Moment” to a Board-wide Commitment to Making a Difference with Data

Why am I getting the results I’m getting?  What can I do to get better results?

With just these two simple questions, the Board’s Literacy consultant, Marcelle Auger (now retired) set in motion board-wide efforts to improve decision-making with respect to student success through the use of data and collaborative inquiry. These efforts have been ongoing for the last several years, involving all sectors of the Board, and the work is seen as important enough, that as the initial key players have bowed out, the ‘torch’ has been seamlessly passed on from one to the other. 

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Lester B Pearson School Board EBP Journey Timeline (2008 to present)

Each school board has its own story when it comes to the adoption of evidence-based practice. While the approach and structure may vary from one school board to another, the common element between all boards is that evidence-based practice is a long-term endeavour which offers viable results.  



  • 2018 ● Lead Data Team Seminar # 26

    Connecting Professional Development to Student Success: Are We Making a Difference? Building an Action Research Plan:The third and final seminar for this year focuses on building a concrete action plan and considering the details of their data collection in order to answer the question of impact of PD on teacher practices and student outcomes. 

  • 2018 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #25

    Gap & Goal: Action Research: This second seminar of the year is aimed at further developing members’ plans for their action research projects by exploring Thomas Guskey’s model of evaluation and considering the importance of and means to evaluating professional learning for teachers to ensure that it is having an impact on student learning and improving outcomes.

  • 2018 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #24

    Developing the Rational: Action Research: By making a connection between professional learning & student success in the first of this year’s seminars, participants further develop their rationale for carrying out action research on the impact of professional development.


  • 2017 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #23

    Bringing it all together: reviewing the year’s learning, planning action research projects to be led by each participant in their school boards, and creating Special Interest Groups (SIGs), while asking ‘will it work for me?’.


  • 2017 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #22

    How Much Does it cost? - in developing a deeper and more critical understanding of how to evaluate research, participants ask ‘how much does it cost?’ and ‘is it worthwhile?’



  • 2016-2017 ●

    Two PD sessions were offered, with each school present. The first was focused on Formative assessment and curriculum alignment. The second was a review on John Hattie’s Visible Learning and the importance of evaluating students in a formative way, presented by Ainsley Rose.

  • 2016-2017 ●

    Consultants supported school teams with the collaborative process. Teachers looked at their own data of student learning and discussed formative assessment practices. Schools were motivated to change their evaluation practices supported by ESD.

  • 2016 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #21

    The focus is How Does it Work?

  • 2016 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #20

    This begins a series of seminars in a one year cycle examining research and research based strategies.  The focus, for the first session is, Does it Work?


  • 2016 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #19

    Setting the Scene: Participants begin to establish a knowledge base for accessing research and becoming familiar with the available research in education.

  • 2016 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #18

    Focused on Response to Intervention (RTI) frameworks-that of Dr. Mary Howard and that was presented by Solution Tree.

  • 2015-2016 ●

    Evaluating students with special needs half day workshop - focused on Universal Design for Learning model.

  • 2015-2016 ●

    Promote PLCs for evaluation - 3 PD sessions using standards and procedures document: one for elementary principals, one for high school principals and one for all vice-principals.

  • 2015-2016 ● Creation of formative assessment resources

    ESD explores existing formative assessment tools (from LEARN) and funding possibilities (School Success Grant or PDIG) to release teachers and create a bank of assessment tools. 

  • 2015-2016 ● Focus on formative assessment

    SSTs continue to explore the research-based work of John Hattie and shift focus towards formative assessment as an effective tool for learning. Discussions and professional development around evaluation is ongoing, and principals are encouraged to revise their Standards and Procedures document annually.

  • 2015-2016 ● Marie Wahba, Assistant Director of Educational Services

  • 2015 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #17

    Data Types: The overall goal for participants is to have brought all their learning (data types, research, coaching for data literacy) together and made links to their roles in supporting data teams in schools.

  • 2015 ● LDT Seminar: Special edition

    Learning For Us: Formative Assessment - This year’s final Seminar aims to familiarise participants with topics related to Formative Assessment.

  • 2015 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #15

    Visible Learning: A Catharsis: participants learn about key concepts in Visible Learning and consider its application in schools.


  • 2014-2015 ● Ongoing training for consultants

    Consultants attend a two-day workshop on formative assessments and PLCs led by Cassandra Erkens.

  • 2014-2015 ● Ongoing professional development for educators and administrators

    Égide Royer, a Université de Laval professor and an expert in students with behavioural and emotional difficulties, is invited to talk about school success rates and the practical means, drawn from various studies that have shown to encourage students with behavioural difficulties to succeed in school. 

  • 2014-2015 ● Ongoing data training for School Success Teams

    Using Hattie’s research-based framework, the ESD and SSD hold two full-day sessions with all SSTs to assist with the creation of School Success Plans and to explore using different data to collect information.

  • 2014-2015 ● John Hattie research presented to all School Success Teams

    All schools are provided a copy of John Hattie’s book, “Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn”, and SSTs are presented with his research. Teams are encouraged to attend a two-day LCEEQ Conference featuring Mr. Hattie as a keynote speaker.

  • 2014 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #14

    Visible Learning & School Culture: Participants gain a deeper understanding of  what resistance to change in schools looks like and explore school culture in more depth, before moving towards finding solutions.

  • 2014 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #13

    Establishing and Monitoring PLCs: Know Thy Impact: Preparing members to establish a Professional Learning Community (PLC) in each of Quebec’s english schools as well as ‘learning for us’.


  • 2014 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #12

  • 2013-2014 ● Formation of Adult Centre Success Teams

    With funding and support from the EBP Project, all LBPSB adult and vocational centres receive introductory training on evidence-based practices and begin to implement their own Centre Success Teams.

  • 2013-2014 ● Success plan follow-up

    Following training in January, school teams meet in their schools between January and the end of April to continue working on their teams’ goals and areas of focus. Three meetings are held per school.

  • 2013-2014 ● Training on Data Wise Model for all LBPSB educators

    All schools board-wide receive professional development in January 2014 to review the principles of evidence-based practice and gain a deeper understanding of what is involved in the planning process, results analysis, and the continued development of Data Teams. Sessions span four days, with as many as 47 schools present at one of the sessions offered.

  • 2013-2014 ● Ongoing support for elementary and secondary data teams

    EBP Project funded release time and training supports ongoing EBP practices in pilot project schools. School Success Teams(SST), usually comprised of three teachers and one administrator, meet several times per year.

  • 2013-2014 ● ESD and SSD join forces

    The ESD and SSD join forces to expand the scope of the School Success Team initiative. Personnel from both departments are now fully involved and attend all professional development sessions.

  • 2013 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #11

  • 2013 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #10

  • 2013 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #9

  • 2012-2013 ● Success plan follow-up

    Three follow-up meetings are held throughout the year for elementary School Success Teams (SST) to work on their success plans and MESAs. The EBP Project leader and the ESD assist in the process. 

  • 2012-2013 ● Ongoing data team training for consultants and educators

    All schools send a teacher representative to attend a Data Team Training session led by the EBP Project leader. Six ESD and Student Services Department (SSD) consultants attend. 

  • 2012-2013 ● Introductory data team training for school administrators and educators

    Two separate half-day training sessions are held by the Educational Services Department to introduce elementary and secondary administrators and teachers (2 to 4 per school) to the implementation of school teams and data-driven dialogue.

  • 2012 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #8

  • 2012 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #7

  • 2012 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #6

  • 2011-2012 ● Launch of School Success Team Initiative

    LBPSB launches the School Success Team initiative, in which each principal is expected to establish a School Success Team (SST), or data team, for their school.

  • 2011-2012 ● Site visit to Halifax PLCs

    Pilot project school educators secure funding from the John Killenbeck Scholarship to visit established PLCs in Halifax and present their findings to the LBPSB Educational Services Department (ESD) upon their return.

  • 2011-2012 ● New member joins Lead Data Team

    A senior administrator from the adult and vocational sector becomes a member of the EBP Lead Data Team.

  • 2011-2012 ● Ongoing data team training for senior administrators and consultants

    LBPSB senior administrators and consultants attend a two-day Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec(LCEEQ) Data Team Training Session on Data Teams and Decision-making Results.

  • 2011 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #5

  • 2011 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #4

  • 2011 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #3

  • 2010 ● Launch of school-based data team pilot projects

    Under the guidance of the French as a Second Language (FSL) Consultant, an early literacy pilot data team forms in three elementary schools to develop goals to increase reading level in the early years and begins to implement a data-driven reading program. 

  • 2010 ● Training on Data Wise model for senior administrators

    LBPSB senior administrators attend a two-day training session on Data Teams and Decision-Making for Results and a presentation on evidence-based practices.

  • 2010 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #2

  • 2010 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #1

    The Lead Data Team (LDT) is launched. Evidence-based Practice Project (EBP) team members recruited.
  • 2009 ● Data Team Summit, Vale (Colorado, USA)

    LDT members attend summit to learn how data-driven decision making and collaborative Data Teams’ practice drives student results. 

  • 2009 ● First EBP Lead Data Team established

    Three members of the Lester B Pearson School Board’s Educational Services Department (the Director and two consultants) become founding and contributing members of the EBP Project’s Lead Data Team (LDT). 

  • 2008 ● Introduction of Bill 88

    Partnership Agreements between school boards and the Ministry of Education are signed, committing schools and boards to specific success rate targets.