Western Quebec 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.
WQSB: Building a Knowledge-Based Framework for Success
The importance of obtaining school leaving qualifications has become a sine qua non for life in society and for a workplace seeking skilled, credentialed workers. Since its inception in 1998, the Western Quebec School Board (WQSB) has always responded to the changing educational needs of its varied and diverse communities with this end in mind, and is committed to offering different pathways for individuals of all ages and backgrounds, and to nurturing students to reach their individual potential. To meet this commitment, the Board has developed a triangular framework for school improvement. The triangle is a conceptual model of the Board’s three key strategic goals. The primary goal, increasing school achievement, is at the top of the triangle, and the other two are at its base: delivery and organization to establish sustainable school learning communities, and learning partnerships for staff development and learning through a culture of best practice. Knowledge management is in the triangle’s centre. Knowledge management is a term that was originally coined for business management: "Knowledge management is the process of capturing, distributing, and effectively using knowledge." Here, the Board has adopted and adapted the concept for their own needs. Thus, the Board describes knowledge management as the “vehicle to assure the quality of education we provide our students improves every year.” As Ruth Ahern explains: As long as you are trying to achieve student achievement through improving delivery and organization and using whatever partners you need to, you need to make sure you have the structures to move that knowledge around.”
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