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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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Western Quebec School Board Evidence-based 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.


  • 2016-2018 ●

    The NANS elementary languages and Math network initiative ongoing - 10 teachers to implement the plan, using the data teaming framework, will allow for analysis of math performance data at Cycle 2.1 and 2.2 elementary, implementation of targeted strategies at each level, monitoring and evaluation, review, reflection and Refining.

  • 2017 ●

    Jeff Harvey - WQSB
  • 2016-2017 ●

    Large H.S.'s and Junior H.S.'s leadership teams - The Goal is to challenge school level leaders by leading a team of two-three administrators who schedule time with each school’s leadership team and spend one or two days working through 5 areas of school level leadership while gathering data and giving objective “for” learning feedback.

  • 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 ● EBP video team tour the province, documenting the nine boards’ journeys into using evidence-based practices

  • 2016 ● CARE Data Session

    Data literacy sessions are opened to all consultants and provided by EBP. This session focuses on item analysis.


  • Western Quebec School Board EBP Journey (2016)

    Dr. Marian Lothian, Director of Pedagogical Services

  • 2015-2017 ●

    Urban elementary Schools - Lead teachers from the large elementary schools worked together with their respective school principal in a school based network to analyze achievement data, including an introduction to data quadrants for 3 core subjects. The next focus will be how to best apply differentiated instruction strategies and evaluate their impact through common assessments across schools and ongoing discussion and analysis.

  • 2015-2016 ● Ongoing math data collaboration

    Ten cycle 2.1 and 2.2 math teachers from NANS schools continue to collaborate in the data team cycle process.


  • 2015 ● Data Fair #4

  • 2015 ● Canadian Education Association (CEA) Symposium

     Dropping Out - What Neuroscience Can Teach Us.

  • 2015 ● Coaching Sessions with Robyn Jackson for all consultants

  • 2015 ● LCEEQ Annual Conference features John Hattie and focuses on Visible Learning

  • 2015 ● EBP becomes a priority for the Directors of English Educators Network (DEEN)

    A DEEN subcommittee is formed to help support the EBP.

  • 2014-2015 ● Math data teams identify teaching strategies

    Cycle 2 math data teams meet over a series of six, one-day sessions to identify and evaluate effective teaching strategies and math-differentiated instruction.

  • 2014-2015 ● Cycle 2 math administrative overview

    An overview of Cycle 2 math directions for teachers is presented to urban core elementary school principals.

  • 2014-2015 ● Data Team training for Cycle 2 NANS math teachers

    Thirteen Cycle 2.1 and 2.2 math teachers from NANS schools follow data team process training. In collaboration with the Math Consultant, they develop a 2015-2016 action plan. 

  • 2014 ● Data Fair #3 Tracking Tools for WOTP students

  • 2014 ● Common Formative Assessment Workshop for all consultants

  • 2014 ● LCEEQ PLC Hybrid Conference

  • 2013-2014 ● Onsite support and training for new teachers

    WQSB provides onsite math support and training to new teachers.

  • 2013-2014 ● Ongoing training for elementary math data teams

    Urban core elementary Math Lead Teachers attend a series of four full-day meetings with the Math Consultant to explore effective teaching strategies to support math goals identified through an in-school data analysis at their individual schools.

  • Western Quebec School Board EBP Journey

    Ruth Ahern, Assistant Director General

  • 2013-2014 ● Performance data analysis

    A network of ten NANS schools use the data team framework to analyze math performance data at the Cycle 3 elementary and Cycle 1 secondary levels, to implement targeted strategies at each level, to monitor and evaluate the outcomes, and to review, reflect and modify actions.

  • 2013 ● Data Fair #2: Data in Use

  • 2012-2013 ● Ongoing data team training for educators

    Release time for professional development, travel and site visits is funded and supported by the EBP Project.

  • 2012-2013 ● Launch of math data teams

    Math teachers from NANS and urban core elementary schools form data teams to address the need for math support at the elementary and Cycle 1 levels.  

  • 2012-2013 ● Data used to pinpoint issues and develop strategies

    A three-stage project for principals and lead teachers is held over three non-consecutive professional development days. Principals and teachers use data to pinpoint specific learning issues and challenges and for each school to develop strategies to shift achievement in a chosen core subject.

  • 2012-2013 ● Training on Data Wise model for educators

    Teachers receive training on the Data Wise model. 

  • 2012-2013 ● School Success Groups established

    WQSB forms three distinct groups of schools with a focus on learner outcomes: an urban elementary group, a NANS group and a secondary group. Each group is comprised of administrators from every school, a board administrator, and a core subject consultant.

  • 2012-2013 ● Data Team Training Certification

    A WQSB Principal is certified as a Data Team Trainer. 

  • 2012-2013 ● Training on Data Wise model for Principals

    Principals receive training on the Data Wise model.

  • 2012-2013 ● Training on Data Wise model for senior administrators

    Led by Cathy Lassiter and George Berwick, WQSB management team receives data team and data usage training.

  • 2012 ● Phase 2 Project funding

    EBP Project funds are made available to support school based creations of Professional Learning Communities(PLC)

  • 2012 ● Cohort 2 of the Lead Data Team is formed

  • 2012 ● DEEN members attend the Learning Forward Conference, Connect. Engage. Learn. in Boston

  • 2012 ● Data Fair #1: Introduction to General Practice

  • 2012 ● Delegates from the Lead Data Team are certified in the Data Team Training Model

  • 2012 ● PLC At Work Institute in Montreal

    Sessions are led by Rick and Rebecca DuFour of Solution Tree.

  • 2012 ● The Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec (LCEEQ) Training with Dr. Cathy Lassiter is offered.

  • 2011 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #5

  • 2011 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #4

  • 2011 ● Leadership and Learning's Data Team Summit in Chicago

  • 2010 ● Leadership and Learning's Data Team Summit in Colorado

  • 2011 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #3

  • 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.
  • 2008 ● First EBP Lead Data Team established

    Marian Lothian, Director of Educational Services at the Western Quebec School Board (WQSB), joins the first EBP Project Lead Data Team and is trained in the Data Wise model.

  • 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.