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January 12, 2016

Indigenous Shining Student Award

Do you know a high school student of First Nations, Métis or Inuit heritage who demonstrates leadership and inspires others, through embracing and respecting an aboriginal perspective or world view from an aboriginal perspective?

If so, consider nominating them for the 2016 Indigenous Shining Student Award. ASBA has sent a nomination package to all Alberta school board chairs and superintendents. You can also download the nomination form here. The closing date is March 30, 2016. For more information, contact Brian Callaghan, Education Consultant at 1.780.451.7105.

The award, sponsored by Xerox, is presented on behalf of the Education Partners’ Task Force on First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Success and Wellbeing.

Other awards – Nomination forms coming soon!

The ASBA recognizes excellence in teaching, long-serving trustees, outstanding school boards and Albertans who serve and contribute to public education in our province. Mark your calendar for January 20, 2016 and check the ASBA website for nomination packages for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award, the Friends of Education Award, the Honourary Life Membership Award, Long Service awards, the Premier’s Award for School Board Excellence and Innovation, the Public Engagement Award and the Zone Appreciation Award. For more information, contact Teresa Ergezinger, Administrative Assistant, Corporate Services at 1.780.451.7129.

Register for Shaping the Future 2016

If you’re a school trustee or senior school administrator looking for strategies to support your board in promoting positive mental health within your schools, you’ll want to know that Shaping the Future 2016, the Mindfulness and Mental Health Pre-Conference, is still open for registration. This event, sponsored by Ever Active Schools and the ASBA, will be held in Kananaskis on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Noted Edmonton pediatrician Dr. Tami Masterson is the keynote speaker. For more information or to register, visit the Ever Active Schools website.

Communications Now – tips on holding an open house

If your school board is looking at holding an open house in the near future, you’ll want to include a review of the December/January Communications Now publication in your planning activities. Despite the best efforts and hard work of organizers and volunteers, the best open houses can get derailed by special interest groups with a very different agenda. Make sure all of your audiences get to have their say, and ensure they feel they were included and heard in your public event.

See the full index of Communications Now articles here.

What’s new @ www.asba.ab.ca

Job postings

Direction Générale – Conseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest No 1 (PDF-74K)

Closing date: January 15, 2016

Superintendent of Schools – School District No. 73 Kamloops/Thompson (PDF-198K)

Closing date: January 16, 2016

Superintendent of Schools – Living Waters Catholic Regional Division (PDF-113K)

Closing date: January 23, 2016

Secretary-Treasurer – Revelstoke School District No. 19 (PDF-27K)

Closing Date: January 29, 2016

Superintendent/CEO – North Vancouver School District (PDF-281K)

Closing date: February 5, 2016

Superintendent of Schools – Mission Public Schools (PDF-276K)

Closing date: February 12, 2016

Education in the News

Want to know what’s making the headlines in education news? Every day we review the top stories from around Canada and post them for you on the ASBA website. Bookmark our home page and check it often to stay informed.

Here’s what’s in the news lately:

New school boundaries set

11/01/16, Daily Herald-Tribune

Ottawa schools grapple with the Exam Question: Are they a) outdated or b) essential?

08/01/2016, Ottawa Citizen

Ontario school boards warn parents to update their kids’ immunization records or face suspension

08/01/2016, National Post

EIPS looking forward to new school

07/01/16, Sherwood Park News