Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Devlin school to be saluted

Crossroads School in Devlin will receive a “Recognition of Excellence” at the Rainy River District School Board’s regular meeting tonight for two of its recent initiatives—Math for Young Children and the First Nation Métis Inuit Inquiry.
“The Math for Young Children is an inquiry examining the ways to connect and explore geometry and spatial sense through the knowledge that is evident in our First Nation communities and cultural practices,” explained a report to the board.

It noted that with the First Nation Métis Inuit Inquiry process, teachers plan, instruct, and observe lessons together.
“Participation in the inquiry provides teachers with extensive opportunities to reflect and extend their own learning on mathematics instruction,” it added.
The report indicated the two projects complement each other—reinforcing effective math instruction while focusing on strategies to engage students and their parents.
For instance, as part of this work, Crossroads School (supported by Naicatchewenin First Nation) hosted a Family Math Night last October, where about 150 people participated in a variety of math and cultural-based activities.
The initiatives further strengthen “the goal of student and parent engagement, and the connection between the school and the community of Naicatchewenin and through the lens of math.”
Also at tonight’s meeting, which was rescheduled from last week due to inclement weather, trustees will:
•hear a capital priorities update;
•listen to a presentation about the Student Work Study Teacher Initiative;
•look to approve Policy 6.10 (Community Use of School Facilities and Grounds) for stakeholder consultation;
•look to approve the following policies: 8.09 (Procurement) and 8.45 (Fraud Prevention and Management);
•look to rescind Policy 8.10 (Contracted Services); and
•receive the personnel report dated April, 2014.
The meeting will take place at the Education Centre (board office) beginning at 7 p.m.

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