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OPSOA Presidents' Leadership Award

In recognition of the District School Board for the support of their staff serving in the role of President of the Association, an annual OPSOA President's Leadership Award is granted to a student/students from a school of the President’s Board.Recipients are recognized for their outstanding leadership, outstanding contribution to school and/or community and other criteria as determined locally.

Recipients:Sherbrooke Public School Intermediate Students, Lakehead District School Board

Vale Community Breakfast:Sherbrooke intermediate students are volunteering early mornings to help cook breakfast for the community. This program has many different contributions to the school community. Not only do these intermediate students get the opportunity to work alongside high school students and staff, they are also providing healthy meals for any family in the community. The initiative also helps families get started for their day and attend school on time.

Food Hampers:Sherbrooke intermediate students are also organizing a food hamper program. They will be writing letters to organizations and community partners to raise some funds to allow the students to purchase groceries for families in need. They will organize and facilitate the grocery shopping as well as the packing and delivery of the food hampers in the spring.


OPSOA Distinguished Leadership Award

The OPSOA Distinguished Leadership Award is presented annually to a Member who has demonstrated outstanding ability and leadership in public education at both the provincial and local school system levels. The candidate is a leader in a number of OPSOA initiatives and is valued by colleague Members and by the education community for that leadership.

Recipient: Barbara Fraser-Stiff, Alumni Member, former Superintendent of Education, Limestone District School Board

Barb is a ten-year member of OPSOA, the former Eastern Regional Director on the OPSOA Board of Directors and has recently retired from the Limestone District School Board As the Superintendent of Program in Limestone, Barb’s leadership was critical in shifting the focus of administrator learning to be focused on instructional leadership.She presented widely to support leadership development and capacity building for administrators. Barb also played an integral role in overseeing the implementation of FDK providing steady leadership of the Early Years portfolio and its increasing scope in the past few years.Her leadership in supporting the implementation of Growing Success was also critical in her local district.Barb has also provided support to LSA in facilitating a learning session as part of the LSA provincial annual professional learning.Within Eastern Ontario, Barb served on the Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network (EOSDN) Board of Directors from 2014-17.Barb held the position of Vice-Chair of EOSDN from 2014-2016 and Chair for 2016-17 supporting a range of professional learning across the East region.Barb also co-facilitated SOQP Module C, the Provincial Perspective, for EOSDN for 2015-16 and 2016-17 building leadership capacity in the East region.As well, on an annual basis for the past seven years, Barb has delivered a keynote address to all of the Faculty of Education students at Queen’s University focusing on the significance of the School Effectiveness Framework and day-to-day practice of educators in the classroom. Barb served on the OPSOA Board of Directors (East Region) for the past two and half years.As the Eastern Regional Director, she led the organization of the past three OPSOA East Leadership Symposiums.At the provincial level, Barb represented OPSOA on the Math Initiatives Steering Committee and also was the Co-Chair of the 2017 OPSOA conference planning committee.To the Supervisory Officers who brought forward Barb’s name – thank you for recognizing her as a Distinguished Leader.


Meeting Labour Market Needs for French as a Second Language Instruction in Ontario

In March 2016, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skill Development (MAESD), to establish a three-year Ontario Labour Market Partnership project to study labour market needs for French as a second language (FSL) instruction in the province. This proposal was in response to concerns OPSBA member boards raised about the growing gap between the number of students enrolling in French language programs and the recruitment and retention of sufficient numbers of qualified FSL teachers and support staff. This issue has become an increasing challenge for school boards.

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Colleen Kappel Assumes Role of OPSOA President for 2017-2018

Members of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers’ Association (OPSOA) have elected Colleen Kappel, Superintendent of Education for Lakehead Public Schools, as their 2017-18 president. Ms. Kappel will assume her role as president on September 1, 2017.

“It is a distinct honour to have the confidence and support of your peers and colleagues,” says Colleen Kappel, Incoming OPSOA President and Lakehead Public Schools Superintendent of Education.“Public education is truly the foundation of our society.I am proud to serve as the president of an association that is keenly focused on advocating for students and educators in our province.”

Colleen Kappel has been a Superintendent of Education with Lakehead Public Schools since August 2009. Colleen’s portfolio includes Mental Health, Social Work, Special Education, Equity and Inclusive Education, Alternative Education, Managing Information for Student Achievement, Safe Schools and Leadership as well as the supervision of sixteen elementary schools and two secondary schools. Throughout her diverse career, Ms. Kappel has been devoted to creating welcoming, safe and caring learning environments for students.

OPSOA is the professional organization representing over 300 Superintendents and Directors of Education from the thirty-one English language Public District School Boards of Ontario. OPSOA advocates for public education as a fundamental right of all students in Ontario.

Contact

Kathy Sanford, Executive Assistant OPSOA 905-845-7003.


Congratulations to Dr. John Malloy, recipient of the CASSA EXL Award!

CASSA members who have exhibited exemplary leadership ability and who have enhanced school administration are eligible to receive this award which includes an honorary life membership in CASSA. Nominees are expected to have brought honour to themselves, their colleagues, and their profession; given exemplary service to their provincial or national professional association; made significant contributions to the field of education through their service, writings or other activities; and who therefore serves as a role model and teacher to others and have 5 years of membership in CASSA.

Recipient: Dr. John Malloy, Director of Education, Toronto District School Board

John Malloy joined the Toronto District School Board in 2016. Prior to this position, he served as an Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Student Achievement Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education, as Director of Education for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Superintendent of Education with the York Region District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board. John is a strong believer in shared leadership, yet he also understands his role as key leader, and has a strong focus on student achievement and supporting allstudents to succeed. While leading HWDSB, John wrote a critical document with the support of his team, Transforming Learning Everywhere (TLE) for HWDSB, which moved the provincial and national thinking and discussions on 21st Century Learning. His ‘think, learn, implement’ model provides the basis for the academic critical friends’ groups that he joins. These include “think tanks” with national and international colleagues. John has assisted with labour negotiations at the provincial level, was a member of the Ontario Mental Health Coalition, participated on equity and inclusion committees as well as those involving instructional leadership. Through his work at the Learning Partnership, John has presented numerous workshops at varying summits related to education, community, and business. To the Supervisory Officers who brought forward John’s name – thank you for recognizing him as an outstanding educational leader.


Past President Norah Marsh Appointed New CEO of EQAO

Dave Cooke, Chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO) Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Norah Marsh to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective August 1, 2017.

Ms. Marsh is currently the Associate Director of Education at Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB).

A passionate advocate for public education, Ms. Marsh has fostered positive learning environments and developed strategies to improve student achievement and well-being throughout her career. She has served in Ontario’s public education system for more than 26 years as a Teacher, Department Head, Vice-Principal, Principal, Superintendent and Associate Director of Education.

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OPSOA DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP AWARD

The OPSOA Distinguished Leadership Award is presented annually to a Member who has demonstrated outstanding ability and leadership in public education at both the provincial and local school system levels. The candidate is a leader in a number of OPSOA initiatives and is valued by colleague Members and by the education community for that leadership.

Recipient: Carol Speers, Superintendent of Education, Alternative Programs, Peel District School Board

Carol is a nine-year member of OPSOA, current Central Regional Director on the OPSOA Board of Directors and past Chair of the OPSOA Equity and Inclusion Committee. Carol’s many leadership positions have distinguished her as an exceptional contributor to the needs of not only her local education community but to the enhancement of those educational interests and needs beyond her community. As co-chair of the Make Peel Proud Spectrum Committee, Carol assisted in the creation of the first Board-wide Day of Pink and the expansion of the committee’s mandate to increase understanding on LGBTQ issues. As a member of the PDSB Equity Steering Committee, Carol has worked with community members to bring equity and inclusivity to life in Peel schools and beyond. Carol has also served as the Peel Board rep with the Global Learning Alliance – a grouping of educators from 6 countries to discuss 21st century learning competencies. To the Supervisory Officers who brought forward Carol’s name – thank you for recognizing her as a Distinguished Leader.


OPSOA PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP AWARD

In recognition of the District School Board for the support of their staff serving in the role of President of the Association, an annual OPSOA President's Leadership Award is granted to a student/students from a school of the President’s Board. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding leadership, outstanding contribution to school and/or community and other criteria as determined locally.

Recipients: FireWorks, Fuzed Glass Wonders, Ottawa Technical Secondary School

FireWorks is a fused glass program designed for the students with physical disabilities at Ottawa Technical Secondary School. The students have been successful in making glass jewelry and home décor products that they sell in the community. Through design problems and using colour theory, students create their own designs. As a result, students see an improvement in their fine motor skills, vocational and self-advocacy skills. Surprisingly, the biggest gain for the students is the increase in their self-esteem. All the proceeds of their work goes back to fund this glass program for youth with physical disabilities. FireWorks began in 2005 as a small project to learn about glass fusing. Before we knew it, the students’ jewelry was in high demand. They have sold their work in Arts Festivals, in the school board and also in the community. They even made it to the National News. CTV did a news segment about them and they were picked up by National CTV News. Fire Works gives students with physical disabilities the opportunity to make a contribution and be productive. The program is self-funded. All the proceeds of their work goes back to fund the glass program. It is these students who have prepared your OPSOA gift this year.