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Public Council of Ontario Directors of Education (PCODE) Announces the Appointment of a New Executive Director

The Public Council of Ontario Directors of Education (PCODE) has completed its selection process for a new Executive Director. Larry Hope, Vice-Chair, PCODE is pleased to announce that Jim Costello has been selected as the next PCODE Executive Director.

Jim brings many years of senior administrative experience to the role. He currently serves as the Director of Education for the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB). He has been Director for eight years and prior to that served as a Supervisory Officer with Special Education and Human Resources portfolios. Most recently Jim has provided leadership at the provincial level as Chair of PCODE and Chair of CODE. Jim expressed his sincere interest in continuing to provide a strong, clear voice for public education in Ontario.

Jim plans to continue as Director in LKDSB until July 2019. Wayne Joudrie has agreed to continue to serve as PCODE Executive Director in the interim period.


Colleen Russell-Rawlins Assumes Role of OPSOA President for 2018-2019

Members of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers’ Association (OPSOA) have elected Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Associate Director, Equity, Well-Being and School Improvement, Toronto District School Board, as their 2018-2019 president.Ms. Russell-Rawlins will assume her role as president on September 1, 2018.

“It is an enormous privilege to have been elected as the President of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers’ Association,” says Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Associate Director in the Toronto District School Board. “I am extremely proud to represent OPSOA members who strengthen public education by continually improving outcomes for all students, especially those who have been underserved.”

An advocate for educational equity, Ms. Russell-Rawlins has been with the Toronto District School Board in increasingly senior roles for over 20 years. In her previous role as Executive Superintendent of Early Years, she has led teams that delivered on complex Board and Ministry of Education priorities and has co-designed and successfully implemented school-based improvement processes, which have led to sustained improvement in achievement.

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.


2019 OPSOA Annual Conference

Mark your calendars! OPSOA's Annual Conference will be taking place next March, on the 28th and 29th, back at the Delta Hotel in Toronto! The annual conference brings wonderful speakers and presentations, excellent networking opportunities, engaging events and much much more. The Conference this past May was a wonderful experience as always, we look to continue this success next year in March. We will keep members updated with news as the conference develops.


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: 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.