Clearview School Division is unique in Alberta for its use of project based learning (PBL) coupled with technology, explained Superintendent Peter Barron to the board of trustees at the Sept. 22 regular meeting.
Barron was seeking direction from the board as to whether they wanted to apply for the 2016 Premier’s Award for School Board Innovation and Excellence.
“No other school board in our province has trained every teacher in PBL,” stated Barron.
Project based learning incorporates technology like chrome books, smart boards and makerspaces into everyday teaching and projects.
The board approved the application with the inclusion of a promotional video entitled “Clearview Final” which can be viewed on Youtube. The awards are presented at the Alberta School Boards Association fall general meeting.
Clearview received notice that they will get an unexpected infusion of $177,369 from an insurance distribution.
Clearview previously had liability insurance through the Alberta Local Authorities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange (ALARIE) before moving to Alberta School Boards Reciprocal Insurance Exchange (ASBIE) after ALARIE discontinued insurance operations in 2002.
Now that all claims with ALARIE have been settled, remaining assets are being distributed and Clearview is entitled to receive 1.31 per cent or $177,369 of the estimated $13,500,000 according to a letter sent to Clearview from ALARIE’s lawyers.
After extensive public consultation last school year, the board approved changes to Policy 105 – Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Environments.
According to Associate Superintendent Peter Neale, the new policy meets the requirements the provincial government set in its “Guidelines for Best Practices” regarding gender identity.
The board also adopted changes to Policy 722 Employee Code of Conduct as well as a revised Board Principles and Priorities. All documents are available on Clearview’s website under the Board tab.
Europe ‘no go zone’ for field trips
Superintendent Peter Baron requested direction from the trustees on whether to continue a policy put in place last school year to limit field trips to Europe.
Following terrorist bombings in places like France, the board had decided not to approve trips to Europe but still allowed other international destinations.
After a brief discussion, the board agreed to continue the policy for safety reasons.