Media Advisory - Forum to look at effects of teacher workload on learning



    HALIFAX, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Some 200 classroom teachers, administrators,
Department of Education and school board officials, representatives of parent
groups and leaders of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union will gather at the Delta
Halifax on February 2 to examine student learning, teacher working conditions
and the needs of education.
    Dr. Kenneth Leithwood, professor of educational leadership and policy
with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education - University of Toronto
will open the forum with his keynote presentation "Teacher Working Conditions
That Matter: Evidence for Change".

    A panel, moderated by CBC Radio's Don Connolly will feature:

    Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education
    Mary-Lou Donnelly, president, Nova Scotia Teachers Union
    Elliot Payzant, president, Nova Scotia School Boards Association
    Janet Walsh, president, Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School
    Associations Inc.
    Ronald Robichaud, vice-president, Fédération des parents acadiens de la
    Nouvelle-Ecosse
    Jack Beaton, president, Association of Nova Scotia Educational
    Administrators

    Panelists will give their own perspectives on the importance of current
initiatives in public education.
    Education reporters are invited to attend any of the morning sessions.
Dr. Leithwood will be available for interviews.


    
                                 Forum Agenda
                       Delta Halifax, February 2, 2007


    9:00 a.m. 9:15 a.m.   Welcome and Opening Remarks
                            Mary-Lou Donnelly, President,
                            Nova Scotia Teachers Union
                            Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education

    9:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.  Introduction of Keynote Speaker
                            Bill Redden, Acting Executive Director,
                            Nova Scotia Teachers Union

                          Keynote Address by Dr. Kenneth Leithwood -
                            Teacher Working Conditions That Matter: Evidence
                            for Change

    10:45 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Nutrition Break

    11:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Partners Panel Presentation - Current Initiatives -
                          Partner Perspectives
                          Moderator: Don Connolly, CBC Radio
                          - Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education
                          - Elliot Payzant, President, Nova Scotia School
                            Boards Association
                          - Ronald Robichaud, Vice-President, Fédération des
                            parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Ecosse
                          - Janet Walsh, President, Nova Scotia Federation of
                            Home and School Associations Inc.
                          - Jack Beaton, President, Association of
                            Nova Scotia Educational Administrators
                          - Mary-Lou Donnelly, President, Nova Scotia
                            Teachers Union

    12:45 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Lunch on site

     1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Regional Group Meetings
                         Regional Group Composition - By Board
                          1. NSTU Local Presidents/Regional Representative
                             Council Chairperson
                          2. School Administrator
                          3. Elementary Classroom Teacher
                          4. Secondary Classroom Teacher
                          5. School Board Chairperson
                          6. School Board Members
                          7. School Board Superintendent
                          8. School Board Senior Staff

                         Provincial Group Composition
                          1. NSTU Provincial President
                          2. NSTU Provincial Executive Table Officers
                          3. Department of Education Representatives
                          4. President, Nova Scotia Federation of Home and
                             School Associations Inc.
                          5. Vice-President, Fédération des parents acadiens
                             de la Nouvelle-Ecosse
                          6. President, Nova Scotia School Boards Association
                          7. President, Association of Nova Scotia
                             Educational Administrators

     3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
                            Mary-Lou Donnelly, President,
                            Nova Scotia Teachers Union
    




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