HALIFAX, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Nova Scotians have a chance to share their positive stories about the
public education system as part of a new campaign by the Nova Scotia
Education Partners. Tales Out Of School: True Stories about the P-12 Education System in
Nova Scotia is a grassroots awareness campaign that will spotlight how the system
improves the lives of students and families and boosts the potential of
Nova Scotia's communities and economy.
"Tales Out Of School is a focused effort to increase awareness of the many programs and
services the public education system offers and the broader impact it
has on our province," says Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Alexis
Allen, member of Nova Scotia Education Partners. "It encourages Nova
Scotians to tell other Nova Scotians how the public education system
has positively affected them-—and it's those personal stories that
really hit home."
The campaign includes a website (www.nstalesoutofschool.ca) where people can upload video or written testimonials. There will also
be community presentations and regional communications activities that
celebrate personal stories about positive experiences with programs and
services offered in public schools.
Since only three out of 10 Nova Scotians have children in the public
school system, the campaign also aims to show that public education is
an investment in the economic and social future of Nova Scotia
"Not only do schools provide training for the future workforce, but a
good school system is a draw for professionals from outside the
province, both nationally and abroad. Given the pressing need to
attract skilled workers, this is directly tied to the province's
economic success," adds Nova Scotia School Boards Association president
Vic Fleury, member of Nova Scotia Education Partners .
The public education system delivers a wide range of programs that
improves the lives of students and their parents including Reading
Recovery, Options and Opportunities and enrichment programs like
advanced placement and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. At
a regional level, the public education system delivers support for
students with special needs including autism and severe learning
disabilities, psychological and speech language pathology services, and
In addition to academics and student supports, the school system is also
responsible for breakfast programs, library services, French immersion,
co-op placements, athletics, technology and healthy living initiatives.
"The school system delivers academic education, but it also provides
supports and programs that affect the students outside the classroom,
enabling students, families and communities to succeed," continues
Fleury. "Every part of the system contributes to this success and to
the social and economic future of Nova Scotia."
Examples of testimonials featured on the nstalesoutofschool.ca website
"My younger son was part of the Schools Plus program and it has done him
a world of good. My older son had two teachers who encouraged him to be
proud of being smart and getting good marks. It made a huge impact on
his outlook and what he wants to do with his life." Alex Wilson, Strait
"My son Ben has autism, and the support he has received from the staff
at the Chester school has been phenomenal. Without the programs and
support he receives, frankly, I don't think Ben would even be in
school. The support we receive on a regular basis makes it so much
easier." Rob McInnes, Chester.
Nova Scotians are encouraged to submit their stories to the
nstalesoutofschool.ca website, as well as to send an e-mail postcard to
their network of contacts encouraging them to do the same. The Tales Out Of School campaign will run over the next several months with the goal of
collecting as many stories as possible.
About Nova Scotia Education Partners
For the past several years, Nova Scotia's major education partners have
held regular meetings to discuss issues and concerns. These meetings
are highly valued by the partners as opportunities to keep one another
informed on initiatives, share concerns and collaborate on issues of
Nova Scotia's Education Partners believe that continued investment in
public education is critical to the economic and social success of our
The Education Partners Group includes the Nova Scotia School Boards
Association, Nova Scotia Teachers Union, Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators and La Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse.
Nova Scotia School Boards Association
The Nova Scotia School Boards Association is dedicated to excellence in
public education for students by providing services to member school
boards. It is the provincial voice for school boards. The Association
represents Nova Scotia's eight school boards that serve more than
Nova Scotia Teachers Union
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents 10,900 public school teachers,
as well as administrators and faculty and professional support staff in
the Community College system. Organized in 1895 to unify and elevate
the teaching profession in Nova Scotia, its programs are directed
towards improving the quality of public education in Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations
The Nova Scotia Federation of Home & School Associations (NSFHSA) is an
independent, volunteer, provincial organization, comprised of local
home & school associations, and parent-teacher associations. The
Federation welcomes School Advisory Councils throughout Nova Scotia as
well. Members are parents, teachers, students, administrators, school
board members and others who are interested in working together for the
benefit of all children and youth at home, in schools and in
Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators
The Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators (ANSEA), is
the professional association of all the senior management personnel
employed by the eight elected school boards in Nova Scotia. ANSEA's
mission is to be the independent voice of senior educational leaders in
Nova Scotia dedicated to the betterment of public education.
La Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse
La Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse s'engage à
appuyer les parents et les associations de parents dans leurs efforts
pour développer un milieu propice à l'épanouissement global de leurs
enfants. It is committed to supporting parents and parents'
associations in their efforts to foster an opportune environment for
the overall development of children.
SOURCE NOVA SCOTIA TEACHERS UNION
For further information:
Angela Murray, Public Relations Coordinator
Nova Scotia Teachers Union
902-479-4708, Cell: 902-497-0194
Sharon Findlay-MacPhee, Communications Manager
Nova Scotia School Boards Association
902-491-2856, Cell: 902-221-6881