As per our usual/past practice, please be advised (and/or reminded) that
schools add 7-minutes (at least) to their daily instructional time to provide
for CLT/embedded collaborative time.
The P-3 instructional minutes policy from the DEECD is pasted below.
The Time To Learn Strategy (2002) & the 4-6 document are/ is attached
for your perusal.
Please note: Core French is now 1 hour every other day for grades 4 – 9.
Please submit to Shauna your 2017-18 daily instructional minutes per day with
identification of the 7-minutes add-on…..by June 15.
If you have any questions, please contact me at any time.
Have a great day!!
Revised Time to Learn Strategy: Grades Primary - Three
Instructional time includes:
ü Scheduled time for the purpose of instruction, assessment (for and of
learning) and other student activity as directed and supervised by the teacher
ü An integrated model where outcomes from one or more subject areas
(Health, Information Communication Technology, Science, Social Studies and
Visual Arts) are addressed within Language Arts and /or Mathematics for active
and interactive learning
ü Block of time required for mathematics instruction
Students need time to learn and teachers need time to teach. It is
critical to use time efficiently in order to provide all students with every
possible opportunity to be successful. The following represents the
minimum instructional time* as adjusted to reflect Nova Scotia’s Action Plan
for Education 2015: The 3Rs: Renew, Refocus, Rebuild.
Integrated Language Arts
790 m/week* includes second language instruction FI
Health- 50 m/wk
Social Studies- 90 m/wk
ICT- not specified
Visual Arts- 60 m/wk
Science- 90 m/wk
Health 60 m/wk
Social Studies-110 m/wk
ICT- not specified
Visual Arts- 60 m/wk
Science- 110 m/wk
240 minutes/ 4 hours of teaching per day (may include 15 minute recess)
300 minutes/ 5 hours of teaching per day (may include 15 minute recess)
*In the 2002, Time to Learn Strategy, Instructional Time and Semestering, the
goal for Physical Education was set at a goal of 30 minutes per day. There is a
recognition that boards are still working toward this goal and therefore for PE
only this represents the minimum desirable instructional time. Learning
packages will be developed and provided to assist teachers in offering daily
Physically Active Time, which is general activity distinct from Physical
Education classes and may be included in recess if criteria are met.
see below a message from Kim Matheson, Director, Student Achievement EECD, and
the attached template (as per the two questions I shared with you two or
three weeks ago) for the SSP Annual Report 2016-17, which is due in June.
Kim will be meeting with Principals/us for a Q & A on May 15.
you and please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions.
pleased to provide you with an interactive pdf of the Student Success Plan
School Report (here). This report has been simplified for the 2016-2017
school year. This is meant to be an evolving process based on the feedback we
receive from you through your board's Student Success Planning
visiting school boards across the province at your principal's meeting to
discuss and answer your questions relating to Student Success Planning. I look
forward to seeing you then.
I had two Principal inquiries on this yesterday so thought I
would send out a succinct refresh.
For those that were using the Getting To Great survey,
and for those that want to implement it now or in the near future (a school
based decision), please be advised that the survey questions were shared with
you via google in November. This enables you to choose those questions relevant
for your school/goal.
Also, as most schools are/have integrated RCH within your
“safe & inclusive learning environment” goal, I shared CRP information for
you/your teams on October 5 from Tom Henderson.
If you have any questions on this (or cannot locate the
info), or on SSP in general, please contact me at any time. If you want me to
drop in to discuss SSP, please let me know, I would love to.
Provincial team met on March 28 and we had great embargoed discussions on SSP
which were delivered to the Directors. We realize that school improvement is on
going (as per your integrated classroom practices, the Education Act….) but
really wanted to submit recommendations which were/are responsive the needs
being voiced by schools across the Province.
One area of
discussion was the 2016-17 Report (Annual Report), and we proposed that these
two questions below constitute the basis of the school-responses (with the
actual template to follow):
What did your school accomplish this
year as it related to school improvement?
As you continue this process in your
school, what supports do you anticipate needing?
I would like to THANK YOU (and your school teams, SAC’s et
al) for the terrific efforts devoted to school improvement. Due to your
synergistic efforts, responses last year to the Auditor General recommendations
and the submissions of detailed TCRSB SSP School Plans (before November,
2016), I am proud to advise that we have 90% of our school plans submitted!! A
very impressive achievement thIs year, especially in relation to all the
challenges and complexities we have faced!
Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any
questions, and I will release additional SSP information in the future, as