Today is the last day of the Public Consultation on Educational Success. The survey is seeking opinions to help students achieve their full potential, the mobilization of partners and stakeholders in support of educational success and developing a favourable context for student learning, personal development and success. Those interested in taking part must do so online today: https://www7.education.gouv.qc.ca/dc/consultation/index.php?page=donnerAvis&L=en
A broad coalition of groups under the banner of Coalition prioritéducation has been formed to demand that the provincial government stop the continued cutbacks in the education budget. This coalition was initiated by the Fédération des comités de parents du Québec (FCPQ), the organization of parents’ committees in the French sector, and many groups have joined this coalition, including QPAT and the other teacher federations in the province, principals’ associations, the school board federations, and parent groups in the English sector.
The coalition has placed a petition on the National Assembly’s website calling for a stop to the cuts in education funding. The text of the petition “Making Public Education a Genuine Priority” is the following:
WHEREAS we want to make public education a genuine national priority for all of Québec;
WHEREAS the budget cuts to education in recent years have had numerous adverse effects on the quality of life in the educational community and have hampered academic perseverance and success;
WHEREAS these cuts have exacerbated social inequality among students and regional communities;
WHEREAS academic perseverance and success are crucial to the development of a healthy, committed and prosperous society;
We, the citizens of Québec, demand that the National Assembly convince the government to cease these cuts and take means to ensure an important and adequate investment in the quality of the education environment in schools so that public education becomes a genuine national priority, capable of meeting the needs of all students.
Teachers in all of QPAT’s local unions are encouraged to sign the petition on the National Assembly’s website at the following address:
It is recommended to use the online petition. However, copies of the petition may be printed from the coalition’s website and returned to the FCPQ. Go to the following site to print a copy; please note that the entire document must be printed without editing.
Are you considering your next professional development activity? Haven’t yet used your PIC funds this year? Why not consider the Distinguished Educator Seminar Series where exemplary educators and well-known presenters deliver engaging and relevant information for educators. For more information, look for the promotional poster in your school and centres or visit their website here.
- 50% of profits raised will remain in the participating school to finance educational and environmental projects.
- 25% will be donated to the Fondation Monique Fitz-Back to develop environmental and educational resources for teachers.
- 25% will be donated to Oxfam-Quebec to support youth in developing countries
DayofPink is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia in schools and communities. All educators are invited to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in their schools on April 11, 2012. Go to DayofPink.org to register for your chance to win. Go to JersVision.org for ideas on how to celebrate diversity all year long. (Thank you to Julie Montpetit of QPAT-APEQ for sharing this information.)
Each year the Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL) proudly presents the Distinguished Educator Seminar Series designed in consultation with the Quebec educational community in conjunction with what is new in theory and practice in the larger educational milieu. CEL employs exemplary educators and well-known presenters to ensure these seminars are engaging, and relevant. For a complete list of seminars for the January – April 2011 period, click here.
The International Day Against Homophobia, held on May 17th every year, is an opportunity for teachers to speak out about prejudice and discrimination. ESTA and QPAT encourage schools, centres, and teachers to highlight this event in an effort to put an end to homophobia. For more information, please visit this website and look for the promotional materials that have been sent to your school/centre union representatives by QPAT.