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Sharing Your Insights

Sharing Your Insights
Posted on 02/05/2020
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Good day everyone,

It has been exactly one month since I began my new role as Superintendent of Schools. I wanted to make sure to take this opportunity to thank all of you for providing your feedback in the ThoughtExchange Survey that we completed this past November 2019; helping me to learn more about what is important to you as I begin my new position.

First, I’m pleased to report that a total of 661 individuals from across the division participated in the ThoughtExchange.  Of those, 297 provided 667 thoughts and 343 rated and ranked those thoughts using a total of 30,025 stars. 

Though there was a wide variety of topics and thoughts provided through this process, as can be seen in the table below, there was definite concern surrounding budget cuts in education and the importance of ensuring that educational resources remain focused on the classroom and front-line staff members, who are essential to ensuring high quality education for students.

TABLE 1: Top 5 Thoughts

Ranking

Thought*

Average Star Rating

1st

Budget restraints requiring staff reduction should NOT happen at the front line level!Children cannot learn without teachers and inclusive classrooms cannot be managed without EA’s. Children do not benefit from top heavy management.

4.5

2nd

Maintaining educational quality in the face of declining resources.Provincial education cuts are here and they will impact staffing levels, morale, and resources for programming.

4.2

3rd

Helping kids learn how to work hard and push through failure to go on to succeed.Resilience.

4.1

4th

School life is being increasingly controlled by aversion to risk.Physical activities, sports, field trips, and recess fun are being increasingly restricted due to fear of injury. All of these are essential to growth

4.1

5th

Make budget cuts from the top-down.Front line workers are more important to the success of students than they are given credit for.

4.1

*Thoughts are presented as they were found in the survey.

 

Through further review of the 667 thoughts provided, 15 major categories emerged.  The following table identifies these categories and shows how many thoughts were included in each, as well as the average star rating.

TABLE 2: Identified Themes

Theme

Number of Thoughts within Theme

Average Star Rating for Theme

Resources & Fiscal Stewardship

97

3.3

Processes & Practices

94

3.0

Skills & Programs (Literacy/Numeracy/Life)

85

3.3

Staffing / Human Resources

62

3.3

Faith & Catholic Education

48

3.1

PD & Training

40

3.3

Class Sizes

37

3.6

Leadership

36

3.4

Inclusive Education (Culture & Needs)

35

3.3

Soft Skills for Students (Social / Citizenship)

34

3.5

Support for Staff

30

3.6

Environment & Culture

26

3.3

Parent & Community Engagement

22

3.1

First Nations, Metis & Inuit Education

13

2.9

Miscellaneous

8

2.9

 

Clearly, this is just the tip of the iceberg in reviewing the rich feedback that was provided through this survey.  If you are interested in learning more, I certainly invite you to explore the results at: http://bit.ly/hs4incomingresults

Thank you again for taking part in this valuable conversation, which I’ll certainly be coming back to as the year goes on. In the meantime, I look forward to working more closely with all of you as we continue to build a strong Holy Spirit Catholic School Division community.

Kind regards,
Ken Sampson, Superintendent

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