April 28, 2021 Board Meeting News

April 30th, 2021

Regional Office – 

Pembina Hills will not pilot draft K-6 curriculum

The board passed a motion to approve the recommendation by senior administration that Pembina Hills NOT participate in piloting any part of the draft K-6 curriculum. The recommendation was developed following a very informative process of gathering feedback with teachers, and considering how spending energy, resources and time on a piloting process would impact our students and teachers.

Key reasons for the decision include:

  1. Impact on Education Plan Priorities
  2. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student achievement
  3. Teacher well-being
  4. Logistics of piloting
  5. Issues with the Draft Curriculum

Board Chair Tuininga will communicate the decision in writing to the Education Minister, our local MLAs and the Premier. Read more about the review process and reasons for the recommendation in the news article: Recommendation re: piloting draft curriculum.

Satisfaction rates achieve 10-year high: Survey results

Assistant Superintendent of Education Services, Mark Thiesen presented the 2021 Pembina Hills Satisfaction Survey Summary to the Board of Trustees. Each year, the school division surveys parents, staff and students in Grades 4-12 on their satisfaction level in a variety of areas. The results are used by schools and the division to develop their annual education plans and find ways to improve the educational experience of students.

The data is collected and organized into four themes. The overall satisfaction rate for each theme shows significant improvement, with all areas achieving their highest rating in 10 years:

  1. Safe and Welcoming Learning Environment – 91.3%
    Even though COVID-19 threatened our health and safety, the survey questions in this theme have progressed positively.
  2. Satisfaction with Leadership – 87.3%
    After several years of slight decline, satisfaction has improved significantly over the last three years.
  3. Instruction, Assessment and Inclusion – 92.3%
    Despite the downward pull of this year’s reduced satisfaction with extracurricular opportunities, this theme continues to progress in a positive direction mostly on the strength of increased student satisfaction with other related elements.
  4. Overall Quality of Education – 96%
    All groups surveyed continue to convey very high levels of satisfaction with the overall quality of education in Pembina Hills.

Read the full summary of the Satisfaction Survey results here.

Check out the board meeting agenda and minutes for more information.

The next school board meeting is at the Regional Office on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 starting at 9:00 a.m. Members of the public are invited to view a livestream of the meeting on our website.