A program that blends classroom- and community-based learning through trades, tourism, and hands-on occupational experience was highlighted during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Board of Education's Dec. 10 meeting.
The Nutana Industry Career Education (N.I.C.E.) program, currently in its second year at Nutana Collegiate, sees students earn credit for a combination of seven 20- and 30-level subjects, as well as two practical and applied arts survey courses.
Students spend the year within the same cohort and with the same teachers. Emphasis is placed on developing relationships to create a climate of respect, care, and cooperation. The program is an important model for healthy engagement with the community.
Also during the meeting, trustees also heard how the kindergarten learning community model supports teacher professional development. The model allows educators to engage in professional inquiry with a focus on developing a shared understanding of curriculum and the use of intentional play in kindergarten classrooms. Professional learning during 2019-20 is concentrated on topics such as: creating equitable learning experiences; explicit teaching practices in phonemic awareness and oral language development; culturally responsive teaching and learning; and integrating mathematics and number concepts in kindergarten.
Reports and information presented at board meetings can be found at www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca. The next meeting of the Board of Education is Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.